Houston Quilt Festival Winners

Medallion quilts still rule at big national quilt shows.  And the number of awards seems to be growing exponentially. That’s my takeaway after viewing pictures of award winning quilts at this year’s Houston international quilt festival.

You can check them out at the show organizer’s website.  Melissa Sobotka’s Best of Show Chihuly’s Gondola has a special resonance with me as I saw its inspiration just last month.


IMG_3265Below are some of the quilts that caught my eye.  Of course, photos are a pale substitute for actually seeing the quilts.  They simply don’t show the dimensionality or the fine details.

Art Abstract-Small, Third Place, Spider Lilies, by ENID WEICHSELBAUM
of ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA. Unlike many floral closeup quilts, this one isn’t concerned with showing every detail.  I like the floating circles.

Spider_LiliesArt-People, Portraits, and Figures, Honorable Mention, The Quiltmaker, by JENNIFER BOWKER of GARRAN, ACT, AUSTRALIA.  This one is my sentimental favorite.  Margaret Rolfe is a renowned Australian quilter, and I like the use of all the sampler blocks with the controlled color shift from light yellow to purple.

The_QuiltmakerInnovative Appliqué, First Place, Primitive Web, by LINDA ROY of KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. A medallion quilt that breaks the mold yet honors the form.

Primitive_WebMixed Technique, Third Place, Twirly Balls and Pinwheels by SUSAN GARMAN of FRIENDSWOOD, TEXAS. I like the overlay effect of the pinwheel lattice.

Twirly_BallsTraditional Pieced, First Place, Roo Garden by VICKI BOHNHOFF of ANTHEM, ARIZONA. Apparently you can use hexies to portray just about anything.



Filed under Commentary, Quilt Shows

4 responses to “Houston Quilt Festival Winners

  1. Wow! The hexi Roo Garden quilt was awesome!

  2. Ok, so now I might have to scrap my plans for plain sashings and cornerstones on my pinwheel quilts, and make little pinwheels… Nah. There are 6 quilts and my mind is boggling at the number of pinwheels I’d need. Love the idea though, and that Margaret Rofle tribute is stunning.

    • I shudder at the thought of opening up the centers of all those pinwheels so they lay flat. I agree with you about the Margaret Rolfe tribute, and I realize it’s the personal connection that seems lacking to me in many of the big show quilts that have won prizes in recent years.

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