The Twisted Sister

 

Winner of $10,000.00 for Best of Show Quilt

Sponsored by Gammill Quillting Systems

 

Entered by Margaret Solomon Gunn (Gorham, ME)

Made by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original hexagons

Artist statement: I love to take an old-fashioned pattern and modernize it through fabrics. This quilt uses bold floral, fussy-cut, hand-pieced hexagons, that are set on silk Radiance fabric. Fabrics and colors are reminiscent of a quilt I made in 2014, but the zebra print makes this quilt the wilder sibling! All quilting is hand guided, and originally designed to compliment the hexagon design.

Cardinal Points

 

Winner of $7,500.00 for Marie White Masterpiece Award

Sponsored by Road to California, Inc.

 

Entered by Gail Stepanek (New Lenox, IL)

Made by Gail Stepanek

Quilted by Jan Hutchison

Started in 2014, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: An antique compass block was reduced in size and paper pieced. North, south east and west are the cardinal points of a compass. Jan used mostly silk thread for the quilting but added in one subtle metallic for some highlights.

Yuja

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Director's Choice

Sponsored by Moore's Sewing Center

 

Entered by Linda C Anderson (La Mesa, CA)

Made by Linda C Anderson

Quilted by Linda C Anderson

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: photograph

Artist statement: Yuja was inspired from an interview I saw on PBS on this phenomenal classical pianist, Yuja Wang, who has a personality and presentation that are unique in the world of symphonies. I knew i needed to tell her story. The background and musical script are hand painted. I continued the staff lines onto the piano for the continued feel of movement. She also is handpainted and raw edge appliqué, as are all the various pieces in foreground.

Emma in the Looking Glass

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Art Quilt

Sponsored by Handi Quilter

 

Entered by Lenore Crawford (Midland, MI)

Made by Lenore Crawford

Quilted by Lenore Crawford

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: My design was created using my raw edged fusing technique. I was inspired by photos I took of my friends' granddaughter searching for frogs in my mother's lily pond. I used a very tiny amount of fabric paint to add fine detail too small to fuse. Textural fabrics added to the detail created and some fabric was dyed while others were hand painted in the design.

REBORN

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Innovative Quilt

Sponsored by SewBatik

 

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

Made by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally

Quilted by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally

Started in 2013, Finished in 2015

Design basis: ORIGINAL DESIGN

Artist statement: IN 2000, I WAS DIGNOSED WITH CANCER AND,AFTER THE DEATHS OF MY MOTHER AND HUSBAND,I FOUND MYSELF FALLING INTO A PERIOD OF DEPRESSION. I REALIZED THAT I HAD TO FIND MY WAY BACK TO THE LIGHT.AN ACQUAINTANCE ENCOURAGED ME TO TAKE A CLASS IN BASIC QUILTING. UNEXPECTEDLY,I FOUND MYSELF DEVELOPING A PASSION FOR THIS ART FORM. I AM NOW REMARRIED,LIFE IS BRIGHT AGAIN AND, JUST AS MY QUILT DEPICTS THE RISING OF THE PHOENIX, IT REPRESENTS MY OWN REBIRTH.

Z is for Zoey

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Modern Quilt

Sponsored by Riley Blake Designs

 

Entered by Mary Kerr (Woodbridge, VA)

Made by Mary Kerr

Quilted by Karen McTavish

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: This quilt was inspired by a a single long strip from the 1930s. Tongues of fabric had been hand appliquéd with black thread on both sides of a muslin strip. It was never incorporated into a quilt and at one point someone even cut out one of the fabrics to reuse. I created a pieced Z in honor of my granddaughter, Zoey Rose McPherson. Karen McTavish added the perfect background with her distinctive lace quilting.

From the Bride's Trousseau

 

Winner of $5,000.00 for Outstanding Traditional Quilt

Sponsored by Janome

 

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: Original, symmetrical whole cloth quilt. The ivory silk fabric is colored with the dense stitching using several colors of silk thread. Hand-guided quilting features several patterns adapted from the Japanese Sashiko designs.

Blue Anemone

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Best Use of Color

Sponsored by Carriage Country Quilts

 

Entered by Andrea Brokenshire (Round Rock, TX)

Made by Andrea Brokenshire

Quilted by Andrea Brokenshire

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Hand painted Silk, whole cloth

Artist statement: I wanted to capture the beauty and brillance of a Blue Anemone Poppy.

