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.”
Susan Colston Bloomington, Indiana
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.
Barbara Clem Rockford, Illinois
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.
Into the Westward Sun
Bethanne Nemesh Allentown, Pennsylvania
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.
Lisa Parker Indianapolis, Indiana
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.
Maryam Othman Bloomington, Indiana
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.
Churning Out the Scraps
Jane Pitt Bloomington, Indiana
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.
Melanie Shrader Kokomo, Indiana
I used a layer cake to create this Dresden Sunburst in bold colors.
Village in the Wilds
Yvonne (Bonnie) Harlow Indianapolis, Indiana
This quilt was quite a challenge. Picking all of the wild fabrics and then using all of the different techniques. Finally coming all together.
Gail Stepanek 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.
Primrose and Promises
Cathy Bingham Knoxville, Tennessee
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.
Becky Weiland 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.
Marilyn Badger 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.
A Taste of Tie
Inger Blood Camino, California
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.
Happy Hearts and Daisy Love
Melinda Fletcher Washington, Indiana
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.
Not Quite 79x79
Kathryn Gostola Chardon, Ohio
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.
Peggy Marquardt Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Starburst is my original design. Created from the classic Lemoyne Star block. Designed and quilted to give it a more modern spin.
Nola Hartman Bloomington, Indiana
Scraps from my friends. About 12,000 pieces and I had a great time making it.
Only Two Colors Allowed!
Martha Rochelle Higdon Fairland, Indiana
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.
Kathy Sheehan Bloomington, Indiana
This variation on a string quilt was made with scraps silk and velvet, neckties, and kimono pieces.
Linda Kelsey Bloomington, Indiana
Equilateral triangles made with Cherrywood hand-dyed fabric.
Early Spring in Colorado
Donna Molzon Martinsville, Indiana
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.
Joan Fulton 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 Isle, Minnesota
Pink stripes are the main color for this cute quilt. It is embellished with embroidery and tiny buttons.
Pauline Salzman Gulfport, Florida
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.
Molly Hamilton-McNally Tehachapi, California
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.
Megan Farkas 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.
Baltimore Bunnies, Too
Donna Jean Mease Derby, Kansas
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.
My Lovely Life
Rie Grimm Brookfield, Wisconsin
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.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Linda Neal McKinney, Texas
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!
Consider the Lilies
Audra Rasnake Meadowview, Virginia
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.
Wrinkly / Irony
Connie Griner 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.
Center Pivot Irrigation
Dana Kuhline Cincinnati, Ohio
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.
Suzy Webster Apple Valley, Minnesota
A Modern Mini that was really fun to create!
Standing in the River
Sharon Schlotzhauer Monument, Colorado
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.
Claudia Pfeil 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.
Marilyn Badger 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.
Reflections of Cape Town
Cynthia England Dickinson, Texas
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.
The Gault Family Band
Jan Hutchison Sedgwick, Kansas
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.
Poor Man's Quilt
Emily Bogard Bloomington, Indiana
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.
Leigh Layton Indianapolis, Indiana
Jag was created by manipulating a photo, having it printed on fabric, then thread painted and quilted.
Juilanna Valentine Golconda, Illinois
Pieced from jelly rolls.
Cecilia Valentine Golconda, Illinois
Pieced from jelly rolls.
Cindy Loos 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.
Foliage and Friends
Sara Quattlebaum 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.
Kitty on the Green
Lisa Dodson Martinsville, Indiana
As Kitty stalks for pretty in the grass, he is totally unaware that he is also being stalked.
BrendaRoach Bloomfield, Indiana
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.
Romantic Road to Rothenburg
Berry W. Kaliszak Sevierville, Tennessee
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.
Pat Kelley Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sissy Victoria is a depiction of our daughter who is the dreamer, day dreaming about life and the world outside her home.
Sonia Martin Cincinnati, Ohio
This piece was designed to showcase my hand dyed and shibori indigo dyed fabrics. 100% hand dyed fabrics, 50 wt Aurifil thread.
Sonia Martin Cincinnati, Ohio
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.
Betsey Glassey Bloomington, Indiana
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.