It is the Sunday morning following the close of MQX, and I am one tired puppy! I drove to NH on Wed, taught 3 classes, saw the show, drove home Friday, and turned around yesterday and did it all over again with my daughter. I need this next week to recuperate before Paducah!
The show and all of it's many sides far surpassed my expectations, once again. This will always be considered my home show, and I will love it for that reason alone, but it has so many fantastic things...Where to start?!?!...
I did 3 classes - all 4-hr hand's on. I got the absolute best room of Handi-Quilter machines. I know we are not supposed to share any favoritism, but seriously, I LOVE my HQ, and having each student on their own machine, with the ability to advance their project at their own rate is priceless. I had my projects all printed at Spoonflower. They were printed in colors, and had quilting lines marked so that I did not have to do this myself! Students loved these projects, and raved about them. Good choice Me! This is my Templates...Ruler the Roost will be offered in TWO sections at MQX Midwest in October -- it is that popular. It is also at Quilt Odyseey for the 22 lucky ones who have already signed up (all sold out!). I may need to simplify that class's project though because they double up on the longarms.
Some quilted designs everywhere, while others stayed between the lines :)
On to the show!...My daughter Sophie, who is 9 had a quilt here too. Her category had 8 kids in it. This was her first completely free-handed from the front-side quilt. Last yrs was free-handed but it was largely done using channel locks. I really didn't know how she'd do among the other kid competitors. Much to her joy and my surprise, she took the first place prize!! To her, the best part was getting another sign like this one for her room, but the win did come with either a sewing machine or $100 (she took the moolah!). She's already on her way to spending it on more fabric for her next project.
I'll show you my quilts and then the other quilts in the wholecloth category.
This is "Illuminations", my quilt that came from the Playing in the Swamp broken lonestar. As I mentioned last time, it was mostly pieced 4 years ago, and left to die in a box. Fortunately it only went into hibernation. I still don't feel the total love for it that I do for some of my silk quilts, but I am glad it is done. The fact that I never completely loved it is probably why I was so completely shocked when it won 1st place. I could have entered this in Solo or Large Wall category. Solo had at least 3-4 very good quilts, while Lg wall had about 35 quilts in the category!...take your pick - be with the big name quilters or be with twice as many quilts??! As it happened I was in the large category, and it still fared well. In fact, this quilt earned as many points for the machine quilting as my next one did (and it won an additional award for the quilting!).
It was hanging in a nicely lit spot with both great overhead light and a skylight. The quilting on the dark blue fabric showed well. Though this quilt is largely about the colorburst and placement of color, I also need the quilting to be there because I enter in machine quilting shows.
This is my Ode to Spring, which I have showed a few photos of previously. I have always believed that this would do well, despite the few bloopers I know that it has. It's start this year at R2CA and MAQF left me wondering, but this show gave me some confidence. I trust the NQA certified judges that MQX hires. I know that they weigh all aspects of the quilt (overall appearance, complexity, and technical components) appropriately when a winner is chosen. I was most pleased to get the 1st place, and seriously delighted to get the Best Machine Quilting. This is the 3rd year in a row to win that award.
There were 6 whole cloth quilts in this category. I'm going to show snippets of all because there is nothing like a whole cloth to show off the quilting! This next one was quilted on a domestic machine (yes it is large!). It won the 3rd in the category and best machine with a sit-down style machine. It came from Australia, which may explain the wrinkling. Some of the quilts needed a day or two to hang out the creases. Even my silk quilt looked much better by day 2.
Rachelle Dennenny's A Touch of Blue has trapunto, with a subtle amount of blue stitching.
I will leave you with a snippet of the center of the Best of Show by Molly McNally Hamilton. This quilt is large, and I'm not sure I have one of the entire quilt. It is so much me in the color and design. I just love her orange flowers and apple green (border). The quilt is truly lovely.