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Friday, February 6, 2015

World Quilt Show Winners

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It's been a busy week and I've been absent from here for a few days; I know some of you are patiently waiting to see more quilts so I'll reward you today with some Winners! As I said previously I'm making very few personal comments as there just aren't enough superlatives to describe these works of art - every. one. is. EXCEPTIONAL... I explained the ribbons/awards given in this show here, in case you missed it. If there were more than ten entries from a country, then a "Best of Country" award was given. I have already shown the Best of Country winners from Australia and New Zealand here. Now let's look at the others (in random order)...

Skyline, 69" x 69" by Claudia Scheja of Germany.  Best of Country - Germany.

"Skyline depicts a view of the city of Germany's capital Berlin. Since the bear is the heraldic animal on Berlin's city coat of arms, I constructed the center of my quilt using the Bear Paws block. The gradating shades of green in these blocks as well as the sky mimic the fading day light. The silhouettes of houses and of Berlin sights and landmarks - created using fusible appliqué - stand out in black against the yellow/orange/red border, representing the setting sun.

Machine Appliquéd, Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Original Design

Even if you have never visited Berlin, you likely recognize at least one of these landmarks- the Brandenburg Gate, centre top.

Nature's Treasures, 72" x 72" by Diane M. Abram of United Kingdom. Best of Country - United Kingdom

"Three books of William Morris inspired designs were used for this original quilt. The center is from Rosemary Markham's "Floral Abundance." The other designs are taken from Michele Hill's books on William Morris appliqué. I didn't use all traditional Morris fabrics preferring instead to try to see if I could give the design a different feel with a more modern choice. Metallic thread has been used to edge the appliqué and to give it sparkle."

Machine Appliquéd, Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Original Design

My Brothers I Seek, 63" x 46" by Shani Leser of Israel. Best of Country - Israel

"Watching these three brothers, listening to their music and their laughter, I was captivated by the energy that flowed between them, uniting them in an invisible bond of love despite their differences. It brought to mind the Biblical story of Joseph searching for this brothers and for brotherhood, " brothers I seek." The technique that I used is machine raw edge appliqué with zigzag stitch and machine quilting. I used pastel crayons to enhance the faces and hands."

Machine Appliquéd, Machine Quilted, Original Design.

Let's Do the Dresden Twist, 75" x 75"  by Teri Cherne of Henniker, NH, USA. Best of Country - USA

"So much fun! All the wide open space made for great play time!"

Hand Appliquéd, Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted, Original Design

And finally, the Viewer's Choice Winner - Perseus Saving Andromeda, 79" x 66", by Marilyn Belford of Chenango Forks, NY, USA

"When Cassiopeia's hubris leads her to boast that her daughter Andromeda is more beautiful then the Nereids, Poseidon chains Andromeda to a rock and sends a sea monster after her, but she is saved by Perseus, her future husband. Original design made with commercial fabric, fusible web and thread sketching. Long arm quilted. No inks or paints applied."

Machine Appliquéd, Machine Quilted, Original Design.

In my next post, I will share the rest of the "big" winners, and the "Best of World" winner....


“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”
~William A. Foster


Pamela Gordon said...

Wow. Incredible work. I like the one from Germany and the Dresden Twist is very pretty. I wouldn't want to be a judge for these shows. Nice to see the sunshine even if it's cold. Enjoy the weekend.

Vee said...

They really are art! Busy week, eh?! Hope it was the fun kind of busy.

Sara D.B. said...

Well, again, what can one say? These quilts are incredible and unique. One could spend hours admiring the details.
I was able, however, to pick my favourite: it's always the one with flowers... :)
Thank you, Linda, for sharing your interesting travel and these photos with us!
Have a lovely weekend!

Country Gal said...

WOW ! amazing work ! Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend !

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Gorgeous quilts. I love Skyline. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

All these quilts are stunning - I specially love the German entry! Thank you for sharing!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Sometimes it's hard to imagine that these art quilts. How beautiful...each and every one! Happy weekend my friend! Hugs!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Great pieces of creative quilting. I find the one with the dragon rather unique, it must be hard to make people and mythological beings from material.

Angela Perez said...

I enjoyed learning about you and what you do. Its a pleasure meeting you and learning about your passions. I've became a new follower. Thanks for giving us a chance to win something. My email is

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