Into the Western Sun

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Excellence In Longarm Quilting

Sponsored by American Professional Quilting Systems

 

Entered by Bethanne G Nemesh (Allentown, PA)

Made by Bethanne G Nemesh

Quilted by Bethanne G Nemesh

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Into the Westward Sun was inspired by my 4x great grandmother, who immigrated to Kansas before it was a state. This made me think of the monumental courage needed to make such a leap of faith. I also was inspired by my trip to the canyon lands of Arizona and Utah. I tried to evoke the danger to those not respectful of the beautiful desert. I tried to also pay homage to the native peoples there, because they are in harmony with it.

Blush

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Excellence In Machine Quilting

 

Entered by Cindy Seitz-Krug (Overgaard, AZ)

Made by Cindy Seitz-Krug

Quilted by Cindy Seitz-Krug

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: There is something about the classic beauty of wholecloth quilts that never goes out of style. I think the most difficult part of making a wholecloth quilt is designing it. It’s quite a challenge to find just the right balance of larger motifs that will dazzle, and subtle but beautiful backgrounds to make the main motifs pop, and also make the viewer delight in the detail.

AZTEC SUNSET

 

Winner of $1,500.00 for Excellence in Hand Quilting

Sponsored by World of Quilt Travel

 

Entered by Linda M Roy (Knoxville, TN)

Made by Linda M Roy

Quilted by Linda M Roy

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original appliqué/pieced/embroidered four block design

Artist statement: Four block designed on graph paper with wide tea dyed muslin border. Each of the four quadrants are similar colors in different fabric choices with tea dyed muslin and three different stripes repeated for continuity creating a large scrappy look. Hand embroidered on top of hand quilting to emphasize triangular shapes. Large swirls create movement.

Remains of the Day

 

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

Sponsored by Busy Bee Quilt Shop

 

Entered by Lyric Kinard (Cary, NC)

Made by Lyric Kinard

Quilted by Lyric Kinard

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: As the wanted, the desired, are chosen and whittled away, what is left becomes beautiful and rises. The remains are here, singing.

Here's Lookin' at You

 

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

Sponsored by Martelli Enterprises, Inc.

 

Entered by Wendy Knight (San Diego, CA)

Made by Wendy Knight

Quilted by Wendy Knight

Started in 2014, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: I was looking for a way to create a quilt that looks like a watercolor painting, using a pallet that is not photo realistic. My love of horses inspired me to create this quilt, which I machine pieced hoping to achieve a high-key effect. The quilt is freehand machine quilted and includes a few hand appliquéd pieces.

Lily

 

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

Sponsored by Maywood Studio/EE Schenck Company

 

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

Made by Ms. Hiroko Miyama

Quilted by Ms. Hiroko Miyama

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: I wanted to depict Natsumi as an elegant lady since she grew up to 9 years old. Snow tanned her face may not meet my intention but looks a tomboy. Girl was made by fused appliqué and Lilies on hair and blouse were machine embroidered and appliquéd. Free motion quilt and shadow trapunto were applied.

Country Roads

 

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

Sponsored by Brother International Corporation

 

Entered by Joanne Baeth (Bonanza, OR)

Made by Joanne Baeth

Quilted by Joanne Baeth

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: Country Roads was inspired by barns from the past, old houses with screen doors, and antique tractors with simple engines. Cottons, silks, wool rovings, and and hand painted fabrics were cut into small pieces and fused to create leaves, trees, boards, and tractors.Grasses and bushes were thread painted and the fence wire was created from cotton cording, paint, and glue. The piece was heavily machine quilted.

Summer Lake Sandhills

 

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

Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc

 

Entered by Joanne Baeth (Bonanza, OR)

Made by Joanne Baeth

Quilted by Joanne Baeth

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: Large groups of Sandhill Cranes arrive in early spring in SE Oregon and NE California. Summer Lake is a large refuge with extensive wetlands and a ridge that rises to 7000" in elevation. The feathers for each of the 34 Sandhills were inked, cut out, and fused one feather at a time. Silk organza fabric was used to create a receding shoreline at the bottom of the quilt. Bushes and grasses were thread painted.

