As promised here are some more pictures of winning quilts of the wonderful Road to California quilt show.
1st Place: Art Abstract
“Winter Garden” by Jennifer Emry, Arlington, Virginia, USA
52 x 59 in / 130 x 148 cm
Artist statement: A dark puzzle, pieced by trial and error from a random selection of stripes and plaids, chambray and flannel; hand-quilted spiral circles add another layer of texture.
1st Place: Art Critter
“Bijou (Jewel)” by Christine Alexiou, Markham, Ontario, Canada
36 x 60 in / 90 x 150 cm
Artist statement: Based on flowing, organic forms, Art Nouveau marked a period of artistic beauty not yet impacted by the events of WWI. I wanted to capture the aesthetic sensibility embraced by the movement that was lost with the advent of modern art and technology. I used silk to capture the enamel and patina of antique gold jewelry of the period.
1st Place: Art Human Image
“Musicman of Jaipur” by Linda C Anderson, La Mesa, California, USA
45 x 34 in / 113 x 85 cm
Artist statement: The internal joy and tranquilty of the musicman playing the sarangi is so palpable and compelling, I had to tell his story. The warmth of sound the instrument creates is clearly visible in his face as he plays.
1st Place: Innovative, Large
“Moon Flower” by Molly Y. Hamilton-McNally, Tehachapi, California, USA
77 x 77 in / 193 x 193 cm
Artist statement: I love and admire the humble daisy. On moonlit nights they seem to glow and have, for centuries been referred to as Moon Flowers. On sunny summer days they happily grow like weeds over the dry hillsides and along the winding roadways. As I pass them each day, there they are, wild and tenacious despite the extreme drought, sharing with me their grand summer performance. The humble daisy – what a splendid inspiration for my quilt!
1st Place: Innovative, Wall, Applique
“Tribute to Antonio Bencivenni” by Dr. Sandra L Nehlsen-Cannarella, Beaumont, California, USA
58 x 58 in / 145 x 145 cm
Artist statement: Love the Renaissance art of Italy and found a photo of an inlaid wood door in a church in Parma. Decided to recreate the image (central panel) with some modifications by turned-edge appliqué and then designed (original) a border to carry out the theme. Amazing that Antonio accomplished this in wood!
1st Place: Art Naturescape
“Plaza San Martin” by Karen McCarty, Ramona, California, USA
75 x 56 in / 188 x 140 cm
Artist statement: Plaza San Martin is in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we spent the first 3 months of 2015. I love how the promenade is completely shaded by the trees overhead. This quilt is a representation of a photo I took there. It is fused, raw-edge appliqued and machine quilted.
1st Place: Innovative, Wall, Other
“Redfox Circle … Life’s Best Moments Furnished” by Sandra L Branjord, Sun City, Arizona, USA
41 x 60 in / 103 x 150 cm
Artist statement: I just wanted to have fun with this so I made this quilt into my fantasy storyboard. I created 12 original paper collages and then printed them out on fabric. Using many found objects I got to decorate my home on Redfox Circle without ever looking at a price tag.
1st Place: Innovative, Wall, Pieced
“Spring Storm” by Beth Markel, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
50 x 55 in / 125 x 138 cm
Artist statement: I believe there are seasons in our lives. Spring happens when we’re young, a little wild, tempestuous, naïve, and turbulent…the beginning of growth. Evolution. Storms. Setbacks. More growth. Beauty. So stand back. No, literally, stand back! The only way to see the twister is to stand back a ways, then be slowly drawn into the joy that is every single decision, every single choice, and every single piece that together, tell a story.
1st Place: Miniature
“Silk Road” by Kumiko Frydl, Houston,Texas, USA
18 x 18 in / 45 x 45 cm
Artist statement: I was inspired by the ancient trade route, „The Silk Road“ which crossed China, India, Persia and Europe. It mixed cultures and most importantly for me, it spread colors, designs, textiles and motifs. The quilt depicts silkworm moths winding around the route and converging in the center. Whole cloth with shadow trapunto, using micro stippling & echo quilting for the background and machine embroidered on bindings.
