Road to California 2016

Quilter's Conference and Showcase

Showcase Award Winning Entries

Silk Road Sampler

 

Winner of $10,000.00 for Best of Show Quilt

Sponsored by Gammill Quillting Systems

 

Entered by Melissa Sobotka (Richardson, TX)

Made by Melissa Sobotka

Quilted by Melissa Sobotka

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: photograph

Artist statement: Where east meets west in Istanbul, there is a Spice Bazaar that has been there since 1597. There, surrounded by exotic smells and tastes, the vibrant colors of the silk road come alive. One vendor had so many ornate pillows of various colors and designs, it was like viewing an appliqué sampler.

Ewe Are My Sunshine

 

Winner of $7,500.00 for Marie White Masterpiece Award

Sponsored by Road to California, Inc.

 

Entered by Janet Stone (Overland Park, KS)

Made by Janet Stone

Quilted by Janet Stone

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: A collection of red fabrics and alphabet ribbon inspired this design. The title came to me quickly after designing the layout. Of course there has to be sheep, the alphabet, and just a few embellishments! This is number 15 in my ongoing series of alphabet quilts.

Song of the Sea

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Director's Choice

Sponsored by Moore's Sewing Center

 

Entered by Kathy McNeil (Tulalip, WA)

Made by Kathy McNeil

Quilted by Kathy McNeil

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Art Nouveau Octopus

Artist statement: An Art Nouveau diva. Three hearts, eight merry legs and the ability to change color and escape from any container. She has 321 suckers made with Yo, Yo's. Is she going to eat Nemo or just introduce him to the love of his life?

Beach Sculptures

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Art Quilt

Sponsored by Handi Quilter, Inc

 

Entered by Judy Leslie (Coquitlam, BC Canada)

Made by Judy Leslie

Quilted by Judy Leslie

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: The island of Kauai is a favorite vacation destination for my husband and me. The slowly eroding shoreline produces exquisite 'beach sculptures'. The remains of trees, with their intertwining roots, are gradually stripped of their bark to reveal incredible tints of creams, pinks and greys.

Really "Wild" Flowers! Third Season

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Innovative Quilt

Sponsored by SewBatik

 

Entered by Sharon L Schlotzhauer (Monument, CO)

Made by Sharon L Schlotzhauer

Quilted by Sharon L Schlotzhauer

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: This whimsical piece is the third in my dimensional Wild Flowers series. It was designed to emphasize color, texture, layering and movement. Embellished with beads and Swarovski crystals. Construction methods include machine piecing, machine appliqué, paper piecing, pieced prairie points and machine quilting.

Modern Mojo Two

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Modern Quilt

Sponsored by Riley Blake Designs

 

Entered by Linda M Thielfoldt (Troy, MI)

Made by Linda M Thielfoldt

Quilted by Linda M Thielfoldt

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: Dill! What a great color. I bought the solid green fabric intending to make a wholecloth quilt but when I came across the spikey looking white print with the exact color in it, I knew I had to change my plans. A little graph paper, a little cutting, a whole lot of freehand quilting and Modern Mojo Two was born.

The Paisley Peacock

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Traditional Quilt

Sponsored by Janome

 

Entered by Bethanne G Nemesh (Allentown, PA)

Made by Bethanne G Nemesh

Quilted by Bethanne G Nemesh

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: This quilt was inspired by a combination of Art Nouveau stained glass, Indian Sari fabric, and a henna tattoo of a peacock. All motifs are original drawings that are free motion quilted. The beaded and tab finished border is an original concept of a beaded piping, with individually tied beads and small tabs of fabric in a intricate knife edge biding finish.

Technicolor Deco

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Best Use of Color

Sponsored by Primitive Gatherings

 

Entered by Shirley Gisi (Colorado Springs, CO)

Made by Shirley Gisi

Quilted by Shirley Gisi

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: The design and quilting utilize Art Deco, Mayan artifacts and traditional quilt squares as inspiration. Bright coloration and transparency bring these elements a contemporary feel.

Shannah's Cameo

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Excellence In Longarm Quilting

Sponsored by American Professional Quilting Systems

 

Entered by Karen L Sievert (Bailey, NC)

Made by Karen L Sievert

Quilted by Karen L Sievert

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original Whole cloth

Artist statement: My daughter so-o-o wanted me to make a quilt and name it after her, so Shannah's Cameo was born. It is an original, silk whole cloth that is entirely free motion quilted. My hope is that my daughter will love and cherish the quilt as I love and cherish her!!

