Last week passed like a whirlwind, snow, workshops, lectures, judging and all! I have a couple of days off to make my way from Hampton, VA to Somerset, NJ. My main focus is to rest up for another busy quilt show event: The Quilt Fest of New Jersey is open to the public from March 5th through 8th. Before the doors open Thursday morning I will hang my special exhibit and co-judge the entries submitted for prizes, ribbons and critiques.
The slide show above features a selection of last week’s stellar entries for the “Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival”. What a privilege it was to see these quilts first hand. The teams of judges had their work cut out for them. This was my first time judging the Wall Quilt Category. On Sunday I finally had some time to leisurely view all entries. I hope you enjoy a small selection of overall entries and winners above. I have provided titles, quilt maker names and awards (where applicable) for your reference.
I was in awe of the diversity and innovative approaches on exhibit! The entry “Rodeo” by Cathy Wiggins was constructed entirely of leather. The pictorial details were quilted by machine. I also discovered an “old” favorite, “Hudson Trader” by Colleen Wise. Congratulations on Best Interpretation of Theme and Judges’ Choice Awards – well deserved! And then there was the BIG winner, Margaret Solomon Gunn for her Best of Show overall in addition to her Best Machine Workmanship for “Jester’s Folly” in the Wall Quilt Category.
I was touched by Kathleen Rountree who sent me a personal thank you note after the awards were made public. I had awarded Kathleen my Judges’ Choice rosette for her entry “Sonoma Sunday”. I was very impressed with her skillful integration of an antique linen cut-work table runner into the quilt. Her machine quilting and the addition of tiny seed beads to repeat the main quilt color in the white linen runner made for a cohesive entry. I am sure you will agree that this entry is one of many deserving of a ribbon.
My workshops in Hampton were very well attended, and I now look forward to another busy time in the classroom starting Thursday. I am sharing “Layers of Intrigue”, a two day workshop and “Discover the Ancient Art of Kantha Quilting”, my one-day format workshop and the lecture “Innovative Connections”. For details, times and to register (Yes, there are still some openings) visit the website for the Quilt Fest of New Jersey or arrive early Thursday morning to secure your seat.