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Quilt National from 1981-2021

Since its beginning in 1979, Quilt National has grown and expanded. We have created a series of pages about the history of this show. For each show, there is information with the jurors, the number of entrants, and the awards. For each of the prize winners, there is an artist statement and an illustration. The quality of the illustrations varies.

View the Exhibitors Index (1981-2021)

View the Prize Winners (1981-2021)

Click on the individual show year for information about that show

Quilt National 1981

The coordinator for this show was Sara Gilfert, who was a weaver and who created quilts with hand-made paper. The stanchions had been removed and the trenches filled in. The flies were still present.

Three hundred fifty-five artists submitted 662 works. Jurors Daniel Butts III, Nancy Crow, and Diane Itter selected 78 quilts by 57 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-one states and one foreign country. There were three awards granted.

Images from QN ’79 and QN ’81 were documented in The New American Quilt, published by Lark Books.


Best of Show

Curtain, by Pamela Jean Burg

Pamela Jean Burg

30 by 50 inches
Color xerox on acetate with paper, mylar, and plastic thread

Artist’s statement: This work grows from the tradition of woven textiles that are pieced and appliqued to form surfaces. The fabric is constructed of paper and plastic, incorporating both graphic patterns and subtle suggestions of intimate architectural spaces.

Award of Excellence

David Hornung

Pictorial Arrangement
60 by 72 inches
Hand dyed cotton.

Artist’s statement: I dye or over-dye muslin, using a paintbrush to apply the color. I then complete the top with hand applique. I favor this process because of the design freedom it allows.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium

Jean Hewes

The Sitter
54 by 65 inches.
Silk, crepe, wool, taffeta, brocade. Appliqued and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I do not start out with any sketch or plan in mind for my quilts. I just begin by throwing different fabrics on the floor, feeling how the colors and textures work together. As I continue working with the fabric, shapes and figures begin to suggest themselves.

Information about Quilt National 1983, including prize winners.

Quilt National ’83

At about the same time that the entries for Quilt National ’83 were arriving at the Dairy Barn, Hilary Fletcher assumed the responsibilities of Project Director. The Dairy Barn now had indoor plumbing and the number of flies had been reduced.

This was the first show to go on tour. Selected works were shown in New York at the American Craft Museum, in Houston at the International Quilt Festival, in Goldendale, Washington, and several other venues.

The entire collection is documented in The Quilt: New Directions for an American Tradition published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Three hundred fifty artists submitted 746 works. Jurors François Barnes, Virginia Jacobs and Paul Smith selected 79 quilts by 72 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-six states and two foreign countries. There were five awards granted. First time awards were the Domini McCarthy Memorial Award for Exceptional Craftsman and the People’s Choice Award.


Best of Show

Pam Studstill

Quilt #21, ©PS
51 by 54 inches.
Hand painted cotton. Machine pieced. Hand quilted by Bettie Studstill.

Artist’s statement: I like to play with color gradations, using hand-dyed and commercial fabrics. The surface paint not only creates a random pattern but also helps ease the transition from color to color. I am inspired by landscape views and vistas, fields of anything, all the quilts I’ve ever seen, and looking at my boxes of colored material.

Award of Excellence
Pauline Burbidge
Cubic Pyramid
, ©PB
86 by 80 inches.
Hand-dyed cottons. Machine pieced and machine quilted.Artist’s statement: This quilt was designed on a theme of three-dimensional illusion, using flat pattern to create a 3-D effect. I took the idea of the traditional Tumbling Blocks design and took it a few stages further. Almost all the fabrics are hand-dyed, and the use of colour and tone are equally as important as the shapes.
Most Innovative Use of the Medium
Terrie Hancock Mangat
Fishing Hats Over Rose Lake, ©THM
82 by 75 inches.
Cotton blends, rose appliqués, sequins; hats embellished with plastic and rubber artifacts. Quilted by Sue Rule.Artist’s statement: All of the shapes floating in the sky over Rose Lake are the parts of a fishing hat which I was duplicating for a friend. The shapes are done in five different sizes to give the feeling of depth. The roses are feminine in feeling and the grasses are masculine. Above the quilt are the real fishing hats. As I continue working with the fabric, shapes and figures begin to suggest themselves.
Domini McCarthy Memorial Award

Jean Hewes
Sticks, ©JH
79 by 67 inches.
Rayon, silk and brocades. Machine appliquéd.Artist’s statement: I first assemble fabrics onto background cloth. The background is secured to the batting and then pinned to a wall. After additional fabric pieces have been added, I mark the design to be machine stitched.
People’s Choice Award

B. J. Elvgren

The Twelve Days of Christmas, ©BJE
100 by 108 inches.
Cottons, blends, velvet, silk and satin. Hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: The Twelve Days of Christmas is based on the traditional song. The quilt was conceived as a joyful celebration of gift-giving, with the greatest gift of all being the Holy Child.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium, Honorable Mention83_MAYMONSTER1

Therese May

Monster Quilt #1 , ©TM
51 by 46 inches.
Muslin treated with gesso and acrylic paint. Machine appliquéd.

Artist’s statement: This quilt shows a braided rug pattern surrounding some rather ambiguous figurations. In appliqueing the fabric pieces I let the threads hang loose to form a kind of network that starts to reveal the sewing process. I have added paint not only to enhance the surface but also to bring my quilting techniques and painting techniques closer together. The intent is to help confuse the issues often raised about “art vs craft.”

Information about Quilt National 1985, including prize winners.

Quilt National ’85

Hilary Fletcher was the Project Director for the entire show.

The whole collection is documented in Quilts: The State of an Art published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Four hundred and seven artists submitted 904 works. Jurors Lloyd Herman, David Hornung and Terrie Hancock Mangat selected 74 quilts by 65 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-seven states and six foreign countries. There were five awards granted.


Best of Show


Veronica Fitzgerald

Untitled, ©VF
168 by 90 inches.
Machine quilted silks and cottons

Artist’s statement: Quiltmaking is my favorite way of inventing, discovering and solving problems. My eye is constantly searching for a new way to use an old pattern; for a more expressive color combination; for just the right juxtaposition of patterned fabrics; for an image that speaks. Tedium is interspersed with joy. Ultimate gratification comes when I see the finished quilt.

Award of Excellence


Ardyth Davis

Tied Bars/Red-Blue, ©AD
85 by 92 inches.
Silk duppioni brushed and sprayed with dyes, pieced and tied with cotton thread.

Artist’s statement: My work in textiles developed from assembling individual elements into large dimensional pieces to using whole pieces of painted cloth, manipulated and tied to create textural fields.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium, co-recipient


Holley Junker

Flowerseed Farm, ©HJ
54 by 71 inches.
Pinked and layered cottons and chintz; machine stitched and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: There is an area in Southern California where flowers are grown just for their seeds — miles and miles of pure color. This place and my wonder at the way landscapes change and colors blend from above, come together in this quilt.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium, co-recipient


Therese May

Sawblade, ©TM
78 by 69 inches.
Machine appliqué onto canvas; surface enhanced with areas of acrylic paint.

Artist’s statement: The basic idea for this quilt came to me when I saw a giant sawblade at our local county fair. The blade had a wonderful landscape painted on it. In my sawblade, I used a braided rug pattern instead of a landscape. When I was working on this piece I remember keeping track of how many pins I used (one for each patch), and it was a great number.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award


Nancy Halpern

Maple Leaf Rag, ©NH
74 by 71 inches.
Cottons and blends; cyanotype, hand and machine pieces, hand appliquéd and quilted.

Artist’s statement: Begun as a winter jacket (the cyanotype strips were cuffs and facings) this evolved into a four-poster futon quilt — a cross cultural blend of New England bedquilt with the strong diagonals and presence of a Japanese Kimono.

People’s Choice Award


Miriam Nathan-Roberts

Lattice Interweave, ©MNR
80 by 80 inches.
Cotton and cotton blends; machine pieced and hand quilted by Sarah Hershberger under direction of artist.

Artist’s statement: My aim in this quilt was to achieve a sense of three-dimensionality on a flat surface. I also wanted a contrast between the strong design element, devoid of color, against a background of color to make the grid appear to float in front. It reminds me of woven steel.

Information about Quilt National 1987, including prize winners.

Quilt National ’87

The whole collection is documented in Fiber Expressions: The Contemporary Quilt published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Four hundred and thirty artists submitted 915 works. Jurors Gerhardt Knodel, Penny McMorris, and Jan Myers selected 84 quilts by 74 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-six states and four foreign countries. There were five awards granted.


Best of Show


Susan Shie

Neighborhood with Comet Scar, ©SS
98 by 88 inches.
Acrylic paint and fabric dye on canvas and fabric. Stuffed and sewn painted forms, quilted silks and cottons, found objects.

Artist’s statement: The blue “Vermont” ram in the center of the quilt is the comet scar, a sweatshirt which was burned when a firecracker exploded on me when I was viewing Halley’s Comet. This is part of a series of six quilts documenting my life during the 1985-86 visit of the comet.

Award of Excellence


Patrick Dorman

Revelation, ©PD
83 by 92 inches.
Cotton fabric, buttons and beads; hand quilted and hand appliquéd.

Artist’s statement: Revelation is the celebration of the sacred mystery of life. The mandala of Earth, Air, Water and Fire is surrounded by the images which mark the passage of time: rising and setting of the sun, seasons of the year, cycles of the moon. My representational shadow floats within this place and time. The buttons and net are the mystery and spirit which bind the cosmos.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award, co-recipient


Laura Lee Fritz

And Crown Her Good With Brotherhood, ©LLF
71 by 71 inches.
Cottons and blends; hand embroidered and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: Freedom and Liberty: embroidered with single strands of thread, hand appliquéd 20 stitches per inch. Every man, woman and child is a hero, celebrated here, as are our forefathers standing besides us (the black silhouettes). We are surrounded by creatures of the wild quilted into the outer border.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award, co-recipient
People’s Choice Award


Judy Mathieson

Nautical Stars, ©JM
73 by 88 inches.
Cotton blends, machine and hand pieced, hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: I have been making variations of compass designs for seven years. A friend sent me a photocopy of a compass rose watercolor by an anonymous 19th century artist (possibly a sailor) that provided the inspiration for this work. The quilt came alive for me when I decided to use value gradations in the background. This causes the values in the central compass design to change as the points move around the center.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium


Virginia Jacobs

Krakow Kabuki Waltz,©VJ

84 inches in diameter.
Machine pieced and quilted cottons and blends, latex balloon armature.

