Best of QuiltCon, Instagram Edition

We’re still riding our QuiltCon high (seriously, is it 2016 yet?), and half the fun is reliving the show from the eyes of our fabulous attendees. Collectively, we tagged over 12,000 new photos with the hashtag #quiltcon! Here are some of our favorites. Miss you already, QuiltCon.

By the end of the week, people were weighted down with pins from new friends and old. The pin swap was a huge success!

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Teachers and students strutted their stuff, and quilted apparel was all the rage in Austin. Hey Victoria!

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Classes and workshops were some of the highlights of the show!

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Sometimes a quilt just sticks with you!

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Our feeds were flooded with happy people taking #quiltconselfies. Like these two!

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So much quilting to do, so little time.

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You may have noticed the #quiltconartist getting into mischief at the show. Hilarity ensued.

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The biggest debate of all? Which tattoo to choose. So many good ones!

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Fabric was not in short supply — we all found treasures to take home.

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Sometimes a good quilt fort is all you need in life.

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The Quilters of Gee’s Bend shared their stories, wisdom, songs and of course, quilts.

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Quilt heaven, indeed.

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Each class was an opportunity for attendees to hone their skills and show off their personalities!

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Even our youngest quilters found their favorites!

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And there’s just no substitute for meeting your idols.

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Thanks QuiltCon! See you next year!

Thank you QuiltCon Sponsors!

QuiltCon would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. From all the feedback we’re getting, the show was a resounding success, and part of the fun was seeing our sponsor booths on the show floor. Thank you all! Can’t wait until next year in Pasadena.

Baby Lock 

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Baby Lock had their machines out to sample and purchase.


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At Bernina’s booth, people fueled their passion by trying out the latest and most popular Bernina machines.

 Handi Quilter

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Handi Quilter also had machines to test and buy — a great experience for our attendees!

 Michael Miller Fabrics

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Michael Miller Fabrics drew crowds with their bright quilts and temporary tattoos!

Moda Fabrics 

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At Moda’s booth, show-goers could play bean bag toss to win a cute Moda prize.

Robert Kaufman

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Robert Kaufman brought their Kona booth, complete with the fun “Test Your Kona IQ” challenge. What was your score?

 Stash Books

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Stash Books kept show-goers supplied with inspiration — their endless stacks of books and patterns were a hit!

Windham Fabrics 

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Windham Fabrics brought designers like Lotta Jansdotter to talk with show attendees at their colorful booth.

Thank you also to Platinum sponsors Coats & ClarkPanasonic and Purl Soho for their support!




Giveaway: Panasonic 360° Freestyle Iron

Ever feel like you spend more time pressing than sewing when you’re making a quilt? We definitely have those days. But a good iron is a quilter’s best friend, and our friends at Panasonic are giving away one you’ll love.


The Panasonic 360° Freestyle is a sleek, cordless iron that lets you press in any direction with speed and ease — and the ergonomic, high-tech design is easy on your hands and wrists. It also has an anti-calcium system to prevent clogged steam vents, and vertical steam settings to eliminate wrinkles from hanging quilts or garments.

Enter the giveaway on Instagram by hashtagging #PanasonicIrons. The winner will be selected one week from today!

Submit a Quilt: Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum

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The Texas Quit Museum is still looking for entries for an upcoming juried exhibition. If you missed the opportunity to show at QuiltCon, this is an amazing opportunity to show your work at a renowned quilt museum. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015, so choose your best quilt and apply today! Here are the details for submissions:

  • The show will run January to March, 2016.
  • Quilts must have been made in the last 10 years (after 2005).
  • Submissions are open to MQG members only. (Not a member? Join today!)
  • The jury committee consists of Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, co-directors of the Museum, and Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator, Texas Quilt Museum.
  • The jurors will select 18 quilts for the exhibition.
  • Each applicant may only submit one quilt, identified by maker(s), title, date, and measurements (height by width in inches).
  • There are no size limitations for the quilts and no entry fee, but the quilt cannot have been exhibited within 200 miles of La Grange, Texas, in 2015 (including at QuiltCon in Austin).
  • The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015, and the makers of accepted quilts will be notified by August 31, 2015.

Ready to submit? More details are available at, where you can also start the application process.

Thanks to the exhibition sponsor:

EZlogo Simplicity

QuiltCon People’s Choice: “Quilt for Our Bed” by Laura Hartrich

On the last day of QuiltCon, we tallied the votes for People’s Choice, and one quilt stood above the rest. Congratulations to Laura Hartrich of the Chicago MQG! She won for her “Quilt for Our Bed,” pieced by Laura and quilted by Nikki Maroon.


