Amazing Art Quilts at Quilt Festival

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It’s that time of year again: If you’re a quilter and you weren’t in Houston soaking in the glory of International Quilt Festival this weekend, then you were probably glued to social media and watching the excitement online. This year I’ve noticed art quilts have garnered a lot of attention!

This past Tuesday, the winners of the World of Beauty judged quilt show were announced. Just seeing the list brought me back to my first visit to the mother-of-all-quilt-shows in 2012 and waited to attend the award ceremony. Here’s what I wrote about that night.

It has always been a goal of mine to travel to Houston and soak up the atmosphere and energy of this amazing show firsthand. While waiting in line for the IQA Winner’s Circle Celebration—the “Academy Awards” of quilting—I watched as hundreds of excited women and men gathered for this ceremony. This group of virtual strangers had something special in common: they love to quilt, and were chatting with their neighbors, speculating about past years’ winners, and comparing notes. They were making new friends and greeting longtime acquaintances, some of whom they only knew from past Festivals.

This year, I waited to hear the list of top quilts from home. But I still felt so much pride and joy for the winners and, I have to admit, a bit of joy for the Quilting Arts editorial team, too. Because time after time, artists who have contributed to Quilting Arts magazine and appeared on Quilting Arts TV were called to the stage. Let me just say on behalf of myself and my colleagues: Congratulations to all of the winners! We are so proud of you!

The following is a list of the 2018 prizewinners who have published articles in QA… what a fantastic accomplishment!

“Blue Anemone”• Andrea Brokenshire Photo by Michael McCormick

Andrea Brokenshire, Blue Anemone, Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry

Andrea shared her artistry with QA TV Series 1700 viewers and I interviewed her in the April/May 2016 issue.

Suzan Engler’s “Triangular Sunrise” is the cover quilt for our December/January issue.

Suzan Engler, The Architecture of Trees, Judge’s Choice award

Suzan’s episodes for QATV will be available soon, and she’s also the “cover girl” for the December/January 2019 issue!

“Graffiti 2” • Sue Bleiweiss Photo courtesy of the artist

Sue Bleiweiss, Graffiti 2, Second place Fantasy/Whimsy category

Susan has been a frequent and long-time contributor to both the magazine and TV show. She also has an upcoming article in the December/January 2019 issue.

“Eastern Blue Bird” • Barbara McKie Photo by Michael McCormick

Barbara McKie, Eastern Blue Bird, First place Miniature, Art category

Barbara’s work has been on the cover of Quilting Arts twice, as well as featured in numerous galleries.

“Libby’s Leaves #2” • Larua Wasilowski Photo by Michael McCormick

Laura Wasilowski, Libby’s Leaves #2, Third Place Miniature, Art category

Want to know more about Laura’s work? She’s been a guest on the TV show and magazine numerous times, most recently the October/November issue.

Barbara Triscari, Power of Telecommunications, Hon. Mention Miniature, Art category

Barbara wrote a fascinating article for the October/November 2013 issue of Quilting Arts.

Jane Sassaman, Spring Trio, Second place, Naturescape

Read an interview of Jane in the June/July 2018 issue of Quilting Arts, and learn more about her process on QATV series 1400.

Heidi Proffetty, Is She Ready Yet? , First place, People, Portraits, and Figures category

Heidi has been a guest on QATV, interviewed in the magazine, and soon you can get a peek into her brand new home studio in a future issue.

Karen Eckmeir, Turning over a New Leaf, (Second place) , Into the Light, (Third place) Pieced, small category

Karen has been a Quilting Arts cover girl as well as contributor to the magazine.

Ana Buzzalino, What Remains… Third place Painted Surface category

Ana’s artistry has been featured on TV, two video workshops, and in numerous magazine issues, and on the cover of Quilting Arts.

As I reflect on the above list, it is clear that we have an amazing group of nationally ranked art quilters who contribute to our pages. In addition to those recognized above, many more artists whose work was highlighted at Festival have been featured on our gallery pages. If you want to keep up with the cutting edge articles, techniques, and quilts created by artists like those listed above, consider subscribing to Quilting Arts. This labor of love is produced with you – the art quilt aficionado – in mind. And while you are at it, take a minute to reflect back on the artists who helped shape your love of art quilting. I’ll bet there’s more than one on that list!





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