My life has been so wonderfully exciting for the past four weeks...starting with the chateau tour of the Loire valley in France, a week in Lanzarote of the Canary Islands, the quilt show in Paducah, a weekend trip to New York City and finally home in Alaska.
I have to share a few pictures of quilts from Paducah...even if you have seen some of them already through the blogging world. I was drawn mostly to machine quilting. If there is a dogwood ribbon..the quilt was a winner at the show.
Ricky and Lucy, 65" x 49" by Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek. Click on this photo to see the incredible quilting. Bernina of America Best Home Machine Workmanship. The "purchase award" was $12,000.
October Sky, 60" x 66" by Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA. I couldn't even begin to get good photos of all the great machine quilting. I spent a lot of time looking at this one. This quilt received the Handi Quilter Best Wall Longarm Machine Workmanship, $3,000 purchase award. The fabric was a silk dupioni. All the flora and fauna were freehand, free-motion quilted.
Skyfall, 58" x 66", by Kathie Beltc and Mara Novak, Greenfield, NH. Honorable mention in the small wall quilts, longarm machine quilted.
This quilt was so fun...would love to have one like this just as a sampler of quilting stitch ideas. Background Noise, 57" x 49", by Lisa Techmann, Amherst, NH.
An interesting AQS factoid...there were 63 quilts in the Paducah show from Japanese quilters. The next two really caught my eye. Autumn Favor, 77" x 78", by Kiyoko Matsumoto from Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan. It won second place in the Large Wall Quilts, Pictorial.
An amazing quilt done entirely by hand. Thank You! Gratitude, 78" x 78", by Akiko Matsumura, Iida Nagano, Japan, Purchase award of $12,000. I really wish I knew more details about this quilt...like how long the entire process took.
And the big winner, Majestic Mosaic, 86" x 86", by Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin. The front was entirely machine appliqued by Buckley with the machine quilting by Haddadin.
It won the top prize, Best of Show with a purchase award of $20,000. Here is the backside...it looks like an entirely different quilt...I didn't see a single tension bauble.
A detail photo of the applique work...so perfect!!!
It is fun to look at these pictures again. There were so many amazing quilts.