There's a lot to like about this quilt, but it was the quilting around the silouttes that made it one of my favorites.
For me one of the best things about seeing quilts alive and in person is noticing all the small details. Speaking of small, this was the winner in the Miniature category, Cherry Blossoms by Barbara Deshler, of Albuquerque.
Inside those perfectly stitched sashiko stitches sections, there are machine quilted feathers.
This quilt, It's Spring by Norma Jean Koelm of Albuquerque, won the hand quilting award and the stitching is lovely ...
... but it's the use of color that made it special for me.
I think the thread painting in the next quilt, Boomer by Jodi Scaltreto of Hillsboro, NH, is some of the best I've seen.
This technique is on my list of things to try ... one day. The detail on this dog was amazing.
In honor of Hexie Friday and my own new-found fascination with English paper piecing, I'll finish with this interesting arrangement of hexies, Union Jack Quilt by Cindy L. Kurey of Albuquerque.
I thought it was a clever arrangement and one I haven't seen before. As a lover of scrap quilts, I enjoyed a close look at all the different fabrics that the quilter used in her hexies.