Nellie"s Needles

Sunday, May 27, 2007

End of the SMQ Guild Show

Some of you may consider that I've saved the best quilts for last. These are some of the more traditional patterned bed quilt entries."Wreath and Star" by Fay and Merl Pritts of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania awarded 1st Place in the Two Person Team Quilt category. This husband and wife team also received the Traditional Design ribbon for this beautifully appliqued and hand quilted piece that is a pattern from the Women's Day Book of American Needlework, 1963 edition."The Anniversary Quilt" by Margo J. Clabo of Cleveland, Tennessee received an Honorable Mention in the Two Person Team category. She needle-turn appliqued and personalized the design from "Garden City Gateworks" by Dinah Jeffries. Kathy Drew of Knoxville machine quilted it."Thanks Suzanne" by Nancy Hahn of St. Peters, Missouri awarded 2nd Place in the Bed Quilts-Mixed Techniques/Applique category. Suzanne Marshall's beautiful work and words of encouragement were her encouragement for the hand-applique, embroidery, and hand quilting.Patterns (some modified) are from Jacobean Rhapsodies by Patricia Campbell and Mimi Ayars."Finding Unity" by Jan Wass of Vonore, Tennessee in the Group Quilt category. The blocks were won in a guild challenge and it was machine quilted by Kathy Drew of Knoxville, Tennessee."Diamond Feathers" by Darlene Bakos of Maryville, Tennessee in the Two Person Team category. The combination of the 9-patch and Hourglass blocks makes it appear to be made on point. It is machine quilted by Debbie McMurray."Gilded Stars" by Loretta Painter of Norris, Tennessee awarded 2nd Place in the Bed Quilt/Pieced and Appliqued category. The center is a contemporary nine-patch she saw in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. Loretta designed the border using EQ5.
"The Tie Collection" by Debbie Cooper of Knoxville, Tennessee in Bed Quilts-Mixed Techniques/Applique category. This quilt was commissioned by a widow. It is made from her husband's neckties and home decorator fabrics."Sunburst" by Fran Kordek of Elkins, West Virgina received an Honorable Mention ribbon in the Bed Quilts/Pieced category.It was inspired by a quilt documented at the Pearl S. Buck birthplace in Hillsboro, West Virginia."Midnight Blue" by Whilhelmina Vandevoorde of Sevierville, Tennessee in the Bed Quilts-Mixed Techniques/Applique category.It is hand appliqued, hand quilted, embroidered and beaded. There is also trapunto. The pattern is Irma Gail Hatcher's "Hot Fudge Sundae".

I've enjoyed sharing some of the wonderful quilt entries from all over the country that are typical in this show. If you are within driving distance of Knoxville, please plan to come see the show in person next year. If you've never entered the Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild Show, please consider doing so. I'll be making the special award ribbons again.

To view slides of all the ribbon winning quilts go the SMQ Guild website (click and be taken directly to the web page).


joyce said...

Beautiful as these quilts are, I still prefer art quilts. I just don't have the patience for this kind of quilting and get my inspiration from the art ones.

Helen said...

Hi Nellie

How difficult was it to make the special award ribbons? How did you do the writing? Did you use a pattern? They are very expensive to have made here and I would be very grateful for any information.

I've really enjoyed "visiting" the SMQ show with you - thanks.

kay susan said...

Nellie, thank you for the guided tour. I would never get to see lots of these things if it were not for the generousity of bloggers like you!

Quilting Journey said...

I don't know if you have saved 'the best for last' or not. They are unbelievably unique. I think you should set up tents along your lake and create a quilting "commune and commute" for all of us to visit next year's show!