IQF Master Awards

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These are the five Master Award winners from the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston. Each of the Master Awards include a $5,000 prize. Click on a photo to see a larger version.

Radiance by Susan Stewart
Susan Stewart won the Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry for her quilt, “Radiance.”

Radiance (detail) by Susan Stewart
It features digitized machine embroidery and also digitized free standing lace insets along the border. She did free motion machine quilting and achieved some beautiful trapunto effects.

Radiance (back) by Susan Stewart
This view of the back gives you a better idea of her quilting and the lace insets.

Crimson Promises (detail) by Sharon Schamber
Sharon Schamber won the Maywood Studio Master Award for Innovative Artistry. I’m sorry I can’t find an overall picture of Sharon’s quilt. Between the crowds of admirers blocking the view and the excitement of taking closeup pictures, maybe I forgot! I’ll have to search my pictures some more. Just look at this incredible detail, though, and you’ll see why I was so excited. Sharon’s work is always flawless.

Crimson Promises (back) by Sharon Schamber
The back of her quilt shows more of her fantastic quilting, and it also gives you an idea of her innovative use of inset cording. I heard her say she spent two weeks just making the cording!

Great Blue Herons by Joanne Baeth
Joanne Baeth won the Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry with her quilt, “Great Blue Herons.”

Great Blue Herons (detail) by Joanne Baeth
She used extensive thread painting and machine quilting over fused applique, choosing her threads carefully to blend colors, shade, and highlight.

Bouquet by Keiko Morihiro
Keiko Morihiro’s “Bouquet” won the Robert S. Cohan Master Award for Traditional Artistry. It was made as a 30th wedding anniversary gift to her husband.

Bouquet (detail) by Keiko Morihiro
Don’t be fooled by the sedate colors. This quilt was amazing. It is hand pieced, hand appliqued, hand embroidered, and hand quilted. I sat next to Keiko during the awards luncheon, but unfortunately she didn’t speak English, although I must say she did memorize her speech and delivered it flawlessly in English, unlike others who shall remain nameless (me!).

Windblown by Maria Elkins
And, as I mentioned before, “Windblown” won the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry!

(According to IQA’s quilt photography rules, “If you post your photos to your personal web site, you must include appropriate credit for each quilt artist, and note that the photos were taken at International Quilt Festival.”)

3 Responses

  1. MariƩ du Toit

    Thanks so much for the detailed photo’s. It took my breath away. Congratulatwith your wonderful prize- something to be really proud about- don’t worry about the speech- your quilt speak for itself!

  2. Queenie

    Thankyou for sharing these show pictures with us… So much exquisite artistry in one show, amazing.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie