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North Carolina Quilt Symposium

Mountain Stitches

Bonclarken Conference Center, Flat Rock, North Carolina

May 28-31, 2015

Sponsored by NCQS, Hosted by Western North Carolina Quilters Guild

The North Carolina Quilt Symposium is an annual, nationally-recognized,
four-day quilt conference, featuring classes and lectures presented by
outstanding faculty, a quilt show and vendors’ mall.

The 2015 Quilt Symposium pages contain photos and descriptions of all the award-winning quilts and scenes of the symposium and quilt show. Thanks to those who worked to make the show a success and to all entered their beautiful quilts!


Click on photos on the awards pages for larger images.


Best of Show

Autumn Journey at White Oakby Kathryn Zimmerman

Autumn Journey at White Oak
By Kathryn Zimmerman
Quilted by Brian Fackler

A Sue Garman design, quilt is paper pieced, turned and glued and
machine appliquéd. Also included is cording and ruched flowers.

border detail center detail

Judge's Choice

Quilt of Valor by Jean Jones

Quilt of Valor for My Brother Bob
By Jean Jones
Quilted by Debbie Beaver

Of all the Quilts of Valor I have made, it occurred to me that my
brother's service in Vietnam earned his having one, from me!

Eagle in Quilt of Valor

Judge's Choice

Rhythm detail left Rhythm detail right

Rhythm of an Art Conversation
By Phyllis Tarrant

This quilt was inspired by a discussion on rhythm
at a meeting of the WOW art quilt group.

Rhythm of an Art Conversation Phyllis Tarrant

Outstanding Machine Workmanship

Solitaire by Connie Griner

By Connie Griner

2013 Block of the Month from "The Quilt Show.com"

Solitaire detail 1 Solitaire detail 2

Outstanding Hand Workmanship and Viewers' Choice

In the Garden of Morris Memories by Del Horan

In the Garden of Morris Memories
By Del Horan

Michell Hill's books inspired me, then I found 21 of the fabrics
in Michigan. The applicqué is fused, blanket stitched,
some also outlined. Hand quilted.

Garden detail 2 Garden detail 1

Best Theme Quilt

Succulent Garden detail 1

Succulent Garden detail 2

Succulent Garden
By Frances Owl-Smith

This quilt is pieced and appliquéd with other media (paint, fabric, dye, beads). It combines my love for my North Carolina mountains and succulents that I enjoyed when I lived in the American Southwest.

Succulent Garden by Frances Owl-Smith

Best Use of Color

Elijah's Quilt by Anne Hodges

Elijah's Quilt
by Anne Hodge

This is my fourth "grandchild" quilt; the overall scheme is a geometric design in batiks on a black background with the pinwheel border.

Elijah's Quilt detail 1 Elijah's Quilt, detail 2

NCQSI Board Choice

She Sews Sea Shells by Rea Mueller

She Sews Sea Shells
By Rea Mueller
Quilted by Jane Roehrig

I embroidered the sea shells on a cruise, then combined them with water and sky fabrics in star blocks from "Knockout Blocks and Sampler Quilts" by Judy Martin. The setting was also from that book. Jane quilted on her long arm using a design calles "Maysa's Feather" by Christy Dillon.

Seasshells detail 1 Seashells detail 2

2015 Symposium Raffle Quilt

2015 raffle quilt

Bridget O'Malley, Hendersonville, NC,
won the Symposium Raffle Quilt.

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The 2015 Symposium raffle quilt was designed by Joanne Shafer as an adaptation of the Delectable Mountains block, using the computer program, EQ7. The fabrics were purchased at Beginnings Quilt Shop in Hendersonville, NC, and a shop in Burnsville, NC, which is no longer in business. Joanne Shafer pieced the outer field of mountains. The center pictorial of our Blue Ridge Mountains was created by Georgia Bonesteel, using her Grid Grip paper and her landscape strip piecing technique. The machine quilting was done by Peggy McCaffrey and Pat Leitch, owners of Hummingbird Quilting. The pillow topper piece was created by Georgia Bonesteel and is part of the ensemble. The quilt was entered in the Western North Carolina Quilt Show in June 2014 and earned a Blue Ribbon.

Photos by Anne S. Napier unless indicated otherwise.
Webcrafter: Anne S. Napier
Email: webcontact@westernncquilters.org

Updated August 4, 2015