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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Maine Quilts 2015

It's past time for me to share some of the quilts from the 38th annual "Maine Quilts" with you. This is a large show held each year in the state of Maine by the state guild, Pine Tree Quilters Guild. For the past number of years the show has been held in Augusta at the Civic Center. It is a wonderful air conditioned facility with lots of parking.

Without further chitchat, I'm starting with some of the ribbon winners. Best of Show was won by Christmas Celebrations, pieced by Debra Shepard of Wells ME and professionally quilted by Susan Foster. It was supposed to have been a tree skirt but she couldn't bear to cut out the center, so she calls it her first round quilt. It is 59" in diameter and it is a Judy Niemeyer design.


Spirit by Georgia Spalding Pierce of Seattle WA was a first place winner in the bed quilt category. It would have had my vote for best of show as I thought it was spectacular. It is the second in a series of her quilts exploring the art of different cultures. It is (needle turned) hand appliqued, machine pieced, hand embroidered and free motion quilted. The quilting on it was exceptional, I thought.












Another Judy Niemeyer design, Bali Wedding Star by Donna Crawford of Lewiston ME is 106" square. It took her 8 months to complete, is paper pieced and was professionally quilted by Alice Koroski. It won an Honorable Mention ribbon.













Mariner's Compass by Samantha Rugan of Casco ME is also a Judy Niemeyer design. It is paper pieced, professionally quilted by Alice Koroski, and sported a third place ribbon. Beautiful!











Always A Way by Dan Perkins, Rangeley ME, is an original design. Also a first place winner, it is machine pieced, and machine quilted by his wife Carol Perkins.












Luckily I got to see the back as well, which really shows off the quilting. I wonder how many hours this took?



















First place winner in the wallhangings category, Eli, Cross Country by Sarah Ann Smith of Hope, ME  was drawing lots of attention from viewers. It is an original design, and portrays her son Eli on a cross country trail at Camden Hills. Her machine quilting was so very well done.


That's all for now folks. I have to run. We're off to a friend's cottage for the day to escape the heat.....

To be continued.....

Peace,
Linda

August is like the Sunday of summer.


4 comments:

Jeanna said...

I am speechless. All of those quilts are spectacular. I couldn't cut into the round one either and the wall handing of the runner is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer said...

Stunning quilts......"Spirit" is amazing. Thank you for sharing!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

So many talented quilters again, the round one is unique.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Fabulous!!! loved the Spirit..

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