Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

unnamed 300x81 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed! When the Quilt the Blues challenge was announced in the summer of 2016 (see our blog post here), we had no idea what kinds of quilts people would come up with using the packs of preselected blue fabrics. Entrants were allowed to add up to 3 additional fabrics, so some variations in the final appearances were guaranteed, but would they all, as a group, be monotonous? Would there be anything exciting or inspiring about the finalist quilts as a whole?

The answer to that question is now revealed, and it’s a resounding YES! The winning and finalist quilts of the challenge have just been announced and they are spectacular, both individually and as a group. Without further ado, here’s the winning entry:

out of the blue Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Out of the Blue by Terry Weiss

Terry Weiss started the Out of the Blue quilt with a rough sketch, drawing inspiration from one of the challenge fabrics which consisted of 72-degree diamonds, which formed a star when 5 were joined together. Intricate drafting followed by paper piecing created the medallions in the quilt design. Terry writes, “This was named Out of the Blue, as a work in progress, because as each medallion was sewn together, the result was pleasingly unexpected. Also, Out of the Blue means that I quite literally ran out of blue fabric!”

Well, that’s one way to know when to stop sewing! Terry’s masterpiece finished up at 58″ x 70″. The First Place prizes included a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire™ 965Q sewing machine, 2 tickets to an Original Sewing and Quilt Expo (OSQE) event, and a $100 coupon from QuiltAndSewShop.com. Congratulations, Terry!

Fragments by Jean Kritenbrink 842x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Fragments by Jean Kritenbrink

McCall’s Quilting readers may recognize the name Jean Kritenbrink, as she has designed quilts for our magazines in the past (get her popular Peas in a Pod quilt pattern free here ). Jean’s quilt, Fragments, is 56″ x 68″, and was quilted by Corinne Mittag. When asked about her design, Jean wrote, “The past year has been an emotional one for me. My father suffers from dementia and at times there is an overwhelming feeling of sadness as I watch him struggle with day to day life. His thoughts seem chaotic at times but as he interacts with us, I still see the special person we have loved all of our lives. My large, gregarious family has always been close, but as everyone tries to do what they can to make life easier for him and my mom, I’m reminded that love might not conquer all, but it goes a long way towards helping. This quilt represents my mixed feelings about dementia, family, and love.”

Jean’s prizes for second place are a Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutting machine and a $50 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon. Congratulations, Jean!

Finger to the Blues by Marie Nelson 867x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Finger to the Blues by Marie Nelson

Finger to the Blues (60″ x 72″) by Marie Nelson is a tribute to the healing qualities of quilts and quilting. As Marie writes, “So many quilters like myself who struggle with depression, loneliness, low self-esteem, and negative self-talk find a respite from those feelings, sometimes called “the blues”, in quilting. I had long had an idea of making a quilt using a scaled-up fingerprint. I followed the pattern of one of my fingerprints only to realize that I had unconsciously chosen a middle finger. It seemed somehow appropriate, especially when the thought came to me which I stitched into the quilt: “When the BLUES leave us feeling ragged and gasping for breath, I say F**K/forget the blues…Let’s make a quilt.”

Marie’s third place prizes are a Sulky Original Slimline Thread Storage Box with 80 colors of 12 Wt. Cotton Petites thread and a $50 QuiltAndSewShop.com coupon. Way to go, Marie!

The other finalist quilts are fantastic, too! Here they are, in random order:

Vacation Blues by Pattie Walkowicz 850x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Vacation Blues by Pattie Walkowicz

 

Adirondack Inspiration by Toni Currier 863x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Adirondack Inspiration by Toni Currier

 

Lachrymose by Christina Blais 1024x761 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Lachrymose by Christina Blais

 

Out of the Blue by Nancy Rowland 1024x854 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Out of the Blue by Nancy Rowland

 

Echoes from the Delta by Kristy Hanninen 1024x832 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Echoes from the Delta by Kristy Hanninen

 

Blu Sky Daze by Joyce Clarke 894x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Blu Sky Daze by Joyce Clarke

 

The Blues Brothers Quilt AKA Glenns Favorite by Marjorie Walker 886x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

The Blues Brothers Quilt AKA Glenn’s Favorite by Marjorie Walker

 

Eclipse by Deborah Hampton 829x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Eclipse by Deborah Hampton

 

Sailing the Ocean Blue by Diana Minor 874x1024 Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

Sailing the Ocean Blue by Diana Minor

If you’d like to see all these quilts in person, register now for an OSQE event near you. The Quilt the Blues exhibit traveling throughout 2017 as part of the OSQE events will show you exactly what just one color can do!

Warm greetings,
The McCall’s Quilting Team

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7 Responses to Quilt The Blues Challenge Winners Revealed!

  1. She she says:

    Marie,

    You definitely have a sense of humor and a beautiful talent. Remember to tell yourself that too!

  2. Clairequilty says:

    Thank you for sharing these terrific quilts. Each is magnificent in its own way. The one that sticks out in my mind is The Blues Quilt. One can almost hear the Blue Brothers. Fragments and Finger express feelings with which I relate. Out of the Blue – I just shake my head in wonder at such imagination and artistic ability to create this wonder Again, thank you for making my day so much more pleasant.

  3. MARY says:

    Hello: Can you make these quilts from Quilt the Blues challenge into a screensaver? They are so interesting. Thanks.

  4. mo says:

    WOW, judging from the winners and they all were, I imagine it was a very hard choice picking the tops quilts. I enjoyed The Blues Brothers and Adirondack Inspiration but my top picks were Out of the Blue and Sailing the Ocean Blue. Everyone here was a winner. Congratulations to all who entered.

  5. Pat says:

    The talent of quilters never ceases to amaze me. Gorgeous quilts!! And my favorite color!

  6. Pat Blanchard says:

    Sailing the ocean blue is my favorite. The reflective quality of the diagonal squares set against the ocean waves and boat seems so carefree and peaceful. Love it.

  7. Sondra Williams says:

    Beautiful Blues!!! Hurrah for sharing the works of art made by talented people!! Each quilt is inspiring and unique!!!!

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