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The Wrath of Poseidon, 53 x 59, by Marilyn Bedford, Chenango Forks, New York
Second place winner in the Innovative Quilts category, Marilyn says of her intriguing original design, "Poseidon, the [Greek mythological] god of the waters, was an angry and jealous god, demanding extreme obeisance. When offended or ignored, he struck the ground with his trident and caused earthquakes and shipwrecks....There is no use of any paint, inks, or dyes in my work. The technique is raw edge applique with fusible web, which is embellished with thread stitching. It is then quilted on a long arm machine."
Camellia in the Snow, 79 x 78, by Kazue Tsukayama, Japan
Kazue writes, "I live where it snows in the winter. The beautiful white Camellia flowers can even be seen against the white snow of springtime. Flowers were appliqued and are also dimensional."
Kazue appliqued and quilted her lovely work entirely by hand ! One of the prettiest parts are the strings of three dimensional of exotic red blossoms which gracefully drape off the triangular bottom of the quilt.
Sheila's Feathered Star, 107 x 98, by Sheila Bruner, Mariposa, California
Sheila notes, "I have always wanted to make a feathered star quilt. I designed Sheila's Feathered Star using Electric Quilt. The scroll border was inked with fabric ink. I modified the New York Beauty blocks (another large star pattern) and paper pieced it. I quilted it on my long arm using a wool batting. "
Close-up, Sheila's Feathered Star
In this close-up, you can see the exquisite workmanship of Sheila's quilting and piecing. Notice how the swirling pattern on the border provides an eye-pleasing, complementary juxtaposition to the angular, geometric star pattern.
The Springing Point, 49 x 49, by Christel Pietschmann, Germany
Christel states, " The Springing Point" [exemplifies] lust for life. The colours and the points/circles are dancing, springing, laughing. The [viewer's] eye is finding again and again new colour combinations." The sense of movement portrayed by this abstract quilt really made us smile, because the circles reminded us of children's play balls, happily bouncing.
Don't Feed the Fish, 22.5 x 40.5, by Millie Bogdanovich, Morro Bay, California
Close-up of Don't Feed the Fish
Notice the bundled and tied strips of metallic yarn which serve as three dimensional seaweed here, along with the yarn, beads, and shells for embellishment. The cute and whimsical fishes' fins are also attached three dimensionally, enhancing their image of gliding and floating along in the aquarium.