The A-E-I-O Ewes

 

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

Sponsored by BERNINA of America

 

Entered by Janet Stone (Overland Park, KS)

Made by Janet Stone

Quilted by Janet Stone

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: I had to design this quilt after the title came to me first, while lying in bed one night. The color fabrics were all hand dyed by my very talented friend, Gilbert Muniz. It was originally going to be just a wall quilt, but it demanded to be bit larger. This is the 16th quilt in my alphabet quilt series.

PROUD PEACOCK

 

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

Sponsored by Leo9 Textiles

 

Entered by Mrs. Antonia Hering (Hoorn NETHERLANDS)

Made by Mrs. Antonia Hering

Quilted by Mrs. Antonia Hering

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original my own design

Artist statement: I always wanted to make a quilt with a peacock. I appliquéd one, with all kinds of fabric, but in the end I did not use it. Instead I ended up quilting one. The challenge was to use very tiny stitches. It had to be a special one, different from all I had seen. Another challenge was the handpiecing of the tiny triangles in the spirals.The rest of the quilt is inspired by old catalogues from the 1800's showing all kinds of long forgotten crafts.

Bailando en la Noche (Dancing in the Night)

 

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

Sponsored by Kerry's Kollectibles

 

Entered by Ms. Shelly Stokes (Alexandria, MN)

Made by Ms. Shelly Stokes

Quilted by Ms. Shelly Stokes

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: The colorful medallions evoke the swirling skirts of Mexican folk dancers under an exuberant night sky. Just as music and dance add delight to our lives, hand stitching breathes life into the painted images. The shapes in the medallions were painted on whole cloth black fabric with Shiva Artist’s Paintstiks. All surface stitching was done by hand with pearl cotton threads. It appears to be appliqué, but it's not.

Five Turns of the Wheel

 

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

Sponsored by Primitive Gatherings

 

Entered by Sandra F Peterson (Muncie, IN)

Made by Sandra F Peterson

Quilted by Sandra F Peterson

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original design, based on 12 pointed star block.

Artist statement: This quilt was designed using my original "fractured wheels" because I was thinking about a design that fills in between circles. The idea of playing with colors that move through the circles with an imaginary turn of each wheel was intriguing. Clockwise, follow yellow starting with the lower left corner circle and watch it move through the circles and burst out and consume the center circle.

Merry Christmas

 

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

Sponsored by BlocLoc Rulers - USAUS LLC

 

Entered by Ms. AKI SAKAI (Hachiouji, Tokyo Japan)

Made by Ms. AKI SAKAI

Quilted by Ms. AKI SAKAI

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: I like minuture quilts and embellishing quilts very much. This is my first Christmas quilt. Construction methods include hand appliqué, hand piecing and hand quilting.

Configuration

 

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

Sponsored by Modern Quilt's Unlimited

 

Entered by Eva Birch (Mantua, OH)

Made by Eva Birch

Quilted by Eva Birch

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: I designed this quilt for the book " Appliqué for Modern Bginners" which I co- authored with Jodi Robinson and Nancy Gano. I loved the design process, color combination and the ability to enhance the quilt with a variety of background fills, utilizing the negative space.

Prairie Panorama

 

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

Sponsored by Clover USA

 

Entered by Ms. Marie K O'Kelley (Seattle, WA)

Made by Ms. Marie K O'Kelley

Quilted by Ms. Marie K O'Kelley

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: adapted from diamond logcabin

Artist statement: I've been intrigued by the Modern Quilts since attending a lecture by Krista Withers. This is my first attempt at that style. My design started from the diamond shape of the cone flowers. I especially enjoyed designing the hand quilting.

#12787 - Spring Dance

Spring Dance

 

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

Sponsored by OC Sewing & Vacuum

 

Entered by Barbara Clem (Rockford, IL)

Made by Barbara Clem

Quilted by Barbara Clem

Started in 2013, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: My mother-in-law always made the most beautiful floral wreaths from her garden...and each wreath seemed to have it's own character. We needed to move her into an assisted living and I felt that making a quilt using some of her 'elements' (flowers, leaves) that it may spark her interest and give us all something to talk about...since tulips were my favorite flower, I began with them!

