Tribune-Courier General Manager
Dr. Arnold Kraus and wife June of Marshall County were on their way home from an out of town trip when they picked up the mail to discover a surprise awaiting them. A quilt on which the two collaborated is a semi-finalist in the 29th annual American Quilter’s Society Show in Paducah next month.
June Kraus has been quilting for over 50 years. For Arnold, a Benton chiropractor, it’s a new hobby. He said he started last October and his first project was a quilt he made for his daughter who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, he’s made two on his own, but the quilt they submitted to the AQS was a project they took on together.
June pieced the quilt and did the embroidery work, while Arnold did the machine quilting.
“We have walked hand-in-hand for 55 years so this was a project of love,” said June.
The quilt is called “Black and White and Red Work All Over” and features strip pieced blocks alternated with machine embroidery red work blocks. The quilt is edged in prairie points. The couple is unable to reveal the quilt until is appears in the AQS show April 24-27.
This is the second year in a row June has had a quilt on display in the show. It’s the first time the two have had one displayed together. The Kraus’ are unable to have the AQS quilt photographed until it appears in the show.
The Kraus’ quilt is one of 401 others to be displayed in the show. Quilts were entered from 46 states and 11 foreign countries.