Monday, August 25, 2014

The Modern Wall Quilts at the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show

Snowfall - by me (Leanne Chahley)

I was delighted to be able to attend the American Quilter's Society show in Grand Rapids this week. In this post I am going to share the quilts that were in the Modern Wall Quilt Category, starting with the winners.

So the Honourable Mention in the Modern Wall Quilt Category went to my quilt, Snowfall - yes, I get to show off my own quilt first. I was thrilled that this quilt was accepted into this show. Given that there is considerable snowfall in Michigan, I felt comfortable that the viewers would appreciate the image perhaps more than if it was hanging in a warmer place. I was even more thrilled to be able to see one of my quilts with a ribbon!

Unravelling #2 - by Judy Mercer Tescher

Unravelling #2 by Judy Mercer Tescher received the third place ribbon in the Modern Wall Quilt Category. This quilt placed third in this category at the AQS show in Phoenix in 2014.

Variegated - by Paige Alexander

Second place in the Modern Wall Quilt Category went to Variegated by Paige Alexander. This quilt received the Honourable Mention in this category at the Charlotte AQS show.

The Long Winter - by Catherine Redford

First place in the Modern Wall Quilt Category went to The Long Winter by Catherine Redford.

Keep it Simple - by Jodi Robinson

The best overall Modern Quilt award went to Keep it Simple by Jodi Robinson. This quilt won this same prize at the earlier AQS 2014 shows in Phoenix and Charlotte.

The following quilts were the other lovely entries in the Modern Wall Quilt Category at the AQS 2014 show in Grand Rapids.

Color of Winter by Mary Ann Van Soest

Color of Winter by Mary Ann Van Soest.

Floating on a Lazy River by Candace West

Floating on a Lazy River by Candace West.

Silk Construction by Carole Sorrell

Silk Construction by Carole Sorrell. This quilt won the third place ribbon in the Modern Wall Quilt Category at the AQS Show in Lancaster in 2014.

Binary Baby Quilt by Janice Smith

Binary Baby Quilt by Janice Smith.

PayDay Candy Bar Challenge by Sandra Panagos and Angela Huffman

PayDay Candy Bar Challenge by Sandra Panagos and Angela Huffman.

Mouse Trap II by Jenny Lynn

Mouse Trap II by Jenny Lynn.

Off Center by Charlotte Noll

Off Center by Charlotte Noll.

Connected Blocks by Jan Lewis

Connected Blocks by Jan Lewis.

Mid-Century Musing by Zinia Lewis

Mid-Century Musing by Zinia Lewis.

Point Me in the Right Direction by Diane Hiemel

Point Me in the Right Direction by Diane Hiemel.

Red Zinger with a Twist by Donna Karolus

Red Zinger with a Twist by Donna Karolus.

Rural Ragtime by Jennifer Emry

Rural Ragtime by Jennifer Emry. This quilt won the first prize ribbon in the Modern Wall Quilts category at the AQS show in Charlotte in 2014.

146 by Gayle Gruss

146 by Gayle Gruss.

This, That, and the Other by Miriam C. Coffey

This, That, and the Other by Miriam C. Coffey.

  Barion Cut Saphires by Linda Barrett

Barion Cut Saphires by Linda Barrett.

Those were all the quilts in the Modern Wall Quilt category at this show. These quilts were all different sizes and you can get an idea of the scale by looking at the name papers as they were all exactly the same size. I will show you some more quilts from other categories in my next post that I, personally, would also classify as modern.

Most of the quilts in the other categories of this show were, in my personal view, either traditional or art quilts. Many of them were fantastic and I loved seeing them all but clearly there is a big difference to me between the quilts I prefer and traditional or art quilts.

I learned a lot by attending this show and have lots more to share, but today I just wanted to give you a chance to see the wonderful quilts entered in the Modern Wall Quilt category. If you missed it, you might want to read my earlier post about entering quilt shows, although I love all the quilts entered, I think that there is room for more modern quilts in these shows and more different quilts - as you can see some of these lovely quilts have won more than one prize.