Pinball Wizard

 

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 2013, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: This quilt evolved from a class taken by Gail Garber on drafting star blocks. I loved the idea of the off-center stars and wanted to use some beautiful silk fabrics my friend Beth Nufer gave me one year at Road. I love embellishing and had a great time in Madison, Wisconsin during Quilt Expo visiting bead shops in the area to find things that would carry out the theme. Appropriately named by my friend Linda Naughton from Duluth, MN.

Copper Reflections

 

Winner of $1,000.00 for 1st Place: Traditional, 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 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original design

Artist statement: Copper Reflections is a celebration of East and West, Earth and Sky. Fragile cherry blossoms and majestic cranes converge with traditional stars and feathers. Original design. Hand-guided, using Superior's So Fine, Magnifico and Kimono Silk threads. Dupioni silk, backed with hand-dyed cotton sateen. Crests of entwined cranes and cherry blossoms, from Sashiko Designs, by Sylvia Pippen, with permission.

Happy Halloween 2

 

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

Sponsored by Bohin France

 

Entered by Ms. AKI SAKAI (Hachiouji, Tokyo Japan)

Made by Ms. AKI SAKAI

Quilted by Ms. AKI SAKAI

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: I like Halloween very much. I enjoyed Halloween when I lived in Ohio. This is my second Halloween quilt. Construction methods include hand appliqué, hand piecing and hand quilting.

Chasin' Rainbows

 

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

Sponsored by ABM International, Inc. / Innova

 

Entered by Teri L Cherne (Henniker, NH)

Made by Teri L Cherne

Quilted by Teri L Cherne

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: I was inspired by the traditional Wedding Ring block...but had to change it up bringing into the Modern day. I enjoyed designing the quilting around the piecing to give it more dimension, adding a hint of rainbows to frame the design. I used Hobb's Wool and Polydown for batting. Wonderfil's Invisifil, Decobob for the quilting. Dazzle for couching the front. YLI's Quilt Highlights Metallic Braid for bobbin work on the back.

Dream a little dream for me!

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Critter

Sponsored by Martelli Enterprises, Inc.

 

Entered by Pat Rollie (Tullahoma, Tn)

Made by Pat Rollie

Quilted by Pat Rollie

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: photograph

Artist statement: I wanted this art quilt to express the special relationship that exists between parent and child. I find animals in the wild do a magnificent job in displaying this. This piece is a reflection of a moment of bonding, relaxation and resting peacefully together. Whole cloth image painted with re-active fabric dyes and fabric paints was used. Textures and shadows were created with free motion design pattern.

Reflections of Cape Town

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Naturescape

Sponsored by Brother International Corporation

 

Entered by Cynthia England (Dickinson, TX)

Made by Cynthia England

Quilted by Cynthia England

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: photograph I took

Artist statement: I was fortunate to teach quilting in South Africa. While there, we were able to take a side trip to Cape Tow. It was a beautiful day in this fishing village. The colors and reflections of the bright boats were fascinating. I am constantly amazed at the places that quilting takes me. This quilt took about a year to make and has approximately 8400 individual pattern pieces in it.

Jars of Clay

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Art Pictorial

Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc

 

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: The inspiration and concept for this piece came from scripture (Isaiah 64:8). We are the work of the Master Potter's hand. Each life is unique and beautiful in its own way. The use of “tiles” in the background was inspired by Gloria Loughman’s technique.

Esfahan

 

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

Sponsored by BERNINA of America

 

Entered by Megan Farkas (Sanbornton, NH)

Made by Megan Farkas

Quilted by Megan Farkas

Started in 2013, Finished in 2016

Design basis: tile mosaic from Jameh Mosque in the city of Esfahan

Artist statement: When I first saw the inspiration tile mosaic, I thought, "That's a quilt!" And now it is. From a photograph by Sebastià Giralt, used with permission. All work by hand.

Bubbles of Joy

 

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

Sponsored by Beyond The Reef

 

Entered by Mrs. Anne Lillholm Jorgensen (Nuenen Netherlands)

Made by Mrs. Anne Lillholm Jorgensen

Quilted by Mrs. Anne Lillholm Jorgensen

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Inspiration was magnet on my whiteboard. Colors give me joy and bubbles are always reaching for the stars. Joy and happiness give me a feeling of beeing full of bubbles. I love to work with the colorfull line of fabric from Kaffe Fassett.

