QuiltCon 2016: Awards

Well, in winding up the coverage of the Quiltcon West 2016 exhibitions, here we have some of the award-winning quilts. The charity quilts are all that is left, but I am going to leave that for a bit so we can cover some other exhibitions and spotlight some quilters.

First up after this will be coverage of the fifth annual Stitch Modern put on by the East Bay Modern Quilters.

But enjoy these acclaimed quilts first!

BEST IN SHOW (Sponsored by Northcott): my brother’s jeans by Melissa Averinos 

“The denim in this quilt is from my brother Michael’s work jeans, which I rescued from the dumpster after his suicide in 2009. I improvisational pieced the crosses, which resemble a variation on the traditional nine patch. The pale ground includes subtle gold and white crosses. Grid quilting creates echoes of the cross motif, as well as references my brother’s work as a tile installer.  I tucked vintage gold ribbon behind some of the tears in the denim. This quilt was a joy to work on, as I love worn materials and find beauty in forgotten and discarded things.”

my brother's jeans by Melissa Averinos

my brother’s jeans by Melissa Averinos

my brother's jeans by Melissa Averinos

my brother’s jeans by Melissa Averinos

FREESPIRIT QUILTING EXCELLENCE, sponsored by Free Spirit

The Other Side by Carson Converse

“I was thinking  lot about why we work so hard to get “somewhere” while making this quilt.  Life can feel like an uphill battle, yet we don’t always pause to think about what is on the other side. Is it worth the climb? I must have been optimistic at the time because a steep climb leads to a gentle slope with increased visual interest and hand-painted fabric. The children’s song “The Bear Went Over the Mountain” was stuck in my head for weeks as I worked on this quilt.”

The Other Side by Carson Converse

The Other Side by Carson Converse

The Other Side by Carson Converse

The Other Side by Carson Converse

 

BEST MACHINE QUILTING, frameless, needle moves,
sponsored by APQS-American Professional Quilting Systems

No Value Does Not Equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson with design direction by Molli Sparkles

Design Source: “The scrappy, Trip Around the World quilt block tutorial comes from Bonnie Hunter at http://www.quiltville.com. The intellectual concept is of my own design.”

“I specifically made this scrappy Trip Around the World quilt to track the entire cost of making a quilt in Australia. When I published my findings at MolliSparkles.com suggesting $2252.40 USD, it set the blogosphere on fire. The corresponding posts have generated nearly 50,000 page views, and are often widely linked when discussing the cost of quilting.  The quilt has become one of my favorites because of how it has changed my blog readership, has made me think about the intellectual responsibility of quilting, and has given others a foundation to find and value their self-worth.”

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

No Value Does Not equal Free by Molli Sparkles, quilted by Jane Davidson

 

BEST MACHINE QUILTING, frameless, needle stationary
Sponsored by Baby Lock

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman
Quilted by Renee Hoffman, Pieced by Lois Warwick, Logo designed by Bob Lowe, appliqué by Sally Williams and Laurie Moodie

“This quilt is based off of the new Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild logo.  The quilting is inspired by things associated with Albuquerque, New Mexico: abundant sunshine, the international Balloon Fiesta, the Sandia mountains, the Sandia Peak Tramway (it is the longest tramway in North America and has the third largest span in the world). Hidden in the quilting are 10 tiny snails, see if you can find them all!

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

ABQMQG by Renee Hoffman, Lois Warwick, Bob Lowe, Sally Williams, Laurie Moodie

 

This may look familiar! This was the QuiltCon West 2016 Giveaway quilt, and was used in many of the promotional materials for QuiltCon West 2016.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas. The pattern is available HERE.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

Eidos, designed by Agatha June of Austin, Texas, Pieced by Elizabeth Dackson of Tampa, Florida, quilted by Gina Pina of Austin, Texas.

QuiltCon 2106: Small Quilts category

The QuiltCon small quilts category includes quilts that are less than 36″ per side.  The quilt can be any shape and the challenge is open to individuals or groups. Here they are!

