Bethanne's Award-Winning Show Quilts

 

 Flight of Fancy (2017)

This quilt is an experiment in yarn couching.  I hoped to go beyond just using couching in place of quilting, and instead use it as an art medium to create a life like textural object.  The hand-dyed background features many patterns and designs from my book, "Quilted Textures from A to Zen".  I wasn’t planning on using this quilt for show, but a few shows have become adventurous with interesting new categories where yarn couching seems welcome.  I had a lot of fun making this quilt, and plan to explore this medium further.  

Awards

Third Place, Machine Quilters Exposition Midwest, New Traditions in Textiles, 2017

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Into the Westward Sun (2016)

This is the fourth in a series of pictographic silk dupioni quilts. First, this quilt was inspired by a trip to the colorful canyon lands of Arizona.  The desert is a stark and beautiful place with an amazing ecosystem, provided you have the respect to live with it and not try to dominate it.  Also, inspiring is the story of my 4x great grandmother, who gave up her home to travel from Tennessee to Oklahoma in a Conestoga wagon to participate in the Oklahoma land rush, homestead a plot of land and eke out a living as a farmer from a sod house.  That must have taken unbelievable courage, as did all the settlers in the westward expansion.  Yet, the whole movement was hugely destructive and exploitive to the native peoples of this land.  The desert claimed many lives for those unwilling to adapt or learn from the native people who view their home as paradise.  I sought to primarily represent the magnificent desert ecosystem in this quilt, but the broken dreams of those who failed in their westward movement are evident as well.  The native story is honored in the gradation dyed and individually hand tied turquoise bead trim as well as the frame piecing, symbolizing native jewelry and basketry and pottery patterns.  My grandmother is honored in her prairie farm in the form of 560 individually made prairie points in the binding.  There are 43 living and 3 dead creatures on this quilt, all original drawings that were free motion quilted. 

Awards

Best Standup Machine Quilting and First Place in Large Wall Quilts, Machine Quilters Exposition Midwest, 2016

Best Longarm Machine Quilting, AQS Quilt Week Lancaster, 2017

Excellence in Longarm Quilting, Road to California Quilt Show, 2017

First Place, Large Quilt: Quilting is the Star, AQS Quilt Week Paducah (Fall), 2017

First Place, Wall Quilt Predominantly Pieced, Quilt Odyssey, 2017

Second Place, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Traditional Quilt, 2017

Third Place, Art and Innovative, Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace, 2017

Third Place, AQS Quilt Week Des Moines, Longarm Wall Quilt, 2016

Honorable Mention, AQS Quilt Week Grand Rapids, Large Machine Quilt, 2017

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The Paisley Peacock (2015)


This is my second classic wholecloth quilt.  It was inspired by a combination of an Art Nouveau drawing of a peacock as well as by a henna peacock tattoo and the rich sari fabrics of India.  The design is completely original, with the peacocks drawn to resemble the paisleys that inspired them.  The unique edge treatment is a flange of fabric, hand stuffed with beads that were individually tied off layered with miniature quilted tabs.

Awards

Best of Show, AQS Quilt Week Des Moines, 2016

Best of Show, Machine Quilters Showcase, 2016

Best Longarm Machine Quilting, AQS Quilt Week Daytona Beach, 2017

Outstanding Traditional Quilt, Road to California Quilt Show, 2016

First Place, Northwest Quilting Expo, Freehand Machine Quilting, 2017

First Place, Wall/Small Quilt, Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, 2017

First Place, Mixed Media-Small, Shipshewana Quilt Festival, 2016

First Place, AQS Quilt Week Lancaster, Longarm Machine Quilted Wall Quilt, 2016

First Place, AQS Quilt Week Paducah, Small Longarm Wall Quilt, 2016

First Place, Houston International Quilt Festival, Merit Quilting, 2015

First Place, Quilt Odyssey, Wall Quit - Other, 2015

First Place, Minnesota Quilter's Quilt Show, Other Techniques, 2015

First Place, Home Machine Quilting Show, Traditional Whole Cloth, 2015

First Place, Machine Quilters Exposition East, Large Wholecloth, 2015

Third Place, AQS Quilt Week Grand Rapids, Longarm Wall Quilt, 2016

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October Sky (2014)

This is the third in a series of silk dupioni quilts done in my pictographic quilting style.  I love everything about a Pennsylvania fall ... the colors, the smells, the harvest and all the busy critters.  With this quilt, I tried to capture that feeling using all original hand drawn motifs that are free-motion quilted.  The beaded details are tiny applique tubes individually stuffed with beads and hand tied off.  The center medallion and binding feature handmade beaded piping.  Derwent Inktese pencils were used on parts of the quilt to create shading.

Awards

National Quilting Association Masterpiece Quilt, 2015

Master Award for Machine Artistry, Houston International Quilt Festival, 2016

Best of Show, AQS Quilt Week Des Moines, 2015

Best of Show, Medium Size, National Quilting Association Quilt Show, 2015

Best of Show, Machine Quilters Showcase, 2015

Best of Show, First Place in Reflection of Theme and Viewer's Choice, A Quilters Gathering, 2014

Best Machine Quilting, Shipshewana Quilt Festival, 2016

Best Longarm Machine Quilting, AQS Quilt Week Chattanooga, 2015

Best Wall Quilt, AQS Quilt Week Grand Rapids, 2015

Best Wall Longarm Machine Workmanship, AQS Quilt Week Paducah, 2015

Best Wall Quilt, AQS Quilt Week Lancaster, 2015

Best Machine Quilting (Longarm) and First Place in Solo Artist, Machine Quilters Exposition Midwest, 2014

First Place, Pieced Wall Machine Quilt, Wisconsin Quilt Expo, 2017

First Place, Wall Quilt Predominantly Pieced, Quilt Odyssey, 2016

First Place, AQS Quilt Week Daytona Beach, Longarm Machine Quilted Wall Quilt, 2016

First Place, Pictorial, National Quilting Association Quilt Show, 2015 

Best Pictorial Quilt, Traditional, Pacific International Quilt Festival, 2014

Second Place, AQS Quilt Week Phoenix, Wall Quilt, 2016

Second Place, AQS Quilt Week Syracuse, Wall Quilt, 2015

Second Place, Road to California Quilt Show, Traditional Wall Pieced, 2015

Third Place, Home Machine Quilting Show, Art-Innovative, 2016

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Poppy Promenade (2014)

This is my first classic wholecloth quilt.  I designed the interlocking poppies to be reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style and completed the quilt with classic quilting motifs.  The edge is finished with a handmade beading piping.  It is 40' square and made with silk radiance fabric.

Awards

Best Wall Quilt, Quiltfest Destination Savannah, 2015

Best Machine Quilting (Longarm) and Second Place in Other Techniques, Minnesota Quilters Quilt Show, 2014

First Place, Quilt Odyssey, Wall Quilts: Mixed and Other Techniques, 2014

Second Place, Northwest Quilting Expo, Freehand Machine Quilting, 2015

Second Place, National Quilting Association Quilt Show, Other Quilt, 2015 

Second Place, Machine Quilters Showcase, Whole Cloth, 2015

Second Place, Machine Quilters Exposition Midwest, Small Wholecloth, 2014

Judge's Choice, Pacific International Quilt Festival, 2014

Judge’s Choice, Home Machine Quilting Show, 2014

Honorable Mention, Road to California Quilt Show, Traditional Wall Other, 2015

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The Shell Collector (2013)

This quilt is the second in a series of pictographic silk dupioni quilts.  It was inspired by a perfect summer day at the beach with my children, pictured in the center.  The dark points of color represent the pocket full of polished stones that always seem to make it home from these trips.  All the imagery was free drawn and free motion quilted using my own photography, primarily from various aquarium and snorkeling trips.  The feather setting motif was designed based on an actual cross section of a nautilus.  This pictured quilt is actually the reproduction of the original, painstakingly recreated after the first one was destroyed in an accident on the eve of shipping it to it's first quilt show.  In the end I am much happier with the second one.

Awards

Best of Show, First Place in Quilting Excellence Machine and First Place in Overall Craftsmanship, A Quilters Gathering, 2013

Best of Show, Machine Quilters Exposition West, 2013

Viewer's Choice, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, 2015

First Place, National Quilting Association Quilt Show, Medium Pieced Quilt, 2015 

First Place, AQS Quilt Week Chattanooga, Traditional Wall Quilt, 2014

First Place / Blue Ribbon, Vermont Quilt Festival, 2014

First Place, Home Machine Quilting Show, Wall Hanging, 2014

First Place, Machine Quilters Showcase, Art Quilt, 2014

First Place, Road to California Quilt Show, Traditional Wall Quilt, 2014

First Place, Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Traditional, 2013

First Place, Quilt Odyssey, Wall Quilts: Mainly Pieced, 2013

Third Place, AQS Quilt Week Albuquerque, Longarm Wall Quilt, 2015

Third Place, AQS Quilt Week, Lancaster, Longarm Wall Quilt 2014

Honorable Mention, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Pieced Quilt, 2015

Honorable Mention, AQS Quilt Week, Des Moines, Machine Quilted Wall 2014

Honorable Mention, AQS Quilt Week, Grand Rapids, Machine Quilted Wall 2014

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Gilding the Arbor (2012)

This silk dupioni quilt is an original design inspired by my love of wholecloth quilting, Asian silk embroidery and antique botanical prints.  All the flora and fauna was free drawn on the quilt with chalk and refined with wash out pen before quilting.  The design elements can be recognized in my garden photography, as well as images from gardening catalogues and Dover design books.

Awards

New England Quilt Museum, Curated Special Exhibit: "Silk!", April - July 2013

First Place, AQS Quilt Week Phoenix, Wall Quilt, 2014

First Place, Lowell Quilt Festival (Images), Wall Pieced, 2013

First Place / Blue Ribbon with a special award for "Best Use of Complementary Color", Vermont Quilt Festival, 2012

First Place, Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Traditional, 2012

First Place, Home Machine Quilting Show, Wall Hanging, 2012

Second Place, Georgia Quilt Show, Small Wall Quilt, 2013

Second Place, Quilt Odyssey, Wall Quilts: Pieced, 2012

Third Place, Machine Quilters Exposition East, Solo Artist, 2012

Co-Directors' Award, A Quilter's Gathering, 2012

Honorable Mention, AQS Quilt Week Paducah, Small Wall Quilts 1st Entry, 2014

Honorable Mention, Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Pieced Wall Hanging 2012

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Reaching Back (2013)

This quilt was made by the members of the Crazy Quilter's Quilt Guild in Allentown, PA for their 2013 - 2014 raffle.  The design was adapted from the pattern "Reaching Out" by Edyta Sitar.  After I adapted the design, 15 members of the guild worked for 6 months to complete the piecing, then I quilted it with full custom quilting.

Awards

Second Place, Machine Quilters Exposition East, Quilts Among Friends, 2014

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Star of Millie's Garden (2011)

This quilt was made by the members of the Crazy Quilter's Quilt Guild in Allentown, PA for their 2011 - 2012 raffle.  The design was adapted from the pattern "Aunt Millie's Garden" by Piece o' Cake designs.  After I adapted the design, 17 members of the guild worked for 6 months to complete the appliqué and piecing, then I quilted it with full custom quilting.

Awards

Second Place, Machine Quilters Exposition East, Quilts Among Friends, 2012

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