Artist’s statement: This work developed out of my interest in the sculptural possibilities in quilting. The work honors two of the visual cultures I find most colorful and graphically inspiring. I am concerned with the rhythms created by the repetition of colors and patterns. I want the viewer to become spatially involved with my work as he or she moves around it. I also just wanted to make something absolutely outrageous.

Information about Quilt National 1989, including prize winners.

Quilt National ’89

The whole collection is documented in New Quilts: Interpretations and Innovations published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Five hundred fifty artists submitted 1156 works. Jurors Chris Wolf Edmonds, Bernard Kester and Yvonne Porcella selected 80 quilts by 75 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-six states and five foreign countries. There were four awards granted.


Best of Show

Elizabeth Busch

When We Were Young, ©EB
68 by 80 inches.
Acrylic paint on raw cotton canvas, commercial fabrics, treated with colored pencils and Procion dyes. Machine pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: This is one of a series of bed quilts about the bed. When We Were Young is about that time in early marriage when children are infants and all dreams are sweet and full of hope and love.

Award of Excellence

Robin Schwalb

PCB Bop, ©RS
55 by 41 inches.
Cotton, hand-stenciled fabric, metal studs. Machine and hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: The initial inspiration for this quilt was both sublime and ridiculous – a combination of an Edward Weston photograph and the sweat stains on Joe Crocker’s brocade shirt during a rousing 1987 performance. It evolved into the lovely patterns of PCBs — printed circuit boards. The viewer is encouraged to maintain a thoughtful attitude towards technological innovation.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium

Judith Dingle

Reconstruction, ©JD
32 by 60 inches.
Dupioni silk, fiberglass screen, wooden rods, rubber grommets and cotton.

Artist’s statement: Recently I have been exploring three-dimensional mixed media textile constructions that relate to the graphic imagery of my previous work. While alluding to the quilt format, these wall pieces extend the traditional definition of the quilt. By treating the block as a separate unit, I draw attention to its singular nature without denying its role in the larger image. The quilt’s elements are fragmented, redefined and restored to create a new form and meaning.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award

Liesel Niesner

A Rainbow for Greenpeace, ©LN
69 by 79 inches.
Cotton fabrics, machine pieces, hand-appliquéd and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: I enjoy creating a three-dimensional work out of such a flat medium as fabric and I delight in playing with colors and shadows. This work is dedicated to the organization Greenpeace, for struggling to keep the beauty of the earth for our children.

People’s Choice Award

Ruth B. McDowell

The Yellow Maple, ©RBM
86 by 68 inches.
Cottons and linens; machine pieced and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: October in a New England wood.

Information about Quilt National 1991, including prize winners.

Quilt National ’91

The whole collection is documented in New Quilt 1 published by Taunton Press.

Five hundred ninety four artists submitted 1178 works. Jurors Tafi Brown, Esther Parkhurst and Rebecca A. T. Stevens selected 73 quilts by 69 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-six states and four foreign countries. There were three awards granted.


Best of Show


Risë Nagin

Exile, House and Mountain, ©RN
82 by 54 inches.
Various fabrics, some of which are stained and painted. Hand pieced, appliquéd and quilted.

Artist’s statement: This work is part of an ongoing series of works that take as their subject issues concerning domesticity, shelter, security, loss of innocence, betrayal, and patterns of power in relationships between men, women and children.

Award of Excellence


Pam Studstill

Quilt #91, ©PS
74 by 74 inches.
Cotton fabrics; machine pieced and hand embellished with textile paint; hand quilted by Bettie Studstill.

Artist’s statement: This quilt is an attempt to capture the diversity and monotony of existence through repetition and variation.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award


Carol Gersen

Squares and Bars, ©CG
77 by 52 inches.
Commercial and hand-dyed fabrics; machine pieced, hand and machine quilted. Machine appliquéd.

Artist’s statement: Inspiration for this quilt came from the 1988 Presidential election campaign, moving to a house with a flagpole and to a state with a wonderful flag, 4,000 tiny squares remaining from a previous project, and the use of our flag in American folk art.

People’s Choice Award


Katie Pasquini Masopust

Dimensional Portal, ©KPM
83 by 83 inches.
Cottons, blends, and lamé fabrics. Machine pieced, reverse-appliquéd and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: The idea for this quilt came from a suggestion from my husband to do a piece with round poles that turn and interlock. Many months later, this is what happened. I tried to create the feeling that the viewer could climb around inside this structure with its different levels.

Information about Quilt National 1993, including the prize winners.

Quilt National ’93

The whole collection is documented in New Quilt 2 published by Taunton Press.

Five hundred sixty artists submitted 1101 works. Jurors Elizabeth Busch, Michael Monroe, and Judi Warren selected 82 quilts by 82 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-three states and eight foreign countries. There were four awards granted.


Best of Show


Jan Myers-Newbury

Birch Eyes, ©JMN
54 by 57 inches.
Hand-dyed cotton fabric; machine pieced and quilted.

Artist’s statement: This work is a departure from the emphasis on color that has been a distinguishing feature of my quilts for the past 15 years. As I become more involved with tie-dying my fabrics, pattern has become more of a design consideration. The shibori panels are monumental and subtle at the same time, much as the same as the forest of trees. The lack of color conveys a certain quietude that interests me.

Award of Excellence


Merrill Mason

Scrap Thatch, ©MM
91 by 65 inches.
Phototransfers on cloth; machine pieced and appliquéd, machine and hand embroidered, hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: Comforter or discomforter? My work combines photography with traditional women’s art forms and aims to create lush, seductive images out of the industrial landscape. My quilts contrast the conventional associations of stitched cloth — beauty, security and domesticity — with unlikely, provocative content and treat ugliness as though it were beautiful.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International


Arturo Alonzo Sandoval

Lady Liberty/Babylon II, ©AAS
60 by 86 inches.
Cibachrome photographs, webbing, acetate transparencies, threads, fabric; machine pieced and stitched.

Artist’s statement: My political imagery addresses issues of nuclear war, terrorism and government corruption. Using drawing and collage to create my imagery allows me to develop a contemporary artistic statement with high tech photo-imaging materials. Figures begin to suggest themselves. Working in this manner creates color, texture and form not possible with traditional materials. My quilts are meant to be both beautiful and informative.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award


Ellen Oppenheimer

Neon Maze, ©EO
48 by 50 inches.
Silk-screened and hand-dyed fabric, some over-dyed commercial prints; machine pieced and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: My “Neon Maze” series of quilts are textile constructions in which a line or several lines make a long and convoluted circuit or journey through the quilt. Originally a visual description of the complexity and confusion that I perceive in my life, these mazes have evolved into complex patterns that are determined by fairly random rules and parameters.

People’s Choice Award


M. Joan Lintault

In the Grass, ©MJL
91 by 98 inches.
Hand-dyed, screen-printed and painted cotton fabric; machine pieced and quilted, embellished with beads.

Artist’s statement: I begin with white fabric because I see its possibilities. I dye, print and paint my own images and feel free to use any technique that contributes to my work. I do not reject a technique simply because it is laborious. I base my work on geological time rather than TV time. Here the flowers and insects bring perpetual summer indoors; the cool of the forest, the whine of the insects, and nasty things waiting in the grass.

Information about Quilt National 1995, including the prize winners.

Quilt National ’95

The whole collection is documented in Quilt National: Contemporary Designs in Fabric published by Lark Books.

Six hundred thirteen artists submitted 1,232 works. Jurors Ann Batchelder, Libby Lehman, and Linda MacDonald selected 80 quilts by 84 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-three states and seven foreign countries. There were six awards granted.

Best of Show


Petra Soesemann
Men/Women, Chapter 1, ©PS
75 by 76 inches.
Natural and synthetic fabrics; direct, hand and machine appliqué by fusing, hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: Each side of this quilt is always seen through the veil of the image on the other side. The veiling effect is relative and can reveal or conceal, depending on the light. An expressway image from a Chicago map runs through the back view self-portrait to suggest an interior mapping of place, time and female identity. The shorthand encryption reads: “Women veil their egos the way men mask their emotions.”

Award of Excellence


Karen Perrine

Remains of the Day, ©KP
44 by 43 inches.
Cotton sateen and nylon tulle treated with Procion dye, fabric pigments and felt marker, cotton and metallic threads; hand painted and airbrushed, hand appliquéd, hand and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: Every body of water I’ve seen in recent years has unmistakable signs of human presence — trivial garbage like candy wrappers or foam cups. In this work the time is dusk, and it’s a little spooky. I don’t know if the water is pure or polluted…it is very clear but dark. The people have gone home, leaving, as always, something behind.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium sponsored by
Friends of Fiber Art International


Ann Curtis

Epicenter of My Soul, ©AC
53 by 53.
Commercial and hand-dyed fabrics by Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka, commercial and hand-dyed pearl cotton by Melody Johnson, Facile; multilayered open-centered faced modules set into faced openings in whole cloth background; hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: The indomitably of the human spirit may be the most magnificent gift God has given us. Despite hardships endured by body and soul, we all have the capacity to rise above difficult circumstances and to become more powerful in spirit.

Rookie Award


Elizabeth Barton

Windows XIII: Aiming High, ©EB
41 by 67 inches.
Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics; machine pieced and appliquéd; machine quilted with rayon and metallic threads.

Artist’s statement: I have been working on a series of quilts using windows as a theme — both in the literal and in the metaphorical sense. The literal choice of the windows motif is probably because I come from a northern country, needing light, and seeing ruined abbeys with open sky windows. Metaphorically, windows reflect my interest in self-growth and understanding.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award



Joan Schulze

The Angel Equation, ©JS
57 by 56 inches.
Silk and cotton fabrics, paper; laminated, painted, pieced and printed; machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I have been enamored with surfaces in most of my work — color overlaying color; peeling surfaces, edges that define and contrast. Now the final marks are getting larger, more dramatic in, perhaps, a gesture to come closer and take in all the quiet detail.

Quilts Japan Prize


Therese May

Contemplating the Nine Patch, ©TM
90 by 60 inches.
Painted panels on mat board; hand quilted and tied, embellished with paint, buttons and beads.

Artist’s statement: This quilt emerged as I thought about the traditional quilt versus the art quilt. Even though this quilt is based more on a painting concept, I wanted to express something about the beauty of the traditional quilt and the idea of sewing squares together.

People’s Choice Award


Karen Stone

Indian Orange Peel, ©KS
63 by 63 inches.
Cotton fabrics, mostly homespun, batiks and reproduction fabrics; machine pieced onto paper foundations, machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: While the fabric choices in the quilt may seem to reflect the tension and complexity of my urban life, its inspiration is actually the traditional orange peel quilt and an orange Indian wedding ring quilt from the Pilgrim/Roy collection. While I’ve come to associate this piece with fire and gospel music (which, like quiltmaking, have changed little in 100 years), I think its appeal lies in the simple juxtaposition of two opposing colors.

Information about Quilt National 1997, including the prize winners.

Quilt National ’97

The whole collection is documented in Contemporary Quilts published by Lark Books.

Five hundred ninety five artists submitted 1,254 works. Jurors Nancy Halpern, Jason Pollen, and Joan Schulze selected 80 quilts by 82 artists. The exhibitors represented twenty-six states and eight foreign countries. There were 8 awards granted.


Best of Show


Fran Skiles

Red Landscape, ©FS
63 by 52 inches.
Cotton duck fabric and woven printed hemp treated with oil stick, acrylic and fabric paint; machine stitched.

Artist’s statement: My assemblages are about old decaying materials — old wooden piers, buildings and stuff found therein. Traditionally I turn to landscapes for design. My thoughts and elements are abstract. The imagery I use in my quilts is from my own photography. I want the image to lose its identity and become a part of the whole.

Award of Excellence


Kyoung Ae Cho

AGED: Covered by Wisdom, ©KAC
108 by 108 inches.
Fabric, construction board, pieces of pine; hand stitched and tied.

Artist’s statement: Time and nurturing are carried through rings of wisdom. These rings are displayed in their natural form through geometric cuts. The patterns allow the viewer to visualize the existence and environmental history of this tree and how it has sheltered and nurtured earth.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International


Elizabeth Brimelow

Elsworth, ©EB
70 by 70 inches.
Dyed, discharged and screen printed fabric; appliquéd (direct and reverse) and embroidered, hand quilted and tied.

Artist’s statement: The inspiration for my work is landscape and man’s mark on it. I am very aware of earlier cultures and times and how man has left behind evidence of his presence. Disclose, lay open, reveal, discover and uncover are key words and have influenced my textile techniques. I stitch and manipulate cloth, which I use for its tactile quality, its substance and its intimacy.

Rookie Award


Lorraine Roy 

Shadow, ©LR
37 by 37 inches.
Needlepoint panels with thread and fabric collage; machine appliquéd and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: My quilts mark the path of a spiritual journey. The images come from dreams, and are influenced by research into their symbolic message. The fish, which is often in my dreams, is thought to act as a guide to the unconscious because it never closes its eyes. As such, it inspired a series of pieces that acknowledged and honored a part of my nature that is wild, mysterious and filled with potential.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award


Connie Scheele

611 River Rocks, ©CS
60 by 60 inches.
Hand-dyed cotton fabrics, cotton batting, silk and cotton quilting threads; machine pieced and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: This is the third quilt in a series inspired by river rocks. I have canoed the Brule River in northern Wisconsin since I was a young girl, and love the look of the river rocks through clear water. After dyeing a wide range of neutral fabrics, I felt compelled to create quilts incorporating the wonderful colors of nature and the fascinating shapes of the river rocks.

Quilts Japan Prize


Teresa Barkley

Tea Will Make It Better , ©TB
61 by 71 inches.
Commercial cotton and rayon, found textile objects; machine pieced, hand appliquéd and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I did not drink tea at all when I first met my husband, but I finally yielded to his frequent offering to have a cup. Over the years, tea has been a great source of enjoyment. Through both its delicious flavors and its ritualistic preparation, the experience of tea is a comfort. Whether faced with exhaustion, tension, confusion, anxiety, or cold, tea will make it better.

Fairfield Tenth Commemorative Prize


Jill Pace 

Heaven’s Gate , ©JP
82 by 82 inches.
Cotton fabric; machine pieced, hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, hand beaded and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: I was inspired to make Heaven’s Gate after viewing a television program about people’s near-death experiences. I was amazed by how similar the stories were. All described themselves floating down a corridor with colorful squares of light and the glowing outline of a figure reaching out to them. All of the people reported that the experience was very peaceful and that they no longer feared death. After the show, I also felt more peaceful about death and what happens after . . . it truly is only “another horizon.”

Trailblazer Award


Emily Parson

I’m Buggin’ , ©EP
51 by 50 inches.
Cotton fabric hand-dyed (by artist and Cynthia Bonner); machine appliquéd and machine quilted.Artist’s statement: For the past year, I have been working on whimsical quilts that depict images of important objects in my life. The Volkswagen bug was an especially fun quilt to make, bringing back memories of the cream colored bug I had in college that my friends affectionately nicknamed “The Egg.”

People’s Choice Award


Miwako Miyamoto

A Gust of Wind , ©MM
84 by 88 inches.
Cotton, blends and silk fabrics; hand and machine pieced, hand quilted.Artist’s statement: I like to create a sense of movement by using a variety of fabric piece sizes. I always hope that people will think that the quilt tells a story.

Information about Quilt National 1999, including the prize winners.

Quilt National ’99

The whole collection is documented in The Best in Contemporary Quilts published by Lark Books.

Six hundred and thirty-seven artists submitted 1,321 works. Jurors Nancy Crow, Caryl Bryer Fallert, and Bruce Pepich selected 84 quilts by 86 artists. The exhibitors represented 27 states and 13 foreign countries. There were 8 awards granted.

Best of Show


Miriam Nathan-Roberts

Spin Cycle , ©M N-R
66 by 71 inches.
Commercial and hand-dyed, hand-painted, and airbrushed fabrics; machine appliquéd and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: This quilt is the latest in the Interweave Series started in January 1983. Every time I finish one I think it is the last of that series, but then yet another beckons me. I have been interested in structure and illusions of depth all my life. My father was interested in bridges, and Pittsburgh (where I grew up) is a city of bridges. He often pointed out the differences in their structures to me. I have no real depth perception because my eyes don’t achieve fusion (one is near-sighted and the other is far-sighted.) Most of the fabrics were hand dyed by me. All of the pieces are individually airbrushed by me. The quilt was named by my friend Nancy Halpern.

Award of Excellence


Ruth Garrison

Overlay 4 , ©RG
54 by 54 inches.
Hand-dyed and commercial cottons; screen printing, machine piecing, machine quilting.

Artist’s statement: Overlay 4 contrasts the rigidity of the grid and the controlled value gradation of the background with the playful unpredictability of irregular strip piecing.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International


Dirkje van der Horst-Beetsma

Cobblestones, ©DH-B
52 by 61 inches.
Commercial and hand-dyed cotton, silk and polyester fabrics; freehand cutting, directly stitched on a foundation, and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: My goal in playing around with fabric is to tell a story. This quilt is a walk in the garden on a sunny day. You see the colors of the flowers, shadows, trees, and the colors of the stones. The stones are old and can also tell us stories.

Rookie Award Sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates


Linda Gass

After the Gold Rush , ©LG
26 by 21 inches.
Silk crepe de chine hand painted using acid dyes, water-based resist, salt, and alcohol techniques; machine quilted with monofilament and rayon threads.

Artist’s statement: I grew up in California and have spent countless hours exploring the beauty of its mountains and deserts. In this quilt I have tried to beautify an unnatural landscape through a play of color and texture on silk. The landscape is I-5, a major transportation artery, crossing from the California Aqueduct, the man-made river that moves water from north to south and irrigates farm fields in what once was a desert. This is the second mining of California and hence the name of the quilt.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award


Connie Scheele

In the Shallows , ©CS
53 by 46 inches.
Hand-dyed cottons; machine pieced and hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: After doing a number of River Rocks quilts, I did a few quilts of foliage and grasses. This quilt is an integration of the two, and is reminiscent of the northern Wisconsin lake country that is very important to me.

Quilts Japan Prize


Jane Sassaman

Seeds and Blossoms , ©JS
43 by 43 inches.
Hand-printed fabric; machine appliquéd and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: We have a dense garden in our small city yard. Every year we grow several varieties of angels’ trumpets, also called jimsonweed or thorn apple. This plant is poisonous, yet incredibly dramatic. It has huge, white, sweet-smelling trumpet blossoms, dusty gray-green leaves, and wonderfully evil looking prickly seed balls the size of Christmas ornaments. I absolutely love them so it was an obvious subject for a quilt.

Trailblazer Award


Faye Anderson

Dreams , ©FA
48 by 60 inches.
Artist canvas, fused cotton fabric, and candlewick thread; free-motion machine stitchery, hand and machine quilting.

Artist’s statement: It is not that encouraging to be voted Most Talented in a high school that didn’t offer a single art class, but at age 17 the gap between fantasy and reality does seem that wide. There’s a lot of room to dream, and sometimes the dreams do come true. This quilt was created in a reflective mood. I haven’t been in touch with anyone from the PineCrest class of ’63 for many years, but I enjoyed rereading their yearbook quips and notes while stitching the portraits and hope that they have shared my good fortune.

