Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gulf States Quilting Association Bi-Annual Show in Review

The Gulf States Quilting Association’s Bi-Annual Show was held last weekend at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell and we have a few quilts to share with you in review.

They say “It ain’t bragging if it’s true” so let’s show you a few of the different ribbon winners!

Best of Show went to Leslie Kiger and her stunning Medium Large Pieced Judy Niemeyer 1st Place quilt, “Mad Dash”. If you shopped here at Bright Hopes 6 years ago or so, you will have certainly met her and remember what a void she left behind when she moved from Louisiana. 

Her other quilt, “It’s Not All Black and White” took 3rd place in the Medium-Large Sampler category.

Mary Green took home the Red Ribbon in the Pictorial Landscapes category with “Crescent City Triptych”. 

Mary’s remembrance book, “The Life and Times of Shirley M. Kneale”, won Honorable Mention in the Home Decor category.

Mary Gerardi’s “Regal Fisherman” won 3rd Place in the Pictorial-Animals division... 

and her beautiful appliquĂ©, “My Favorite Season” won the 2nd Place ribbon in the Small Appliqued/Mixed Block category.

Chris Teague won 2nd Place in the Medium Large Sampler Block category with “All the Lovely Ladies” from the Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt-Along....

 and 1st Place with “Fassett Medallion” in the Medium Large Pieced - Stars category.

Mona Lowe brought home the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges Award for her miniature beauty, “PS, Don’t Forget to…” 

and Honorable Mention for her other Miniature category, “Pineapple Smoothie”.
Congratulations to members of our staff!!!! 

In no particular order, here are a few more quilts for you to enjoy…..

"Summertime Fire Island Hosta" by Barbara Gardner, quilted by Cindy Braiwick. This quilt won the Viewer's Choice Award.

"Hope - From Light to Dark", by Renee Lapland and Lori Boyter,
 1st Place in the Art - Traditional category

"Salsa", by Ava Craig

"Color-Wheel Cubed" by Dorinda Evans, quilted by Nancy McNally, 
1st Place Medium Large Pieced

"Celestial Fantasy" by Lynne Reamey, 2nd Place Art - Traditional

"Fiesta de Talavera", by Carol Jaynes  1st Place Med. Large Applique Floral, Winner of Best Computerized Machine Quilting by Tammy Finkller Oberlin

And finally, "Aztec Sun Burst" by Alesia M. William, which I had to go back and gawk at no less than three times. This quilt took 2nd Place in the Medium Large Judy Niemeyer category and just feast your eyes on the extraordinary skill Ms. Williams employed with her hand-guided machine quilting. 


Betty said...

Thanks so much for posting these pictures. I was out of town and unable to make the show. Love seeing the pictures!

Carol M said...

Fabulous! So great to see all the quilts as I did not get to make the show as life interrupted. Congratulations to all the ribbon winners and quilters as they are all gorgeous. Thanks so much for posting pictures and providing a mini trip to the show!

Bright Hopes Quilting said...

You are both so welcome!

..... and I learned (another.. sigh) lesson.

I will, in the future, make plans to attend BOTH days if I have to work at the shop on Saturday. I did not see all of the quilts or give them each the time they deserve to be truly looked at. They were splendid.

The work and detail and love each quilter put into their creations was outstanding. And with only 2 hours to spend in the hall, I didn't get to browse the shops, either. Or get to talk with the quilters themselves. The GSQA show requires a full day to really get a good visit in.

As I said, lesson learned.