At the beginning of the month I was pleased to have the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild ask me to judge their show this year. I judged for them the first two years they held a judged show and looked forward again to the high quality of their work.
Every year they do a beautiful raffle quilt thematically linked to their show, which this year was called “Quilts by the Sea.”
We judged the quilts flat on a table over two days. The guild members hung the quilts the following day. I spent the night and visited the show venue before I drove back to Portland, but not all of the quilts were hung so I wasn’t able to take many photos. Here they are setting up.
Some of the quilts I admired. I don’t have names on the first three as I didn’t want to intrude.
This quilt is an early Judy Niemeyer pattern executed by Cindy McEntee and quilted by Lisa Taylor. Cindy is in the process of certifying as a Judy Niemeyer instructor and is both knowledgeable and skilled in creating Judy’s designs. This quilt won 2nd place in its category.
Of the two quilts in the photo below, the top one is by Linda MacKown. Funny story–the guild has best of show wall and best of show bed awards. I struggled in the best of show wall between the quilt below and another. I picked the other quilt only to learn afterwards, Linda had created both. Either way, she was going to be a winner. I have asked her for an image of the winning quilt. When received, I will post it. It’s stunning.
The lower right quilt is by Lisa Taylor, quilter of “A Wedding Ring for Nick.” She is known along the coast for her quilting.
The last image is of a hand-quilted skirt owned by Nancy Terhaar. The skirt was executed by her friend Bes Elwood, originally of Alabama. Bes passed away and left the skirt to Nancy. The hand quilting is perfection. Bes made the skirt to wear to quilt shows where she said she always received comments, deservedly so. The skirt is light and airy to the touch. It’s exquisite.
I’ll be judging the show again next year. It’s always the first weekend of August. One night guild members took to me dinner at a new restaurant called Clearwater. I highly recommend it for both the view and the food. We spotted a sea lion and pelicans fishing in the bay. This is what you will see if you come. In the meantime, Newport is bracing for the solar eclipse. The town is sold out.
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