Greetings! This year’s Vermont Quilt Festival – celebrating 40 years! – was wonderful as usual. Lots of fabulous quilts to look at and special exhibits to enjoy. My quilt was awarded one of 4 “Judge’s Choice” awards – given by well known antique quilt collector, appraiser, quilt historian and lecturer, Gerald Roy. What an honor!! Each judge gets to pick one quilt that is their favorite and which they would take home with them if they could. I was fortunate to be able to meet him and thank him.
In the overall judging, I received a red ribbon (second place); I’ll be very interested to get my scores and see where my deductions were when the quilt comes home later this week. I’ll try to remember to share my thoughts on this in the next post. For now I want to share my favorite quilts from the show with you.
My favorite quilt in the show and the one I would have given my “Judge’s Choice” ribbon to if I had been a judge is Barbara Korengold’s “Ben’s Midnight Garden.” WOW! I had seen pictures of this quilt on line and been blown away by it, but to see it in person was heaven. This is all hand appliqued and hand quilted and, INMO, one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve seen. I wish I had made it!! Click on any pictures for enlargements:
This next quilt by Chris Wickert was Best of Show and is beautiful!!! The colors are subtle – what would now be referred to as “low volume” – but lovely and the quilt is entirely hand made. The workmanship is exquisite. I was very fortunate to meet Chris for the first time at the show and we had lunch together. I’ve long admired her work and it was great to meet her and share quilting stories!
Chris has had 2 previous Best of Show quilts at Vermont (that I’m aware of) so this makes 3, I believe!! She used some silk in this one, but it’s mostly made of cottons, unlike some of her previous recent quilts which have been all silk. Love her edging on this one and there are bead embellishments too.
The work on this next quilt was amazing and the result is a gorgeous quilt!!! I had wanted to meet Megan Farkas and we were finally able to briefly meet when we were both attending Ruth McDowell’s walk through and discussion of her exhibit (which was fabulous; more on that in another post). I’m hoping to have a chance to talk with Megan more at some point in the future. This is another hand made quilt – hand appliqued and hand quilted. Just amazing (please click to enlarge and see the wonderful details):
While the above 3 quilts are hand done, the next 2 favorites were machine quilted. I love Ann Feitelson’s work and look forward to seeing something new from her at each Vermont show and she didn’t disappoint this year. I love, love, love her use of color and adore this quilt:
Finally, this next quilt by Marsha Molloy won the award for the best “traditional” quilt in the show. I loved it and would like to some day make something similar. I love the dotted background fabric she used and love how the fussy cut hexagons came out:
I’m going to end this post here. I have much more to share from Vermont over next few posts. Also, I am making good progress on my “resurrected UFO” and will update you next time. Will talk next time, too, about the process of making berries for applique. Stay tuned!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi