the Next indiana heritage quilt show is March 5 - 7, 2020.
Our most recent show was held March 7-9, 2019. We're a friendly quilt show held in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana every spring. You'll find all the information you need to attend and participate here on our site. Check out winners from 2019 as well as for previous years. This summer, we’ll be posting details and registration information for our March 5-7, 2020 show. Please consider joining us for our next gathering.
Congratulations to our 2019 award winners (PDF) and thanks to Phil Cramer for providing photos for the gallery! Best of Show was awarded to Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, Maine for her “Taking the Unmapped Road” quilt.
Margaret Solomon Gunn
BEST OF SHOW 2019
This quilt started as a mindless exercise in piecing—a time when I needed the journey more than product. The finished quilt speaks to my sense of bold color, and intricate, original quilting. The edge is the added bit of crazy I can’t seem to avoid! Remember, “Not all who wander are lost.”
I love trees. Being in a forest is always a joy. I love the green, the steadiness, the peacefulness, and the sounds of the forest. The traditional Tree of Life block has stood the test of time. There is something about the geometry, the angles, and the elegant beauty of this timeless block that I find calming and reassuring, like I feel in the forest. Doing this block in green somehow just seemed right.
I experimented with an oval ruler, hoping it would generate conversation with my mother-in-law, as she was in assisted living and her forté had been floral wreaths. The quilt is hand quilted, hand appliquéd with trapunto.
Inspired by the beautiful flora and fauna of the American Southwest, Native American basket and bead motifs, the quilt seeks to honor a beautiful but harsh environment. All the flora and fauna are original drawings, free motion machine quilted with added hand tied ombre-dyed, beaded details.
Dresden Plate quilts are traditionally arranged in a grid and made with colorful fabric. This version plays with color, scales, and pattern to create a modern version. The black Dresden Plate is hand stamped with silver fabric ink, using washers and machine parts as stamps to impart an industrial element.
When I first saw this design, I knew I wanted to make it. It took me about two years to get it done. It was not an easy piecing due to some bulkiness at some points. I got an idea from a bee member, Dedaimia Whitney, to flatten the problem areas down with a hammer.
Inspired by a block by Amanda Jean Nyberg (aka Crazy Mom Quilts), I set out to put some small scraps to good use I added a variety of black and white prints to enhance the many colors of scraps used. Random straight line and serpentine quilting add a modern touch.
I used a layer cake to create this Dresden Sunburst in bold colors.
Yvonne (Bonnie) Harlow
This quilt was quite a challenge. Picking all of the wild fabrics and then using all of the different techniques. Finally coming all together.
New Lenox, Illinois
“Spot On!” is hand appliquéd and machine pieced by Gail. Jan created a design using metallic thread to frame the body of the quilt. The machine quilting is 100% hand guided.
An original design, using traditional sunburst blocks and floral appliqué. The pricing, appliqué, embroidery, beading, and quilting were all done by hand. I worked on this pink quilt while my sister was fighting breast cancer.
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Repurposing some old doilies provided the inspiration for a modern interpretation of them, using a reverse appliqué technique. More reverse appliqué in the borders, bobbin work, and some silk/cotton blends creates an evolution of traditional piecing from the 20th century to a new interpretation for the 21st century, with plenty razzmatazz.
St. George, Utah
Designed and pieced in a Gail Garber workshop. It reminded me of a pinball machine when it was all pieced together, thus the name. Caryl Fallert gradations and jewel-toned silks gifted to me were the basis for the quilt. Lots of hand embroidery, paint, beads, and embellishments.
This original memory quilt was designed by me after I inherited my father-in-law’s silk ties. The quilt was pieced and quilted on a domestic sewing machine. The quilting extends the piecing pattern. The gray dupioni silk represents the shirt and the black the suit. Crystals were added to mimic tie pins.
The Wedding Ring quilt, requested by my son and his wife, includes 1930’s reproduction fabrics, Quilter’s Dream lightweight cotton batting, and a shadow print floral back for their daughter, Daisy. The hand-quilting incorporates many hearts, modified infinity emblems, and lots of love. I used acrylic template by Marti Michell to achieve the round pieced rings. Her curved-seam-kite-joiner pieces create round rings, avoiding the “square” look some templates produce.
Had all my fabric purchased for “Compass Rose.” The teacher ran out of patterns, so she gave me “Captain Wheel” which required more fabric. I was unable to purchase more of the required fabric, thus the name.
Starburst is my original design. Created from the classic Lemoyne Star block. Designed and quilted to give it a more modern spin.
Scraps from my friends. About 12,000 pieces and I had a great time making it.
Martha Rochelle Higdon
Our quilt club challenge was two color only which included the thread color. I tried to make use of all types of techniques, threads, and embellishments. I enjoyed seeing how far I could go yet stay within the rules. This was the first time I have used the Superior Glitter thread and I really liked the sparkle effect it presented.
This variation on a string quilt was made with scraps silk and velvet, neckties, and kimono pieces.
Equilateral triangles made with Cherrywood hand-dyed fabric.
A little bit of green and you can see many moons high in the Colorado evening sky. Adapted from Heather Black’s “Mountain Scene” pattern. Combines batik, fossil fern, and other fabrics with Magnifico threads from Superior Thread. Machine quilted with Bernina 820.
West Lafayette, Indiana
This quilt was made during the Ricky Tims “Improv” retreat. I coordinated several of my African fabrics with other bright fabrics to create this improvisational log cabin. The colors and energy in this quilt remind me of the bustling buying and selling activity at an African Market.
Kathy A. Munkelwitz
Pink stripes are the main color for this cute quilt. It is embellished with embroidery and tiny buttons.
