Monday, November 8, 2010

Dear Janes at Houston!

I saw two exceptional Dear Janes at the Houston International Quilt Festival this past weekend. The first one was "Jane Through the Centuries" by Nancy Ryder, quilted by Cat Marion. You would recognize this stunning "Jane" in a heartbeat.

This traditional version was a premier member of the Texas Guilds' Award Winning Traditional Quilts, non-judged exhibition. I was very impressed by the skill level demonstrated by ALL the Texas ladies in this exhibition.

I didn't even recognize "Jeepers... It's Jane!" by Beth Schillig of Columbus, OH as a daughter quilt until I read the placard. What a stunner, and so impressively innovative. Ms. Schillig really made this Jane her own. It was placed appropriately enough in the "Mixed Technique" field, where it failed to take a ribbon, but won high praise from everyone who saw it.The colors were delightful and her technical ability was superb. There's nothing like making a Dear Jane to really hone those fine quilting skills. 8) Lovely!

8 comments:

Jo in TAS said...

WOW! It looks like a totally different quilt!

Annelies vdB said...

Two very different but very beautiful Dear Janes ! Thank you for taking pictures.

Barb said...

Wow, both are just amazing, thanks for showing them...

Linda and Monkey said...

Beth Schillig's quilt is similar to one that won First Place at AQS in 2000 and Best in Show in Vermont in 1999.
http://lindafranz.com/galleries/my-dear-jane/22

Jeanne said...

Both are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

RETRO-fabulous said...

Thank you for posting these stunning quilts!!

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

Such lovely quilts, thanks for posting these pictures, and the good close-ups as well.

Paula said...

Thank you Susan for sharing these pictures. Both quilts are gorgeous.