The first quilt is called "My Diamond," by Noriko Misawa, Kujoshe, Tokoyo, Japan. It is hand quilted and is an original design. It received a second place award in the Innovative Pieced, Large category. The colors are spectacular. The tiny pieces form a large hexagon-shaped quilt.
This is the cutest quilt. You can't help but smile when you see it. It is called Red Owls by Karen Peirce from Belmont, MA. It is hand appliqued and hand quilted. The closeup shows you one of the little owls and the quilting. Furrowed Fields by Rosemary Cromer from Overland Park, KS, is made of shirts worn by men who (she says) "may have worked the land." It is the most clever use of shirting fabrics. My friend and I compared our pictures when we got back to the hotel room, and we both had taken pictures of this quilt. It is very striking.
Scarlet Beauty by Kathryn Sims from Alexis, IL, is foundation pieced. It is machine pieced and machine quilted. She designed the border using EQ5 and used a pattern from Susan Garman (designer of the block-of-the-month quilts for The Quilt Show) called "Sleeping Beauty." It won third place in the Traditional Pieced category. The big black vertical "thing" in the picture is not a part of the quilt; it is a light pole. There was no way to get a picture without it.