Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quilters Treasure's 2010 Challenge

I've been on jury duty for the last couple of weeks and go back into court on Tuesday for what looks like another week, so not much exciting has been going on around here. If I'm not in court, I'm catching up on all the things that need to be done.

So I was looking at pictures that were still on my SD card from the HMQS show in Salt Lake City in May and saw that there were pictures from a challenge that I had not posted. There are enough of them that I will do them in two posts:

The theme of the 2010 Quilters Treasure quilts is "What Memories Are Made Of". I didn't photograph every one, but some were so outstanding that they had to be shared. From the wording on some of the artist statements pinned to the quilts, the red fabric was the challenge....

Third Place: "Circling the Drain" by Barbara Daly Blanchard of Mendenhall PA reflects the importance of daily newspapers in her childhood. She ends her statement by saying, "How long before what is 'black and white and red all over' is nothing more than a memory?"

Best Traditional: "Crossroads (2)" by Tone Haugen-Cogburn of Maryville TN was inspired by the red challenge fabric. "This is an original design of white, black, grays blocks with red crosses, which is machine quilted and hand embroidery."

Honorable Mention: "Marbles" by Kate Chepeleff of Norwood NY was inspired by Cheryl Phillips' book "Circle A Round". Kate used a circle framing technique.

Best Machine Quilting: "The Lily Vow" by Megan Farrell of Chicago IL, represented her memories of the stargazer lilies given to her by her husband-to-be when they were first dating. She carried them down the aisle and they are still very important in her life and memories.

Best Pictorial Quilt: "Old Oak Tree" by Gayle Shelton of Bridgeport TX, depicts a big oak tree by a stream in autumn. This is an original design using raw edge applique and the "snippets" technique.

Best Use of Color: "Fall Celebration" by Judy Steward of Hewitt TX is an original design based on her photograph of a leaf. "Eight fall colored fabrics were machine appliqued to give the leaf a dimensional effect. Machine quilting in the background portrays the wind and other falling leaves. The unusual texture on the hand dyed background fabric was accomplished by using a salt technique."

There are a few more quilts to share in my next post -- what a fun challenge!


  1. Hi Paula,

    I was searching the web and discovered these pictures of our 2010 Challenge winners. The additional pictures can be found on our web site for about 1 more week. The winners of the 2011 Challenge will be posted when they are announced on Wed, Feb 23 at the Mid-Alantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA.

    You will also be able to see the new quilts in Salt Lake City, UT "Home Machine Quilters Show" in May.

    We are happy you like the quilts. I hope these may inspire you or others to enter our new challenge which will be posted soon on the web site.

    Thank you again for sharing these pictures.

    Joel & Bobbie Bergquist
    Quilters Treasure, Rindge, NH

  2. Thanks for letting everybody know where they can find the rest of the quilt pictures -- I can't wait to see the new quilts in May! I'll be teaching at HMQS again this year so will be sure to take a good look at the entries.


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