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Monday, July 27, 2009

How do you choose a favourite?

When walking through a Quilt Show, especially if it is a large one, how do you pick one favourite? When they hand you that little ballot, to vote for the one you feel should win "Viewer's Choice", what do YOU do? Do you pick the one you would like to take home? or the one you feel is most deserving because of the workmanship? The one made with your favourite colours? Or the one you would want to rescue if someone yelled FIRE!!! ? It's usually a difficult decision to choose only one.... I often have at least half a dozen favs!!
Sometimes there is one, or several, that stand out above all the rest. At Maine Quilts 2009, this was the top winner of the Judged Quilts - It was titled "Darwin's Diamonds and Flowers", and was made by Ronda Kae Beyer from Oregon. It is 80" square, an original design, and is hand and machine appliqued and machine quilted. It was inspired by her trip to Darwin Australia as a high school exchange student. Her workmanship was exceptional and the quilting was exquisite- I would say probably the best I have ever seen. (You can click on these photos for a closer look). Her colour choices were beautiful, I thought, and look at her backing- what a perfect choice. One would almost wonder if she got the backing first and chose her other fabrics for the top based on it...? It was indeed, worthy of top prize, in my mind. Below are several closeups. Tomorrow I'll show you a few others which I thought were exceptional quilts...

Piece,

Linda

"Every quilter has a masterpiece within..."

4 comments:

GailM. said...

O
MG, this is beautiful Linda. I'm so glad you showed us closeup pictures. Wow. I missed going to Maine Quilts this year. I'm anxious to see who is teaching next year.

Lee said...

Ditto what Gail said!

Linda H said...

Yes this quilt is truly spectacular. The quilting was amazing! I don't know why the last two pics - the closeups - will not open up larger when you click on them... Can any of you more experienced bloggers out there tell me why some photos will not do this sometimes?

rondabeyer said...

Linda,
Thank you so much for your kind words about my quilt, indeed on of my favorites as well.... I actually started collecting the corals, salmons and watermelon reds, the periwinkles blues and dipped into my stash of beloved lime green for this quilt long before I found the backing, perfect isn't it???? If you are ever in Oregon be sure and check out my Mom's Quilt Shop, "Jane's Fabric Patch" in Tillamook, Oregon.. Again thank you all the compliments and great pictures... Hugs Ronda K Beyer

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