Argentum

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Excellence In Machine Quilting

Sponsored by Primitive Gatherings

 

Entered by Susan E Stewart (Pittsburg, KS)

Made by Susan E Stewart

Quilted by Susan E Stewart

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: "Argentum" is the Latin word for silver, so I thought that was an appropriate name for this silver miniature! I used Robert Kaufman silk/cotton Radiance fabric for both the front and back, silver metallic thread for the machine embroidery (the satin stitch portions of the design were eliminated and only the outlines were stitched), wool batting, and Superior Kimono thread for quilting. The tiny, hand-appliquéd bias tubes are about 1/8" wide.

 

Elegance

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Excellence in Hand Quilting

Sponsored by World of Quilt Travel

 

Entered by Elsie M Campbell (Ponca City, OK)

Made by Elsie M Campbell

Quilted by Elsie M Campbell

Started in 2007, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Influenced by exquisite whole-cloth quilts that are part of the Henry F. duPont collection at Winterthur Museum, I designed and hand quilted this quilt. Eight years later, I completed this labor of love. Insurance Value: 1000

Winter Garden

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Art Abstract

Sponsored by Creative Grids/The Gypsy Quilter

 

Entered by Jennifer Emry (Arlington, VA)

Made by Jennifer Emry

Quilted by Jennifer Emry

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Maker's Original Design

Artist statement: A dark puzzle, pieced by trial and error from a random selection of stripes and plaids, chambray and flannel; hand-quilted spiral circles add another layer of texture.

Bijou (Jewel)

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Art Critter

Sponsored by Martelli Enterprises, Inc.

 

Entered by Ms. Christine Alexiou (Markham, ON CANADA)

Made by Ms. Christine Alexiou

Quilted by Ms. Christine Alexiou

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Based on flowing, organic forms, Art Nouveau marked a period of artistic beauty not yet impacted by the events of WWI. I wanted to capture the aesthetic sensibility embraced by the movement that was lost with the advent of modern art and technology. I used silk to capture the enamel and patina of antique gold jewelry of the period.

Musicman of Jaipur

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Art Human Image

Sponsored by Carriage Country Quilts

 

Entered by Linda C Anderson (La Mesa, CA)

Made by Linda C Anderson

Quilted by Linda C Anderson

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Photograph

Artist statement: The internal joy and tranquilty of the musicman playing the sarangi is so palpable and compelling, I had to tell his story. The warmth of sound the instrument creates is clearly visible in his face as he plays.

Plaza San Martin

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Art Naturescape

Sponsored by Brother International Corporation

 

Entered by Karen McCarty (Ramona, CA)

Made by Karen McCarty

Quilted by Karen McCarty

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: From a photo I took

Artist statement: Plaza San Martin is in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we spent the first 3 months of 2015. I love how the promenade is completely shaded by the trees overhead. This quilt is a representation of a photo I took there. It is fused, raw-edge appliquéd and machine quilted.

Spanish Arches

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Art Pictorial

Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc

 

Entered by Lenore Crawford (Midland, MI)

Made by Lenore Crawford

Quilted by Lenore Crawford

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Maker’s original design

Artist statement: This piece was inspired by photos I took in Spain. It was created using my raw edge fusing technique. Using many Stonehenge fabrics, by Northcott, gives it the realistic texture of real stones.

Moon Flower

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Innovative, Large

Sponsored by BERNINA of America

 

Entered by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally (Tehachapi, CA)

Made by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally

Quilted by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally

Started in 2011, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original design

Artist statement: I LOVE AND ADMIRE THE HUMBLE DAISY. ON MOONLIT NIGHTS THEY SEEM TO GLOW AND HAVE,FOR CENTURIES BEEN REFERRED TO AS MOON FLOWERS.ON SUNNY SUMMMER DAYS THEY HAPPILY GROW LIKE WEEDS OVER THE DRY HILLSIDES AND ALONG THE WINDING ROADWAYS. AS I PASS THEM EACH DAY, THERE THEY ARE,WILD AND TENACIOUS DESPITE THE EXTREME DROUGHT,SHARING WITH ME THEIR GRAND SUMMER PERFORMANCE. THE HUMBLE DAISY WHAY A SPLENDID INSPIRATION FOR MY QUILT!

 

Tribute to Antonio Bencivenni

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Innovative, Wall, Appliqué

Sponsored by Leo9 Textiles

 

Entered by Dr. Sandra L Nehlsen-Cannarella (Beaumont, CA)

Made by Dr. Sandra L Nehlsen-Cannarella

Quilted by Dr. Sandra L Nehlsen-Cannarella

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: appliqué of wood inlay Italian 1500 AD

Artist statement: Love the Renaissance art of Italy and found a photo of an inlaid wood door in a church in Parma. Decided to recreate the image (central panel) with some modifications by turned-edge appliqué and then designed (original) a border to carry out the theme. Amazing that Antonio accomplished this in wood!

