Ultimate Guild Challenge – 2017 AQS QuiltWeek Grand Rapids

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FIRST PLACE

Journeys Thru Art

Port St. Lucie, FL

BRIDGES

The challenge was to depict a bridge using any technique.

Denise Cargill – Tranquility

Natalie Carlton – Roosevelt Bridge

Marian Keating-McCoin – Over the River and Through the Woods

Deborah Krajkowski – The View from Her Window

Sandi MacMillan – Gifts from the Past: Fredericton Series I

Karen Marchetti – Trenton Makes

Nancy Parsons – Bridge #704

Pam Post – Summer Solstice

SECOND PLACE

Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ)

Milwaukee, WI

NOT SO MELLOW YELLOW

The challenge was to create an art quilt using any subject in yellow. The piece must be at least 50% yellow and read yellow. The full range of values could be used. Use of any greens, yellows, or orange-yellows would be in addition to pure yellow values, not part of the 50%. 

Kathy Downie – Spring’s Future Canvas

Diana Dunaway – Autumn Gingko Splendor

Linda Fleschner – A Month of Sun Days

Lisa Anne Giesfeldt – Our Yellow Magnolia

Mary Ellen Heus – Yellow Tree

Kathleen Hughes – Bright, Shining Like the Sun

Maribeth Schmit – Yellow Brick Road

Jane Walton – I Love Yellow

THIRD PLACE

West Michigan Quilter’s Guild

Grand Rapids, MI

BODACIOUS BIRDS

This challenge followed the theme “Bodacious Birds.” The bird could be any kind of bird—realistic, wonky, whimsical, or imaginative. The bird must express some aspect of “bodacious.”

Jean Bodo – Fabulosa Fizzle

Sharon Brandner – Most Honorable & Bodacious Royal Crane

Jan Landry – Precocious Penny

Susan Miller – Radiant Ruby

Brenda Payne – Bodacious Bahira

Kathy Rewa – Fabulous Fernando

Suzanne Timmer – Flamboyant Frannie

Jane Vander Meer – Zaney Zack

HONORABLE MENTION

Quilt Guild Metro Detroit                    

Detroit, MI

NATURE AT ITS BEST

The challenge was to create an art piece of “Nature at Its Best” through landscape or portrait. The color purple must be present in the fabric, paint, or beads.

Irene Coermann – Barouque

Cathie Ferman – Forest Deep

Janice Hales – Into the Pond

Sheryl Hogan – Flower Power

Margaret O’Connell – My Spring Garden

Ray Rivard – Nature at It’s Best

Amira Soheim – Spring is Blooming

Karen Stocksett – Garden Gate

Berrien Towne and Country Quilters

Stevensville, MI

QUILTS ALONG THE LAKESHORE – STORM AT SEA

This challenge used the Storm at Sea quilt block. The block must be recognizable in the quilt. It could be the entire quilt or distorted, but must remain true to the Nine Patch upon which Storm at Sea is based.

Leslie Tidaback Hilmer – Storm of Color

Lois Lentz – Compass in the Storm

Barbara Manning – Peace at Sea

Diane Rau – Crossing the Storm at Sea

Susan Russell – End of the Storm

Cindy Shepherd – Ornaments

Michelle Tuller – Storm at Sea Lighthouse

Maxine Wantuch – Storm at Sea

East Cobb Quilters’ Guild          

Marietta, GA

IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE!

The challenge was to represent something that lives in the wild (not just the jungle). It could be as traditional as Bear Paw or Monkey Wrench blocks, paper pieced, artsy, or modern—whatever method was preferred.

Kathy Ciarochi – Elephant

Bonnie Davidson – The Cat Walk

Ben Hollingsworth – The Illusive Jungle

Wanda Kolakowski – Power of the Jungle

Devon Pfeif – Parrots’ Paradise

Melinda Rushing – 27 Songs

Martha Turner – Misty Valley

Margaret Williams – National Treasure—The Berry College Eagles

Des Moines Area Quilters Guild

Des Moines, IA

LESS IS MORE

The challenge was to use no more than three colors. Black and white could be added to the three colors.

There must be at least one Log Cabin on the front—either traditional, wonky, or modern.

JoAnn Belling – Winter Wonderland

Nan Earll – Red Flowers

Anita Gogerty – Whimsical

Linda Jacobson – Winter Prairie

Martha Klatt – This Buds for You

Lynn Randall – Blue Green Gray plus B/W

Barb Riggs – Midnight Sun

Pat Weber – Cardinal Rule

Fiber Art Friends  

Eureka, CA

A DAY AT THE SEQUOIA ZOO

The challenge was to create a quilt from inspiration found within the Sequoia Park Zoo.

