A lovely surprise of this show was the number of big prizes which went to smaller sized quilts. This lovely round quilt, titled "non e altro che un sogno" by Carla Condori, earned "Best Machine Applique" for this Alice in Wonderland inspired piece which has a diameter of only 23 inches.
Returning to the garden theme, "Garden Trellis" by Mary Gruszecki earned "Best Professional Quilting" by Cheryl Simonis. WOW, you can see why in the close-up pictures below.
"Peptobismol" earned quilter Anna Macaluso the prize of "Best Machine Quilting." I believe those little tiny blocks are 1/2 inch or less in size. Amazing work.
My personal favorite of all the "BEST OF" quilts is "Baby Bella" by Dawn Hayes. Seen below, she measures only 24 inches square and is both machine pieced and hand appliqued. "Baby Bella" earned not only "Best Piecing" for the show, but also first place in the Miniature Quilts Category.
More inspiring quilts from this show to come. Stay tuned!