In addition to the ribbons awarded during the judging process, each judge was able to choose one quilt to honor with his/her judge's choice ribbon. There are no restrictions or guidelines for these ribbons; it truly is the judge's choice. There were many fine entries at the Vermont Quilt Festival and it was difficult to choose just one for special recognition. But this one spoke to me...and here's why.
Megan Farkas started with an idea and ran with it.
This miniature took a purple (highest) ribbon, Best Miniature ribbon and Judge's Choice. The rosettes would pretty much cover the entire quilt if they were all pinned to it!
Hand quilted and hand appliqued.
A close-up of the invisible applique and of the quilting stitches. The stitches were even front and back. The backing is muslin, so the green thread really looked beautiful. The amount of quilting was evenly distributed so that the entire piece lies flat. Notice the circle quilting within the reel applique.
The areas that have not been quilted look like they have been padded (scallops in border). The edge finish was flawless.
Megan, this truly is just superb; congratulations! While visiting another blog last night, I was pleased to see pictures of your Sakura II: Picnic at Naruko quilt featured from the Shipshewana show. You can check this out at www.fabrictherapy.blogspot.com under Shipshewana 2. Everyone should check it out--just stunning.
That's it for tonight.
P.S. I am listening to NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson, and I just finished reading Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich.