Without too much comment, here are some promised pictures of the finalists at AQS Lancaster.
The first day of the show it snowed, attendance was down, and I had NO PROBLEM photographing anything and everything without people in front of it. Pictures never do these things justice-- you do need to visit these shows in person. I have mostly avoided showing the winners, with a couple of exceptions, in favor of ones you won't see online. My favorites. xox
Yes, this happens to be my friend, and it is with some pride that I will tell you that she worked on it at MY HOUSE, and while we were being silly, I named it! XOX Heading off to Spring Paducah so don't miss it! That corner applique is to die for.
Christy Stephenson/ Jo Kuchera
I believe this is Judy Neimeyer's Wedding Star pattern... I made that one, and I really appreciate how this person also made it her own with this golden palette. A 50th anniversary?
Hexi fans... this beauty came all the way from Australia. A lot of overseas quilts!
"Double Wedding Ring 2017"
Never get tired of this pattern.
"Interwoven Puzzle 3.0"
Judy Mercer Tesher
Modern and exquisite.
"Simple But Beautiful"
Love the broken look of this!
"La Fleur de Glace"
So happy to finally see this in person. You need to visit these shows! Yes, it has quite a few awards, but just for the machine embroidery work, I'm showing it!
These beaded snowflakes are mounted in cutouts!
The color palette on this quilt is just stunning.
Love the quilting pattern. Simple and sensational.
"Art of the Ancient World"
This had also ribboned-- not this time, but gets an A+ for originality.
Yes, this did also get a ribbon, but super original, love the color palette, and the quilting is also fresh and new. You gotta love when quilting totally disregards piecing!
"A Visit to Nana's Attic"
Hung next to my New England Album and such an honor. Pat Delaney is comfortable in any style-- this one had beautiful little embroidered flowers in each basket. Also from Massachusetts!
I usually get tired of color wheels-- in this case, I make an exception because it is just so much fun!
Well-- there are a lot more photos, and I will try to post more over the next couple of days. I hadn't been to an AQS show in four years, and I was just astonished at the quality of work- it just gets better and better. I have to wonder where this is all going to end up!