Welcome to my unofficial, totally biased tour of the quilts at the New Mexico State Fair. Because I'm the spoiler alert type, I'll kill the suspense and begin with the mega ribbon catchers.
Louise Madori created this paisley pretty, which won Best of Show. I love the the orchid and grayscale color scheme, and how the floral and paisley motifs combine in a non-standard layout. The pieces were machine appliquéd An assortment of decorative stitches were used in the machine appliqué, and great attention was paid to the placement of prints. The pattern is Graceful Rhapsody by Denise Sheehan, and the fabric is from Quilting Treasures Jasmine collection.
Jean Bolton took the award for best hand quilted quilt.
I also entered a shop sample for Quilts Ole that took second in the large quilt class of the professional category. Linda Nordt did such a nice job on the long-arm quilting that many had to look closely to determine that the center portion is a panel. The piecing surrounding was inspired by Lee's Diamond Tread Quilt, except I used stitch and flip triangles and rectangles instead of half square triangles.
The Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild took the fair by storm.
Renee of Quilts of a Feather showed many quilts. The Tardis made a couple appearances.
Renee's entry for the the Orange Peel Quilt-A-Long was hanging high.
Her profanity and incredible quilting captured the attention of the authorities in equal measure. If you want to see the naughty word unveiled, you'll have to go to her blog. She also details her impressions of the fair and the judge's comments in a special post.
Her original design and dense machine quilting are notable.
Fellow ABQMQG member Debbie Rogulich took third place. She even dared use batiks alongside modern piecing and straight-line quilting. While considered scandalous by some, I love it!
To save you from quilt over-exposure (Okay, that doesn't actually exist!), I'm going to continue my little tour in another post, so come on back for more!