Redfox Circle...Life's Best Moments Furnished

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Innovative, Wall, Other

Sponsored by Redlands Sewing Center

 

Entered by Sandra L Branjord (Sun City, AZ)

Made by Sandra L Branjord

Quilted by Sandra L Branjord

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: I just wanted to have fun with this so I made this quilt into my fantasy storyboard. I created 12 original paper collages and then printed them out on fabric. Using many found objects I got to decorate my home on Redfox Circle without ever looking at a price tag.

Spring Storm

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Innovative, Wall, Pieced

Sponsored by Artistic Creative Products

 

Entered by Beth Markel (Rochester Hills, MI)

Made by Beth Markel

Quilted by Beth Markel

Started in 2013, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Restructured 9-Patches

Artist statement: I believe there are seasons in our lives. Spring happens when we’re young, a little wild, tempestuous, naïve, and turbulent…the beginning of growth. Evolution. Storms. Setbacks. More growth. Beauty. So stand back. No, literally, stand back! The only way to see the twister is to stand back a ways, then be slowly drawn into the joy that is every single decision, every single choice, and every single piece that together, tell a story.

Silk Road

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Miniature

Sponsored by BlocLoc Rulers - USAUS LLC

 

Entered by Mrs. Kumiko Frydl (Houston, TX)

Made by Mrs. Kumiko Frydl

Quilted by Mrs. Kumiko Frydl

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: I was inspired by the ancient trade route, "The Silk Road" which crossed China, India, Persia and Europe. It mixed cultures and most importantly for me, it spread colors, designs, textiles and motifs. The quilt depicts silkworm moths winding around the route and converging in the center. Whole cloth with shadow trapunto, using micro stippling & echo quilting for the background and machine embroidered on bindings.

Grandpa's Model Twenty #1

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Modern Negative Space

Sponsored by Modern Quilt's Unlimited

 

Entered by Jodi Robinson (Enon Valley, PA)

Made by Jodi Robinson

Quilted by Jodi Robinson

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: This original design, was inspired by a cool mid-century modern stereo system my grandfather had when I will little, called the Model 20. After finding a picture of me as a little girl, I knew right away that I needed to make a quilt based on it, to honor my grandfather. The quilt is constructed using piecing and invisible machine appliqué.

Modern Medallion

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Modern Piecing

Sponsored by Clover USA

 

Entered by Rebecca L Smith (Rapid City, SD)

Made by Rebecca L Smith

Quilted by Rebecca L Smith

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Pattern

Artist statement: Sew Kind of Wonderful's interesting curved patterns and my collection of beautiful gradated fabrics, seemed to call out to each other. Mostly freehand quilted, small diamonds set and stitched with my Intelliquilter.

This One's Four Ewe

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, Large, Appliqué

Sponsored by OC Sewing & Vacuum

 

Entered by Janet Stone (Overland Park, KS)

Made by Janet Stone

Quilted by Laurie Tigner

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: This is the first collaboration quilt by myself and my friend, Laurie Tigner. It is going to be the 2017 Houston IQA Raffle Quilt. I wanted to have some stars for Texas and pecan leaves, the state tree of Texas. Of course, I had to add a the alphabet and a few sheep, especially after learning Texas is the number one producer of sheep and wool in the country!

Celestial Sedona

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, Large, Other

Sponsored by Flynn Quilt Frame Co

 

Entered by Norma J Ippolito (Chester, VT)

Made by Norma J Ippolito

Quilted by Norma J Ippolito

Started in 2012, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Sedona Star

Artist statement: This quilt features a variety of construction techniques: piecing, raw edge appliqué, and embroidered appliqué with decorative stitching. Building from the center out, it became a three-year journey resulting in the most challenging quilt I have made and also the most rewarding.

Arandano

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, Large, Pieced

Sponsored by Quilting Treasures

 

Entered by Marilyn Badger (St. George, UT)

Made by Marilyn Badger

Quilted by Marilyn Badger

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: I began this quilt as something to do for therapy. It ended up being over a year long therapy session. I had no intention of ever entering it in a competition but as I neared completion I thought why not! I am finding that my favorite part of the quiltmaking process is adding hand details, i.e. appliqué, beading and embroidery. Each time I thought it was complete I would come up with something else to add. The name is Spanish for blueberry.

