Incredibly Amazing Quilts from Some of the Most Talented Machine Quilters

Inside: 2018 UQSM Virtual Quilt Show

I am not worthy! This is what goes through my head every year I attend the UQSM (formerly HMQS) quilt show. It is right in my backyard in Salt Lake City. I’ve gone since it started many years ago. It started out very small and now it is one of the premier quilt shows in the country.

The quilters that submit their quilts for this show are the best, and as usual I am wowed by their work. Enjoy this virtual tour! I was proud of myself that I took pictures of most of the award winners, even though they weren’t marked yet! I should be a judge!

The first quilt is amazing! It is Eternal Beauty pieced and quilted by Sherry Reynolds from Laramie, WY. Winner of Best of Show and Viewers Choice Awards. I loved the lines of different-colored threads.

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Eternal Beauty pieced and quilted by Sherry Reynolds.

Detail from Eternal Beauty pieced and quilted by Sherry Reynolds.

I loved the fans in Kaleidoscope Walk pieced by Kathi Shunn from American Fork, UT and quilted by Ami Krenzel from Tijeras, NM.

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Kaleidoscope Walk pieced by Kathi Shunn and quilted by Ami Krenzel.

Here’s a beautiful optical illusion quilt, Carnival pieced by Beth Nufer and quilted by Clem Buzick, both from Brookings, OR. Winner of Modern 1st Place. I loved the boxes, being made from silk.

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Carnival pieced by Beth Nufer and quilted by Clem Buzick

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Detail from Carnival pieced by Beth Nufer and quilted by Clem Buzick.

I love the negative space quilting in this beautiful quilt, Graffiti Doddle Diamonds – AKA – Negative Space My A$$ pieced by Pat Lang of Olive Branch MS and quilted by Teresa Pino of Hernando, MS. Winner of Modern 2nd Place. (I also loved the name! Made me laugh.)

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Graffiti Doddle Diamonds – AKA – Negative Space My A$$ pieced by Pat Lang of Olive Branch MS and quilted by Teresa Pino

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Detail from Graffiti Doddle Diamonds – AKA – Negative Space My A$$ pieced by Pat Lang of Olive Branch MS and quilted by Teresa Pino.

And another modern beauty, My First Negative Space Quilt pieced and quilted by Nancy Stricklin.

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My First Negative Space Quilt pieced and quilted by Nancy Stricklin.

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Detail from My First Negative Space Quilt pieced and quilted by Nancy Stricklin.

There were a lot of modern quilts, including Shabby Chic Clams pieced by Rhonda M. Adams from Grasonville, MD and quilted by Jane Hauprich from Centerville, MD. I loved the way the quilting continued the clam shapes.

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Shabby Chic Clams pieced by Rhonda M. Adams and quilted by Jane Hauprich.

There’s always an award winner quilted by Renae Haddadin, and this year’s winner is Wonderland, pieced by Karen Kay Buckley from Carlisle, PA and quilted by Renae Haddadin from Sandy, UT. Winner of Appliqué 1st Place. The appliqué and quilting were amazing!

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Wonderland pieced by Karen Kay Buckley and quilted by Renae Haddadin.

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Detail from Wonderland pieced by Karen Kay Buckley and quilted by Renae Haddadin.

I loved the simple colors in Mehndi Ruby Jubilee pieced and quilted by Shirley L. Olsen from Orem, UT. Winner of Wall Hanging II 2nd Place. The Utah Quilt Guild sponsored their quilt show last fall in all reds, and Shirley made this stunner for that.

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Mehndi Ruby Jubilee pieced and quilted by Shirley L. Olsen.

The edge shape and the binding details were so unique in Chasin’ Rainbows pieced and quilted by Teri Cherne from Henniker, NH. Winner of Honorable Mention – Custom Award. Notice the little dots were pre-quilted in different colored threads. Gorgeous!

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Chasin’ Rainbows pieced and quilted by Teri Cherne.

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Detail from Chasin’ Rainbows pieced and quilted by Teri Cherne.

The show featured an exhibit of wall quilts honoring Vincent van Gogh. It was stunning because they were all the same size, and used the same fabrics. Each artist had a different and unique take on van Gogh and his work. Here are a couple of my favorites from that exhibit:

The painting is one of my favorites of van Gogh’s work, I saw the original in London. Move Over van Gogh by Carol Kolf from Sheridan, WY.

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Move Over van Gogh by Carol Kolf.

This one combined two of van Gogh’s paintings. A Starry Night in Vincent’s Chair by Lynne Ott from Webster City, IA had a very interesting edge detail.

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A Starry Night in Vincent’s Chair by Lynne Ott.

There were a lot, lot of dots in Spot On! pieced by Gail Stepanek from New Lenox, IL and quilted by Jan Hutchison from  Sedgwick, KS. Winner of Custom 1st Place. I loved how the geometric quilting enhanced the quilt design.

