Melissa Winters, AQS Director of Education, enjoys a visit with Mary Shotwell, the recipient of the Best Longarm Workmanship Award at AQS QuiltWeek® – Des Moines, Iowa 2013.
Mary was surprised when she came to see the guild quilts and found out about the award for AUNTIE’S RED HOT GARDEN in an extraordinary way.
Looking at the quilt, it’s obvious that Mary loves needle-turn applique, circles, the color red, Kaffe Fassett fabrics, and fussy-cutting. She spent “off-and-on” five years appliquéing each block by hand; when the top was completed, turned it over to Deb Treusch, who was trusted to work on the extensive hand-appliqued design.
“It was great fun!” Mary said.