apwq show: quilts galore
By Patricia Belyea
TACOMA WA The best of show quilt at APWQ (above), Superstar by Marilyn Badger of St. George UT, featured 88 stars either pieced, appliqued or quilted. Since 1991 Marilyn has been winning awards for her incredibly detailed quilts that are stitched on her long arm.
The regional show, at the Tacoma Convention Center, displayed special exhibits on the third floor. A remarkable retrospective of Cindy Needham’s quilts showed her simple first pieces and more recently her spectacular productions with micro-quilting and sublime embellishments. The display included 32 piece from her vast collection that she has created in the last 42 years with transformed antique linens, redwork, doilies, tablecloths, lace and more.
My friends in the Contemporary QuiltArt Association were well represented. Clockwise from top left: Helen Remick, Les Fleurs de la Maladie 3; Christina Fairley Erickson, Salsa; Colleen Wise, Hudson Trader; Sonia Grasvik, Flicker II, Lisa Jenni, Ying Yang; and Carla Stehr, Diatom 7.
My favorite of the show was Self-Portrait by Sandra Bruce of Grass Valley CA. Made with 16,000 pieces and lots of free-motion stitching, I loved the freshness of the design. Sandra included information about herself in the stitching. Heather Bethel of Kelowna BC and I spent time discovering that Sandra is a lefty, her parents are deaf, she is a Scrabble addict and more that added depth to her portrait. Sandra received an Honorable Mention from the judges for this piece.
It was uplifting to see quilts by two uber-volunteers from La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. I’m unsure how they found the time to quilt with their busy schedules. Left: Nancy Anders, Crazy My Way. Right: Janet Foster, Line Dancing.
It was iffy this morning whether I would take the drive south to see the show. I’m glad I did for two reasons. One was to see all the inspirational quilts. The other was because I bought four free-standing design walls from Cheryl Ann’s Design Wall for my new classroom at a great show price.