Eternal Beauty is dedicated to my mom, who's beauty in life shines eternally in my heart. During her 40 year struggle with Multiple Sclerosis, she taught me always to have Hope and to Laugh in the face of adversity. To exhibit Courage, Kindness and Compassion and to possess Tenacity and Pride. Most of all, to understand that Life is what we make regardless of the circumstances. I chose colors she loved and paired them with a beautiful Robert Kaufman print. 4yrs and 15,000 pieces later, I had created a vision of love & beauty in the night sky. The mosaic tile looking border that "frames" the quilt is my own unique creation, and yes, it is pieced. Original design, drafted on graph paper.
Spring Dance - Exemplary Hand Quilting
Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL
I decided on a wreath design because my mother in law was being relocated into an assisted living. Her forte had always been herb wreaths and I felt this would then become a conversation piece. The leaves are all patterned after the flora in our backyard and the flower motifs I designed sitting at our kitchen table. All made from 100% cotton quilt shop fabrics and superfluously hand quilted to give the illusion of spinning.
First Frost - Exemplary Machine Quilting
Jan Hutchison, Sedgewick, KS
This wholecloth is inspired by the work of William Morris. Free motion quilted by longarm on linen with a metallic glaze.
A Slice of Pi - 1st Place, Modern Quilts
Constance Griner, Burlington, NC
The image of pi is visually appealing, with its sinuous shape. Making a visual pun proved irresistible, marrying the figure of pi with its homophone, pie. Circles and their diameters are quilted into the background. The border features pi to 70 decimal places.
Modern Brilliance - 2nd Place, Modern Quilts
Melissa Snyder, Carmel, IN
Piecing Pattern: Brilliance by Amy Ellis I challenged myself to create unique and interesting flowers in wide open space, and had a lot of fun quilting all those swirls.
Stars and Sparks - 3rd Place, Modern Quilts
Judy Tescher, Pendleton, IN
My quilt was made to celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial. It features 19 full stars which represent Indiana becoming the 19th state in the union. It also presents 31 sparks representing the states yet to join thye union.
View Below - Honorable Mention, Modern Quilts
MA Cramer, Beecher, IL
Flying over downtown Chicago, I began to focus on the view outside my window. What started as a panoramic view soon became magnified as my focus shifted to neighborhoods, then individual block and street intersections. This simplistic view below reminded me of the modern art forms as they were introduced to me in the 1960s. The streets depicted in this quilt are actually near the Art Institute on Michigan Avenue.
Do These Stripes Make My Butt Look Big? - 1st Place, Mixed Technique/Traditional
Susan Turnquist, Tifton, GA
A lime-green, raw-edge appliquéd zebra stands in lush vegetation composed of free-form pieced New York Beauty blocks. The piece is rendered almost entirely in commercial cotton batiks and is machine free-motion quilted.
From the Bride's Trousseau - 2nd Place, Mixed Technique/Traditional
Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Original, symmetrical silk whole cloth quilt uses silk thread to create color. Hand-guided longarm quilting executed on a Handi Quilter Fusion.
It Takes Five - 3rd Place, Mixed Technique/Traditional
Elsie Campbell, Ponca City, OK
It took 5 talented quilters to make this Round-Robin-style quilt. Elsie made the center block and then received this stunning quilt top a year later. She then took her time to hand quilt it. Round Robin participants included Marilyn McSpadden, Kathleen Baughman, Pam Goggans, Donna Lynn Thomas and Elsie M. Campbell.
Master of the Hounds - Honorable Mention, Mixed Technique/Traditional
Anne Armour, Spring Lake, MI
Based on the 1875 Orientalist painting by Jean-Leon Jerome, Master of the Hounds captures the enduring relationship between dog and man. As the Master emerges from his home, the dogs await their next adventure together.
Rose Parade - Honorable Mention, Mixed Technique/Traditional
Linda Thielfoldt, Troy, MI
Scarlet Red wholecloth quilt. This quilt showcases my original quilting designs and features lots of freehand work.
This quilt was inspired by a paper placemat I brought back from Switzerland. That, combined with cutting into fabric to create reverse applique, resulted in fabric full of holes that resembled Swiss cheese.
Bouquet Royale - 1st Place, Large Pieced Quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME
Hand-pieced, fussy-cut hexagon "flowers" are set in champagne silk. The quilting is hand-guided and original.
Free Fallin' - 2nd Place, Large Pieced Quilts
Kathie Beltz, Greenfield, NH
Free Fallin’ is an original design, with the name being inspired by the Tom Petty song. The maple leaves are free falling, spinning as they fall out of the trees. Constructed by Kathie Beltz and quilted by Mara Novak.
Tranquil Spaces 2 - 3rd Place, Large Pieced Quilts
Loretta Painter, Norris, TN
Making this quilt was a lot of fun, picking the more than 30 fabrics gave me the opportunity to revisit my stash.