Rosalinda A. Brainerd – Salmon at Sequoia Park Zoo

Pat Durbin – Barefoot at the Zoo

Edith Harmer – Birdhouse on Old Redwood Stump

Diane May – Scarlet Ibis

Donna Parker – Flamingoes al Fresco

Jody H. Rusconi – Goats at the Zoo

Gerry Smeltzer – A Day at the Sequoia Zoo

Maggie Stimson – Red Panda-monium

Flying Geese Quilters Guild     

Irvine, CA

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

The challenge was to depict the theme, “All Creatures Great and Small.” A recognizable amount of the three challenge fabrics had to be used. One or more Flying Geese units must be visible on the surface of the quilt. One edge of the challenge quilt must be an uneven edge.

Pam Hadfield – Welcome to My Pad

Sandy Harper – Peacock Sketches

Michelle Howe – Jungle Monkey Business

Joann Knowles – By the Sea

Judy Schmid – All Creatures Great and Small

Linda Berry Smith – A New Beginning

Sandy Sutton – All Creatures Great and Small

Eileen Wintemute – Gaggle of Geese

Out of the Box Design Group

Juniper, FL

POSTCARDS FROM FLORIDA – WISH YOU WERE HERE!

The challenge was to depict a postcard or postcards from Florida. The word Florida must be visible.

Lynn Detloff – Florida Palms

Shay Kraft – Sun, Sand and Shade

Margy Merle – Catch of the Day

Theresa Olson – Key West Postcard

Waynett Pennell – Florida Citrus

Candice L. Phelan – Moon Dance

Eyvonne Smith – Postcard from Florida for Judy

Nancy Smith – Blue and Friend

Quilt Artists of Kentucky – Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society                

Lexington, KY

QUILTING EMOTIONS

Emotion has been described as a strong surge of feelings and a social or physical agitation, disturbance, and a tumultuous moment. Emotions could include but were not limited to: love, anger, hate, grief, joy, surprise, and fear.

Ashley Bandy – Little in Between

Lynette Brown – My Moods

Jean Covert – Torn

Anne-Marie Miro – Weighting in an SOS

Debbie Poole – Happiness is Like a Butterfly

Lucy Scott – Birds of Happiness

Linda Simpson – Bursting with Joy

Betsy Terrill – Moody Blues

Quilters United In Learning Together (Q.U.I.L.T.)

Northwest Arkansas

WHODUNIT GUILD CHALLENGE 2017

This challenge was based on the game Clue. The quilts must include the suspect, location, and weapon.

Korin Cardinal – Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Rope

Kathy Garringer – Mr Green in the Conservatory with the Candlestick

Barbara Hamernik – Miss Scarlet in the Hall with the Revolver

Marjorie Langanke – Professor Plum in the Kitchen with the Wrench

Paula Mariedaughter – Mr Green in the Library with the Knife

Natalie McCrory – Professor Plum in the Lounge with the Knife

Dorothy Owens – Mrs Peacock in the Hall with the Wrench

Suzanne Tourtelot – Mr Green in the Billard Room with the Revolver

Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee     

Knoxville, TN

FUN WITH FLAGS

The members were challenged to create a quilt based on the theme, “Fun with Flags.”

Pat Davis – Japan

Mali Glazer – Mali

Leslie Hinson – Germany

Miriam Land – Seychelles

Cindy Stuart – Papua New Guinea

Lynn Sykes – Tanzania

Doyen Taylor – Peru

Donna Wiffen – Canada

West Central Ohio Quilters Guild

Lima, Ohio

IT’S A START…

For this challenge, each quilt started with a five-inch square of challenge fabric that had to be used on the front of the piece.

Rebecca Barber – Summer Dreams and Dragonflies

Arlene Derringer – Have a Happy Scrappy Day!

Carol Ginter – Fish! Fish! Fish!

Debbie Green – The Quilters

Carol L. Kill – Tropical Oasis

Mary Payne – Birth of a Star

Carol Schlosser – Bertie’s Summer

Kathy Vermillion – All About Stars

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What an incredible Challenge competition! I really enjoyed seeing all the entries, with the group pictures, in this category.

lynne

Fabulous Quilts!!

Loved seeing what everyone came up with. Such talent!

Helen Bartlett

What fun to see all the challenge quilts!. i don’t envy the judges.

Pat

Thank you for sending this segment of the Grand Rapids show to me.
I have enjoyed viewing the entries.

Mary Shank

What a talented bunch of quilters!!! Well done, ladies!