Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 Vermont Quilt Festival: Through the Eyes of a Child

My daughter and her American Girl Doll thoroughly enjoyed our time at the 2012 Vermont Quilt Festival. Here are their favorites from the day.

My Daughter says, "Marie Grace (the doll) likes this quilt because she thinks the pink and purple go well together."

"Zen Garden" earned maker, Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorhom, ME the Best Mixed Media award as well as a second place red ribbon. Margaret calls this a carpenter's star "surrounded with Asian inspired floral vines and whimsical butterflies." It was an original creation from stash fabrics.

"I like this quilt because I really like duckies. They go 'Quack, Quack, Quack.'"

"Just Ducky" by Patti Adams Wadsworth of Parish, FL is a pattern adaptation from the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, December 2009. It earned a third place yellow ribbon.

"We like this quilt a lot because the bee in the middle is the Queen Bee. We like honey and bees too."

"Mind Your Own Beeswax" is, as maker Hope Johnson from Shelburne, VT explains, "an original design showing the layers of the beehive. Starting at the four corners and moving inward are capped honey, open honey, capped larvae, open larvae, open pupae, and egg cells." It was the Judge's Choice from Kimberly Einmo.

"Marie Grace and I like this picture because it looks like a pretty garden. We like the butterflies, sparkles and the palm tree too."

"A Punny Thing Happened on the Way Through the Garden" is Karen Viega of North Millerica, MA, "a fantasy garden where the flowers are all literal interpretations of their common names." You will notice little tigers in the lilies, small hands in the palm tree and, my favorite-- the little trumpets in the Trumpet Vine climbing the fence!

"We LOVE this one............because the little fairies are children who eat cupcakes like us."

Dominique Ehrmann's creation, "Sweet Memories" come from Ste. Sophie, QC.  It is a fantastic three dimensional creation from the double challenge: "to create a whimsical chocolate cake factory and piece a third quilt that was within the quilt show general rules." This was the result! WOW!

"My brother likes fish because they swim a lot and he can say 'Fishy, Fishy, Fishy'," comments my little quilt enthusiast.

Jo Digg's "A Full Tank" comes from the VQF 2012 Instructor's Showcase.

"Marie Grace likes this quilt because the bunny looks funny rolling upside down when he tries to get his carrot."

Lastly, "The Best Things in Life are Free" won the award for Most Whimsical Quilt at the 2012 Vermont Quilt Festival. Janet Cohen and Linda Vizi from Moorestown, NJ wrote this about their fun quilt, "This original design was inspired by a continual vigil to keep our crops safe from local rabbits who believe in the motto 'The Best Things in Life are Free'".

Special thanks to Marie Grace and my little quilter for being with me at this wonderful show. Maybe next year we will have a "Mommy and Me" quilt entry!!!


  1. Wish I had gone to this show - thank you for sharing. The top piece is just brilliant.

  2. I wish I had gone to this show too. Next year for sure.

  3. This is very cute! My 5 year old came with me to the show, but she "became" the photographer to keep occupied so I could see all the quilts! BTW, the Zen Garden is my quilt :-)