Scrap Coins by Heather Kinion

Scrap Coins by Heather Kinion

Sinuous by Valerie Shields, block by Karen Cunagin

Sinuous by Valerie Shields, block by Karen Cunagin

Sweet Lean To by Chawne Kimber

Sweet Lean To by Chawne Kimber

Don't Look Back by Hillary Goodwin

Don’t Look Back by Hillary Goodwin

Desert by Mary Menzer

Desert by Mary Menzer

Eclipse by Terry Aske

Eclipse by Terry Aske

Transcendence by Anne Sullivan

Transcendence by Anne Sullivan

Almost Purr-fect by Kathleen Robertson

Almost Purr-fect by Kathleen Robertson

Neolithic by Jessica Levitt

Neolithic by Jessica Levitt

Bzzzzzz by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Bzzzzzz by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Facets by Matt Macomber

Facets by Matt Macomber

First Position by Melanie Tuazon

First Position by Melanie Tuazon

Glade by Carolyn Friedlander

Glade by Carolyn Friedlander

Glyph #1 by Carson Converse

Glyph #1 by Carson Converse

Modern Improv Sampler by Kristin Shields

Modern Improv Sampler by Kristin Shields

Lines Lost and Found by Jennifer Ross

Lines Lost and Found by Jennifer Ross

Lazy Gal by Tara Faughnan

Lazy Gal by Tara Faughnan

Hot Spot by Krista Fleckenstein

Hot Spot by Krista Fleckenstein

Homage to Malevich by Sheri Schumacher

Homage to Malevich by Sheri Schumacher

Holyoke 1938 by Timna Tarr

Holyoke 1938 by Timna Tarr

Partly Cloudy by Laura Bennett

Partly Cloudy by Laura Bennett

Phyllo by Scott Griffin

Phyllo by Scott Griffin

Positively Transparent by Paige Alexander

Positively Transparent by Paige Alexander

Sprinkles by Abigail Fuller

Sprinkles by Abigail Fuller

Stacked by Nicole Neblett

Stacked by Nicole Neblett

Steeped in Tradition by Debbie Jeske

Steeped in Tradition by Debbie Jeske

Stone + Bloom by Kelsey Boes

Stone + Bloom by Kelsey Boes

Summer Spin by Rebecca Bell

Summer Spin by Rebecca Bell

The Five by Krista Hennebury

The Five by Krista Hennebury

The Great Recession by Hillary Goodwin

The Great Recession by Hillary Goodwin

The Loops by Magdalena Langa

The Loops by Magdalena Langa

Untitled - Ash Series by Lavialle Campbell

Untitled – Ash Series by Lavialle Campbell

Untitled by Christopher Thompson

Untitled by Christopher Thompson

Urban Suburban by Tracy Baird, design source Roberta by Chawne Kimber

Urban Suburban by Tracy Baird, design source Roberta by Chawne Kimber

Winged by Krista Fleckenstein

Winged by Krista Fleckenstein

Winter Tree by Trish Walstad

Winter Tree by Trish Walstad

Quarter Round by Krista Hennebury

Quarter Round by Krista Hennebury

Blood of my Blood by Charlotte Newland

Blood of my Blood by Charlotte Newland

Communication by Janet Schoenfeld

Communication by Janet Schoenfeld

The Long Winter by Catherine Redford

The Long Winter by Catherine Redford

Milky Way by Jen Sorenson

Milky Way by Jen Sorenson

QuiltCon 2016: Minimalist category, part 2 of 2

Here is the second half of the Minimalist category quilts from the QuiltCon 2016 exhibition. Next up with be the Appliqué category.  Enjoy!