People’s Choice Award


Tim Harding

Swimmers , ©TH
80 by 60 inches.
Silk and cotton duck fabrics; reverse appliqué, layered, stitched, cut, rest stitched, and cut again.

Artist’s statement: In an effort to unify form with content, the representation of two underwater swimmers in a pool is partially obscured — but also revealed — by my reverse appliqué method. This accomplishes an abstracted, broken-up image somewhat like the refraction of light that occurs in water. I use an iridescent silk which is reflective, like water. The surface texture is a broken-up wave pattern such as you might see in a pool. A slight use of perspective is accomplished by a subtle foreshortening of the torsos and elongation of the arms. Light/shadow and figure/ground relationships are also used to create the illusion of depth.

Information about Quilt National 2001, including the prize winners.

Quilt National ’01

The whole collection is documented in The Best Contemporary Quilts: Quilt National 2001 published by Lark Books.

Six hundred and seventy artists submitted 1,411 works. Jurors Jane A. Sassaman, Melissa Leventon and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval selected 88 quilts by 92 artists. The exhibitors represented 23 states and 9 foreign countries. There were 7 awards granted.


Best of Show


Noël M. Ruessmann

Autumn Leaves Triptych , ©NR
61 by 76 inches.
Silk and linen fabrics; hand quilted and hand embellished with painted cotton and linen leaves

Artist’s statement: It is late autumn at dusk. Here and there an individual leaf captures the day’s final slanting light and is briefly illuminated. The burnished gold is contrasted by the deep purple of the shadows. The oriental influence in my work is apparent–the three hanging panels are meant to suggest a kimono.

Award of Excellence


Ruth Garrison

Floating I , ©RG
83 by 41 inches.
Cotton fabrics (some hand dyed and screen printed); machine pieced and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: Two sets of strip-pieced fabrics that are different in character are brought together in this piece. The high contrast allows the frenzied strips to float above a calm sea of blue-green solids.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International


Pat Kroth

Revisiting Jackson , ©PK
104 by 65 inches.
Hand-dyed and commercial fabrics embellished with a variety of materials, including buttons, cording, rickrack, lace, coins, stamps, paper clips, safety pins, candy wrappers, toys, and other found objects; fused and machine appliquéd, stapled and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I have created a series of fiber-fragment quilts by working in a fairly random and spontaneous manner. I’m constantly reminded of the simple beauty of found objects, recycled materials, and castoffs. From my background in abstract painting, I recently remembered how much I enjoy Jackson Pollock’s work. Now I feel as though I’m truly painting with fabric and thread.

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Award Sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates


Dale Fleming

Corporate Attire , ©DF
46 by 62 inches.
Silk ties and other silk fabrics; machine pieced and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: The impetus for this quilt was my husband’s decision to discard a number of silk ties after he had cleaned out his closet. These ties with their rich colors, wonderful textures, and intricate designs just begged to be used. This quilt flows from a single square into a design-as-you-go quilt that plays with color, texture, value, and shape.

Domini McCarthy Memorial Award


Robin Schwalb

Heroic Optimism , ©RS
60 by 82 inches.
Photo-silk screened, stenciled, overdyed, and commercially available cotton fabrics; painted polyester, machine pieced; hand appliquéd and reverse appliquéd, hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: This is the third in a series of quilts inspired by a 1996 trip to Russia. Much residue, both physical and figurative, remains after the fall of communism. A quote from David K. Shipler’s book Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams plays out across ripped wall posters on the crumbling faces, contrasting the party line of a social realist cityscape with the rich interior lives of its inhabitants.

Quilts Japan Prize


Linda MacDonald

Into the Tornado, ©LM
44 by 48 inches.
Cotton broadcloth that has been dyed, airbrushed, and brush painted with fiber-reactive dyes; whole cloth construction, hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: I’m working on a series of quilts and drawings concerning what happens to trees–to northern California, it is quite an issue because they are disappearing. Do they dance away, fly, burn up, travel to Europe, or what? These trees have gone up through the funnel in a rare California tornado.

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design


Jan Myers-Newbury

Icarus , ©JM-N
55 by 65 inches.
Cotton muslin fabric hand dyed using arashi shibori technique; machine pieced and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: For the past eight years, I have been creating quilts by ‘forming relationships’ among patterned fabrics. In most cases, these relationships are the indistinct patterns created by arashi shibori. Often the piece begins with a fabric that has a particularly demanding ‘voice’ that I try to add to as I orchestrate the interplay. The story of Icarus is spiritual and universal–it is about the value of striving upward, even if it is for the ultimately unattainable.

People’s Choice Award


Rebecca Rohrkaste

Full Circle , ©RR
80 by 80 inches.
Commercial cottons; machine pieced and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I was spurred to undertake an immersion in red through a friend’s commission for a quilt. This quilt is about color, repetition, contrast, and playing my intuition against the basic geometric structure of a good old traditional quilt design. Even though it is nonobjective and abstract, it is full of personal history, symbolism, and emotional experience.

Information about Quilt National 2003, including the prize winners.

Quilt National ’03

The whole collection is documented in Quilt National ’03: The Best of Contemporary Quilts published by Lark Books.

Six hundred and seventy-six artists submitted 1,452 works. Jurors Liz Axford, Wendy Huhn and Robert Shaw selected 84 quilts by 86 artists. The exhibitors represented 26 states and 10 foreign countries. There were 7 awards granted.


Best of Show – Sponsored by Bernina


Nancy Erickson

Felis Forever (1), ©NE
69 by 39 inches.
Velvet, satin, cotton, felt (filler) fabric paints, oil paintsticks; machine stitched and appliquéd

Artist’s statement: In the mid 1990s I worked on quilted pieces that showed bears in caverns or in rooms formerly occupied by humans and covered with cave drawings of early animals. The bears wander through these environments, teaching their cubs about history. In this new series, Felis…, the ancient history is imprinted on the cougars; the cougars are freed of caves and rooms, and they move freely on the wall.

Award of Excellence


Ludmilla Uspenskaya

Recharge , ©LU
56 by 74 inches.
Silk and cotton fabrics hand painted by artist, wax resist, collage; machine and hand quilted

Artist’s statement: What once was hot
Eventually gets cold.
What once was full
Eventually gets empty.
It is up to you to “Recharge” it.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International


Michael James

A Strange Riddle, ©MJ
76 by 57 inches.
100% cotton with digitally developed and printed images using Photoshop and CAD software and a Mimaki textile printer; machine pieced and quilted.

Artist’s statement: A 1949 photograph taken by my father when I was five months old and an essay by Freud on the mystery of infantile amnesia were the triggers for this quilt. The child’s neurological immaturity would seem to prevent the “reading” of visual patterns, such as the genteel floral wallpaper of that first room, but can we be sure? While I don’t have any memories of that first bedroom, I am fascinated by pattern of all kinds, and believe that fascination has deeply embedded roots.

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award Sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates


Bean Gilsdorf

Ouija #1 , ©BG
47 by 50.
Hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabrics, dyed, monoprinted, painted, and relief printed by the artist; machine pieced, appliquéd, quilted, and tied.

Artist’s statement: Skeletons typically signify death, but for me they represent the essence of humanity. The visual elements in this quilt evolved from my fear and rage about violent events in my personal history and in American culture. While working on this quilt, I explored ideas about fate and precognition, using text from a Ouija board to evoke the indiscriminate nature of violence. This quilt is a warning, an amulet, and a private memorial.

Domini McCarthy Memorial AwardQN03-warkentin

Nelda Warkentin

Tropical Dream , ©NW
48 by 60 inches.
Multiple layers of painted silk organza on a quilted cotton and linen base; machine pieced and quilted.

Artist’s statement: This quilt brings the viewer to the memory of a favorite time and place, easily moving them into a dream of visiting warm, carefree, tropical days that are waiting just beyond the horizon. Letting your mind bring you to a sense of serenity can feel so good.

Quilts Japan Prize


Elizabeth Busch

Abundance , ©EB
54 by 22 inches.
Cotton canvas, purchased fabric, acrylic paint, textile paint, hand painted, airbrushed; machine pieced, hand and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: Abundance. I cannot keep what I don’t give away. Annie Dillard in The Writing Life says it all: “These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. . . Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design


Clare Plug

Nocturne in G , ©CP
74 by 39 inches.
Discharge-dyed cotton; machine quilted and reverse appliquéd.

Artist’s statement: My current work is created in response to the coastline where I live: the rhythms, patterns, and textures and its emptiness and limited color schemes all excite me. The inspiration for this particular quilt was the graywacke stones that blanket our city beach combined with the formality of the beachfront gardens.

People’s Choice Award


Noriko Endo

Autumn Walk , ©NE
90 by 48 inches.
Commercial and hand-dyed cotton, rayon, and nylon cut in small pieces and covered with soft tulle; machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: This piece is part of a recent series of work that deals with landscapes. I am totally absorbed and fascinated by the beauty of nature’s colors. The inspiration for this work was a series of beautiful trees with changing colors along a sidewalk in Tokyo.

Information about Quilt National 2005, including the prize winners.

Quilt National ’05

The whole collection is documented in Quilt National ’05: The Best of Contemporary Quilts published by Lark Books.

599 artists submitted 1227 works. Jurors Mark Leach, Joan Lintault and Miriam Nathan-Roberts, selected 80 quilts by 80 artists. The exhibitors represented 26 states and 7 foreign countries. There were 7 awards granted.


Best of Show


Jeanne Williamson

Orange Construction Fence Series #29 , ©JW
46 by 38 inches.
Cotton; monoprinted, hand-stamped on front and back, machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I combined the grids of three construction fences when I printed the fabric for Orange Construction Fence Series #29. I wanted to show the difference in grid patterns and how we can see the sky and grass through the holes. After this piece was quilted, I painted the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass on the back so they would bleed through the front to create a softer look.

Award of Excellence sponsored by Husqvarna-Viking


Jane Sassaman

Forgotten Garden , ©JS
30 by 52 inches.
Hand-dyed, commercial cotton (designed by the artist); machine appliquéd and quilted.

