We just got back from AQS Chattanooga. It was a lovely show with tons of amazing quilts to see and study. It is always so much fun to guess at how people did things or what they were thinking. It is a known fact that while I almost always love the winners of shows like these, they are very rarely my favorite quilts. Sometimes I wonder if it is the resistance to authority in me, but after lots of reflection and studying many quilts, I think it is because any of them could be the winners or the judges are privy to details we can’t see from our viewing angles. That and, for me, it comes down to a visceral reaction. This time, I played a little game and picked my favorites. Some are ribbon winners, some aren’t, but all amazing.
(All images and artist names link to artist when I could find a web site for them.)
Izabella Baykova, Saint Petersburg, Russia
This quilt is amazing. I saw it and swooned over it in Charlotte too, but couldn’t get close enough to really look at it. I tell you – it’ is really special. Every single detail is so well thought out and her use alternate materials is spot on, every time. I love quilts that tell stories – this one tells 20+! Absolutely my favorite in the whole building.
(note: This quilt was in a special exhibit and not in competition)
Cheri Meineke-Johnson and Linda V. Taylor, Corinth, Texas
Whoa. This is a stop in your tracks, omg, wow, quilt. It’s so detailed and thoughtful. I love the colors the shapes and sizes, the authentic feel and the quilting. just day-um. With just a few minutes looking up the artists, I realize I have lots more to learn about both of them and from them! I see they have full websites with tutorials, videos, teaching schedules etc. Do click their links and take a look at what they have to offer.
Also – I was curious about the story and found this tidbit from Linda V Taylor:
“Six years in the making, this quilt depicts love, faith, and hope. Cheri worked on this top during her husband’s two-time battle with stage 4 colon/rectal cancer, dragging it around with her to hospitals during surgery, chemo and other treatments. It helped her as the care-giver to get through the ordeal and stay positive for him. He has been cancer free for 5 years.
It took Linda 1 1/2 years to complete the quilting with many interruptions and life-changing events in her life. The back of this quilt is embellished with over 22,000 Swarovski hot fix crystals making it a stunning reversible quilt.”
Makes it a little more special eh?
(note: This quilt won 1st place in Bed Quilts – Innovative)
Sandy Curran, Newport News, VA
I like this quilt muches. It is very thoughtful in its design and color scheme. It certainly tells a story and evokes an emotion. The contours in the quilting are smart, thoughtful and consistent. Surely something I’d like to emulate.
You may follow Linda from Linda’s Landscapes (I did and realized today she had fallen out of my feeds. I’ve corrected that – I hate I’ve missed so much!). Linda had done several blog posts though the design and making of this quilt and it was so fun and interesting to follow along. When I spotted it live and in person, I did a little squeel and screamed “Linda!” Like I had just seen Norm in cheers. It was cool to see it in person. It’s as fantastic as I would image!
Favorite BAQS exhibit quilts
Mandy Applebee, Port Byron, New York (no website found)
Fantastic whole cloth-ish quilt! This one really struck me as creative and fun and I kind of wanted to take it home and put it on my bed. Like right now! There’s lots of sharks and other fun surprised to find if you look hard enough.
Kelly Wariner-Simpson, New Zeland
Put a gear on it! I don’t do a lot with Steampunk, but I do enjoy the art style. I think they may actually be the first Steampunk theme quilt I’ve seen in real life and I squeed at this one too.
What a fun quilt from Love Bug Studios. I’m not sure what attracted me to this one (honey maybe?). I like the color pallette, the cute little honeybees and, of course, the quilting!
My, My, My, My Sedona
Alice Allinson, Kirksville, Missouri (No website found)
Right? Swoon. The colors, the pattern, the quilting, the everything! I really loved this one. It’s so striking!
Windows To The Orient
Susan Owenby (its me!!), Morrisville, NC
Gotta love my own quilt right? Even if it is sort of the worst picture quality ever. Oh well – it is still proof that both I and the quilt made it!
Special Cow Stampede Quilt Exhibit
You guys. These cows. So much fun and so in my wheel house. I’m a big cow parade collector and I have an affinity for both whimsical and unique interpretations of the same theme. I’m pretty sure they hung these quilts just for me. It was hard, but to keep from killing you with a zillion pictures, I narrowed it down to just one:
Molly Evangelisti (no website found)
Come on, seriously? Halloween, patchwork, stripes, bling, bats, AND cows? It is like she looked into my soul. We had so much fun laughing at these cows. After much thought – I decided that if I made one, I would make Pink COWillac. It would have to be all Elvis binged out with little tire legs and lots and lots and lots of crystals.
My quilting cup runneth over. Sometimes I go to these shows and leave feeling a little inadequate and creatively exhausted. This one, not so much. I’m all sorts of inspired and ready to get back in the studio as soon as we finish up with Spark Con! The practical side of that means that I’m outta quilting/blogging time and must go to bed so I can make the long trek back home in the morning.
Big thanks to everyone following along, my friends for riding up there and putting up with my yammering about quilts all day, BAQS, AQS, all of the show volunteers, and the artists for putting it out there!