Modern Spelunking by Stephanie Ruyle

Modern Spelunking by Stephanie Ruyle

Modern Spelunking by Stephanie Ruyle

Modern Spelunking by Stephanie Ruyle

Life in the ER by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Life in the ER by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Life in the ER by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Life in the ER by Hillary Goodwin, quilted by Emily Sessions

Red X by Nicole Neblett

Red X by Nicole Neblett

Red X by Nicole Neblett

Red X by Nicole Neblett

Aftermath by Jacquie Gering

Aftermath by Jacquie Gering

Aftermath by Jacquie Gering

Aftermath by Jacquie Gering

Bubble Gum by Margaret Greer

Bubble Gum by Margaret Greer

Bubble Gum by Margaret Greer

Bubble Gum by Margaret Greer

Boxed In by Wendy Nutt

Boxed In by Wendy Nutt

Boxed In by Wendy Nutt

Boxed In by Wendy Nutt

Candy Dots by Samarra Khaja, quilted by Jeanne Jenkins

Candy Dots by Samarra Khaja, quilted by Jeanne Jenkins

Candy Dots by Samarra Khaja, quilted by Jeanne Jenkins

Fossil by Nancy Purvis, from the book Quilting From Every Angle

Fossil by Nancy Purvis, from the book Quilting From Every Angle

Fossil by Nancy Purvis, from the book Quilting From Every Angle

Fossil by Nancy Purvis, from the book Quilting From Every Angle

Mountain Sunrise by Anne Sullivan, quilted by Tami Levin, The Quilted Lemon

Mountain Sunrise by Anne Sullivan, quilted by Tami Levin, The Quilted Lemon

Mountain Sunrise by Anne Sullivan, quilted by Tami Levin, The Quilted Lemon

Mountain Sunrise by Anne Sullivan, quilted by Tami Levin, The Quilted Lemon

Sliced by Nicole Neblett

Sliced by Nicole Neblett

Sliced by Nicole Neblett

Sliced by Nicole Neblett

Shift by Carson Converse

Shift by Carson Converse

Shift by Carson Converse

Shift by Carson Converse

Rainy Day Quilt by Lindsey Neill, quilted by Sarah Wilson from Crinklelove

Rainy Day Quilt by Lindsey Neill, quilted by Sarah Wilson from Crinklelove

Rainy Day Quilt by Lindsey Neill, quilted by Sarah Wilson from Crinklelove

Rainy Day Quilt by Lindsey Neill, quilted by Sarah Wilson from Crinklelove

Rain by Christa Watson

Rain by Christa Watson

Rain by Christa Watson

Rain by Christa Watson

No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Allison Chambers, quilted by Jessica Toye

No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Allison Chambers, quilted by Jessica Toye

No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Allison Chambers, quilted by Jessica Toye

No Sleep Till Brooklyn by Allison Chambers, quilted by Jessica Toye

Momentum by Melanie Tuazon

Momentum by Melanie Tuazon

Momentum by Melanie Tuazon

Momentum by Melanie Tuazon

Mesa by Nancy Purvis, from her book Quilting From Every Angle

Mesa by Nancy Purvis, from her book Quilting From Every Angle

Mesa by Nancy Purvis, from her book Quilting From Every Angle

Mesa by Nancy Purvis, from her book Quilting From Every Angle

In Flight by Dawn Golstab

In Flight by Dawn Golstab

In Flight by Dawn Golstab

In Flight by Dawn Golstab

Citron by Carcie Kantor, quilted by Jeanell Murphy

Citron by Carcie Kantor, quilted by Jeanell Murphy

Citron by Carcie Kantor, quilted by Jeanell Murphy

Citron by Carcie Kantor, quilted by Jeanell Murphy

Cancer & Taurus (Constellation Quilt) by Amber Corcoran, quilted by Susan Santistevan

Cancer & Taurus (Constellation Quilt) by Amber Corcoran, quilted by Susan Santistevan

Cancer & Taurus (Constellation Quilt) by Amber Corcoran, quilted by Susan Santistevan

Cancer & Taurus (Constellation Quilt) by Amber Corcoran, quilted by Susan Santistevan

Antlers by Nancy Purvis

Antlers by Nancy Purvis

Antlers by Nancy Purvis

Antlers by Nancy Purvis

003 by Arianna Caggiano

003 by Arianna Caggiano

003 by Arianna Caggiano

003 by Arianna Caggiano

QuiltCon 2016: Minimalist category, Part 1 of 2

Bit of a gap in coverage, life does get in the way at times. We shall be accelerating the remaining QuiltCon 2016 coverage as there are so many other things to share!

