The picture to the right is actually from 2014, which is the first year I went. It was one of my favorite quilt shows for several reasons, most of which are pictured - both my mom and my best friend were also able to go, the quilts on show that year were just phenomenal, and many of them were modern quilts. I think there was actually a whole section on the second floor dedicated just to just modern quilts and it made my heart sing. Love, family, friendship, quilting... need I say more?
You can see an even better picture of it and also a list of all the other winners here.
I find that happens a lot with quilts I see in quilt shows... the longer I look at them, the more I find to blow me away. That was certainly the case with this quilt.
AnnMarie Rowland and her close friend Delphine Ren-Miller (who are "sisters by choice", hence the name), do a trunk show where Delphine gives some background about a group of quilts, then shows the individual quilts while AnnMarie sings a song she wrote, usually about quilting. Some of the songs made me laugh, some of the songs made me tear up, and all of them made my glad I had the experience of seeing their show. Delphine owns most of the quilts, either ones she has made, ones she has rescued or others have rescued and brought to her. I believe that the gorgeous yellow quilt on the right was saved from being thrown out after it fell in a mud puddle at an auction. It's hard to see in the picture, but the centers of the stars are beautiful areas of trapunto that really pop.
If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend seeing them. They also are available for quilt guild meetings, quilt shows, etc. if you want to book them. You can find more info via AnnMarie's website here.