Magical Toys

 

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

Sponsored by Freedom Star United LLC

 

Entered by Flora Joy (Johnson City, TN)

Made by Flora Joy

Quilted by Flora Joy

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Quilter's original design

Artist statement: This original 3-N-1 quilt has different views (front/right/left) that are images of three whimsical ceramic toys by Ukraine artists Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev (used with permission). Four curriculum questions are stitched at the corners. Techniques include 3-N-1 pleating, original embroidery “zipper” design, free-motion quilting, stacked Yo-Yos/buttons, three levels of hand-made piping, decorative stitching, triple-couched yarn, & crystals.

Solitaire

 

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

Sponsored by Primitive Gatherings

 

Entered by Lisa A Maechtlen (Anchorage, AK)

Made by Lisa A Maechtlen

Quilted by Lisa A Maechtlen

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original design of machine pieced hexagons

Artist statement: This quilt is constructed of machine-pieced hexagons using Karen K. Stone's technique. After selecting several values of yellow, I started working from the center and allowed the design to evolve. Beginning with Lisa H. Calle's dividing lines technique, the quilting design also evolved as the quilt itself inspired the overall quilting design.

Ancient Rose

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Miniature

Sponsored by Cotton & Chocolate Quilt Company

 

Entered by Mrs. Kumiko Frydl (Houston, TX)

Made by Kumiko Frydl

Quilted by Kumiko Frydl

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: The motif carries on from my previous quilt "The Silk Road", which was inspired by my research into the ancient network of trade routes across the Asian continent. This quilt depicts silk moths meandering back and forth across the route and congregating in the emblematic Rose at the heart.

Ojo de Dios

 

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

Sponsored by Modern Quilt's Unlimited

 

Entered by Mary Kerr (Woodbridge, VA)

Made by Mary Kerr

Quilted by Candice West

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: Three orphan blocks from the 1890s were set into this timeless and elegant setting. Candice West honored the makers of yesteryear with hand quilting in the vintage blocks and created magic with her stitches in the negative space. I love the richness of color and the way the blocks seem to dance across the face of the quilt.

Chihuly Days and Nights

 

Winner of $750.00 for 2nd Place: Modern Piecing

Sponsored by Shannon Fabrics

 

Entered by Stephanie Z Ruyle (Denver, CO)

Made by Stephanie Z Ruyle

Quilted by Stephanie Z Ruyle

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: improv piecing with a limited color palette

Artist statement: Inspired by the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year and the Chihuly Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens this quilt was improv pieced using rich, saturated warm and cool colors. The quilting is simple, organic and utilizes both cotton and metallic threads for depth. The subtle changes in the pieced binding make for a cohesive finish detail. The quilt back is also improv pieced and represents the tops design in the dark of night.

Waiting for Mr. Fraser

 

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

Sponsored by OC Sewing & Vacuum

 

Entered by Laurie Tigner (Rapid City, SD)

Made by Laurie Tigner

Quilted by Laurie Tigner

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: Was very bored waiting during transition during a period of downtime without a longarm. Decided to do something more elaborate in the making of the quilt top, in this case, including hand appliqué. I loved doing it so much that I have started another! Lemons to lemonade!

Magenta Magic

 

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

Sponsored by Quilting Treasures

 

Entered by Mrs. Janet M Knapp (Fergus Falls, MN)

Made by Mrs. Janet M Knapp

Quilted by Judi Madsen

Started in 2005, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: Encouraged by my husband to again design a quilt, I began my adventure. As I designed this quilt I envisioned an entirely different quilt...certainly not a center block and 12 circles each made up of 97 pieces of fabric. Quilted by Judi Madsen using 2 shades of Kimono silk thread. Two battings were used - Hobbs 80/20 and a blended batting of cotton/wool.

Wickedly Green

 

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

Sponsored by Elna Inc

 

Entered by Deborah Poole (Shelley, ID)

Made by Deborah Poole

Quilted by Deborah Poole

Started in 2014, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original

Artist statement: This quilt was an experiment in linear precision, hence, the "Wickedly". I wanted the majority of the background fills to be lines. It's kind of fun, the blue thread highlights different areas from different angles of observation, exactly what I was hoping for, and the reason I didn't use a lighter weight thread. This quilt has 293 hours of hand guided quilting that took nearly 8 months to complete.

