Each year, I love being at the QuiltCon Award Ceremony. There is nothing like the exciting buzz in the room as the “best of the best” modern quilters are recognized for their hard work and achievements. I love seeing the pride and happiness on the faces of the winners. I love feeling excited for my friends as they accept their awards. And I love being part of this very special ceremony that celebrates the extraordinary art form of modern quilting at its best.
The 2019 ceremony had a few changes from previous years. First of all, a big Thank You! to the MQG for recognizing the importance of moving the awards to the evening before the show opened. That simple schedule change made it possible for all who were receiving awards to be present (and not teaching or taking classes). Despite the timing of the awards, travel delays prevented some of us (yours truly included) from seeing the presentation in person, but a live-stream on the MQG website made us all feel like we were part of the party. Whether you watched the awards online with a cup of tea while binding your latest modern quilt, or sat perched on the edge of your seat at the Nashville convention center, it was an exciting show.
The floor of the show was swamped with people, but I was able to capture images of a few of the modern quilt winners at QuiltCon 2019.
Best in Show
This year’s Best of Show quilt was the first QuiltCon Best of Show winner to be created by a group, Bee Sewcial—Leanne Chahley, Stephanie Ruyle, Felicity Ronaghan, Kari Vojtcheovsky, Melissa Ritchie, Diane Stanley, Marci Debetaz, Debbie Jeske, Karen Foster, and Hillary Goodwin. Strong use of bold colors made the best of show quilt vibrate, and the quilting pulled the composition together.
Handi Quilter Excellence Award
The texture and graphic nature created with thread made this quilt a real crowd pleaser.
Best Machine Quilting, Framed
My pictures do not do this quilt justice: The incredible stitching and precise quilting were truly inspiring. (Check out the detail shot of Jodi’s quilting in the header image of this blog.)
Anne Sullivan chose Kathryn Uptis’ quilt, “Some Things Are Not Easily Seen: Poverty”. This quilt was amazing for its graphic impact and “hidden in plain sight” feel. Truly spectacular.
I ran into Zoe and her mom, quilter Sylvia Sutters, on the show floor. What an honor to see this young artist’s work hanging at a quilt show!
More accolades went to other modern quilters, including several pieces featured in this year’s issue of QuiltCon Magazine, including “Reel to Reel”, Jenny Haynes’ 3rd place win in the Two-color Quilt Challenge, “New Lovers’ Knot”, Ginny Robinson’s 2nd place winner in appliqué, “Forest Through the Trees, no. 4”, Caron Convers’ 2nd place winner in Minimalist Design.
The real winners? All of us who were lucky enough to see the show in person – because although a picture is worth a thousand words, a trip to the show is Pricele$$.
For a full list of winners, head over to the MQG website. But for an up-close and personal look at the show quilts, in-depth articles from QuiltCon 2019 lecturers and teachers, and a fascinating peek at the Special Exhibits, pick up your copy of QuiltCon Magazine today. You’ll be glad you did!
Vivika Hansen DeNegre
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