Quilts and Flattery

The AQS Quilt Show was in Lancaster last week. I debated about attending  because over the past several years, the show has had less quilts entered and enticed fewer venders. Sadly, this year was no different. Still, there were amazing quilts. This quilt won Best Original Design. I didn’t even know that was a category. 

Oh my gosh. I had to take off my glasses and lean way over the chain to try and see the quilting. And then I didn’t believe it. 

Jan Hutchinson is an artist with the longarm quilting needle. She has straight stitched fill lines so darn fine and tiny, viewers were debating whether it was quilting thread or background fabric. 

I think the fabric might be linen… the new silk for wholecloth quilts? I think the exquisite design, subtlety and details are beautiful. 

Is there a prize for Best Use of Cool Border Fabric? This quilt wins. 

This is not your everyday ordinary broken star quilt. Look at the concentric circles, extending out to the star points. Most quilts have the same size elongated diamond shapes forming the rings of color. You can clearly see, especially on the purple band, that to achieve the undulating pattern, the diamonds are different sizes. That’s some crazy math, right there. 

I cast my Viewer’s Choice vote for this quilt. I love this quilt! I want to own this quilt. I have seen the quilt in photos from other shows but pictures can’t show the amazing layers of the tree and branch imagery. 

The quilting enhances the pieced blocks so effectively. Sometimes behind the branches, sometimes on top, the realistic leaves alternate with more stylized filler designs, adding another layer and uniting the composition. I have a small critique— I love the red birds but I wish they looked less “paper-pieced.“ 

Echinacea by Maribeth Schmit, a lovely quilt, but wait— coneflowers?

Have you seen this quilt before? Hint… might have been something similar on this blog?

Red trilliums perhaps? This is my quilt, Becket Mountain Trilliums. I’m pretty certain Maribeth was influenced by the design but I don’t know if she took a class from me or saw my quilt at a lecture or an exhibit. I’m quite flattered!

I’m imagining I can hear Maribeth. “Nice background blocks, but wildflowers? No, I see those lovely cone flowers in my garden.” Well done Maribeth! Take the inspiration and make it your own.  

That is exactly what I plan to do when I try my own version of that fantastic tree quilt. 




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  1. Stephanie Hironimus says

    Terry, this is unrelated to the quilt show but I had to share.. my friend ordered fat quarters of each fabric from the state of Maine shop hop. They are wildflowers and some are your favorite wildflowers! The fabrics are beautiful…

  2. I didn’t go this year but am thinking about going next year! I did hear the quilts were very good.
    I will say the quilt looks pretty similar to your’s, even the flowers are in the same spots!

  3. Wow too similar…..

  4. Linda Bellman says

    Wow! Her quilt is so similar to yours. I really think the right thing would have been to at least give design credit to you. We all get inspiration from other quilters, artists etc. but credit should always be given when a piece is shown in a public situation such as a quilt show. I’m surprised that you took this so well.

  5. Laura Wacker says

    Terry, I love your trilliums better! No comparison!

  6. Stephanie Hironimus says

    Terry, I also cast my viewer’s choice vote for the same quilt as you! I knew I loved your style… and I also thought of you when I saw the coneflower quilt & assumed it was one of your students. How flattering to see your technique at a show!!

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