Inspired by Alice

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, Wall, Appliqué

Sponsored by Bohin France

 

Entered by Marilyn Lidstrom Larson Ms. (Willow City, ND)

Made by Marilyn Lidstrom Larson Ms.

Quilted by Barb Simons - Stoneridge Quilting

Started in 2011, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Maker's Design and

Artist statement: The starting point to my quilt design was a block by Nancy Mahoney published in QNM, June/July 2011; part of the "Garden Delight" pattern. This block became the corners of the border. Using similar floral and leaf shapes I designed the remainder of the order. The Dresden Plate pattern is EQ generated. My grandmother Alice had made a Dresden quilt which inspired me to develop patchwork and appliqué skills.

Cameo Rose

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, Wall, Other

Sponsored by Elna Inc

 

Entered by Laurie Tigner (Rapid City, SD)

Made by Laurie Tigner

Quilted by Laurie Tigner

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: My mother in law gave me two small traditional cameo pins of beautiful women. I loved the look of the carving and decided to try to duplicate that look in a fairly traditional wholecloth quilt. This was the result!

THE JESTER'S FOLLY

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, Wall, Pieced

Sponsored by ABM International, Inc. / Innova

 

Entered by Margaret Solomon Gunn (Gorham, ME)

Made by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: Made using over a dozen shades of hand dyed silk Radiance, this quilt is reminiscent of carnival. Accents of hot pink and blue create a playful look for this otherwise subdued palate. All quilting motifs are original and hand-guided.

Peaks and Valleys 2

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Abstract

Sponsored by Creative Grids/The Gypsy Quilter

 

Entered by Maren J Johnston (Santa Barbara, CA)

Made by Maren J Johnston

Quilted by Maren J Johnston

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: The Peaks and Valleys series consists of linear abstract design, the fabric of which is constructed of small, pieced elements, each containing the linear motif. The title reflects the overall composition and also the emotional journey this intensive technique encompasses.

High Voltage Birds

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Critter

Sponsored by Martelli Enterprises, Inc.

 

Entered by Susan Bianchi (Saratoga, CA)

Made by Susan Bianchi

Quilted by Susan Bianchi

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Personal photograph

Artist statement: When the idea dawned for this quilt, it was intended to be of the perfect winter tree. After months of searching, I drove through Pescadero, California. Looking up, I thought this was a really wonderful version of a "tree." It gave me the opportunity to play with space, movement, and feeling of static. The image is printed on Liberty hand dyed cotton panels, painted with Shiva paint sticks, and reassembled.

Oh, So Blue

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Human Image

Sponsored by Cotton & Chocolate Quilt Company

 

Entered by Michelle M Jackson (Albuquerque, NM)

Made by Michelle M Jackson

Quilted by Michelle M Jackson

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: "Oh, So Blue" is the second in a series of pieces celebrating color and emotion. The blues used here lend a melancholy feeling to this piece. There are 44 different names for blue in the background of this piece. The lettering was designed to fill the background and each letter is cut from fabric and applied. There is a partial tulle overlay and it is heavily quilted.

Snow in the Desert

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Naturescape

Sponsored by Brother International Corporation

 

Entered by Carolyn Villars (Apple Valley, CA)

Made by Carolyn Villars

Quilted by Carolyn Villars

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: personal photograph

Artist statement: Our California desert has many beauties, but snowfall is one of the more rare. I wanted to keep this beautiful day in my memory. I whole cloth painted the scene and quilted it rigorously, emphasizing the colors with Superior Magnifico threads. The tactical qualities of the mounded snow on the yuccas and Joshuas were preserved by careful quilting lines and some extra batting. Some lines were emphasized with couching.

Bronco

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Pictorial

Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc

 

Entered by Cathy Wiggins (Macon, NC)

Made by Cathy Wiggins

Quilted by Cathy Wiggins

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: own design

Artist statement: After discovering painting with dyes on leather, I created this bronco scene to see if it would work on a large piece. Beginning with tan leather, I quilted the image and then, using leather dyes, added the shading. I ‘aged’ the hardware with bronze paint and used rhinestone rivets for the buttons on the cowboy’s shirt.

Judgment of Osiris

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Innovative, Large

Sponsored by BERNINA of America

 

Entered by Georgia Spalding Pierce (Seattle, WA)

Made by Georgia Spalding Pierce

Quilted by Georgia Spalding Pierce

Started in 2012, Finished in 2015

Design basis: “Egyptian Hieroglyphics:How to Read and Write Them" S. Rossini

Artist statement: The third in a series of quilts exploring the art of various cultures -- representing art found on tomb walls and monuments in ancient Egypt. Needle turned hand appliqué, paper piecing, trapunto, painting, hand embroidery, beading and thread sketching techniques used. Designed using images from the Dover Pictorial Archive, S. Rossini's book "Egyptian Hieroglyphics: How to Draw Them" and R. Masiello's book "Ancient Egyptian Drawing Book."

