I don't know if you get as excited as I do when I see that friends of mine have won awards at quilt shows, but it is a real joy for me! While pursuing my career, I traveled and lived in a lot of different places and so now I know people all over. I have lost contact with many of my friends over the years, mostly due to distance, and I'm sad that we don't share letters anymore. But, I'm also really happy with all of my local friends. Well, anyway, that is a long winded way to introduce some of my friends' winning quilts at the 17th annual Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland.
Bonnie Keller was with a group of women that went to Asilomar last spring. It was the first time that I met her, but wasn't the first time that I'd learned of her amazing design and quilting skills. Here is a wonderful quilt of hers. "For Everything There is a Season, Turn, Turn, Turn". This won 2nd place in the applique category.
Judith Phelps is in my quilt guild and we've worked together on many committees. She has a wonderful sense of design and does both painting and thread painting. This quilt , "From the Ashes" has a really cool three panel effect, showing how a forest regrows after a fire. Some people think she made it in memory of the recent Columbia Gorge fire, but, of course, she completed it beforehand. It won a judge's choice award.
Jodi Davila is a friend from my Puyallup quilt guild. She entered a stunning portrait quilt, "Margaret", which won 3rd place in the art quilt, representational category. I loved her playful color selections. She has been an art quilter as long as I've known her and has made numerous original quilts.
Linda Reinert was one of the featured quilters and had a display of her circle quilts, including some new ones. She is a member of my local quilt guild and has won several awards at our show, including best of show. She was so gracious to show me around her display and talk about her classes at the Pine Needle.
Sonia Grasvik was a member of my quilt guild in Sammamish. She does amazing things and I loved her quilt "Happy Dance".
And here are some others that I liked:
I hope you get to some of the quilt shows where you live and that you do the happy dance for your friends and other quilters too!