First stop was the Loving Stitches Quilt Shop in Fayetteville. I love that store! I spent some time with their Gammill service man, Ken. What a friendly, helpful guy! I stocked up on some extra parts like check-springs and needle screws. He offered some advice on adjusting my thread guide on the intermittent tensioner to keep the thread from slipping out. I also purchased just "a few" sale fat quarters in sweet floral fabrics, some Marking Magic spray, and a few other fun items like these sparkling fibers and colorful buttons.Then, it was on to the Kiwanis Rec Center to judge the long-armed quilts for the Carolina Longarm Association ribbon. The quilts were already hung and their ribbons awarded. The long-arm quilts were listed by number, and they had covered the quiltmaker's and quilters' names with post-it notes. Ann, Mary, and I walked through the entire show with our lists, circling the quilt numbers of those we liked best, putting check marks on the quilts that were obvious contenders for the longarm quilting award.
Here is our winner: Welcome to Sue and Ed's Garden, made by Pat Scheideler-Kern, quilted by Linda James.
The pattern is by Faye Labanaris and Pamela Humphries. According to the label, Linda used a computerized longarm machine. However, we are not sure if the beautiful pebble quilting and McTavishing in the background were computerized. I had previously seen this quilt at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium last year, where it also won big awards.
Here is another quilt that we really liked, and was a strong contender for the award. It is Hot Summer Winds, quilted by Rosemary Cushman. We loved the movement and flow her quilting added to this bright pieced quilt.
I did a quick run through the show with my camera and took a few shots of quilts that I especially liked. I did not have a program to give credit to the quiltmakers.
The flower in this very small art quilt was made using Neocolor II water-soluble crayons.