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Spot On! pieced by Gail Stepanek and quilted by Jan Hutchison.

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Detail from Spot On! pieced by Gail Stepanek from New Lenox, IL and quilted by Jan Hutchison.

Absolutely in love with the colors of Free Fallin’ pieced by Kathie Beltz from Greenfield, NH and quilted by Mara Novak from Chester, VT. Winner of Custom 3rd Place. The different sized flying geese were fantastic!

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Free Fallin’ pieced by Kathie Beltz and quilted by Mara Novak.

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Detail from Free Fallin’ pieced by Kathie Beltz from Greenfield, NH and quilted by Mara Novak.

There was no credit for Moonflower. I can only assume the maker wanted to remain anonymous. Winner of Appliqué 2nd Place. I loved the shapes in this one.

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Moonflower. (name omitted)

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Detail from Moonflower. (name omitted)

This was a stunning quilt, with the black background highlighting the colors. It is Midnight Dreams pieced by Janell Dahms, Kathy Shier and Suzy Webster from Apple Valley, MN and quilted by Lorilynn King from Loveland, CO. Winner of Custom 2nd Place.

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Midnight Dreams pieced by Janell Dahms, Kathy Shier and Suzy Webster and quilted by Lorilynn King.

I loved the background color in Shelly’s Brunswick Sampler quilted by Dorie Hruska from Highlandville MO. It was a BOM designed by Shelly Pagliai. I also loved the circular quilting!

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Shelly’s Brunswick Sampler quilted by Dorie Hruska.

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Detail from Shelly’s Brunswick Sampler quilted by Dorie Hruska.

Another appliqué favorite for me was Village pieced by Karin Crawford from Orem, UT and quilted by Kim Peterson from Lindon, UT. I had to get a photo of the elephant!

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Village pieced by Karin Crawford and quilted by Kim Peterson.

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Detail from Village pieced by Karin Crawford and quilted by Kim Peterson.

The next quilt was outstanding! ABC Frippery pieced and quilted by Janet Stone from Overland Park, KS was the winner of Best Solitaire Award. The ABC’s were everything from buttons, medallions, appliqué, and other awesome embellishments.

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ABC Frippery pieced and quilted by Janet Stone.

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Detail from ABC Frippery pieced and quilted by Janet Stone.

This quilt is Monreale and Mom pieced by Lynda Lynn and Nola Mauch from Otis Orchards, WA and quilted by Lynda Lynn. Winner of Best Combination Award. This design was inspired by a mosaic floor seen in France. I loved how the quilting motifs extended through the border.

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Monreale and Mom pieced by Lynda Lynn and Nola Mauch and quilted by Lynda Lynn.

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Detail from Monreale and Mom pieced by Lynda Lynn and Nola Mauch and quilted by Lynda Lynn.

Another favorite of mine featuring houses was The Enchanted Village pieced and quilted by Judy S. Fitzgerald from Draper, UT. Winner of 2018 Director’s Choice Award.

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The Enchanted Village pieced and quilted by Judy S. Fitzgerald.

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Detail from The Enchanted Village pieced and quilted by Judy S. Fitzgerald.

Some quilts were about the story that came with them. That was the case with Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness pieced and quilted by Claudia Scheja from Werne, Germany. Winner of Honorable Mention – Art & Innovative Award. Claudia’s daughter was born with a brain tumor and only lived for 10 weeks. This quilt honors her, 25 years later, and reminds Claudia of her angel in heaven.

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Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness pieced and quilted by Claudia Scheja.

The next quilt just makes me smile! It is Bring Down the House pieced and quilted by Jan Hutchison from Sedgwick, KS. Winner of Art & Innovative 3rd Place. I loved the musical quilting.

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Bring Down the House pieced and quilted by Jan Hutchison.

I loved the entire concept of The Sprinter pieced and quilted by Birgit Schueller from Riegelsberg, Germany. Winner of the Merit Award. The quilting shows the runner from start to crossing the tape.

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The Sprinter pieced and quilted by Birgit Schueller.

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Detail from The Sprinter pieced and quilted by Birgit Schueller.

The show always features quilts from the various teachers of classes at UQSM. This one is Happy Owlidays from the Teacher’s Display by Swan Amity Sheridan.

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Happy Owlidays by Swan Amity Sheridan.

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Detail from Happy Owlidays by Swan Amity Sheridan.

It took me a minute to find the “ewes” in The A-E-I-O Ewes pieced and quilted by Janet Stone from Overland Park, KS. Winner of Embroidery & Mixed Techniques 3rd Place. They are adorable, though, and so is the entire quilt!

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The A-E-I-O Ewes pieced and quilted by Janet Stone.

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Detail from The A-E-I-O Ewes pieced and quilted by Janet Stone.

Whew! That was a long post! I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour. It is an inspiring event for me to attend, even though I never quite make anything as wonderful as these!

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  1. Elsie Bulva May 22, 2018

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