2008 Winners in Celebrate Spring!

The annual spring Judged Show of
the International Quilt Association

Exhibit will debut at the 2008 International Quilt Festival/Chicago
April 11-13
at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois

Judged by EuJane Taylor and Kathy York


Best of Show -
I Ain’t No Spring Chicken
57” x 39”

David Taylor
Steamboat Springs, Colorado ($2,500 prize plus travel/hotel accommodations to the 2008 International Quilt Festival/Chicago)

Hand and machine pieced, hand appliquéd, machine quilted
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In Northwest Colorado, ranching is a way of life. My friend Jackie snapped a photograph of this rooster on a farm last spring. He has such personality, I had to make a quilt of him. I thought the focus would be his white feathers, but upon completing the quilt, the old barn wood in the background captures a lot of attention.

I like to give a contemporary spin to traditional patterns. Bright colors and flowers that dance and glisten in the warm sunlight represent spring to me. This quilt attempts to capture those sentiments. I feel happy when I look at it. I hope you do, too!

First Place-
Dresden Delites
53 ¾” x 34 ¼

Jeanne Pfister
Kaukauna, Wisconsin ($650 prize)

Machine appliquéd and quilted, hand beaded, color block piecing
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Second Place -
36” x 44”

Laura Wasilowski
Elgin, Illinois ($350 prize)

Fused appliqué, hand embroidery, machine quilting
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It is such a thrill when my garden plants begin to sprout. Welcome, spring!

Daffodils are some of the first flowers to herald spring in our region. The daffodils in my yard inspired this quilt.

Third Place-
Spring’s Greetings
53” x 38”

Frieda Anderson
Elgin, Illinois ($250 prize)

Fused machine appliqué, machine quilting
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Honorable Mention-
Crazy About Spring
64” x 50”

Linda Steele
Park Orchards, Victoria, Australia

Free-motion machine embroidery on all motifs, machine quilted
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Spring and Crazy quilting have a natural affinity. They both appear as a chaotic explosion of life and color across a range of diverse environments. Although Crazy quilts are traditionally hand embroidered, I have used free-motion machine embroidery in this piece representing a new beginning.

The petunias, marigolds, and berries all grow in my garden. The petunias are stylized versions of flowers in pots on our deck. Background quilting represents trellises and vines on the back fence. The center flower features a custom-made button with sterling silver dots. The strawberry stems are bobbin work.

Honorable Mention-
Pink Petunias
54” x 37”

Shirley Gisi
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Machine appliqué, bobbin work, machine quilting, custom button embellishment
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Viewer's Choice Award-
Cart of Red Geraniums

Rosalie Baker
Davenport, Iowa

Machine and hand appliquéd, hand painted, machine quilted
100% cotton, Quilters Dream Cotton batting, Setacolor and Jacquard Lumiere paints
Design Source: Original Design
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In the spring, I plant geraniums in planters around my house and enjoy the blooms spring, summer, and fall. I combined several photographs to make this quilt. While touring Iowa, I took the cart photo. The geraniums are from photos taken around my house.