Artist’s statement: This neglected garden has been invaded by wild and undisciplined brambles. But, there is still evidence of the formal and cultivated blossoms beneath—optimism in spite of adversity.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International


Patricia Mink

Wall Quilt #25, ©PM
36 by 50 inches.
Linen, photograph of a wall in Cordoba, Spain; inkjet printed, dyed, machine embroidered, quilted.

Artist’s statement: This work is part of an ongoing series, exploring the complex surfaces of aging walls, using photographic imagery on fabric. The different patterns and textures that occur in the wall as a result of construction, deterioration, and reconstruction set up interesting visual relationships and contrasts when reproduced in softer materials.

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates


Jean Williams Cacicedo

Markers: Style 2-504 , ©JWC
37 by 56 inches.
Wool, interfacing, linen; felted, slashed, resist-dyed, pieced, hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: This work is actually pieced cloth that is usually cut out and used to create a garment. This time, however, I left it whole but made reference to the garment with the stitch lines.

McCarthy Memorial Award


Jeanne Williamson

Orange Construction Fence Series #29 , ©JW
46 by 38 inches.
Cotton; monoprinted, hand-stamped on front and back, machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I combined the grids of three construction fences when I printed the fabric for Orange Construction Fence Series #29. I wanted to show the difference in grid patterns and how we can see the sky and grass through the holes. After this piece was quilted, I painted the blues of the sky and the greens of the grass on the back so they would bleed through the front to create a softer look.

Quilts Japan Prize


Robin Schwalb

Beijing , ©RS
77 by 85 inches.
Cotton, cotton-blend fabric; stenciled, direct and reverse-hand appliquéd, machine pieced, hand quilted.Artist’s statement: This quilt combines details of photographs and souvenirs from a trip to Beijing in December 2001. Most of the details are from the hutongs of Beijing—traditional alleyway neighborhoods—which are being razed in favor of modern chrome and glass behemoths. The color and humor of the finished piece reflect the happiness felt in the company of dear friends.

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design


Sandra Woock

Pipedreams , ©SW
38 by 59 inches.
Cotton; direct application discharge, various resist techniques, including potato dextrin, over-dyed, machine quilted.Artist’s statement: Pipedreams, daydreams, misdirected musings; between reality and subconscious mind; or just impossible thought fleeing reality.

Brakensiek “Caught our Eye” Award


Lori Lupe Pelish

Safe in Suburbia , ©LLP
69 by 41 inches.
Commercial cotton; machine appliquéd, embroidered, and quilted.Artist’s statement: The comfortable and passive beauty of an American backyard represents a boundary that seduces and safely enfolds the creative spirit. But desires and yearnings are left unexplored until the artist discovers the way.

People’s Choice Award


Lori Lupe Pelish

Safe in Suburbia , ©LLP

Quilt National ’07

The whole collection is documented in Quilt National ’07: The Best of Contemporary Quilts published by Lark Books.

Kathleen Dawson became Project Director in 2006.

545 artists submitted 1151 works. Jurors Paula Nadelstern, Tim Harding and Robin Treen, selected 83 quilts by 84 artists. The exhibitors represented 28 states and 9 foreign countries. 45 works are by former exhibitors and 38 are by first-time Quilt National exhibitors. There were 13 awards granted.


Best of Show


Noriko Endo

Sylvan Ambience #2 , ©NE
60 by 49 inches.
Cotton, polyester, tulle, Angelina fibers, small pieces covered with tulle, machine quilted, machine embroidery.

Artist’s statementThis piece is part of a recent series of work that deals with landscapes. While walking in the woods, I have discovered a place chased by the light where pretty pink flowers are blooming. I felt nature kept some of her hidden secret. I am totally absorbed and fascinated by the beauty of nature.

Award of Excellence


Regina Benson

Surround sound , ©RB
50 by 38 inches.
Black viscose rayon discharged 4 times with thiox using resists, masking and folding, whole cloth construction with an inner layer of felt captured by wrapping the front piece around to the back and appliquéd to the backing rayon, stitched with rayon and cotton variegated threads.

Artist’s statement: There are times when sound and images envelop me; swelling, receding, growing, and diminishing. This work communicates that embrace, through the colorations, shirring, stitching, and dimensional construction, I am coaxing the viewers to share this space and feel their inner music.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium  sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International


Julie John Upshaw

Utility Quilting Series: Ironing Board, ©JJU
55 by 16 inches.
Ironing board, commercial utility fabric (silver, non-stick, heat resistant), whole cloth, painted, machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: I feel ambivalent about quilting. Does creative expression in cloth and stitch bring freedom or constraint?

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award  sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates


Kathy Weaver

Robo Sapien, Agent 1 , ©KW
43 by 44 inches.
Naugahyde, buttons, airbrushed, machine quilted, embellished.

Artist’s statement: My work addresses aspects of the intersection between technology and art. By using the labor-intensive quilt medium, nostalgic materials, and the robot persona, the pieces have layers of meaning about time, personal and political conflict, and memory. The robot represents scientific and technological improvement resulting in change to the status quo. The Robo Sapien Agents series constitute a pantheon of characters questioning the direction of events pertinent to our environment and body politic.

McCarthy Memorial Award


Denise Labadie

Dun Aengus Stone Fort , ©DL
63 by 71 inches.
100 % cotton, hand painted 100% cotton, tulle, machine appliqué, machine quilting, additional paint as needed.

Artist’s statement: My quilts are most typically images of Irish megalithic stones and landscapes — dolmens, cairens, stone circles, standing stones, ancient stone forts, old stone churches, and the like. I love the mystery of the stones — their textures and weathered age — and all the associated questions of why they were built and what stories they were meant to tell. I find these landscapes to be the most spiritual places I have ever been.

Quilts Japan Prize


Tammie Bowser

Song , ©TB
27 by 58 inches.
Cotton batik, hand dyed fabrics, Angelina fiber and variegated thread, pieced and fused, quilted image to add texture, direction and interest.Artist’s statement: I love people and am trying to convey their passion and emotion. I also really am inspired by color. Color seems to make my quilts come alive.

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design


Barb Wills

Layered Structures #64 , ©BW
38 by 52 inches.
Silk printed with original relief plates in multiple layers, linear elements created with various bamboo sticks that were inked and printed numerous times, back is sheer fabric printed with inked bamboo sticks, hand stitching with perle cotton.

Artist’s statement: My work as an engineer has prepared me for printmaking and fiber art in a unique way. My art begins with natural 100% silk or fine cotton, inks, dyes, paints, advanced intaglio and lithographic printmaking plates and processes. All of my materials are original and created specifically for expressing a feeling, time, or place within the context of my imagery and Buddhist philosophical beliefs. Maintaining simplicity in color choices and design creates a multi-layered surface that allows the viewer to see, and to feel, the beauty of a quiet, peaceful moment of discovery.

“Heartland” Prize


Rita Steffenson

Mindscapes – Enthusiasm , ©RS
66 by 48 inches.
Cotton hand dyed gradations, airbrushed with black pigment in transparent medium, appliquéd, textures with dense machine quilting.

Artist’s statement: The Mindscape series represents the fascinating progression of ideas and how they draw us in, until we’re lost in the depths of our minds. The rhythm and flow of daydreams spring forth many are forgotten if not immediately captured? How do we hold on to all these inspirations of an active mind? Only a few are remembered..are they the ones that make the strongest impressions or only the most familiar or just a recurring theme?

Hilary M. Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award


Judith Plotner

Are We Safer Now? , ©JP
40 by 46 inches.
Cotton, machine pieced and appliquéd, monoprint dyed, painted discharged, lethocoal, black commercial fabric, hand and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: Are We Safer Now? Is my response to the ongoing war in Iraq and its effect on terrorism. On monoprinted black fabric, I discharge printed text and then overprinted in black, names of the dead. Bright red shapes, again with both type and script, portray the bloody images without being literally graphic. Red splatters of dye, and hand stitching representing razor wire, complete the shredded, bloodied and bullet-ridden imagery conveying the horrors of war.

Brakensiek “Caught our Eye” Award


Robin Schwalb

Chinese Characters ©RS
93 by 67 inches.
Commercial cotton; stenciled, silkscreened, hand and machine qppliquéd, machine pieced, hand quilted.

Artist’s statement: That suit, that hair, that mole; you immediately recognize Chairman Mao. But who–or what–are those pouty women, with their Western features, retro hairdos, and dead-eyed stares? They’re store mannequins, manufactured in China for the Chinese market, never appearing solo, but always arrayed in chorus lines. Perhaps the discordantly comical images have a darker point–if you have that system of government, you get this kind of dehumanized citizen.

Juror’s Award of Merit


Barbara J. Schneider

Reflections, Var. 8: Brushy Creek, Kansas, Missouri ©BS
53 by 37 inches.
Hand-dyed cotton; fused, machine stitched.

Artist’s statement: This art quilt is part of a series based on photographs of moving water. The series explores the concept of reflection and how to capture the essence of images that are not physically there, images made of light and movement, images that are infinitely variable. What does the eye see? And lastly, reflection is what I do throughout my work process, as well as what I hope the viewers do as they look at the completed work.

Juror’s Award of Merit


Margaret Anderson

Refracted Light ©MA
49 by 45 inches.
Silk, polyester batting, cotton backing; hand painted, appliquéd, and quilted.Artist’s statement: The natural environment informs much of my work, and Refracted Light is no exception. This piece illustrates how sunlight is affected when it passes through natural phenomena. As it penetrates water or clouds, the light bends, breaks apart, and scatters.

Juror’s Award of Merit


Mary Anne Jordan

Dotted Four Patch ©MAJ
85 by 85 inches.
Pima cotton, fiber-reactive dyes, cotton batting, cotton backing; hand-dyed, pieced and machine quilted.

Artist’s statement: The fabrics and quilts I produce often allude to domesticity and domestic life. Using my eyes as the only measure, I am careful to show marks made by hand. I am not concerned with literal narratives; therefore, many “stories” can be layered, one on top of another. I am interested in magnifying everday life, using fabric, color, and pattern as a metaphor for the structure of our culture, our lives, and our bodies.

