Maria Elkins http://www.mariaelkins.com has received notification that she has won one of the eight big prizes at The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas for her piece, Windblown. The exact prize is still a mystery. This piece is a whole cloth quilt that features a friend of her two daughters with lovely red hair. Maria included a reference to traditional quilting in the quilted motif of the the sky in this work. She featured the Windblown Star Block from Barbara Brackman's book, Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. The quilt is painted with Tsukineko all purpose inks mixed with Jacquard colorless extender. Congratulations Maria!
Linda Witte Henke http://www.lindahenke.com recently completed a liturgical commission for a set of summer-weight vestments, titled, "Consider the Lilies." The design employs the colors of the summer landscape to give visual expression to Jesus' words in Luke 12:27. The design motif was pieced from a variety of fabrics, colors, and textures, banded with gold piping, mounted on a background of green dupioni, and embellished with improvisational stitching. The vestments were designed to coordinate with the worship space in which they will be used.
Beth Schillig has an article featuring her work in American Quilter Magazine. http://www.quiltviews.com/art-and-craft-combine-in-a-beautiful-holiday-gift-idea. The article features a little quilted calendar cover for the annual AQS spiral bound engagement calendar that features 54 quilts. Beth shared this little beauty at a SAQA Ohio Parlor meeting last spring in Columbus. The cover features Cherrywood cotton fabrics enhanced with Shiva Artist's paint sticks and machine quilting. Way to go Beth!