Fun and Fancy

 

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

Sponsored by The Quilt House, Inc.

 

Entered by Mrs. Zena Thorpe (Chatsworth, CA)

Made by Mrs. Zena Thorpe

Quilted by Mrs. Zena Thorpe

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: All original

Artist statement: When I as a child would ask my mother what she was working on and why, she would always reply, "For fun and fancy." In other words you can simply do whatever takes your fancy and do it for fun. I made this quilt for fun and it turned out fancy.

Haru La Primavera

 

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

Sponsored by ABM International, Inc. / Innova

 

Entered by Mariko Duenwald (San Francisco, CA)

Made by Mariko Duenwald

Quilted by Mariko Duenwald

Started in 2014, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: Believe or not, my challenge was creating an unusual hexagon quilt.

Stripe Tease

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Abstract

Sponsored by Busy Bee Quilt Shop

 

Entered by Jennifer Emry (Arlington, VA)

Made by Jennifer Emry

Quilted by Jennifer Emry

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Abstract piecing

Artist statement: A machine-pieced composition with contrasting gashes of bright reds and whites on read-as-solid neutral fabrics, stripes, and plaids. An overlay of hand-quilted spirals adds texture.

Blue-Throated Barbet

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Critter

Sponsored by Martelli Enterprises, Inc.

 

Entered by Debra Crine (Marco Island, FL)

Made by Debra Crine

Quilted by Debra Crine

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: I saw a beautiful photograph by Shakyasom Majumder and he was kind enough to allow me to use it for inspiration. I continue to be fascinated by so many beautiful birds and their habitats. Hand painted on silk, steamed and then appliquéd to hand-dyed cotton sateen.

Terminus

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Naturescape

Sponsored by Brother International Corporation

 

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

Made by Ms. Christine Alexiou

Quilted by Ms. Christine Alexiou

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original design based on painting by the artist

Artist statement: Inspired by the Group of Seven who painted the rugged landscapes of Northern Ontario, I wanted to capture the sense of solitude of these wild places. I emulated the bold techniques of the Group of Seven with the use of unusual coloration and the broad painterly stylization of the subject. The title is reflective of a sense of being at the end of the world, beyond the reach of civilization's noise.

Crossing Over

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Art Pictorial

Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc

 

Entered by Lea McComas (Superior, CO)

Made by Lea McComas

Quilted by Lea McComas

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Inspired by photo

Artist statement: Inspired by a photo from the archives of the history Colorado Center in Denver, this diptych captures the relationship between the natural environment and the native inhabitants. The title "Crossing Over" alludes the the turmoil and change that would be forthcoming.

Night Hawk

 

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

Sponsored by BERNINA of America

 

Entered by Claudia c Myers (Duluth, MN)

Made by Claudia c Myers

Quilted by Marilyn Badger

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original design by Claudia Myers

Artist statement: “Night Hawk” started with a paper-pieced/curve pieced re-drafting of the clamshell block. I originally meant it to be a simple, straight set bed quilt, but it had a mind of its’ own and gradually morphed into this critter you see—Bird? Moth? Or Figment of my imagination? Marilyn created the beautiful swoops and organic textures with her machine quilting.

No Winter Lasts Forever

 

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

Sponsored by Sewing Party

 

Entered by Ms. Marie K O'Kelley (Seattle, WA)

Made by Ms. Marie K O'Kelley

Quilted by Ms. Marie K O'Kelley

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: The flower petals were the cut-away background bits leftover from a previous appliqué project ( we must not be wasteful), which used 123 different Moda Marbles from a charm pack. I had sewn them all on to a different background but didn't like it. Tried rearranging them; still no joy, and finally I settled on this depiction of Spring's return. The appliqué continues on the back.

Skyrockets in Flight Over San Francisco

 

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

Sponsored by Quilter's Cottage, LLC

 

Entered by Linda S Schmidt (Dublin, CA)

Made by Linda S Schmidt

Quilted by Linda S Schmidt

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Memories of fireworks over the Bay

Artist statement: I was asked to create a Fireworks quilt by the Academy of Quilting.com to replace a retiring teacher's class. Naturally, it had to be completely different from hers, so mine is a riot of exploding fireworks made with threadplay, Angelina and Tintzl fiber, MistyFuse, foil and foil glue, glitter, fancy threads and anything I could think of to create my internal vision of fireworks over San Francisco Bay. You can even see a tiny San Francisco!

