Mark Sherman from Coral Springs, FL, named his quilt “Wings & Feathers.” It was entered in the Appliqué-Bed Quilt category. He used turned edge appliqué. It is machine pieced with machine trapunto and is longarm quilted with original quilting designs. All the fabric in the quilt is the artist’s hand-dyed fabric. This project took over 3,000 hours to complete. The design was inspired by “Designs for Coloring-Butterflies” by R. Heller.
Cathleen Miller’s quilt “Inner Beauty” was entered in the Applique-Bed Quilt category. She is from Albuquerque, NM. She says, “I’m most content when hand quilting. Using appliqué on the outer aspect allowed a large central work area for quilting. The center represents a Victorian Ceiling Medallion with repetition of the outer floral design. Trapunto added dimension. Using tan thread around the trapunto added depth. Beads add a bit of sparkle.” I didn’t get a full picture of this quilt, but I did get photos that show the beautiful hand quilting..
In the Applique-Wall Quilt category, Ronda Beyer’s (Tualatin, OR) “Gypsy Rosalie” received an Honorable Mention.
Cindy Seitz-Krug, Bakersfield, CA, made “Sew Long Sally” and entered it into the Pieced-Bed Quilt category. She says, “My friend, Sally Shuppert, taught quilting for many, many years. Finally in 2006 when her husband retired, she decided to join him. This quilt was the last quilt that Sally taught my friends and me. So, to honor her years of teaching, I named the quilt after her. All of the feathers in this quilt are my original designs made specifically to fit the open areas of this quilt.” The design came from McCall’s Quilting Magazine. It received an Honorable Mention.
The second place award in the Pieced-Wall Quilt category was given to Susan Ziel’s “Thirteen Feathered Stars” quilt. Susan is from Ocala, FL, and says, “This quilt is composed of thirteen different red and black feathered stars arranged in a heart-shaped setting on a tea-dyed background.” It is hand quilted.
Brenda Roach from Bloomfield, IN, entered her “Learning to Fly” quilt into the Pieced-Wall Quilt category. It is hand and machine quilted.
Also in the Pieced-Wall Quilt category is Sandra Peterson’s “Bohemian Fireworks.” Sandra is from Muncie, IN. She says, “This original quilt design was hand drafted. It is still my favorite design process. I chose dark grayed-down jewel tones and low contrast to draw the viewer in to see the intricate piece work.” It is machine pieced and hand quilted. I took a close up of this quilt. I was amazed at all the pieces in this quilt. Check out the outline of the points in the outer circle in the close up. Each point has an extra piece of fabric (even though it is very low contrast) that outlines the point.
The winner in the Ensemble Wall Quilt category was “Grape Harvest” made by Lynn Drennen and Marilyn J. Smith and quilted by Gina Perkes. “Grape Harvest” was designed by Jessie Marinas, and shows vineyard workers harvesting grapes. Construction techniques include turned edge, raw edge, and Broderie Perse machine appliqué using various cotton fabrics. The portraits and clothing are constructed with fabric appliqué (instead of paint). Pintucked vineyard fields further the illusion of Trompe L’oeil. The quilt was awarded “Best of Show” wall quilt.
I had to take a close up of this quilt. I just couldn’t believe the gorgeous quilting. The quilt was entered into the Ensemble Bed Quilt category by Gail Stepanek, New Lenox, IL. It is called “Star Berries.” It includes hand pieced seven-point stars, hand appliquéd vines and berries, and exquisite quilting. It was quilted by Ronda K. Beyer.
If you will notice, each of the parallelograms in the stars are quilted differently. I LOVED the checkerboard and line/circle quilting that surrounds each star. It was just stunning! Click on the picture; i think you can see a close up.