Wow, so much to see that it was overwhelming. I had to intersperse looking at quilts with visiting vendors and attending demonstrations. Here’s some of what I saw.
Political quilts by Thomas Knauer, Chawne Kimber and Colleen Molen. Notice how each one inserts text in a different way.
Churn Dash quilts, an old favorite reinvented. The top two are traditional, the bottom four are all taken from the Charity Challenge exhibit.
The Modern Traditionalism category: the top one is by Virginia’s own Mary Kerr. I loved the detail of the old-fashioned print used in just a few triangles in the second quilt. The last one (salmon-colored) was upcycled from thrift store shirts.
These next few caught my eye because of playfulness or use of color. The “lobstah” quilt is by Shelley Brooks, one of our founding members before she moved away. Well done!
Minimalism along with spectacular quilting:
My two favorites were both low volume. This is “I Know the Stars are There Beyond the Clouds 2” by Heidi Parkes. It was huge, beautiful, detailed, and it gor my vote for Best in Show (though it didn’t win).
Here’s a closeup of the hand quilting and her use of red thread which is almost invisible until you look closely.
My other favorite is this one, which won first place in the Quilting category: Ode de Yoshiko by Marilyn Farquahar.
and a closeup:
Wow, so much inspiration!