Discontinued Pretties

 

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

Sponsored by Primitive Gatherings

 

Entered by Birgit Schueller (Riegelsberg Germany)

Made by Birgit Schueller

Quilted by Birgit Schueller

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: At some point, I ended up with a bunch of fabric swatches of discontinued batik fabrics. I thought them to be much too pretty to not be used. So, I teamed them up with some scraps I had of other favorite batiks of mine. I liked the idea of using the baby block layout – this is as close as I will ever get to doing a hexagon quilt! The geometric overall design of the top needed some whimsical quilting which is complemented by the uneven edges.

Pineapple Delight

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Miniature

Sponsored by Cheri's Crystals

 

Entered by Amy Pabst (Le Roy, WV)

Made by Amy Pabst

Quilted by Amy Pabst

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Traditional pineapple block

Artist statement: This quilt was foundation pieced and is made of sateen fabrics. There are 6,300 pieces

Rechallenged

 

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

Sponsored by Modern Quilt's Unlimited

 

Entered by Valetta Gyurci (St. Paul, MN)

Made by Valetta Gyurci

Quilted by Mary Rossi

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: The Dahlia focus fabric was part of a Minnesota quilters challenge packet. Loving the fabrics, I collected a complementary assortment...never to be used. I decided to rechallenge myself using these fabrics and purchased even more. When my design came together, only the Dahlia Fabric remained. I had to purchase the needed solids to complete my idea.

My Grand Total

 

Winner of $500.00 for 3rd Place: Modern Piecing

Sponsored by Guidelines 4 Quilting

 

Entered by Kathy Schwager 9493023241 (IRVINE, CA)

Made by Kathy Schwager

Quilted by Kathy Tamosaitis - Brandywine Quilting

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: modern fabrics, low volume fabrics

Artist statement: I saw Pat's quilt at QuiltCon 2016. It was in the booth of American Patchwork and Quilting and appeared in their April 2016 magazine. The designer is Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics. I followed the basic pattern, but added a larger mix of fabrics and more plus blocks. I really enjoyed mixing the fabrics and constructing the quilt. Kathy Tamosaitis' beautiful work on the quilting really brought it all together.

Consider the Lilies

 

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

Sponsored by OC Sewing & Vacuum

 

Entered by Audra B Rasnake (Meadowview, VA)

Made by Audra B Rasnake

Quilted by Audra B Rasnake

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Lilies are designed by Susan Brubaker Knapp

Artist statement: The basis for this quilt began with Luke 12:27 ("consider the lilies"). I rearranged two lilies designed by Susan Brubaker Knapp and placed them into my own pattern. The 5 blue folded cutwork pieces are my original design. The main body of this quilt is based on an 8" block and how the blue curves (one or two per piece) are arranged to create the interlocking rings. There are 1250 hours in this quilt and almost 2000 yards of quilting thread.

Dakota Destiny

 

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

Sponsored by Quilting Treasures

 

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

Made by Marilyn Lidstrom Larson Ms.

Quilted by Barb Simons of Stoneridge Quilting

Started in 2006, Finished in 2016

Design basis: traditional sunflower with pieced sashing

Artist statement: While attending a lecture/trunk show by Cindy Brick I photographed antique sunflower blocks. Unable to find the exact block pattern I drafted my own. The blocks are hand pieced. Barb Simons did the exquisite quilting.

"Just Ruffling Some Feathers"

 

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

Sponsored by Elna Inc

 

Entered by Gina Boone (Advance, NC)

Made by Gina Boone

Quilted by Gina Boone

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original

Artist statement: This is my first completely original designed wholecloth quilt.

Kiku

 

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

Sponsored by Starr Design Fabrics Inc

 

Entered by Sandy Clark (Fresno, CA)

Made by Sandy Clark

Quilted by Sandy Clark

Started in 2014, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Original appliqué design based on the tile quilt technique

Artist statement: I became familiar with the appliqué technique called tile done around 1900's. I saw it as an opportunity to utilize my asian fabrics.

Kaboom!