Up-cycled jeans and men’s shirts made into 9 patches and simple curves. The road is continuous and never ending. Look for the doors to the houses in the quilting.
In 2000 after a cancer diagnosis and losing my mother and husband, I was depressed. To help recovery an acquaintance introduced me to quilting which rapidly became a passion. Now remarried, life is bright again and just as my quilt depicts the rising of phoenix it represents my own rebirth.
Sanbornton, New Hampshire
Based on a c. 1970s Soviet military topographical map of the Himalayas, including the peak of Kangchenjunga (which translates as “Five Treasures of Snows” in the local language) at 8,585 meters. Each fabric represents 400 meters of elevation. All work by hand.
Donna Jean Mease
A heirloom quilt for my granddaughter, Isabella. There is one blue bunny because Issy loves ice cream! I reconfigured the block for more symmetry and the border for more tulips. Hand appliqué with cotton batiks and silk threads. Beautifully custom quilted with lots of feathers and a checkerboard by Jan.
I used the different color and types of thread for the embroidery and to make the shapes when I quilted on the appliqué. All beads are Swarovski. I changed the border to a lovely image of my creation. The border is my original design pattern.
Santa’s “nice” list contains the names of my grandchildren and family members. The “naughty” list names are storybook villains. The corded binding has 368 loops—I had fun making every one of them!
This quilt is based on Luke 12:27. The folded cutwork is my original design. The overall design is the result of an 8” block. Some have one arc, some have two, and some have none. How they are arranged creates the interlocking rings. Approximately 1,250 hours of work.
Burlington, North Carolina
This quilt was inspired by an internet posting that defined the word “irony” as the opposite of “wrinkly.” This is my attempt to express this idea in visual form. My hope is to bring a smile to the viewer.
Like most quilters, I gaze out airplane windows and see endless landscapes of potential quilts.
The scrap circles and white stained sheet were found in a scrap bag for dog bed filling, cut by an unknown maker for an unknown purpose, I saw potential for this landscape inspired quilt.
Apple Valley, Minnesota
A Modern Mini that was really fun to create!
We encounter social pressures in our lives that often challenge our core values and beliefs. Black and white becomes gray. Changing culture and society can be a raging river threatening to topples us. Hold on to your values in the midst of it. This piece represents those standing firm.
Krefeld, NRW, Germany
The term “fractal” was first used by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975, based on the Latin “fractious” = “broken.” The pieced background is overplayed by painted circles (acrylic paint and alcohol based ink)—machine appliquéd, organza, and silk elements. Embellished with 30,000 Swarovski crystals.
St. George, Utah
The gradation fabric purchased at Hancock’s of Paducah is what inspired this quilt. Hand embroidery, hand dyed trim purchased in Japan 10 years ago, Lumiere paints, and lots of sparkle were added for accent.
I took this photo in a fishing village near Cape Town, South Africa. I was fascinated by the colors and reflections and was trying to recreate that feel. This quilt took about a year to make and has about 8400 individual pattern pieces. It is not foundation pieced, but uses a technique I developed myself, called “Picture Piecing.”
Jenny K. Lyon
Granite Bay, California
I challenged myself to create a “formal” quilt with the imprint of grasses in my yard as motifs. I love the way the Aurifil 12 wt thread makes a bold statement. Trapunto, free motion quilting, ruler work. Cotton sateen, wool batting, silk and cotton thread, rickrack, and self-made silk piping. Original design. Standard domestic machine.
Made with fusible appliqué, shading added with Inktense pencils. Quilted freehand on my Innova. Inspired by a favorite family photograph, taken around 1900. The boy playing trombone is my grandfather and two more generations of musicians followed him, including me.
This quilt is dedicated to all those who have suffered financial hardship: past, present, future. It was inspired by the song “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” by Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney. Materials include newspaper (used for batting), craft paper, packing paper, screening, thread.
Jag was created by manipulating a photo, having it printed on fabric, then thread painted and quilted.
Pieced from jelly rolls.
Pieced from jelly rolls.
Columbia, South Carolina
Based on a photo of a Vermont Beaver pond, I composed a scene involving reflections. I used techniques new to me, including my love of working thin strips into my quilts.
Lexington, South Carolina
I designed and created this piece after being inspired by the background, which is my first hand-dyed fabric. I created “layers” on the quilt, i.e., the spider web was placed on the quilt and attached after quilting was completed under that area.
As Kitty stalks for pretty in the grass, he is totally unaware that he is also being stalked.
My paradise is filled with lush foliage, rich texture, and a bit of whimsy. Turned edge hand and machine appliqué. Design inspired by the painting ‘The Equatorial Jungle’ by Henri Rousseau.
Berry W. Kaliszak
The inspiration for the quilt came from living in Germany, near the medieval historic town of Rothenburg. The fabric was hand-dyed white Kona Cotton. Thread painting was used to create the scene and clock tower. The machine quilting is 100% hand guided.
Sissy Victoria is a depiction of our daughter who is the dreamer, day dreaming about life and the world outside her home.
This piece was designed to showcase my hand dyed and shibori indigo dyed fabrics. 100% hand dyed fabrics, 50 wt Aurifil thread.
This piece was completely piece with the flowers and the flowerpot appliquéd on top during the cold part of winter. With the addition of this piece, I always have sunshine and flowers in my studio! Hand dyed and commercial fabrics.
This quilt is the latest in a series of string pieced quilts that I have completed in the last few years. There are 400 five inch blocks that were foundation pieced on used dryer sheets. It is a gift for a dear friend. Sweet dreams, Ruthie.