People’s Choice Award  Selected by QN ’07 visitors


Denise Labadie

Dun Aengus Stone Fort , ©DL

List of all the prize winners and information about Quilt National 2009

Quilt National ’09

The whole collection is documented in The Best Contemporary Quilts: Quilt National 2009 published by Lark Books.

498 artists submitted 1026 works. Jurors Sue Benner, Katie Pasquini Masopust, and Ned Wert selected 85 quilts by 87 artists. The exhibitors represented 25 states and 13 foreign countries. In this exhibition 51 percent of the exhibitors are first time Quilt National artists. There were13 awards granted.


Best of Show


Anne Smith

Calon Lân ©AW
58 by 51
Recycled fabric; hand pieces and dyed, hand and machine appliquéd, hand embroidered and quilted

Artist’s Statement: The old Welsh hymn “Calon Lân” sings of a pure heart. This quilt is a celebration of contented times, everyday blessings, and simple gifts.

Quilts Japan Prize


Kathleen Loomis

Memorial Day ©KL
100 by 86
Cotton; machine stitched

Artist’s Statement: As of Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, there were 4,083 U.S. military dead in Iraq. Here is a flag for each of them.

Award of Excellence


Jen Swearington

The Sea Dream ©JS
44 by 46
Bed sheets, rusted-silk binding, shellac, gesso, ink, charcoal, graphite, acrylic medium, dye; painted, machine pieces and quilted

Artist’s Statement: I thrill in imaging and illustrating stories that have yet to be written. I hope you will bring your own tales to my drawings among the stitches.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium


Sue Akerman

Africa Scarified IV ©SA
56 by 67
Organza, teabags, cotton, cotton batting, beads; machine and hand embroidered, machine and hand stitched

Artist’s Statement: I have always been intrigued with aerial views–the scars we humans make on our planet and on things around us. I have vivid memories as a little girl of cows being branded–scarred for life. Humans, for greed and self gratification, will ride roughshod over everything, not worrying about the end result or the marks they make and leave. Be gentle on this place!

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design


Sue Cavanaugh

Ori-Kume #1 ©SC
39 by 29
Cotton sateen, dye;shibori-stitch resisted, hand quilted

Artist’s Statement: This work explores surfaces and what lies beneath the surface. What was once there–now gone–that makes the surface what it is today? I’m especially drawn to old stucco buildings–with partially eroded surfaces that suggest the passage of time. I’m drawn to openings–in vessels and the bark of a birch, black holes in the universe, and the rabbit hole that beckoned Alice.

McCarthy Memorial Award


Paula Kovarik

City ©PK
38 by 42
Cotton; machine pieced, hand stitched, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: As a quilter, I strive to allow the unknown in. I believe that there are many silent, invisible messages available to us at every moment in life. They can wrap us in anxiety, love, confusion, or hope. I work in a stream-of-consciousness manner–manipulating, reorganizing, and layering the fabric and thread in a way that mimics my thoughts. My quilts are a way of showing the invisible connections that we become aware of only upon reflection.

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates


Susan Krueger

Swallowing Roses ©SK
31 by 41
Cotton, fabric paint; batiked, discharged, image transferred, appliquéd, embroidered, hand and machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: This piece is about falling for various societal myths regarding Power, Fame, Beauty, Luck, and Money–the things we wish for. Notice the tiny images from Mexican lottery cards, women celebrities from the entertainment section, and fruit from seed catalogs. I could get all “feministy” on you and talk about the pressures to undermine women psychologically and politically but, suffice it to say, swallowing roses involves lots of physical and emotional training.

Heartland Award


Britt Friedman

Grey Grasses IV ©BF
54 by 37
Polyester/cotton, paint, photographic images; painted, composed

Artist’s Statement: I try to use the medium in innovative ways. My main source of inspiration is the natural world. I think that I have succeeded in combing all these elements–photography, design, paints–in my present work. I hope the viewer will take pleasure in it.

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award


Glenys Mann

Horizons #61: Memorial ©GM
60 by 52
Wool blanket, knitted-wool baby shawl, silk thread, silk roses, plant dye; appliquéd, hand knitted and stitched

Artist’s Statement: Finding a plastic, flowered, white wreath at a memorial site for a young person who had drowned made me think about the use of the wreath icon as a memorial for those who had died. Just beyond this memorial was another that had a similar wreath molded into the headstone dated 1867. More than 140 years earlier, the wreath image was used to denote the passing of another spirit in the same spot.

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award


Catherine Kleeman

Family Reunion ©CK
40 by 32
Cotton, dye, paint; screen-printed, painted, fused, direct appliquéd, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: This piece is a continuation of my “Windows” series. Frames, mullions, and transoms create a diversity of interesting forms and become a launching point for endless explorations. Windows are also a metaphor–reality viewed through a window, self-reflected in the window, the truth distorted, intentionally or not. The negative shapes also speak–the unseen, the unspoken, the undone. Family Union embodies all of this and more!

Juror’s Award of Merit


Judy Rush

Silence ©JR
33 by 40
Cotton, silk, linen, cotton embroidery floss; hand stitched, cut, mended

Artist’s Statement: Silence is made up of many layers of fabric with separate but related compositions on each piece. After I hand stitch the layers together, I begin to cut into them. As I work toward revealing different parts of the layers, I discover that they are a lot like my own layers. It is difficult to cut into some parts, so I leave them be. I guess they are not yet ready to be revealed.

Juror’s Award of Merit


Sandra L. H. Woock

Blue Bamboo/Blue Breeze ©SLHW
54 by 62
Cotton, cotton batting, polyester and rayon thread; painted, machine pieced and quilted

Artist’s Statement: Blue Bamboo is my transitional series, using my usual x’s and o’s in a more literal matter to create my imagery. Living in the DC metro area, I am fascinated by the bamboo that grows wild. Included in my imaginary garden, this prolific plant requires no maintenance to keep it under control and adds a sense of order to nature’s chaotic growth.

Juror’s Award of Merit


Linda Levin

City with Footnotes VIII ©LL
40 by 49
Cotton, cotton/polyester, assorted fabrics, textile paint; machine stitched

Artist’s Statement: This piece is one in a series about my impressions of New York, where so much visual information assaults the eye. The challenge lay in organizing all of it while keeping alive the excitement, the color, the motion.

People’s Choice Award


Erin M. Wilson

Miscellany ©EW
20 by 61
Cotton, dye; machine pieced and quilted

Artist’s Statement: Once in a while, it is good to make something of the leftovers. This quilt continues a series focusing on spontaneous design, small scale piecing, and the stories that emerge from abstract compositions of color and shape.

Prize winners of QN 2011

Quilt National ’11

The whole collection is documented in Quilt National 2011: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, published by Lark Books.

494 artists submitted 1038 works. Jurors Nelda Warkentin, Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, and Eleanor McCain  selected 85 quilts by 85 artists. The exhibitors represented 20 states and 6 foreign countries. In this exhibition 48 percent of the exhibitors are first time Quilt National artists. There were 14 awards granted. In addition, the People’s Choice award was chosen by the visitors to the show.


Best of Show


Bonnie Bucknam

Crater ©BB
60 by 81
Cotton, dye; machine pieces, machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: I find inspiration in the landscape of the many places where I have traveled and lives. Each location has its own unique character, colors, and mood.

Quilts Japan Prize


Katie Masopust

Con Brio–With Spirit ©KM
64 by 64
Cotton, cotton blends, synthetic suede; machine appliquéd, machine pieced, machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: I have returned to my painting roots, working with acrylics while listening to music. These paintings are then translated into quilts that feature the original artwork as a centerpiece. The flow of my brushwork and the colors and patterns of my fabrics are the notes floating in the air.

Award of Excellence


Lisa Call

Structures #113 ©LC
39 by 86
Cotton, fiber-reactive dyes, cotton batting, cotton thread, hand dyed fabric; freehand cut with rotary cutter and/or scissors, machine pieced, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: The Structures series, which investigates the boundaries we use to divide our world, originated as an exploration of human-made structures for containment, such as fences and stone walls. Lines of posts, negative space created between odd shaped stones, and uniform rows of bricks are all of interest.As the series matures, focus has shifted to the psychological barriers humans use to protect themselves emotionally, exploring how we hide our true thoughts and feelings with these imagined roadblocks.


Most Innovative Use of the Medium


Naomi S. Adams

Greek ©NA
72 by 54 by 2
Cotton, dye, adhesives, batting, cotton thread; adhesive reconstruction, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: Greek speaks to my fascination with communication struggles in relationships. Our individual and shared experiences and influences affect how we understand and convey meaning. I am interested in exploring how constant change in our lives influences how we emotionally process emphasis, content, and context. I am intrigued with the process of creating, deconstructing, and then redefining a new composition from the parts of the whole to communicate the depth of our complex and evolving relationships.

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design

QN11-Cavanaugh_Ori-Kume #20_41 x 52_

Sue Cavanaugh

Ori-Kume #20 ©SC
41 by 52
Organic cotton sateen, 4-ply spun silk, beading cord, fiber-reactive dye, cotton batting, cotton backing; whole cloth, shibori stitch resisted (ori nui and a variation of mokume), dye painting, shibori stitch texturing, layer, hand quilted.

Artist’s Statement: Life ebbs and flows, much like a river. We’re ever changing, yet, once a path is chosen, we tend to stay within the comfort of our boundaries. Bits of the environment rub off on us and enrich our journeys. And once in a great while we might escape our imaginary banks and forge a new path. Those times can make all the difference.