Here are half of the quilts from the Minimalist Category from QuiltCon West 2016. Enjoy!

Thorughly Modern Jacquie by Katherine Jones

Thorughly Modern Jacquie by Katherine Jones

Thorughly Modern Jacquie by Katherine Jones

Thorughly Modern Jacquie by Katherine Jones

You and Me by Kristyn McCoy

You and Me by Kristyn McCoy

You and Me by Kristyn McCoy

You and Me by Kristyn McCoy

Off the Grid by Michelle Bencsko, pieced and quilted by Linda Spiridon

Off the Grid by Michelle Bencsko, pieced and quilted by Linda Spiridon

Off the Grid by Michelle Bencsko, pieced and quilted by Linda Spiridon

Off the Grid by Michelle Bencsko, pieced and quilted by Linda Spiridon

Mid-Mod-Pods by Anya Byam

Mid-Mod-Pods by Anya Byam

Mid-Mod-Pods by Anya Byam

Mid-Mod-Pods by Anya Byam

Sunburst by Yvonne Fuchs

Sunburst by Yvonne Fuchs

Sunburst by Yvonne Fuchs

Sunburst by Yvonne Fuchs

Represent by Debbie Grifka

Represent by Debbie Grifka

Represent by Debbie Grifka

Represent by Debbie Grifka

QBI (The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection) by Jenny Lyon

QBI (The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection) by Jenny Lyon

QBI (The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection) by Jenny Lyon

QBI (The Quiet Beauty of Imperfection) by Jenny Lyon

Message in the Dark by Sarah Maxwell, quilted by Sarabeth Rebe

Message in the Dark by Sarah Maxwell, quilted by Sarabeth Rebe

Message in the Dark by Sarah Maxwell, quilted by Sarabeth Rebe

Message in the Dark by Sarah Maxwell, quilted by Sarabeth Rebe

Primarily Minions by Irene Roderick

Primarily Minions by Irene Roderick

Primarily Minions by Irene Roderick

Primarily Minions by Irene Roderick

002 by Arianna Caggiano

002 by Arianna Caggiano

002 by Arianna Caggiano

002 by Arianna Caggiano

I Have This Thing With Floors by Lorena Uriarte

I Have This Thing With Floors by Lorena Uriarte

I Have This Thing With Floors by Lorena Uriarte

I Have This Thing With Floors by Lorena Uriarte

House Plan by Pam Rocco

House Plan by Pam Rocco

House Plan by Pam Rocco

House Plan by Pam Rocco

Inverted #1 by Carson Converse

Inverted #1 by Carson Converse

Inverted #1 by Carson Converse

Inverted #1 by Carson Converse

Blind by Nancy Purvis

Blind by Nancy Purvis

Blind by Nancy Purvis

Blind by Nancy Purvis

Just point Me in the Right Direction by Cindy Wiens, quilted by Darby Myer

Just point Me in the Right Direction by Cindy Wiens, quilted by Darby Myer

Just point Me in the Right Direction by Cindy Wiens, quilted by Darby Myer

Just point Me in the Right Direction by Cindy Wiens, quilted by Darby Myer

001 by Arianna Caggiano

001 by Arianna Caggiano

001 by Arianna Caggiano

001 by Arianna Caggiano

6one2 by Colby Lowrey

6one2 by Colby Lowrey

6one2 by Colby Lowrey

6one2 by Colby Lowrey

Arrowhead Quilt - Berry Colorway by Kristi Schroeder

Arrowhead Quilt – Berry Colorway by Kristi Schroeder

Arrowhead Quilt - Berry Colorway by Kristi Schroeder

Arrowhead Quilt – Berry Colorway by Kristi Schroeder

Circles in Squares by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Circles in Squares by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Circles in Squares by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Circles in Squares by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill