STITCH LINES...... Ramblings on life as a mother, quilter, stitcher, gardener and lover of cats and fine chocolate....

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Are you ready for a Quilt Show?

I don't know where the time goes... it's flying by and I can't believe it's a whole week since I've posted! Shame on me! I've been busy, it seems each new day brings too many things that need to be done. Since I was going to be away for three days, I spent the first part of the week just "getting things done" - vegetable garden weeded, everything well watered, laundry, ironing, grocery shopping... you know what it's like when you're getting ready to go away (and I did get some sewing done too - more about that later). On Thursday morning bright and early (yes I can get up early and be ready to roll when I'm going on a trip, just FYI for those of you who know I'm not an early morning person), Sandi Mac and I were on our way stateside for the Maine Quilt Show in Augusta. We enjoyed some "retail therapy" on Thursday and were at the door ready and waiting when they opened the Show on Friday morning. Tonight I am showing you the top winner, "Best of Judged", tomorrow I will share more winners.  (As usual all winners were spectacular!!)

Springtime in the Geisha's Garden by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham Maine, 60" x 60".

You can see it bears the coveted green ribbon- Best of Judged, as well as the first place (blue) ribbon for its category, Wall Quilts more than 96" perimeter.

"Fabrics and original design are reminiscent of an Asian garden. Quilt has accents of silk fabric and silk embroidery. Quilting designs are original and free-handed. Original design. Hand appliqued, hand pieced, machine pieced, paper pieced, hand embroidered, embellished, machine quilted (long arm)."






These closer detail shots will help you really appreciate the work that is in this quilt. Her design, her colour sense, the quilting.... all were exceptional.







Sandi and I both commented on her fabric choices; both of us thought we might not have chosen the gold print you see at the right, or the stripe you see below, But they both worked beautifully - proof that what is most important is value.
















Look at all the different quilting designs - I would love to know how many hours she spent, just on the quilting alone.... Her quilting truly was exceptional. And this was not the only quilt she had in the show!!











An even closer look.......













This is the back - you can really see the quilting....











It's late and I'm tired, so will leave you with that first peek. I'll be back soon with more photos from Maine Quilts 2014. Stay tuned.

Piece!
Linda

"Nothing can subtract hard work from success, only add to it." ~ Manjunath Harlapur


6 comments:

Karen said...

Lucky you to get to the Maine show and see this quilt in person. I am a HUGE fan of Margaret's work, everything she does amazes me. No surprise this one took top awards, it is headed to Houston this fall as well.

Vee said...

Oh rats! I didn't go this year! I might have bumped into you if I had. That's a gorgeous quilt and very deserving of its prizes.

Lorraine said...

The colours and workmanship are simply stunning - thanks for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful work of art! It doesn't seem possible someone can put so much work into a quilt like this! WOW!

Sheila said...

What an incredible quilt and the quilting is just amazing !

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Linda, These quilts are absolutely exquisite. Just amazing the workmanship in them. Truly inspiring!!!
Thank you!

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