QUILTING HAS STEPPED beyond homespun comfort into the realm of contemporary art in the Manchester studio of Judi Schlichter, one of the featured artists in Studio Tour 1997 on Saturday and Sunday.
Schlichter's quilts will displayed along with clay works by Ken Hankins at Shiloh Pottery, 1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead, a stop on the annual tour.
The event is sponsored by the Carroll County Crafts Guild.
Schlichter will display a retrospective of 12 years of quilt making.
Visitors will see landscapes of printed fabric, which often begin as interpretations of photographs. Schlichter embellishes with stitching that imitates hand drawing, and traditional quilting, a line of stitches that goes over the fabric as the final, three- dimensional touch.
Due to time constraints, Schlichter uses a sewing machine. In her hands, the machine inspires experimentation.
"I like curves, free motion, design. The landscape quilts are all pieced, but I find I like that challenge because difficulty pushes me to the limit," she said.
Visitors also will see sashiko, or Japanese traditional quilting, which places emphasis on the pattern of stitches. Schlichter has collected interesting fabrics, including swatches from kimonos, and has created a Japanese album quilt.
"I love to try new things. I would like to paint my own fabric," she said.
Schlichter, 39, sews in her Manchester studio while juggling a busy home life that includes daughter Sarah, 14, and son Luke, 12, and her husband, Mark, manager of rehabilitation services at St. Joseph Medical Center.
She also creates window treatments for Details by Janis, and takes an occasional student under her wing.
From the beginning, Schlichter's quilts were experiments with color, traditional pattern and hand quilting techniques of applique (in which pieces are stitched in layers on top) and piecing (in which pieces are sewn on the reverse side).
She took a beginning quilting class but felt she could learn more by reading and sewing. She usually has at least five quilts in progress.
The Studio Tour is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features four studios in Finksburg, Hampstead, Uniontown and Westminster. Ten artisans will demonstrate their work.
For a brochure, call the county Tourism Office at 410-848-1388.
For more information about Schlichter's quilts, call 410- 239-2547.
Breakfast will begin the annual Rally Day celebration at Trinity United Church of Christ, 3229 York St., Manchester.
Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea will be served from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., before the 10: 30 a.m. service.
Sunday school children will be promoted and recognized for attendance.
Fine art reception
Members of the Carroll County Artists Guild will exhibit their work in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, beginning Friday and continuing through Oct. 21.
The public is invited to meet the artists during a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 9/03/97