The first thing I saw was the magnificent collection of quilts from Deb Grana and Sharon Waddell. It was without a doubt the best exhibition of antique quilts I ever seen at a quilt show. Both Sharon and Deb are very gracious about sharing their collection. I was of course mesmerized for an hour or so. Finally, a friend broke the spell by asking me where my quilt was displayed. Wow, I forgot all about it. We headed into the main hall to look for it. I was so surprised to see a red ribbon attached! But, it also had a little gold safety pin on it and I couldn't figure out why until another friend came by and asked me why I wasn't at the awards ceremony, and "didn't you hear your name called?" Long story short, I was also "honored" with a judge's Choice ribbon from Sue Nickels.
I feel particularly honored since I consider Sue to be one of the greatest "machine queens" of the quilt world and for her to choose my all hand appliqued and hand quilted potholder method quilt, I was speechless! (and for those of you who know me, I am rarely speechless!) I'm sorry to say that I failed to get permission to post any of the contest quilt photos I took. Deb and Sharon however are happy to have us share their quilts with those of us who appreciate them.
Thank you Deb and Sharon!!
Here are a few of my favorites. I'm not going to caption them so if you have any questions, please let me know and I will give you the information that was published in the show booklet.
There were early quilts
and eagle quilts
and a super fun "Trip Around the World"
here is a close up - look at that fussy cutting!
another favorite - these stars were amazing!
a great sampler
lots of great red & green
This was my favorite and when I asked Deb for permission to reproduce it, she said "by all means, but I think you are crazy!" We'll see!
just look at those grapes and tendrils and piping!
I don't think I will do the conventional red & green. Hmmm, maybe cheddar?
That's all for now. I will post more later. If you ever get a chance to meet either of these fine collectors, do let them know how much we appreciate their custodianship! They are both members of AQSG and I think they are both planning on being at this year's seminar in Indiana.
Enjoy the day!