Taking the Atlantic by Storm!

If you’re a quilter you may have been aware that the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival took place last week in Hampton, VA. Their website states it’s “the largest quilt festival on the Eastern Seaboard”.

Two of our guild members, Lori Crawley and Holly Santangelo, attended. Holly had entered two of her quilts into the competition and just like her son Joey who won on the Pacific coast (see October post), Holly has won on the Atlantic coast! (click photos to enlarge) Congratulations to Holly on this amazing and well-deserved accomplishment! We are all so happy and proud of you!

One of the best things about Holly is she remains extremely humble, even though it is obvious her talent for design, color, and execution is so superior to a good number of us!

Holly’s “Married to the the Sea” quilt won Best Hand Workmanship in the Traditional category. Her description explains, “I designed this using a computer-aided drafting program with traditional block manipulation. It is hand pieced (except for the Mariner’s Compass and sailboats), hand appliquéd, and hand quilted. It took 5 years to complete.” If you attended our quilt show this past October you would have had the pleasure of seeing this incredible work of art.

Holly describes her “Veggies” wallhanging, which won an Honorable Mention in the Innovative category, as beginning with a free screensaver she found on her computer and traced. She enlarged it to fill four large sheets. The pieces are raw edge machine appliqué held in place with a tulle overlay. It is machine quilted. You may also have spotted this piece at our fall quilt show.

Again, our sincere congratulations to Holly!! We’re hoping she’ll still remember us now that she’s a “Nationally Recognized Quilter”! LOL

Thank you to Lori for sharing lots of pictures from the show. As you enjoy seeing some of the competition Holly was up against, you’ll understand even more what an impressive accomplishment this was.

Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge.

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