QuiltCon 2015: Youth Quilts and Top Awards

Well, it has been a journey blogging the exhibitions at QuiltCon 2015. This is the last of the QuiltCon curated quilts here, though we still need to cover a few of the special exhibitions: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and Quilts of the 70’s from the Collection of Bill Volckening. But first we will take a break and do some book reviews and some smaller exhibitions.

Last but not least is the very inspiring youth quilt category.  It is a small group of quilts, but there are a couple things to note.  These young quilters are learning to use long arms at a very early age! Can you imagine what their quilting will look like in 20 years? Quilting traditions passed down from generation to generation is no more evident than in these quilts as each young person has been helped or instructed along the way by their mothers, aunts, and the community around them. Something new and something old.

The final special award winners are here, and though they have been all over social media, take one more look. I have to say that after seeing every quilt both in person and then here on my computer editing the photos and posting them in wordpress, it was a surprising pleasure to take a look at these again. They are indeed remarkable.

Grapeshot by Maggie Johnson. Tulsa, Oklahoma. Quilted by Ann Olson. Inspired by Kaffe Fassett's "Cutting Corners Quilt"

Grapeshot by Maggie Johnson. Tulsa, Oklahoma. Quilted by Ann Olson. Inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s “Cutting Corners Quilt”. Improvisational piecing.

Grapeshot by Maggie Johnson. Tulsa, Oklahoma. Quilted by Ann Olson. Inspired by Kaffe Fassett's "Cutting Corners Quilt"

Grapeshot by Maggie Johnson. Tulsa, Oklahoma. Quilted by Ann Olson. Inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s “Cutting Corners Quilt”. 

Staircase by Kate Ivie, Austin, Texas. Pattern: "Social Climber" from Villa Rosa Designs.

Staircase by Kate Ivie, Austin, Texas. Pattern: “Social Climber” from Villa Rosa Designs.Started at age 10. Quilted by Evie on a long-arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas. Binding by her mother, Jill Evie.

Staircase by Kate Ivie, Austin, Texas. Pattern: "Social Climber" from from Villa Rosa Designs.

Staircase by Kate Ivie, Austin, Texas. Pattern: “Social Climber” from Villa Rosa Designs.

Pinwheels by Kate Ivie. Austin. Texas. Pattern, "Mardi Gras" from Villa Rosa Designs. Started ar age 9. Quilted on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Pinwheels by Kate Ivie. Austin. Texas. Pattern, “Mardi Gras” from Villa Rosa Designs. Started ar age 9. Quilted on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Pinwheels by Kate Ivie. Austin. Texas. Pattern, "Mardi Gras" from Villa Rosa Designs. Started ar age 9. Quilted on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Pinwheels by Kate Ivie. Austin. Texas. Pattern, “Mardi Gras” from Villa Rosa Designs. Started ar age 9. Quilted on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Side Step by Kate Ivie. Austin, Texas.Original design at age 10. Quilted by Kate on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Side Step by Kate Ivie. Austin, Texas.Original design at age 10. Quilted by Kate on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Side Step by Kate Ivie. Austin, Texas.Original design at age 10. Quilted by Kate on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Side Step by Kate Ivie. Austin, Texas.Original design at age 10. Quilted by Kate on a long arm at The Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway, Texas.

Rothko's Dream by Evie Guigley, Hernando Mississippi. Mom helped cut the rotary strips. Original design, 1st time using a long arm with instruction from Mrs. Teresa Pino, Quilts2aT Studio. 3rd Place, Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015.

Rothko’s Dream by Evie Guigley, Hernando Mississippi. Mom helped cut the rotary strips. Original design, 1st time using a long arm with instruction from Mrs. Teresa Pino, Quilts2aT Studio. 3rd Place, Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015.

Rothko's Dream by Evie Guigley, Hernando Mississippi. Mom helped cut the rotary strips. Original design, 1st time using a long arm with instruction from Mrs. Teresa Pino, Quilts2aT Studio. 2rd Place, Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015.

