Road2Ca2016 – MY Favorite Traditional Quilts


In our last post in this series I showed you the BIG winners from the Road to California Quilters Conference, but you know what? … I really can’t imagine how the judges went about making their decisions because I honestly thought that many of the non-winning quilts were just as beautiful as the ones that won! And just to prove my point, I’m going to use this post to share six of MY favorites in Traditional Categories.


Like this amazing quilt in the Large Innovative category. Molly Hamilton-McNally (the creator) of Tehachapi, Ca named this quilt “Moonflower” and  indicated that she was totally inspired by her favorite flower, the humble daisy. Here’s a closeup below in which you can see the intricate applique and extraordinary quilting.


 AND remember… as fantastic as they looked in the pictures, they really don’t do them justice at ALL, as  you can plainly see in this closeup!  🙂


Marilyn Badger of St George, UT named this quilt “Arandano”, and said that she started making this quilt as a form of therapy.  It won 1st place in the Traditional Large Pieced category and I was totally taken with the incredible color and piecing.

Road2CaTWP1And how about this spectacular piece by Margaret Solomon Gunn of Gorham, ME? She named it “The Jester’s Folly” and said that she used over a dozen hand-dyed silks in the construction. The unusual color combinations and quilting were inspirational!




And here we have the 1st place quilt in the Traditional Large Applique category. It’s called “This One’s Four Ewe” and it was made by Janet Stone and quilted by Laura Tigner of Overland Park, KS. And here’s a heads-up… Janet said that this beauty will be the 2017 IQA Houston Raffle Quilt.



Road2CaTradWallAp2Also in the Traditional Wall Applique category was this unique piece called “Floral De’Lite”.  The quilt top was 4+ years in the making by Carol Day and it includes over 450 hours of quilting by Gaye L Ryon. I love the checkerboard effect achieved with the intricate quilting.


And here we have “Celestial Sedona” by Norma J Ippolito of Chester, VT. She said it took her three years to complete and was both challenging and rewarding to make. This quilt was a true stunner and I loved the southwest flair!

So… these were MY favorites in the traditional  categories. Do you have a favorite yet? Even if you do, stay tuned for the next and last post in this year’s Road to California series when I’ll share with you some of MY favorites in the Modern and innovative categories.


And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

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  1. The piecing and appliqué is so intricate, that it must have taken many, many hours to complete. And then the quilting is amazing and adds so much to the total look! I’m in awe of these beautiful quilts. I’ve never done one nearly so challenging and probably never will, although I admire them tremendously! Thanks for sharing!