2019 Minnesota Quilters Quilt Show, Part One

The 41st annual Minnesota Quilters Quilt Show and Conference was held at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester June 13-15, 2019. This event featured judged and non-judged quilts, a quilter of the year, special exhibits and many opportunities for quilters to learn and develop their craft.

Part One of my report from the show is a random assortment of quilts that caught my attention.

Why not start at the top? Here is the stunning quilt that won Best of Show. It is entitled “Song of Summer” and was created by Bethanne Nemesh from Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is a wholecloth quilt meaning the entire quilt is made of one piece of fabric. There is no piecing or applique.

In this case, Ms Nemesh used a piece of silk that was hand-dyed to match the saffron-colored robes worn by Buddhist monks. The designs were inspired by the koi zen gardens she experienced as a child growing up in Japan.



This quilt is entitled “Five Treasures.” It was created by Megan Farkas of Sanbornton, New Hampshire. It was inspired by a topographic map of the Himalayan mountains.



Staying with the topic of topography, here is a quilt that shows the topography of the Grand Canyon. It is entitled “Grand Canyon Topography” and was created by Diane Podgornik of Duluth, Minnesota.



Another nature-themed quilt. Here is “Northern Lights” by Mari Jameson of Fargo, North Dakota.



Another colorful quilt: “Moroccan Marketplace Mandala” by Kate Stewart of Chaffee, North Dakota.



From left to right: “Awe of Water” by Pat Hilderbrand, Columbia, Missouri, “Big Bloom Red” by Peggy Tanler, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and “Spring Equinox” by Chris Daly, Downsville, Wisconsin.


In my next post we’ll start looking at some of the special exhibits at the show.



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