Anita's Quilt - Honorable Mention, Large Pieced Quilts
Anita Harden, Indianapolis, IN
The 12 pieced center blocks were made many years ago as part of a Quilts Plus Second Saturday project. After becoming a box of UFO's for many years, a fellow quilter lovingly designed a set and pieced together the finished project. I loved it so much that I asked for it back!
Joseph's Coat - Honorable Mention, Large Pieced Quilts
Megan Farkas, Sanbornton, NH
After making a quilt with many templates, I enjoyed a much more relaxed process with this one! All work by hand.
Counterchange Arrowheads - Honorable Mention, Large Pieced Quilts
Linda Scholten, Oxford, OH
Design seen in an antique quilt. It took a year to hand piece the blocks, and two weeks to devise a pressing scheme and use nearly 4000 silk pins to pin the seam allowances down so that the top could be pressed. Each corner of each block is part of an eight pointed star. Expertly machine quilted by Linda Miller.
Magnetic Attraction - 1st Place, Small Pieced Quilts
Gail Stepanek, New Lenox, IL
Four extra blocks from a previous quilt sat for two years until finding a new home in this wall hanging.
Portlandia - 2nd Place, Small Pieced Quilts
Mary Kay Price, Lake Oswego, OR
Portlandia is inspired by my beautiful home, Portland Oregon. A second inspiration is the demise of maps. It seems I actually liked them! Machine pieced with commercial and hand-dyed cottons. Machine quilted with cotton thread.
Small Log Cabin - 3rd Place, Small Pieced Quilts
Janet Taylor, Bloomington, IN
Scrappy log cabin quilt with barn raising arrangement. Blocks are 4 1/2 inches and rails finish to 1/4 inch.
Feathered Star - Honorable Mention, Small Pieced Quilts
Martha Higdon, Fairland, IN
One feathered Star in blue and white and a little brown. Orange outer border and a whole lot of quilting, mix of computerized and free hand. A few crystals to make it sparkle.
When I'm 64 - 1st Place, Appliquéd Quilts
Diane Evans, Schenectady, NY
Quilt artist Philippa Naylor said about this piece, “It’s rather ‘Sergeant Pepper,’ isn’t it?!” So I chose its name to reflect my love of the Beatles and the year in which I’d hoped to complete it. The quilt contains appliqué shapes from “4000 Flower and Plant Motifs: A Sourcebook” by Graham Leslie McCallum, as well as original appliqué motifs, hand embroidery, and original quilting designs completed on a domestic machine..
Forever Flowers - 2nd Place, Appliquéd Quilts
Kathy Munkelwitz, Isle, MI
A lovely wall quilt, made entirely from fabric on hand. The background fabric dictated the hand quilting designs—very fun.
Old Glory Under HIS Wings - 3rd Place, Appliquéd Quilts
Julee Prose, Ottumwa, IA
Original design done as an Eagle Album. There is much symbolism thru out. Techniques are hand quilting and needle turn applique, inking, photo transfer, embroidery, fussy fabric cutting & paper piecing,
Hand-Painted Silk Charmeuse turned edge Appliquéd Dahlia and bud on a confetti style background of cotton batiks. Hand guided machine quilting created on a domestic machine
The Sprinter - 2nd Place, Art/Innovation Quilts
Birgit Schueller, Riegelsberg SL, Germany
Originally, I had planned for the main focus of The Sprinter to be speed. But during the quilting process, the quilt sort of "took over“ making me feel that there was so much more involved in this topic. I’m not a sprinter, but I’m a runner. I run for different reasons - out of habit, to sort my thoughts, to elaborate on ideas, to tackle problems, to calm down, to experience physical exhaustion. I leave a lot of things behind, I find a new perspective on things, I can determine goals more clearly. To me running is freedom, running allows me to break free from the stress and restrictions of everyday life!
Bringing Down the House - 3rd Place, Art/Innovation Quilts
Jan Hutchison, Sedgewick, KS
Adapted from a drawing I made in high school. This was a fun quilt to make using machine appliqué with details added with Inktense pencils. Free motion quilted on longarm. Check out the green warts!
Wickedly Green - Honorable Mention, Art/Innovation Quilts; Exemplary Edge Finish
Debra Poole, Shelley, ID
This quilt was an experiment in linear precision, hence, the "Wickedly". "Wicked" has 293 hours of hand guided quilting that took nearly 8 months to complete. It has two layers of batting, Quilters Dream Blend and Wool. Threads used are Glide, Invisifil and Superior Glitter.
Furrealism: Dali Has Gone to the Dogs - Honorable Mention, Art/Innovation Quilts
Pauline Salzman, Gulfport, FL
nspired by Salvadore Dali’s the Weaning of Furniture. These dogs are having illusions.
Circle the Dots - 1st Place, Polka Dot Challenge
Brenda Roach, Bloomfield, IN
This quilt incorporates three things that I often use in my quilts: circles, the full color wheel, and flying geese. The dots are a fun addition!
Ferris Wheel Flowers is a happy wall quilt of polka dot flowers and leaves which I then embellished with buttons and beads.
