Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quilt Odyssey 2014 - Hershey, PA

I met my girlfriend and fellow quilter, Dawn, yesterday at the 2014 Quilt Odyssey quilt show in Hershey, PA.  It was so good to see her and spend the day totally immersed in what we are all so passionate about - quilts and vendors!!! LOL.  So grab a cup of coffee.. or maybe hot chocolate is more appropriate since this was held at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, and I will take to you to some of the most dazzling quilts of the show.  There are a lot of quilts to see.
Turtle Bay by Claudia Pfeil - Krefeld, Germany  79 x93  Best Pictorial by Machine
I am going to start with my show favorite.  This quilt was magnificent and my photos don't do it justice.

Close up of turtles.

Look at the quilting in the background and those bubbles!

Best of Show - Creation Springs Forth by Betty Ekern Suiter  - Racine, WA  80 x 80.  Inspired by a 16th Century rug.
Hand appliqued, hand quilted.  3000 yards of quilting thread, 3630 hours to complete.
Judge's Choice - Jingle Bells by Kathy McNeil - Tulalip, WA  74 x 66
First Place, Large Quilt Predominately Applique - Heralds of Spring by Joann Webb - Grain Valley, MO  90 x 90.  Machine piece, hand appliqued, hand quilted.
The center of this quilt was unbelievable.  Appliqued on one background piece.

The lilly of the valley were dimensional - beautiful!
As were the centers of the daffodils.
Third Place, Large Quilt - Zeruah's Legacy by Barbara Korengold - Chevy Chase, MD  78 x 78
Also based on a rug; originally made in the 1830s. Machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted.
Best Innovative Quilt - Breaking Wind by Peggy Kragnes - Felton, MN  88 x 56
Very creative!  Notice one of the quilts on the line, is a mini of the whole quilt.
Third Place - Large Quilt Mixed Techniques - Tulip Serenade by Barbara Clem- Rockford, IL  84 x 84.  Machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted.
First Place - Large Quilt Mixed Techniques, Claudia Pfeil - Krefeld, Germany  71 x 79.  This is the same artist who did Turtle Bay (pictured above).  Very talented lady!
Machine pieced and appliqued, long arm quilted.
Close up of Fern Rising.  
Background is 1 1/2" squares of hand dyed duponi silk.  27,000+ Swarovski crystals to represent the elusive fern flower.
This must be one heavy quilt!
God's Greatest Gift to Me Was Dad by Cindy Garcia - Racine, WI.  42 x 54.  Taken from a photo of her dad.  Beautifully done.
First Place - Group Quilt, Majestic Mosaic by Karen Kay Buckley & Renae Haddadin  87 x 87
Machine applique (Buckley), Long arm quilted (Haddadin)
Third Place - Wall Quilt  - Plainly Not Simple by Denise Havlan - Plainfield, IL  52 x 70
Machine pieced, hand and machine appliqued, home machine quilted.
Baby Tigress by Pat Durbin -  Arcata, CA
Machine appliqued, home machine quilted.

It was a great day.  I wish I could show you all the quilts!  There is nothing better than a quilt show to rejuvinate the quilting spirit and reconnect with a quilting friend!
Of course we also had to do some shopping....
Here is some of what I bought.  A mix of modern and traditional fabrics - just like my taste in quilts!
I think I have quilting to do! 

Happy Stitching!



  1. Thank you for sharing such wonderful quilts from the Quilt Odyssey. The originality and workmanship is amazing.

    1. The quilts were so amazing!!! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Obrigada por compartilhar essas lindas imagens, realmente essas colchas são lindas.

  3. Wow those quilts are real beauties. Like your fabric buys, looks like you had fun!

    1. It was so much fun. Can't beat a day with a quilting friend at a quilt show!

  4. Seriously augh inspiring work here!!! Our favorite is the turtle....just so much detail, design and dimension! THanks for sharing under our Tuesday Archives Exhibits theme!!

    1. The turtles was my favorite too!!! Love anything with an underwater theme. The photos don't do it justice.

  5. WOW -- it's so much fun to see all of these quilts Deb -- thank you for sharing at Val's.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Glad to share the quilts, but the photos don't do them justice.

  6. Breathtaking! So glad I stopped by.

  7. Amazing hard it must be for the judges to pick a winner! Thanks for sharing

    1. It is awe inspiring! I wouldn't imagine having to judge!

  8. I must have missed you! I was there Friday and Sunday with my quilt. It was a fun show
    Leeanna Paylor at not afraid of color

    1. Oh my! I'm sorry I missed you! Which quilt was yours? It is a really nice show.


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