Local resident earns international quilting award

Bonney Lake resident Lahala Phelps has been quilting for nearly 25 years and for the past 10 she has been entering her quilts into competitions.

Three years ago, Phelps started making a quilting that recently won her the Robert S. Cohan Master Award for Traditional Artistry at the International Quilt Association‘s annual judged show in Houston, Texas.

This was the most prestigious award she has ever won for her quilts, Phelps said.

The quilt that won was called “Forever in My Heart.” She said she made this quilt in memory of her mom who died from heart disease.

She wanted to make a quilt she would really love, Phelps said.

At the show roughly 600 people entered and 300 were accepted to participate, she said.

Almost 100 pieces were chosen first, second or third place, named honorable mention or awarded a prize under a specific category.

“These aren’t your grandmas quilts,” Phelps said.

The quilts at the festival were “simply and totally amazing,” she said. Anyone would love to go to the show, she added.

Aside from her quilt than won her the traditional artistry award, Phelps also received honorable mention for “Dutch Flower Pots” under the Miniature Quilts category.