“I have been a quilter for 5 years and had never made a quilt for our bed. I decided it was time. I was inspired by Jen Carlton Bailly’s phenomenal 5HTP Squared quilt, which used quarter circles in a way that almost looked like letters but weren’t. I decided to run with that inspiration and actually make letters from quarter circles, squares, and triangles. The words are something my husband and I say to each other every night before drifting off. I figure, if I stay up too late sewing, now the quilt can say it for me.”

Congratulations again, Laura!

And thanks to our People’s Choice Sponsor:

WINDHAM Fabrics New Logo

P.S. And If you were wondering who won the raffle quilt, it went to Matt Wheeler. Congratulations, Matt!

QuiltCon Volunteer Spotlight

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of QuiltCon. They are dedicated, hard-working, and they do every task with a smile— but most importantly, they are passionate about the modern quilting community and they are so FUN! We couldn’t feature everyone, but here are three of the awesome people behind the blue shirts who helped us make QuiltCon 2015 a success.

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“I’m the president of our guild and this was my first QuiltCon — but I wanted to be more involved in the MQG. I don’t sit still very well, so I knew I wanted to come and help do something.

I’ve really enjoyed meeting everyone in person who I’ve known from their Instagrams and blogs. It’s easy here not to be shy about it — I said hi to Denyse Schmidt and that was a big deal! And also I just love getting to help people.

Our guild is so small, so it’s nice to come down and meet people and get inspiration and to recharge your batteries. Events like this remind me that I’m doing what I love and that there are other people as crazy and passionate about quilting as I am.”

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James’ wife made his sweet apron!

James Brooks, Vancouver, BC, Canada

“My wife was here at the show, but it was my idea to volunteer — we booked a nine-day trip and came down for a vacation. It worked out great, because she doesn’t feel guilty about taking classes and lectures, and I get to help people. It’s something we can do together and it strengthens our marriage.”

It’s a very rewarding experience to volunteer, because you’re making something run smoothly so people can enjoy the show and do things like meet their Instagram friends in person for the first time.

We’ll be here in Pasadena doing the same thing (we’ve booked two weeks next year). And I want to challenge husbands to come out and volunteer next time — half the volunteers should be men!”

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Gabrielle Robles, South Bay Area MQG

“This was my first QuiltCon, but I wanted to volunteer because it makes everything more interesting being behind the scenes and seeing what goes into the event. And I was able to volunteer in different areas — I was a volunteer assistant in a workshop and was part of take-down. I also took four classes, so I stayed busy.

The best part of volunteering was meeting a bunch of cool people. There were 20 people in the workshop I helped with, and I ended up having lunch with one of them. Everyone, including the instructor, was really nice.

I want to volunteer in Pasadena, too. But next time I want to help set up the show and get a sneak peek at the designs. Since it’s in my own backyard, we’re already getting things set up at my guild.”

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Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers — we appreciate your help more than you can ever know. See you in Pasadena!

QuiltCon Recap: Charity Quilt Edition

Thank you to all the Modern Quilt Guilds who entered the 2015 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. All of the guilds worked collaboratively to create quilts using a predetermined color palette and alternate grid work design. The quilts were sewn in their entirety by each guild (from design and piecing through quilting and binding) to produce complete twin-sized quilts. The quilts are currently displayed in our QuiltCon lecture halls (hence all the chairs), but after the event, they will be donated to a children’s shelter in the guild’s local community. Here are this year’s charity quilts!











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QuiltCon Recap: Day 2

QuiltCon is still magical, and day two was even better than day one (we get better with age, people)! Check out the day in photos — and hey! Happy Friday. TGIF, right?

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The calmest part of the day is at 8 a.m. — before the lectures and before the doors open. This is the view from mission control.

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Bill Volckening does a pre-show tour of quilts at 9 a.m.

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During his tour, Bill Volckening said many women didn’t sign their quilts on the front until the 1970s,  when the women’s liberation movement started the quilting revival. This showed quilts were now being considered works of art.

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This is a crazy quilt from Bill Volckening’s 1970s quilt collection — he fondly refers to it as the “Roswell Quilt.”

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“Geometric Rainbow” by Nicole Daksiewicz. This quilt uses EVERY color from the Kona solids collection — all 303 of them.

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“Fernweh” by Madeleine Roberg — the quilt’s title is a German word meaning a longing for another place and time.

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“That Twitch” by Caro Sheridan — a lesson in breaking the rules, just a little bit.

