Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hoffman Challenge 2009 -- Spring Quilt Festival

I'm a big fan of Hoffman fabrics and of the Hoffman challenge, so had to be sure to get a few pictures of some of the 2009 challenge quilts displayed in Chicago.

From the exhibition placard:

"Every year for more than two decades, Hoffman has issued a challenge to quilters, clothing designers and dollmakers to create original items using the selected fabric. On display in this exhibit are quilts made from fabric F9006 - Earth Pearl."

There were no artist statements or summations of techniques used displayed with these quilts, so I have just given the name of the quilter as well as her city and state as stated on each card.

"Pineapple Paisley" by Martha Mook, Fort Pierce FL. This quilt received an award for Best Hand Workmanship -- Mixed Technique.

"Indonesian Echoes" by Nancy Rowland, Palmer AK, took the award for Best Machine Workmanship -- Pieced.

The machine quilting was so outstanding -- just had to get this close-up!

"Elements of Nature" by Jacqueline De Jonge, Delft, The Netherlands, received an Honorable Mention -- Pieced award.

"Paisley Promises" by Diane Magarelli, Goodyear AZ.

If you leaned in a little closer, the machine embroidery and quilting really came to life.

"Wisteria Lane" by Cherri Kincaid, Merritt Island FL.

"Tembo" by Colleen Harvey, Nederland CO took the Third Place -- Mixed Technique award.

The elephant is almost life-like and his ears are three dimensional!

If you would like to know more about the Hoffman challenge, here is a picture of the 2009 fabric and the rules that the contestants worked with.

When I was in New Zealand, I saw the 2009 challenge quilts from that country and put them on the blog. If you missed that post and would like to see it, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

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