McCarthy Memorial Award

QN11-Allen_GLASS GARDEN(Diptych) black

Katherine K. Allen

Glass Garden (Diptych)©KA
54 by 108
Silk, buckram, ink, acrylic paint, screenprint inks; painted and stencil printed on whole cloth, hand stitched

Artist’s Statement: My art is a meditation on nature. From garden, wetlands, and woods, I gather the raw materials I use in creating my soft paintings. These imaginary botanicals and abstract landscapes are created by painting and printing in successive layers on un-stretched cotton canvas or silk. Marks made by hand, brush, and stitch interweave with natural forms from the earth to communicate time, memory, emotion, and my philosophy of coexistence in harmony with nature. My goal is to create an evocative artwork that nourishes mind, eye, and spirit in equal measure.

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates


Judy Kirpich

Circles No. 4 ©JK
39 by 35
Cotton, dye, cotton and polyester thread; machine pieces, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: Circles No. 4 explores the tension I have felt during the last two years of economic turmoil in our country. While my compositions may appear to be a random assortment of circles and lines, they are all placed quite deliberately. The technique I use involves cutting over and over into a “finished” top–my version of Russian roulette, since one false cut can, and has, ruined months of work.

Heartland Award


Mary Stoudt

Equilibrium ©MS

55 by 35
Cotton, silk, velvet, unidentified fabric; raw edge revere appliquéd

Artist’s Statement: Since the 70s, I have been stitching, weaving, painting, and exploring a wide variety of media. In 2003, I started layering fabric in a grid-like fashion. I visualize the quilt composition, its colors and forms in my head and then as I move through the process, I improvise the details.

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award


Shoko Hatano

Color Box #13 ©SH
54 by 79
Silk, cotton, tulle, dye; painted, airbrushed, hand-dyed, machine pieces, direct appliquéd by machine, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: I have expanded my image of the transformation of the social condition and environment with color, light, and shadow. The joy of machine quilting also took part in creating a scene of the mysterious and eternal cosmos. I am concerned about the destruction of the natural environment due to global warming.

Quilt Surface Design Symposium
Award of Excellence

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Judy Rush

Portrait of the Youngest Girl 1 ©JR
39 by 25
Silk, cotton, and silk/rayon fabric, woman’s handkerchief, perle cotton, and silk thread; stamped, screened, layered, and cut

Artist’s Statement: After many years of learning how to be a mother of children, I have yet to figure out how to be a mother to my adult children. This quilt is part of a series that explores my children in their adulthood.

Young Emerging Artist Award


Kate Themel

Dandelion ©KT
46 by 33
Cotton, acrylic tulle, rayon thread, dye; raw edge machine appliquéd, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: This tiny plant is a marvel in adaptability and survival. We may complain about the pesky dandelions taking over our grassy lawns, but who can resist the temptation to make a wish and blow their fuzzy seeds into the air…knowing that they’ll thrive wherever they land?

Juror’s Award of Merit


Jean Evans

My Space ©JE
68 by 46
Cotton, polyester batting, paint, embroidery thread; hand appliquéd, hand quilted, hand painted and embroidered

Artist’s Statement: As a fiber artist, I work with enthusiasm and patience, drawing from experiences and things imagined. Inspiration comes from within and from the observation of color, light, line, form, texture, and pattern on faces, figures, ordinary things, and nature. This quilt depicts “my imagined space” with chairs, dresser, fancy mirror, iron and ironing board, a window with curtains, a figure, and a table with a bouquet of flowers; it’s full of color and abstract shapes.


Juror’s Award of Merit

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Elin Noble

Fugitive Pieces II ©EN
78 by 40
Cotton, silk, cotton thread, dye; itajime shibori (clamp resist); discharged, over-dyed, machine quilted with hand-dyed thread

Artist’s Statement: Fugitive Pieces II is a whole cloth quilt. It is itajime shibori, which for me involved layering patterns by repeatedly adding and subtracting colors, leaving hints and marks of what was there before. This method of dying allows me to juxtapose soft and hard edges, revealing an unexpected dance of solid and diffuse contours. Through machine quilting I accentuate color nuances, playing cloth and thread against one another. Overall, I aim for subtle narrative spaces.

Juror’s Award of Merit


Daphne Taylor

Quilt Drawing #13-for Maureen ©DT
46 by 39
Silk, cotton, polyester batting, cotton thread; whole cloth, hand quilted, hand embroidered

Artist’s Statement: In my Quilt Drawing series I honor my love of drawing. Lines reminiscent of landscape are quilted and embroidered with open white spaces. The rich visual language of these lines and markings is influenced and restrained by the power of simplicity. Hand quilting is of great importance in my work because it is equivalent to the act of drawing. The quilting is a loose, spontaneous act. My hand responds to the cloth, creating a loose rhythm of shadow line that is simple, clear, and meditative.

People’s Choice Award


Kate Themel

Dandelion ©KT
46 by 33

Quilt National 2013 Prize Winners

Quilt National ’13

The whole collection is documented in Quilt National 2013: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, published by Dragon Threads.

There were 851 quilts submitted by 458 artists from 44 states, 17 countries and five Canadian Provinces. Jurors Linda Colsh, Penny McMorris, and Judith Content  selected 85 quilts by 85 artists. The exhibitors represented 27 states and  7 foreign countries. In this exhibition 20 percent of the exhibitors are first time Quilt National artists. There were 13 awards granted. In addition, the People’s Choice award was chosen by the visitors to the show.


Best of Show

Atherton_a (original)

Brooke A. Atherton

SpringField ©BA
32 by 97
Canvas backing, silk organza, paper maps, cotton, melted aluminum, glass, found objects; rusted, dyed, burned, layered, fused, hand and machine stitched

Artist’s statement: “A little stitching madness to hold an elusive memory”

Quilts Japan Prize

Noble_a (original)

Elin Noble

Fugitive Pieces 11 ©EN
65 by 45
Cotton, dye, silk and cotton thread; clamp resist dyed shibori on cotton, discharged and dyed several times, quilted by longarm machine with hand-dyed cotton and silk thread.

Artist’s statement: In the series Fugitive Pieces, I am inspired by the Canadian poet, Anne Michaels novel of the same name. I seek the visual equivalent of her beautifully crafted sentences, her quietly unfolding imagery, and both subtle and haunting stories. I believe her range of feelings and moods can find its equivalent in the softness and depth of cloth, and its tactile and luminous qualities..

Award of Excellence

Kovarik_a (original)

Paula Kovarik

Round and Round It Goes©PK
54 by 54
Cotton tablecloth, bamboo batting, cotton thread; thread drawn

Most Innovative Use of the Medium

Chin_a (original)

Shin-hee Chin

Florence Nightingale ©SHC
48 by 78
Recycled and commercial fabrics, hemp, organza, pearl cotton, ramie,; coiled, dyed, fabric painted, hand stitched

Artist’s statement: Florence Nightingale used her data to show the correlation between the cleanliness of the hospitals and the mortality rate, creating a chart, often called rose chart. In laying out her image with her rose chart, red rose, and red cross. I wished to honor her accomplishments. By synthesizing the Fibonacci Spiral, I wanted to illustrate circles and squares, math and art, beautiful mind and good deeds.

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design

Linet (original)

Denise Linet

Letters to Myself-Page 4 ©DL
41 by 31
Hand dyed cotton, silk organza, polyester sheet, newspaper, permanent pen; machine pieced, hand and machine stitched, shape resist dyed, digital transfer, artist made thermofax screen-printed, paper lamination, direct writing.

Artist’s statement: Letter to Myself-Page 4 is a reflection on the transient nature of life. With the passage of time there is a transience depicted with traces, recollections, faded memory and layers. I consider my work as an ongoing process of searching for meaning and deciphering the metaphors.

McCarthy Memorial Award

Firth_a (original)

Dianne Firth

55 by 26
Viscose felt, polyester net, polyester thread, dye, pastels; cutwork assembled within two net layers, machine quilted

Artist’s statement: Storms are driven by the conflicting movements of warm and cool air, something that we can feel but cannot see. What we do see are the things that are picked up by the storm, such as raindrops or dust or cinders. In this quilt I have tried to capture the swirling fluid character of that movement as the air seeks equilibrium.

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award  sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates

Sklar-Weinstein_a (original)

Arle Sklar-Weinstein

Truth or Consequences ©ASW
48 by 54
Red danger barricade tape, vinyl window pockets, fojn d objects of debris, commercial cotton (fire breathing dragon); kimono form; appliquéd.

Artist’s Statement: Creating visual art in any form often results in something attractive or beautiful to enjoy. To use art as a political statement without falling into illustration is in my experience, more challenging.In this Kimono form, Truth or Consequences, the medium is truly the message; barricade tape to create the “fabric” amplifies the warnings of irreversible environmental damage we humans in our folly and greed, continue to inflict on our planet.

Heartland Award

Kennedy-Zafred (original)

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred

Descent Into Darkness: The Boys of the Mines ©PKZ
43 by 63
Cotton fabric, fiber reactive dyes, textile ink, fusible web, rayand and cotton threads, inkjet transfer material, cotton batting; hand silk screened, hand dyed, fused, appliquéd, image transfer; machine pieced, machine quilted

Artist’s statement: My work is primarily image driven with the intent to tell a story, trigger a memory, or elicit an emotion. The exquisite photographs of Lewis W. Hine (courtesy Library of Congress), taken in the early 1900s, have inspired me to create a series of pieces, including this quilt. I hope this work deeply touches the viewer, reminds them of someone or something they may have forgotten, or compels them to linger, just a moment longer.

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award

Ziebarth (original)

Charlotte Ziebarth

Reverberations: Yellowstone Waters ©CZ
42 by 62
Cotton, pigment inks, cotton and rayon threads, batting; digitally printed, layered, stitched

Artist’s Statement: This quilt was created from a series of photographs taken at Yellowstone’s geyser basins. The distorted reflections, ripples, patterns of light and floating elements create a mesmerizing world.The repetition of stitched lines, the patterning of grids and block arrangements, the resulting bas-relief effects of stitched, layered, quilted silk cloth allow me to tell a multi-layered story of my impressions of the experience of gazing into that world.