If I photographed your quilt and you would prefer that I not share my photo here, or if I have your details wrong, please email me and I will remove your photo (shecanquilt {at} gmail {dot} com).




Karen said...

WOW!! my fav is the first one!!!......yey!!!! Congrats!

Linda F. said...

I didn't realize that a single quilt could be entered into so many shows by the same quilt organization. Is this standard practice? Loved seeing all the photos! I don't know how the judges can decide.

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Congratulations! I think your quilt is stunning.

Amy at love made my home said...

Just beautiful and amazing!! x

Cindy said...

Wowza!!! What an amazing post! The inspiration here is overflowing. It's interesting - I agreed with the judges on some placements and there are others that I would have skipped over all together and chosen one of those that didn't place at all. It's a pretty amazing category!

Marlene said...

Congratulations on your ribbon-love your quilt. Thanks for sharing the photos of the quilts-such a wide range of designs and such amazing work.

Strawberry Patch said...

So many talented quilters and quilts! I'm very happy that yours received a ribbon!

Katy Cameron said...

Thanks for the tour, and congrats on the ribbon. I'm wondering if it's a sign that two winter ones got top billing ;o)

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I think that might be Catherine Redford instead of Carolyn. Thanks for showing all of the Modern entries. It has been years since I have been to an AQS show.

elle said...

Congrats. Great examples. I do like that silk one!

Unknown said...

Congratulations, well done!

Lisa J. said...

Congratulations on getting another ribbon Leanne, and thanks for sharing photos of these inspiring quilts.

ChristaQuilts said...

Congrats on Snowfall! That is fantastic and well deserved. And thanks for sharing more of the modern quilts from the show. The modern aesthetic is definitely getting out there more. Yay for spreading the word!

ChristaQuilts said...

Yes - each show has their own rules. AQS allows you to send the same quilt to multiple shows in different locations, as long as it has been accepted by the jury each time. (Sorry for taking over here Leanne!!)

margaret said...

congratulations once again on your award and thanks for sharing these quilts with us, was going to say apart from yours which was my favourite but that is impossible as scrolled through I kept changing my mind.

Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing thse Leanne, there are some amazing quilts on show - and well done on your ribbon!

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for showing these photos. Congratulations on your award.

OPQuilt said...

Congratulations on your Honorable Mention! I'm glad you showed us all the winners first for it provides a reference for understanding the judging. And are those sparkles on that last quilt? Sparkles? On a Modern Quilt? Quelle horreur!

pennydog said...

Some fab ones in there, not sure about that overall winner one, think yours was much better!

Leslie Frost said...

Thanks for posting all of these! Fabulous stuff. I think I like Mid Century Musing best, but they are all wonderful.

FlourishingPalms said...

Thanks for taking the time to share these quilt pics. I'm not sure I would have categorized a few of them in the modern category. It sure must be tough to judge quilts like these. Congratulations on your honorable mention. It's certainly deserved!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your quilt was recognized. It's beautiful.
I do object, though, to those quilters who win at a show and then enter the same quilt--again and again, in a variety of quilt shows--and then announce--five time winner. I think q shows should stop this practice--it lessens the playing field and is just plain silly.

Vera said...

Great quilts. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

msalleycat said...

I love being able to see what gets into juried quilt shows in other parts of North America (I live in California), and it's exciting to see more exhibits specifically called 'Modern', but I would also not consider some of these quilts as modern, either. I would call them 'contemporary'. I know quilters disagree about labeling, but I think it is helpful.

trudys_person said...

Congratulations on your ribbon Leanne! Your quilt is fabulous! And thank you for all the photos!

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Congrats on your ribbon Leanne! Love it!!

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Congratulations on your prize!

MariQuilts said...

Such fabulous wall hangings......congrats again on your amazing quilt!!!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Congrats on your award! And thanks for all the eye candy.