Bloom

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Innovative, Wall, Appliqué

Sponsored by Beyond The Reef

 

Entered by Carole Johnson (Moses Lake, WA)

Made by Carole Johnson

Quilted by Carole Johnson

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Quilter's Original design Overall

Artist statement: I made this quilt in July/August and tried to show my garden at dawn- its' most beautiful moment.

Moroccan Moonfire

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Innovative, Wall, Other

Sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics Inc

 

Entered by Mrs. Tami Graeber (Tucson, AZ)

Made by Mrs. Tami Graeber

Quilted by Judi Doud

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Originally Inspired by Moroccan Tiles then I went astray! All "elements" are freehand drawn on white fabric, textile painted then gel pen inked and beaded. No piecing! Set to appear as if floating .

Yet Another Basket of Pears?

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Innovative, Wall, Pieced

Sponsored by Artistic Creative Products

 

Entered by Janice Pennington (San Diego, CA)

Made by Janice Pennington

Quilted by Janice Pennington

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: Inspiration pear fabric overdyed by Wendy Richardson. Is it modern if it’s wacky with solid fabric in it? I don’t know, but I like the way solid fabrics add structure to messes of large scale prints when you mix them together. As for the title, I’ve got nothing against pears, but I do receive an inordinate number of Harry and David gift baskets from clients at the holidays.

Modern Love

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Miniature

Sponsored by Maywood Studio/EE Schenck Company

 

Entered by Megan Farkas (Sanbornton, NH)

Made by Megan Farkas

Quilted by Megan Farkas

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: interpretation of Double Wedding Ring block

Artist statement: An experiment with letting the fabric design suggest a pattern detail usually accomplished by piecing. Named after the David Bowie song when the thought "shortcut to a Double Wedding Ring" led to "in a hurry to get to a wedding" led to "get me to the church on time!" All work by hand.

Not your Grandmothers Wedding

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Modern Negative Space

Sponsored by Modern Quilt's Unlimited

 

Entered by Sylvia Schaefer (Athens, GA)

Made by Sylvia Schaefer

Quilted by Sylvia Schaefer

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: I designed this block, which reminds me of an artichoke, for my traditional guild's 8-point star challenge. After making a mini quilt, friends suggested I make a larger quilt featuring the block, so I designed a quilt with a larger and a smaller block. It needed more movement, so I allowed the blocks to disintegrate. The top was pieced using both paper and improv piecing. The title is a homage to Salvador Dali, one of my favorite artists.

Inveraray, a true Scottish Treasure

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Traditional, Large, Appliqué

Sponsored by OC Sewing & Vacuum

 

Entered by Mrs. Antonia Hering (Hoorn NETHERLANDS)

Made by Mrs. Antonia Hering

Quilted by Mrs.Antonia Hering

Started in 2012, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: On vacation in Scotland I visited several castles. I was amazed by what I saw on the ceilings. It inspired me to make this quilt. Based on historical motifs with my own twist and colours. All handmade, the birds are handembroidered. I had never done that before but my mother made baby bedsheets with this techniek. The quilt is supposed to be a painting on the ceiling with the lamp hanging from the roset in the middle. Took me 3 years to complete.

Summer Time

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Traditional, Large, Other

Sponsored by KathyQuilts / Block RockiT

 

Entered by Carolyn Rider (Portsmouth, OH)

Made by Carolyn Rider

Quilted by Carolyn Rider

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: I picked fabric from my stash to try EPP for the first time and liked it so much that it grew like my garden. I then added the butterflies done on my Janome embroidery machine and crystals for added glimmer. It was all freehand quilted on my A-1 Elite, using Superior silk thread with Matilda's wool and Hobb's silk battings.

Bouquet Royale

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Traditional, Large, Pieced

Sponsored by Quilting Treasures

 

Entered by Margaret Solomon Gunn (Gorham, ME)

Made by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: Twenty-five all different, fussy-cut, hand-pieced elongated hexagon blocks make up the flowers of this quilt. The blocks are set on silk Radiance. Ribbons of coordinating hand-dyed Radiance are appliquéd around the borders. The quilting is all original designs and free-handed.

Language of Flowers

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Traditional, Wall, Appliqué

Sponsored by The Quilt House, Inc.