Quilt Surface Design Symposium Award of Excellence

Tipple (original)

Mary Ann Tipple

The Conversation©MAT
92 by 72
Cotton duck, commercial fabric, personal image; printed, machine pieced, machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: This came from a photo of my dad and his sister having a conversation on the sidewalk in the late thirties. Since they are on two panels they can be switched to positions of agreement and disagreement.

Juror’s Award of Merit

Lefelhocz_b (original)

John Lefelhocz

Mona in the Era of Social Butterflies ©JL
64 by 64
Cotton sateen, da Vinci text and image designed by artist and printed by Spoonflower, butterfly embellishment, hand-stitched

Artist’s Statement: Shifting between binary opposites and the counterbalancing that ensues interests me. Visual elements up close which are flat, transform into images that from afar become spatial. The textual characters on this work also follow this avenue; as single characters in the form of virtual keys, into words, into a series of words so that slowly a mental image is built. This, combining the past with the present, is the basis of this work.

Juror’s Award of Merit

Nathan-Roberts (original)

Miriam Nathan-Roberts

Salt & Pepper ©MNR
40 by 56
Cotton, fiber-reactive dye; printed, machine appliquéd, machine quilted

Artist’s Statement: In the past few years I have been exploring the marriage of digital arts with textiles. It is important to me to significantly alter the digitally printed fabric with stitching to bring out the depth in the piece. I try to pick an image that would be much more alive as a quilt than if it were printed on paper or canvas. Salt & Pepper came from a photograph I took in a restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The image, which I heavily manipulated in Photoshop, depicts the universal table “set-up” in cafes everywhere. Drawing on the quilt with the machine-quilting line gave me immense pleasure as I brought a dimensionality to the quilt.

Juror’s Award of Merit

Brown_B_a (original)

Brienne Elisabeth Brown

50 by 35
Silk, cotton, cotton batting, cotton thread; whole cloth, free-motion machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: One beautiful and very early morning, I made my way to the beach in LaJolla and saw the full moon setting over the Pacific.

People’s Choice Award

Brown_B_a (original)

Brienne Elizabeth Brown

50 by 35

Quilt National 2015 Prize Winners

Quilt National ’15

The whole collection is documented in Quilt National 2015: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, published by The Dairy Barn Arts Center. There were 689 quilts submitted by 378 artists from 44 states and 19 countries including 3 Canadian provinces. Jurors Rosalie Dace, Ann Johnston and Judy Schwender selected 84 quilts by 84 artists. The exhibitors represented 33 states and 8 foreign countries. In this exhibition 30 percent of the exhibitors are first time Quilt National artists. There were 14 awards granted. In addition, the People’s Choice award will be chosen by the visitors to the show.

Best of Show

Karen Schulz
Girl in the City With Blue Hair ©KS
32 by 59
Cotton, dye, rayon ribbon, wool batting. Dyed, machine pieced and quilted. machine couched.

Artist’s Statement: “Action and reaction. My artistic process is often an interesting combination of the two. After finishing a series of pieces working with bright colors I felt drawn to work in a severely limited palette. I narrowed the value range. My work is primarily concerned with the formal considerations of composition. The quilted line and the thicker couched line, both an integral part of my current efforts, grow out of the underlying structure. The title appeared.”

Quilts Japan Prize

Judy Kirpich
Conflict No. 6/Mugging ©JK
77 by 60
Hand dyed cotton. Machine pieced and quilted.

Artist’s Statement: I think the title of my piece says it all.

Award of Excellence

Diane Siebels
Head 7 ©DS
48 by 45
Cotton velveteen, commercial cotton, fusible web, black batting, pearl cotton thread. Machine pieced, back, cut, hand stitched.

Artist’s Statement: Human beings are merging with the constant influx of data that has become so much a part of our lives.

Most Innovative Use of the Medium

Betty Busby
Tribute ©BB
60 by 20 by 18
Linen, oil paintsticks, armature, fabric paint. Hand painted, stenciled, machine quilted, hand stitched.

Artist’s Statement: I majored in ceramics and spent almost 20 years operating my own business. I am revisiting the classical pottery forms of the past, this time in fiber, using the medium to push the traditional shapes in new directions. The title refers to the traditional Chinese ginger jar shape that inspired this work.

Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design

Barbara W. Watler
Red Sun at Night ©BWW
34 by 39
Cotton, cotton/poly, perle cotton thread. Hand stitched with random running stitches.

Artist’s Statement: “Red suns at night is a fisherman’s delight” refers to sunlight shining thru a high concentration of dust particles. This indicates high pressure approaching and bringing good weather. As the wife of an avid salt water fisherman, we always wished for good weather and good fishing.

McCarthy Memorial Award

Kit Vincent
Chaos 3 ©KV
59 by 59
Cotton, silk, dye, cotton batting, cotton and silk thread, cotton backing. Nine 20″ panels, machine pieced, appliquéd, machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: In 1972, Edward Lorenz asked: does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? Chaos theory describes systems that are predictable for a while and then appear to become random. The flapping butterfly wing represents a very small change in a pattern of behaviour initially…however this can cause a chain of events leading to large-scale phenomena. Had the butterfly not flapped its wing at that time, the systematic pattern might have been very different.
For those of us who work improvisationally, when a meaningful prediction cannot be made…is the pattern random?

Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Memorial Award

sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates
Kathleen Probst
Blue Veil ©KP
53 by 55
Cotton, dye, cotton batting, embroidery thread. Machine pieced and stitched.

Artist’s Statement: I have taken another leap further into minimalism.
Clean design and simplicity are my beacons, which is why I’m utterly drawn to midcentury modern furniture and architecture. This attraction is a clue to the path I’m on. In Blue Veil, large expanses of space have claimed a voice of their own with simple quilt lines scaffolding bold composition.

Heartland Award

Kathleen Loomis
Entropy ©KL
71 by 85
Commercial cotton, felt. machine pieced, machine quilted by M J Kinman

Artist’s Statement: My work is about our complex society, many disparate pieces held together by fragile bonds. We may think things are under control, but order naturally yields to disorder, solidarity becomes fractured, things start to fray around the edges.

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award

Kathleen Kastles
Legislating Love ©KK
48 by 49
Kona cotton, acrylic ink, aloe vera gel, acrylic paint, oil paintstik, metallic thread, polyester thread, batting, muslin.
Hand painted, machine-appliquéd, machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: This quilt illustrates the Chinese government’s September 2012 Filial Piety Act, wherein children are now legally required to care for their aging parents. Before the Communist Revolution, elders were revered as national treasures; afterward, many were abused and neglected. China’s history since the 1949 Communist Revolution is filled with attempts at social engineering. Their 1980 One-Child policy appears to have reaped unintended consequences for China’s capital market reforms, thus making this ironic law necessary.

Hilary Morrow Fletcher “Persistence Pays” Award

Randy Frost
Rocky Trail ©RF
38 by 27
Cottons, stretch cotton, paint, dye, discharge, papers (mulberry, rice, etc.), cotton backing, cotton batting, cotton canvas, cotton thread, polyester thread, monofilament. Dyed, raw-edge machine appliquéd, machine embroidered, folded, hand-stitched, machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: Rocky Trail is part of my Journeys series. A journey can be real or imaginary, the distance, any length. Choose any destination. All means of transportation are possible, from one’s own feet to spaceships. In this quilt, I explore rocky terrain, its variety of color, texture and scale, its visual and tactile properties, and their emotional and physical impact on the traveler along the way.

Quilt Surface Design Symposium Award of Excellence

Diane Núñez
Cross Section ©DN
34 by 34 by 1
Cotton, fusible stiff interfacing, ink, grommets, rubber o-rings, aluminum tubing, wooden tinkertoys. Whole cloth quilted, dry and wet ink techniques.

Artist’s Statement: As a landscape architect I think three dimensionally while drawing and designing two dimensionally. This work takes it one step further and is literally a small cross section. Instead of drawing lines on paper I am using fabric strips as my medium. The fabric strips are creating my line drawing and graphically represent the bright texture of our earth’s subgrade. To me it is just like doodling.

Juror’s Award of Merit

Beth Carney
Chasms 22 ©BC
33 by 45
Cotton, dye, thread, silk batting, polyester neon thread. Machine pieced and machine quilted.

Artist’s Statement: Texture, light and color all play a part in discovering the essential lines needed to flow across the stage with a sense of freedom. They disappear and reappear sometimes connecting, other times not.

Juror’s Award of Merit

by Pamela Fitzsimons
by Pamela Fitzsimons

Pamela Fitzsimons
Imposing the Grid #6 ©PF
38 by 30
Silk, silk and cotton threads, wool batting. Plant dyed, layered, machine stitched, hand stitched.Artist’s Statement: The ancient and weathered Australian landscape. 240 years of European settlement overlaid on more than 40,000 years of a continuous culture.

Juror’s Award of Merit

Art Quilt - 2014, 36x58 inches
Art Quilt – 2014, 36×58 inches

Jean Renli Jurgenson
Roofs of Mumbai ©JJ
37 by 57
Cotton, synthetic fabrics, decorator samples of unknown fiber content, felt, batting, fabric stiffener, cotton thread, upholstery thread. Fused, quilted, soaked. Artist’s Statement: The graphic images of these communities inspired this piece, but the people who live there moved into my mind and heart as I worked. When the piece emerged, clean and crisp, it felt so “right”. In its pristine state, I consider this piece a tribute to those who live there. Under difficult circumstances, they live and love and raise their families. They work and dream and strive to make their dreams happen.

People’s Choice Award


Barbara Oliver Hartman
Autumn Afternoon ©BOH
43 by 45
Cotton, cotton batting, cotton backing, cotton, silk, polyester, and nylon threads. Raw edge, free motion appliquéd, small bits and pieces of fabric are scattered on the surface and then sewn in place using a free motion zig-zag stitch. Only a small area can be worked on at a time because the small pieces are loose. Artist’s Statement:It is very gratifying to create something new from materials that could easily be thrown away. Many years ago I realized how much of the fabric left from other projects was being discarded and began making quilts in this series. The small pieces are separated by color and then cut into smaller bits and pieces and this becomes me paint and used like a painter.