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe gives a lecture on piecing and sewing seams.

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Leslie Unfinished designed our rad T-shirts. Hey Leslie!

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Attendees are sharing their inspiration online and in real life — why do your quilty friends rock?

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“Crossing the Line” by Corinne Sovey — this quilt was made using 60-degree angles and partial and y-seams.

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“Diamond Chains” by Charlotte Noll — designed and created for the 2014 MQG Michael Miller challenge.

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“Fallout” by Michelle Lieberson (left) and “Linen Log Cabin” by Barbara Perrino — entries in the Use of Negative Space category.

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“Eclipse,” Bellevue, Kentucky — Part of the Pieced With Love series. The blocks were made to represent balls bouncing on the quilt.

Join us this weekend if you can! We’ll keep sharing photos and bringing you updates.

QuiltCon Recap: Day 1

Day one of QuiltCon opened with a bang — crowds assembled long before 10 a.m., and attendees clamored to be the first to glimpse the award-winning quilts and attend their demos, lectures, workshops and more. Here’s a glimpse of the beautiful show floor on QuiltCon Day 1.


Our Best in Show winner, Kathy York with her masterful “i Quilt.”

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Demos were popular on the show floor today — this crowd gathered to see Beth Rowan of Rock Paper Scissors talk about “Sew Many Substrates.”

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The Cotton + Steel booth was buzzing with attendees making headbands, pincushions and buttons.

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“Face #1” by Melissa Averinos — Quilter’s Choice, Janine Vangool

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The tattoo booth is already filling up with people getting their QuiltCon tats!

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“Emergent” by Kari Vojtechovsky — 3rd Place, Piecing

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“Stock on Hand” by Katherine Jones— 2nd Place, Bias Strip Quilting Challenge

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“CPU” by Katherine Jones — 1st Place, Bias Strip Quilting Challenge

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“Modern Mojo 2” by Linda Thielfoldt

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“Modern Mojo 2” by Linda Thielfoldt (closeup)

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“Knit Stitch” by Dorie Schwarz — 3rd Place, Bias Strip Quilting Challenge

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“Botanics” by Carolyn Friedlander

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“Iceberg” by Crystal McGann

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“Barn – Remnant” by Kim Eichler-Messmer

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“Rainbow Remix” by Rebecca Bryan

Keep an eye on the blog for more updates, and see a list all of our winners on the MQG blog!

Congratulations to our 2015 QuiltCon Winners!

Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who submitted a quilt. Without further ado, here are our quilt show winners!


Sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics


1st Place
Anniversary Quilt by Katrina Hertzer
Calgary, AB, Canada
Calgary MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katrina Hertzer


2nd Place
The Dishes Can Wait by Rachel Kerley
Hillsboro, Oregon
Portland Oregon MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Rachel Kerley


3rd Place
Typewriter No. 5 by Jessica Toye
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Jessica Toye

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

Sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics


1st Place
7 Up by Debra Jalbert
Clermont, Florida
Orlando MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Debra Jalbert


2nd Place
After Dinner Mints by Paige Alexander
Easley, South Carolina
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Paige Alexander


3rd Place
Passages by Patty Simmons
Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Kansas City MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Patty Simmons

Group or Bee Quilts

Sponsored by Pink Chalk Fabrics


1st Place
Playing with Little Bits by Participants of Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Columbia, Maryland
Baltimore MQG
Pieced by: Rose Daley, Anna Levengood, Jill Stafford, Jessica Skultety, Jessica Levitt, Robin Tillsworth, Rachel Singh, and Elizabeth Timmons
Quilted by: Rose Daley


2nd Place
Churn Dash 2: Complementary by Members of The Seattle MQG
Woodinville, Washington
Seattle MQG
Pieced by: Martha Peterson, Deborah Ferguson and Chandra Wu
Quilted by: Martha Peterson


3rd Place
Central Jersey MQG Banner by Members of The Central Jersey MQG
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Central Jersey MQG
Pieced by: Neva Asinari, Janet Bergman, Amy Blanchard, Helen Branch, Robin Buscemi, Christina Di Marco, Susan Flick, Andy Foster, Elaine Hagaman, Tatiana Kennedy, Jessica Levitt, Sandy Mahaney, Teddi Munslow, Lori Saporito, Linda Schulz, Rachel Singh, Jessica Skultety
Quilted by: Jessica Levitt


Sponsored by Sulky


1st Place
Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral
Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Patricia Lutteral


2nd Place
North Alabama Hillsides by Cathy Fussell
Columbus, Georgia
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Cathy Fussell