 

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

Sponsored by ABM International, Inc. / Innova

 

Entered by Suzy Webster (Apple Valley, MN)

Made by Suzy Webster

Quilted by Suzy Webster

Started in 2013, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original Design

Artist statement: I wanted to play around with Mariner's Compass designs done differently. This is what I ended up with!

Hope

 

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

Sponsored by Maywood Studio/EE Schenck Company

 

Entered by Kay Donges (Suches, GA)

Made by Kay Donges

Quilted by Kay Donges

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original design

Artist statement: This is a portrait of one of my former students. He lived in what many would think of as a hopeless situation. But he had hope. "HOPE ... Sometimes that's all you have when you have nothing else. If you have it, you have everything." Placing the figure against a flowered background has inspired by the art of Kehinde Wiley.

Monterey Wharf

 

Winner of $499.00 for Best Group Quilt

Sponsored by Material Girl

 

Entered by Phyllis L McCalla (Dixon, CA)

Made by FAB5-P McCalla, J Bawart, C Brorby, C Pirrucello, J Soules

Quilted by FAB5-P McCalla, J Bawart, C Brorby, C Pirrucello, J Soules

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Various techniques

Artist statement: This quilt represents a personal photograph. Each panel was designed and completed by a different artist, utilizing a variety of techniques, including machine piecing and appliqué, fabric painting, beading, couching, hand embroidery and machine quilting.

Why Not?

 

Winner of $499.00 for Best Quilt from a First Time Entrant

Sponsored by Quilt in A Day

 

Entered by Angela Petrocelli (Prescott Valley, AZ)

Made by Angela Petrocelli

Quilted by Angela Petrocelli

Started in 2012, Finished in 2015

Design basis: Diamond Log Cabin by Cindi Edgerton

Artist statement: This quilt was created because I wanted to learn how to sew by machine. Friends said to start with something simple, I asked "Why?' It took three years, but I finished my first quilt. Now I say, "Why Not?" I fell in love with the process and designed this quilt using charms, my love of tiny pieces and my desire to make the process last longer. Organizing colors by value was done out of necessity, because how else do you sort over 2,000 colors?

Mummy Without Coffee: Take 2

 

Winner of $499.00 for Most Humorous Quilt

Sponsored by Farmhouse Threads, Inc.

 

Entered by Mrs. Mathea Daunheimer (Oamaru New Zealand)

Made by Mrs. Mathea Daunheimer

Quilted by Mrs. Mathea Daunheimer

Started in 2015, Finished in 2016

Design basis: original design based on smaller version whole cloth painted

Artist statement: Life without coffee is just chaos! How will mummy dragon cope, there is no coffee in those cans? Flailing her little arms and breathing smoke and fire may help a little...

Joy

 

Winner of $498.00 for Judges Choice - Kathy McNeil

Sponsored by Steady Betty

 

Entered by Athena P Brandon (San Diego, CA)

Made by Athena P Brandon

Quilted by Athena P Brandon

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: my own

Artist statement: This piece is inspired by my niece Mindy and her dog Higgins as they played with a hose.

Cat Tails

 

Winner of $498.00 for Judges Choice - Linda V. Taylor

Sponsored by Stitch On Needlework Shop

 

Entered by Pat Durbin (Arcata, CA)

Made by Pat Durbin

Quilted by Pat Durbin

Started in 2015, Finished in 2015

Design basis: original

Artist statement: This wonderful tiger cub inspired the quilt. I decided to crop to her hind quarters and use a punny setting. The background is woven in the sky area and mosaic pieced in the foreground. The tiger is painted and heavily thread painted.

Milkweed No. 1

 

Winner of $498.00 for Judges Choice - Tracey Brookshire

Sponsored by Quilters Treasure

 

Entered by Sarah Ann Smith (Hope, ME)

Made by Sarah Ann Smith

Quilted by Sarah Ann Smith

Started in 2016, Finished in 2016

Design basis: Original, artist's own photo

Artist statement: For a number of years now I've been enchanted by the bizarre appearance of the milkweed pod. The wild flower is unassuming, a drab mauve. But the peculiar branching nature of the seedpod and the glorious seeds themselves, borne on wisps of silk, entrance me. The white silks are soft; just the slightest breeze will catch and float the seeds across acres. To some gardeners, they are invasive weeds to be yanked. I wait for their autumn beauty!

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