Here's just one of Sandra Leichner's Best of Show Quilts. It's Tea with Miss D. and it won Best of Show at MQX-West. Among its other many awards it won the Master Award Contemporary Artistry in Houston and Viewer's Choice at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
This quilt pattern was by Dr. Margaret Docherty of England, a pediatrician who designed this pattern in her free time. Patsy saw this quilt in a magazine and fell in love with it. "It took me 1 1/2 years to appliqué it and 6 months to quilt it." It is needleturn appliqué and hand quilted.
Janeen Herchold created Carnival by using a variety of surface embellishments to enhance the basic design shapes. She used beads, threads, ribbons, fabric paints and more to add dimensions and volume. The design is raw edge fused to the background and the shapes are couched around the edges for definition. Some shapes are filled with beads, pompoms, etc. for added volume. Everything was completed by hand with the machine used only to add the binding.
Reptile Wisdom uses an expanded two-color palette, English paper-piecing by machine, paper foundation piecing, and machine applique. Karen insists on using 100% natural fibers in her batting. Reptile Wisdom won first place in the Traditional Pieced category at IQA Houston 2014.
(Photo: Gregory Case)
Peruvian Girl with Llama was created by Lea McComas. The young girl was out herding her llamas in Cuzco when Lea came upon her. The quilt measures 43" x 38." The stitching was done on a longarm machine. The thread work on the face is particarly dense.
Doodle Bird 2 was created by Joanie Zeier Poole and Pam Levenhagen. It won 2nd place at AQS Lancaster 2015 Wall Quilts – 1st Entry.