It feels great to be home after being at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Ky from last Monday to Friday. A full week of nothing but quilty fun. I've decided to break down my week of fun posts into three categories, what I saw, what I learned, and what I bought. Today's post is what I saw. I saw so many beautiful quilts it would take a month to share them all so I narrowed it down to my favorite 10 quilts at the show, get ready to be inspired.
This is the Best of Show winner, Fiesta Mexico by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley, from Sandy, Utah.
Here's a view of the back.
This quilt is an original applique design by Karen, inspired by Mexican pottery. Renae did the quilting on a longarm machine.
For more detailed pictures and information regarding this quilt, click here to go to Karen's blog, Karen Kay Buckley.
This quilt is the AQS Best Hand Workmanship winner, The Charm of Small Pink Roses.
It was pieced and hand appliquéd by Keiko Minami from Kawanishi-shi, Japan.
Here's a view of the back.
My pictures don't do any of these quilts justice, but particularly this rose quilt, it was amazing.
This is Poca a Poca by Inabe-gun from Mie, Japan
My favorite aspect of this quilt, besides the fact that it is red and white, are those adorable little snails lining the border.
This is Sweet Memories by Dominique Ehrmann from Quebec, Canada. This quilt is a personal design depicting Dominique's 25 years as a baker and chocolatier.
It's hard to tell from this picture, but this quilt is three dimensional, the leaves and center section of this quilt stand out from the background.
This is Complex Irish Chain by Beth Nufer of Brookings, Oregon. The Irish Chain was designed on graph paper integrating the color wheel.
It was longarm quilted by Joann Hoffman.
Here's a link to Beth's blog, Beth Nufer Award Winning Quilts, click here.
This is Sunshine by Pam McIntyre, from Gainseville, Florida.
This may be my favorite quilt at the show, the combination of pattern, color and quilting are perfect. It came in second in the small wallhanging division.
In addition to the quilts juried into the show, there were also quilts on display by book authors. This quilt was made by Sumiko Minei who authored the book Double Wedding Ring Quilts.
Here's a nice closeup view.
Here's the book information.
This is Skip Hop Polka Dots by Estuko Matsuda from Northville, MI.
This hand quilted top was made for for Estuko's granddaughter, to inspire her to sing and dance.
This is Tulip Fire by Susan Stewart of Pittsburg, Kansas.
It won the Bernina of America Best MachineWorkmanship award.
And finally, this is The Secret Life of Dancing Tulips by Jeanne Brenner and Maureen O-Doogan of Monticello, Florida.
There were over 400 quilts on display at the show from 44 states and 8 other countries.
I find that the quilts that I prefer at each year's show reflect the phase I'm currently going through as a quilters, right now that would be bright colors and flowers, did you notice?
Next up, what I learned!