Alive and Growing - 3rd Place, Polka Dot Challenge
Mary Kay Price, Lake Oswego, OR
Appliqued with commercial fabrics and machine quilted. Each raw edge is encased in satin stitch using a rayon or polyester thread before the top is sandwiched. A straight stitch of #12 rayon thread was stitched along each side of the satin stitch after the backing and batting were added. Inspired by the art of Jane Sassaman.
I love quilts, all quilts. When it comes to making my own quilts I confess to being partial to checkerboards, stripes, black and white fabrics, and, of course, polka dots. As a personal challenge, I decided to try to put them all in one small quilt. Oh My!
Bushel Basket Quilt - Mayor's Choice
Betsy Glassey, Bloomington, IN
This is a design by Edyta Sitar from her book "Scrappy Firework Quilts" (2012). There are 144 blocks and much fussy cutting was done. It is a true stash buster. I added the inner blue border.
One Thing Leads to Another (1 of 2) - Exemplary Use of Color, Commissioner's Choice
Pat Surra, Bloomington, IN
This quilt is one of two bargello quilts made simultaneously from strip sets of 126 different 2 inch strips. The idea was to have no fabric repeat itself in the flow of the bargello. The two quilts look stunning when hung end to end.
One Thing Lead to Another (2 of 2) - Exemplary Use of Color, Commissioner's Choice
Pat Surra, Bloomington, IN
This quilt is the second of two bargello quilts made simultaneously from strip sets of 126 different 2 inch strips. The idea was to have no fabric repeat itself in the flow of the bargello. The two quilts look stunning when hung end to end. Please note the subtle difference in the names.
On the Edge of Eternity - NACQJ Award of Merit
Gayle Pulley, Eatonville, WA
This quilt is whole cloth hand painted with Setasilk paint on cotton. It is machine quilted on my Bernina 630 home machine. The symbolism represents my personal belief in the nearness of the second coming of Jesus.
Really "Wild" Flowers! Third Season - Judge's Recognition, Doris Goins
Sharon Schlotzhauer, Monument, CO
This whimsical quilt is one of three larger pieces in my "Wild" Flowers! series. Designed to emphasize layers and dimension, color, texture, and movement. Embellished with metallic thread, beads, and Swarovski crystals. Construction methods include machine piecing, machine appliqué, paper piecing, modified piecing, and domestic machine quilting.
IMA T PHROG - Judge's Recognition, Kathy McNeil
Cathy Jones, Avon, IN
This is an original raw edge design created for the All Star Quilters Guild in Jacksonville, FL, quilt challenge "Going Green". I used techniques of free motion quilting, inks and painting to enhance the design.
Colorful Nine Patch - Young Quiltmaker
Zachary Cook, Bloomington, IN
Nine patch wall hanging.
Oliveea's Sky of Squares - Young Quiltmaker
Oliveea Wolfe, Bicknell, IN
Astronomical Escape - Young Quiltmaker
Susannah Summerlot, Bloomington, IN
I love astronomy and the myths and legends behind the constellations. My favorite constellation is Pisces. This was the inspiration for my choice of fabrics. I really appreciate how the dark blue fabrics contrast to the light grey fabrics. I used the pattern "Fire Escape" by Terry Atkinson. I think this pattern makes it look like a stairway to outer space and my panto-graph pattern looks like the cosmos.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame - Young Quiltmaker
Ashley Cook, Bicknell, IN
Sabrina's Cheerful Creation - Young Quiltmaker
Sabrina Carson, Bicknell, IN
Graceful Stitching - Young Quiltmaker
Grace Yochum, Bicknell, IN
Rose - Young Quiltmaker
Mercedes Harbin, Bicknell, IN
Summer Dream - Young Quiltmaker
Madison Black, Bicknell, IN
Teenie Booper - Young Quiltmaker
Kyleigh Smith, Bicknell, IN
Cheerful Breeze - Young Quiltmaker
Trinity Brown, Bicknell, IN
Summer Lovin - Young Quiltmaker
Kaitlyn Thomas, Bicknell, IN
Rylee's Purple Pansies - Young Quiltmaker
Rylee Hammelman, Bicknell, IN
Rachel's Pool of Flowers - Young Quiltmaker
Rachel Rawles, Bicknell, IN
Haley's Dreaming of the Ocean - Young Quiltmaker
Haley Hammer, Bicknell, IN
Butterfly Star - Young Quiltmaker
Adrienne Summerlot, Bloomington, IN
I love Blue Morpho Butterflies and so it was easy to decide I wanted to find butterfly fabric for my quilt. My grandmother took me shopping for my fabrics at The Stitching Post in Washington, IN. My favorite of my coordinating fabrics is "Fairy Mist" because it is a beautiful lighter green with some sparkle in it. I based my new room in my new house on this fabric. I used a panto-graph called "Angel Wings" for the quilting because they looked like butterfly wings. I spent many Sundays between New Year's and May of 2017 working on this quilt, my second ever quilt and first one of this size.