Rothko’s Dream by Evie Guigley, Hernando Mississippi. Mom helped cut the rotary strips. Original design, 1st time using a long arm with instruction from Mrs. Teresa Pino, Quilts2aT Studio. 3rd Place, Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015.

The Overgrown City by Cadence Jenkins, Ovilla, Texas. 2nd quilt she ever made, original design, quilted with her aunt's long arm.

The Overgrown City by Cadence Jenkins, Ovilla, Texas. 2nd quilt she ever made, original design, quilted with her aunt’s long arm.

The Overgrown City by Cadence Jenkins, Ovilla, Texas. 2nd quilt she ever made, original design, quilted with her aunt's long arm.

The Overgrown City by Cadence Jenkins, Ovilla, Texas. 2nd quilt she ever made, original design, quilted with her aunt’s long arm. 2nd place, Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015.

Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon. Sutton, New South Wales, Australia. Quilted by Mollie and Mumma (Jules McMahon) 1st Place Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015

Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon. Sutton, New South Wales, Australia. Quilted by Mollie and Mumma (Jules McMahon) 1st Place Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015

Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon. Sutton, New South Wales, Australia. Quilted by Mollie and Mumma (Jules McMahon) 1st Place Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015

Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon. Sutton, New South Wales, Australia. Quilted by Mollie and Mumma (Jules McMahon) 1st Place Youth Quilts, QuiltCon 2015

Eames Blocks designed by Lorena Maranon, pieced by Jen Carlton Bailly, quilted by Gina Pina. Winning design for the Modern Quilt Guild Giveaway Quilt Design Challenge.

Eames Blocks designed by Lorena Maranon, pieced by Jen Carlton Bailly, quilted by Gina Pina. Winning design for the Modern Quilt Guild Giveaway Quilt Design Challenge.

Eames Blocks designed by Lorena Maranon, pieced by Jen Carlton Bailly, quilted by Gina Pina. Winning design for the Modern Quilt Guild Giveaway Quilt Design Challenge.

Eames Blocks designed by Lorena Maranon, pieced by Jen Carlton Bailly, quilted by Gina Pina. Winning design for the Modern Quilt Guild Giveaway Quilt Design Challenge.

i Quilt by Kathy York, Austin, Texas,. Best in Show, QuiltCon 2015. Award sponsored by Gammill.

i Quilt by Kathy York, Austin, Texas,. Best in Show, QuiltCon 2015. Award sponsored by Gammill.

i Quilt by Kathy York, Austin, Texas,. Best in Show, QuiltCon 2015. Award sponsored by Gammill.

i Quilt by Kathy York, Austin, Texas,. Best in Show, QuiltCon 2015. Award sponsored by Gammill.

Coral Reef by Marla Varner, Sequim, Washington. Improvisational hand quilting. Quilting Excellence Award, sponsored by Make it Coats, QuiltCon 2015.

Coral Reef by Marla Varner, Sequim, Washington. Improvisational hand quilting. Quilting Excellence Award, sponsored by Make it Coats, QuiltCon 2015.

Coral Reef by Marla Varner, Sequim, Washington. Improvisational hand quilting. Quilting Excellence Award, sponsored by Make it Coats, QuiltCon 2015.

Coral Reef by Marla Varner, Sequim, Washington. Improvisational hand quilting. Quilting Excellence Award, sponsored by Make it Coats, QuiltCon 2015.

Diving Geese, designed and pieced by Katie Pederson, quilted by Krista Withers. Seattle, Washington. Best Machine Quilting award, sponsored by Interweave. QuiltCon 2015.

Diving Geese, designed and pieced by Katie Pederson, quilted by Krista Withers. Seattle, Washington. Best Machine Quilting award, sponsored by Interweave. QuiltCon 2015.

Diving Geese, designed and pieced by Katie Pederson, quilted by Krista Withers. Seattle, Washington. Best Machine Quilting award, sponsored by Interweave. QuiltCon 2015.

Diving Geese, designed and pieced by Katie Pederson, quilted by Krista Withers. Seattle, Washington. Best Machine Quilting award, sponsored by Interweave. QuiltCon 2015.

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