1st Place: Art Pictorial
“Spanish Arches” by Lenore Crawford, Midland, Michigan, USA
43 x 58 in / 108 x 145 cm
Artist statement: This piece was inspired by photos I took in Spain. It was created using my raw edge fusing technique. Using many Stonehenge fabrics, by Northcott, gives it the realistic texture of real stones.
1st Place: Modern Negative Space
“Grandpa’s Model Twenty #1” by Jodi Robinson, Enon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
60 x 60 in / 150 x 150 cm
Artist statement: This original design, was inspired by a cool mid-century modern stereo system my grandfather had when I will little, called the Model 20. After finding a picture of me as a little girl, I knew right away that I needed to make a quilt based on it, to honor my grandfather. The quilt is constructed using piecing and invisible machine applique.
1st Place: Modern Piecing
“Modern Medallion” by Rebecca L Smith, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
78 x 60 in / 195 x 150 cm
Artist statement: Sew Kind of Wonderful’s interesting curved patterns and my collection of beautiful gradated fabrics, seemed to call out to each other. Mostly freehand quilted, small diamonds set and stitched with my Intelliquilter.
1st Place: Traditional, Large, Applique
“This One’s Four Ewe” by Janet Stone, Overland Park, Kansas, USA, Quilted by Laurie Tigner
86 x 70 in / 215 x 175 cm
Artist statement: This is the first collaboration quilt by myself and my friend, Laurie Tigner. It is going to be the 2017 Houston IQA Raffle Quilt. I wanted to have some stars for Texas and pecan leaves, the state tree of Texas. Of course, I had to add a the alphabet and a few sheep, especially after learning Texas is the number one producer of sheep and wool in the country!
1st Place: Traditional, Large, Pieced
“Arandano” by Marilyn Badger, St. George, Utah, USA
75 x 75 in / 188 x 188 cm
Artist statement: I began this quilt as something to do for therapy. It ended up being over a year long therapy session. I had no intention of ever entering it in a competition but as I neared completion I thought why not! I am finding that my favorite part of the quiltmaking process is adding hand details, i.e. applique, beading and embroidery. Each time I thought it was complete I would come up with something else to add. The name is Spanish for blueberry.
1st Place: Traditional, Wall, Applique
“Inspired by Alice” by Marilyn Lidstrom Larson, Willow City, North Dakota, USA, quilted by Barb Simons
44 x 44 in / 110 x 110 cm
Artist statement: The starting point to my quilt design was a block by Nancy Mahoney published in QNM, June/July 2011; part of the „Garden Delight“ pattern. This block became the corners of the border. Using similar floral and leaf shapes I designed the remainder of the order. The Dresden Plate pattern is EQ generated. My grandmother Alice had made a Dresden quilt which inspired me to develop patchwork and appliqué skills.
1st Place: Traditional, Wall, Other
“Cameo Rose” by Laurie Tigner, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
57 x 57 in / 143 x 143 cm
Artist statement: My mother in law gave me two small traditional cameo pins of beautiful women. I loved the look of the carving and decided to try to duplicate that look in a fairly traditional wholecloth quilt. This was the result!
1st Place: Traditional, Wall, Pieced
“The Jester’s Folly” by Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, Maine, USA
38 x 38 in / 95 x 95 cm
Artist statement: Made using over a dozen shades of hand dyed silk Radiance, this quilt is reminiscent of carnival. Accents of hot pink and blue create a playful look for this otherwise subdued palate. All quilting motifs are original and hand-guided.
1st Place: Traditional, Large, Other
“Celestial Sedona” by Norma J. Ippolito, Chester, Vermont, USA
79 x 79 in / 198 x 198 cm
Artist statement: This quilt features a variety of construction techniques: piecing, raw edge applique, and embroidered applique with decorative stitching. Building from the center out, it became a three-year journey resulting in the most challenging quilt I have made and also the most rewarding.
You will find all the second and third place winners in the categories, the honorable mentions and the judge’s choices here on the official website of the show http://www.road2ca.com
And don’t forget to mark your calendar with the dates of next year’s show January 19 – 22, 2017.
Thank you to the show organizers for allowing me to publish the pictures.