3rd Place
Fill the Void by Cinzia Allocca
Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
Pieced & Quilted by: Cinzia Allocca


Sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabric


1st Place
The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kehnle
Monroe, New York
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Nydia Kehnle


2nd Place
Aleph Bet by Serena Brooks
Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Serena Brooks


3rd Place
This Way by Tricia Royal
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Tricia Royal

Minimalist Design

Sponsored by American Made Brand


1st Place
Breathe by Leanne Chahley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Leanne Chahley


2nd Place
Ascend by Nicole Neblett
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Triangle MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Nicole Neblett


3rd Place
Pixel Pusher II by Caro Sheridan
Everett, Massachusetts
Boston MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Caro Sheridan

Modern Traditionalism

Sponsored by Stash Books


1st Place
Long Island Modern Sampler by Kim Soper
Centerport, New York
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Kim Soper


2nd Place
Deconstructed LoneStar by Amy Struckmeyer
Oak Park, Illinois
Chicago MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Amy Struckmeyer


3rd Place
Refresh by Anna Boenish
Seattle, Washington
Seattle MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Anna Boenish


Sponsored by Aurifil


1st Place
Flight Path by Mary Menzer
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Mary Menzer


2nd Place
Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter
Thorndale, Texas
Austin MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Amanda Hohnstreiter


3rd Place
Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky
Centennial, Colorado
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Kari Vojtechovsky

Bias Tape Quilting Challenge

Sponsored by Panasonic


1st Place
CPU by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania, Australia MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katherine Jones


2nd Place
Stock on Hand by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmania, Australia MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Katherine Jones


3rd Place
Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwarz
Mason, Michigan
Ann Arbor MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Dorie Schwarz

Small Quilts

Sponsored by Pinwheels


1st Place
What’s the frequency, love? by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Woodbridge, Connecticut
Southern Connecticut MQG
Pieced & Quitled by: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill


2nd Place
In Wedowee by Chawne Kimber
Easton, Pennsylvania
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Chawne Kimber


3rd Place
Curious by Amy Friend
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Seacoast MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Amy Friend

Use of Negative Space

Sponsored by APQS


1st Place
Blackbird Fly by Krista Hennebury
North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vancouver MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Krista Hennebury


2nd Place
Color Play by Kari Vojtechovsky
Centennial, Colorado
Individual MQG Member
Pieced by: Kari Vojtechovsky
Quilted by: Susan Santistevan


3rd Place

Read Between the Lines by Stephanie Ruyle
Denver, Colorado
Front Range MQG, Denver Metro MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Stephanie Ruyle


Sponsored by Coats & Clark


1st Place
Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon
Sutton, NSW, Australia
Canberra MQG
Pieced by: Mollie McMahon
Quilted by: Mollie McMahon
& Jules McMahon


2nd Place
The Overgrown City by Cadence Jenkins
Ovilla, Texas
Dallas MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Cadence Jenkins


3rd Place
Rothko’s Dream by Evie Guigley
Hernando, Mississippi
Pieced by: Evie Guigley & her mother
Quilted by: Evie Guigley & Teresa Pino

Judge’s Choice: Carolyn Friedlander


Rainbow Magic by Mollie McMahon
Sutton, NSW, Australia
Canberra MQG
Pieced by: Mollie McMahon
Quilted by: Mollie McMahon & Jules McMahon

Judge’s Choice: Stevii Graves


For Tanya by Emily & Miriam Coffey
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
MQG of Asheville
Pieced & Quilted by: Miriam Coffey

Judge’s Choice: Janine Vangool


Face #1 by Melissa Averinos
West Barnstable, Massachusetts
Individual MQG Member
Pieced & Quilted by: Melissa Averinos
Quilted by: Melissa Averinos & Suzanne Whiteside

Best Machine Quilting

Sponsored by Interweave


Diving Geese by Katie Pedersen
Seattle, Washington
Seattle MQG
Pieced by: Katie Pedersen
Quilted by: Krista Withers

Coats Award of Quilting Excellence

Sponsored by Coats & Clark


Coral Reef by Marla Varner
Sequim, Washington
Bainbridge Island MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Marla Varner

Best in Show

Sponsored by Gammill


i Quilt by Kathy York
Austin, Texas
Austin MQG
Pieced & Quilted by: Kathy York

People’s Choice

Sponsored by Windham Fabrics


Quilt for our Bed by Laura Hartrich
Oak Park, IL
Chicago MQG
Pieced by: Laura Hartrich
Quilted by: Nikki Maroon