Award Winning Quilts from the National Quilt Museum

Nearly everyone remembers sleeping under a quilt made by their mother or grandmother, and many of those quilts were made from time-honored traditional quilt designs. Today’s quiltmakers were challenged by the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on classic Baskets block patterns. The Shafer Gallery is delighted to present “New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2012: Baskets,” an exhibit of the 18 finalist and winning quilts who responded to this challenge. These are not your grandmother’s quilts!

Quilters from 15 U.S. states modified Baskets designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques and creativity of today's quiltmakers. Support for the contest is provided by MODA Fabrics, Janome America, Incorporated, and Clover Needlecraft Inc

Book Plate I

Book Plate I
Karen Grover
Rockford, IL

Book Plate I by Karen Grover of Rockford, IL took top honors, winning 1st place. Designed in the manner of a bookplate, this quilt abounds in the sensuous curves of the Art Nouveau period.

Basket Case

Basket Case
Leona Harden
New Tazewell, TN

Leona Harden of New Tazewell, TN created Basket Case which was awarded 2nd place. Filled with golden machine quilting, her quilt features Star blocks created from Basket sections.

Basket Weaver

Basket Weaver
Michael Michalski
Brooklyn, NY

The 3rd place winner is Basket Weaver by Michael Michalski of Brooklyn, NY, and is constructed of woven cloth bands, resulting in an openwork lattice.

Expanding  the Vision, Advancing the Art
National Quilt Museum

Sycamore Bark

Sycamore Bark
Marilyn R. Smith
Columbia, MO

Fourth place was awarded to Sycamore Bark Baskets by Marilyn R. Smith of Columbia, MO; four interlocking baskets make up the center motif of this quilt.

 Basket Case Flowers

Basket Case Flowers
Ann L. Petersen
Aurora, C

Baskets blossom into full blooms in the 5th place quilt, Basket Case Flowers by Ann L. Petersen of Aurora, CO


Finalist quilts which will be featured in the exhibit include:


Basket Case by Sue Turnquist of Tifton, GA

Spice Market by Sherri Bain Driver of Northglenn, CO

Basketek by Nancy Lambert of Pittsburgh, PA

Basket Weaving by Mary Kay Price of Lake Oswego, OR

Basket Weave by Ann Feitelson and Ronna Erickson of Montague, MA

Pharaoh's Tombs by Julia Graber of Brooksville, MS

Hopi Maiden by Karen Watts of Mayhill, NM

Sewing Baskets Inside Out by Kathy Parker of Hudson, FL

Baskets, Butterflies, and Blossoms by Tish Rudd of Cadiz, KY

Handle With Care by Jan Soules of Elk Grove, CA

Basket Arrangements by Ann Horton of Redwood Valley, CA

Spinning Baskets by Theresea Reeves of Oberlin, KS

Fibonacci Nebula by Patricia Hobbs of Macomb, IL

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