 

Entered by Kathy McNeil (Tulalip, WA)

Made by Kathy McNeil

Quilted by Kathy McNeil

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original design

Artist statement: The language of flowers, is a means of communication through the use of flowers. These meanings have been attributed to flowers for thousands of years. In Victorian England, women armed with floral dictionaries, often exchanged small "talking bouquets," called tussie-mussies. Each of my Tussie- Mussie's have their own meaning. Be careful not to mix up the Poison and Passion flowers.

Imperial Majesty

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Traditional, Wall, Other

Sponsored by Elna Inc

 

Entered by Ms. Donna James (Nelson, BC Canada)

Made by Ms. Donna James

Quilted by Ms. Donna James

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: This original wholecloth design was inspired by my love of mandalas, feathers, and stars. I started with the central star, and the radial symmetrical design developed from there. The name, Imperial Majesty, is a nod to tradition, as well as the deep royal blue color of the dupioni silk. All quilting is hand-guided, on my A-1 longarm. Threads used were Superior’s So Fine and Kimono Silk.

The Glitz

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Traditional, Wall, Pieced

Sponsored by ABM International, Inc. / Innova

 

Entered by Pat Mc Daniel (Indio, CA)

Made by Pat Mc Daniel

Quilted by Pat Mc Daniel

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Saw a picture

Artist statement: I love the glitz of this type of fabric and knew I had to put it into a quilt.

Going My Way

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Abstract

Sponsored by Creative Grids/The Gypsy Quilter

 

Entered by Claire Victor (Palm Springs, CA)

Made by Claire Victor

Quilted by Claire Victor

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: This original design is the 4th in a series of appliqué quilts based on the tumbling block. In incorporates English paper piecing, hand stitching and appliqué, and then it is machine quilted.

Summer Hunt

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Critter

Sponsored by Martelli Enterprises, Inc.

 

Entered by Patt L Blair (Mt Baldy, CA)

Made by Patt L Blair

Quilted by Patt L Blair

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Multiple references photos, personal drawings

Artist statement: Mountain lions are elusive big cats and thus seldom seen in the open. This big cat stands patiently atop high mountain rock formations studying and waiting for the right moment to attack its prey below.

Romenscos Revealed

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Naturescape

Sponsored by Brother International Corporation

 

Entered by Amy Witherow (Campbell, CA)

Made by Amy Witherow

Quilted by Amy Witherow

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: My photo of romanesco artichokes

Artist statement: From the beginning, this quilt was a surprise: the artichokes that grew purple instead of green; painting the quilt rather than piecing it; then using a variety of quilting threads and patterns. Because this is my first whole-cloth quilt, I had to discover my own process at each step, sometimes being surprised at where each decision took me.

Moody Beach, Maine, 1957

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Pictorial

Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc

 

Entered by Margot McDonnell (Scottsdale, AZ)

Made by Margot McDonnell

Quilted by Margot McDonnell

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: b & w snapshot

Artist statement: Moody Beach, Maine, 1957, inspired by a small black-and-white snapshot, is fused, quilted with a walking foot, and painted. Most challenging were the reflections and the white surf bubbles, which I cut in one piece like lace. As I worked on the quilt, I thought about the passage of time, the three little boys now in their sixties.

One Cake, Two Cake, Red Cake, Blue Cake

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Innovative, Large

Sponsored by BERNINA of America

 

Entered by Linda Neal (McKinney, TX)

Made by Linda Neal

Quilted by Linda Neal

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: published pattern for cakes, the rest is original

Artist statement: The cakes are from a published pattern, "Let Them Eat Cake, by Nancy Barrett." I loved each cake so much, that I thought each cake deserved it's own frame. I then designed the frames, created my own setting and added party favors to complete the party theme. I used LOTS of fun embellishments. The gift tags on the presents are my quilter, daughter, and grandchildren. The binding is a knotted, corded binding technique.

Sunflower Deco

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Innovative, Wall, Appliqué

Sponsored by Sewing Party

 

Entered by Jan Hutchison (Sedgwick, KS)

Made by Jan Hutchison

Quilted by Jan Hutchison

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: My own design

Artist statement: I dug into my special stash of metallic fabric to create this Art Deco inspired wallhanging. One of my goals was to achieve as much texture as possible using trapunto and many different threads and fabrics.

Rodeo

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Innovative, Wall, Other

Sponsored by Quilter's Cottage, LLC

 

Entered by Cathy Wiggins (Macon, NC)

Made by Cathy Wiggins

Quilted by Cathy Wiggins

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: I particularly love the raw edges of tanned hides, so I layered the hides, exposing the raw edges as a design element. Once the top was quilted, I hand punched the holes, and then hand sewed appliqué pieces and binding made from hair-on cowhide.

Nebula

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Innovative, Wall, Pieced

Sponsored by Artistic Creative Products

 

Entered by Dr. Emily E Coffey (Lake Junaluska, NC)

Made by Emily E. D. Coffey & Miriam C. K. Coffey

Quilted by Emily E. D. Coffey & Miriam C. K. Coffey

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Alternative grid work

Artist statement: We started piecing random stars and triangles and had no direction just that we love the color pallet. In the end we had a pile of various pieces and let the fabric and color direct the placement.

Lotus Flower

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Miniature

Sponsored by Cheri's Crystals

 

Entered by Pamela K Kidd (Dunseith, ND)

Made by Pamela K Kidd

Quilted by Pamela K Kidd

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Lonestar

Artist statement: I wanted to learn small and precise work. I actually have worked through most of the quilts in her book, Mastering Precision Piecing and have thoroughly enjoyed the process. I learned alot! She's a GREAT teacher.

Mountains & Moons Plus Pluto

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Modern Negative Space

Sponsored by Modern Quilt's Unlimited

 

Entered by Ms. Judi C Doud (Chiloquin, OR)

Made by Ms. Judi C Doud

Quilted by Ms. Judi C Doud

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Not having a plan for this quilt, I started out cutting circles out of hand dyed fabric. I liked the way they looked on grey hand dyed, so continued on trying different arrangements until the top was done. I didn't have a title until it was quilted. The blue circles represent the different looks of the moon has on different nights. As Pluto was in the news while I was making this, I called the little pink circle Pluto.

Garlands

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Modern Piecing

Sponsored by Guidelines 4 Quilting

 

Entered by Pat Klassen (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)

Made by Pat Klassen

Quilted by Pat Klassen

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Modern Patchwork

Artist statement: This is my first excursion into modern quilting. The colors were a combination that I had never used before and it took some convincing on the part of my friends to finish it! The challenge for me in quilting this was learning to overcome my urge to curve every line. It took hours of practice, but the results were worth it!

Floral De'lite

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Traditional, Large, Appliqué

Sponsored by OC Sewing & Vacuum

 

Entered by Mrs. Gaye L Ryon (Salt Lake City, UT)

Made by Carol Day

Quilted by Gaye L Ryon

Started in 2010, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Inner inspired by Karen Kay Buckley. Border original design

Artist statement: Carol designed this quilt when she first began to appliqué She loves the graceful reaching branches that encircle the poinsettia and hearts. Her inspiration was a quilt made by Karen Kay Buckley, but the designs in the border were her own creation. She worked on it for 4 + years. Gaye took over once the top was complete and designed the quilting to enhance the beautiful appliqué. The quilting took 450+ hours

Cache of Carats

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Traditional, Large, Pieced

Sponsored by Quilting Treasures

 

Entered by Gail Stepanek (New Lenox, IL)

Made by Gail Stepanek

Quilted by Jan Hutchison

Started in 2013, Finished in 2014

Design basis: original

Artist statement: Hand pieced (English paper piecing) diamonds make up this entire original design. Jan's quilting make the diamonds sparkle.

In The Midst of Winter

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Traditional, Wall, Appliqué

Sponsored by Starr Design Fabrics Inc

 

Entered by Timna Tarr (South Hadley, MA)

Made by Timna Tarr

Quilted by Timna Tarr

Started in 2013, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: My quilts often relate to the seasons in which I made them. This quilt represents the darkness of winter, and the hope that spring will once again appear.

Ode to Spring

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Traditional, Wall, Other

Sponsored by Elna Inc

 

Entered by Margaret Solomon Gunn (Gorham, ME)

Made by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: Designed during the heat (no pun intended) of a New England winter, this whole cloth embodies the floral elements that describe spring to me...flowers, dragonflies, leaves. The design on lavender silk Radiance is symmetrical, featuring fillers that are tight, unique, and may also have a hint of spring (no spiders in the web though!). Quilting is free-handed & original motifs are designed to showcase and my love of spring.

Pineapples and Crowns

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Traditional, Wall, Pieced

Sponsored by ABM International, Inc. / Innova

 

Entered by Elizabeth Eastmond (Riverside, CA)

Made by Elizabeth Eastmond

Quilted by Elizabeth Eastmond

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: traditional pineapple block

Artist statement: Since owning a pineapple quilt was a priority for me, two sets of friends in quilting bees made me blocks for the center. I framed it with an appliqué border in warm and cool tones, suggesting leafy pineapple crowns.

DuckFace

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place:Art Human Image

Sponsored by Nolting Longarm

 

Entered by Ms. Hiroko Miyama (Chofu City, TOKYO JAPAN)

Made by Ms. Hiroko Miyama, Mr. Masanobu Miyama

Quilted by Ms. Hiroko Miyama

Started in 2013, Finished in 2014

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Fuyuka, Granddaughter complained something and made sulky face (duck face) pointing flowers. I captured her lovely gesture into this quilt. I added Ponta dog who wondered what she was pointing. It was quite challenging for me to machine-embroider of large pear flowers. I divided each cluster of flower into 3~4 to fit the largest embroidery frame and change thread color 40~50 times per frame. Original precision appliqué technique was applied.

View of Arles with Irisis

 

Winner of $500.00 for Best Group Quilt

Sponsored by Material Girl

 

Entered by Ms. Carole L Pirruccello (Woodland, CA)

Made by C. Brorby, J. Bawart, P. McCalla, C. Pirruccello, J. Soules

Quilted by C. Brorby, J. Bawart, P. McCalla, C. Pirruccello, J. Soules

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: See Inspiration

Artist statement: Carole Pirruccello, Cathy Brorby, Phyllis McCalla, Jan Bawart, and Jan Soules (Fab 5) selected an 1888 Van Gogh painting to challenge themselves to make this quilt which was cut vertically into 5 pieces. Each quilter worked individually, selecting own fabrics and determining techniques they wanted to use to complete their piece. Techniques include machine piecing, machine quilting, fused machine appliqué, hand stitching, and hand beading.

Winter Fields

 

Winner of $500.00 for Best Quilt from a First Time Entrant

Sponsored by Quilt in A Day

 

Entered by Cynthia L Vogt (Kennewick, WA)

Made by Cynthia L Vogt

Quilted by Cynthia L Vogt

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: Cold, serene fields in winter have a beauty of their own. They inspire reflection of the hard work of seasons past and anticipation of abundance to come. Silk fabric and threads capture the glimmer of snow and frost in the furrows and on the stone walls that separate the fields.

Enchanted Encounter

 

Winner of $500.00 for Most Humorous Quilt

Sponsored by Farmhouse Threads, Inc.

 

Entered by Cindy O'Neal (Bend, OR)

Made by Cindy O'Neal

Quilted by Cindy O'Neal

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: My original design based on a combination of photos of couples

Artist statement: A close encounter under a magical umbrella was the first spark in a complex relationship. The charmed umbrella kept this couple dry even in a down pour - this is depicted with the silver thread used to quilt the wind-driven rain. Black, white and red were major themes throughout the story. A rayon cord is used to delineate the flouncy curves on the woman's dress. Read the book to learn more about Celia and Marco and their "Enchanted Encounters."

Woven Round-About

 

Winner of $500.00 for Judges Choice - David Taylor

Sponsored by Stitch On Needlework Shop

 

Entered by Valetta Gyurci (St. Paul, MN)

Made by Valetta Gyurci

Quilted by Mary Rossi

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Makers Original Design

Artist statement: A St Bridget's Cross (Ireland Souvenir) was the starting point for this quilt design. I'm always surprised how a quilting idea can be broken down into parts for piecing. I was able to break down this wall quilt design into quarters and achieve a woven look. The right vertical line came later. The color scheme came from wanting to use the circular watercolor-looking print found on a trip to California.

Hearts and Flower and Endless Love

 

Winner of $500.00 for Judges Choice - Gloria Loughman

Sponsored by Steady Betty

 

Entered by Ms. Diana D Vilas (Gold Beach, OR)

Made by Ms. Diana D Vilas

Quilted by Ms. Diana D Vilas

Started in 2010, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Appliqué block designed by Nancy Chong

Artist statement: When my daughter got married in 2010, I wanted to make her a queen size wedding quilt. Luckily I had signed up for an appliqué mystery class which inspired this five-year project. The pattern consisted of an 8" square with a floral design running on a diagonal. Four of these blocks pieced together created a wreath and reminded me of a wedding ring pattern. I designed the border appliqué after assembling 80 blocks.

Robber's Roost

 

Winner of $500.00 for Judges Choice - Jenny Bacon

Sponsored by Quilters Treasure

 

Entered by Joanne Baeth (Bonanza, OR)

Made by Joanne Baeth

Quilted by Joanne Baeth

Started in 2014, Finished in 2014

Design basis: original

Artist statement: I have been fascinated by crows for years. To unlock the theme of this quilt you will have to look closely. The outside circle has been over painted to create a lunar effect. The background has been heavily quilted and hundreds of feathers and leaves were fused and stitched. Hand dyed cottons and silks were used and techniques include fusing and heat distressing fabric.

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