Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Prizewinning Quilts and Beautiful Irises

Quilts and Irises--Perfect Together--at least for today.

The Garden State Quilters' Guild show "Sounds Like New Jersey" was this past weekend at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, NJ. My friend, Rachel, and I had a great time looking at all the beautiful quilts, catching up with long-time friends, and searching for a few items to buy that were on our lists. I took pics of some of the prizewinning quilts and was thrilled to see two ribbons on my quilt, Peto Revisited :) 

One day last week I went to the Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair, NJ, to photograph their beautiful iris gardens. I was about a week too late to catch many of them at their peak but Bed 18 had Millennium Irises from 2000-present and they were gorgeous!


Dawn Hayes, "quilter extraordinaire" and a member of Garden State Quilters, won ribbons for each of her quilts. The Cutting Garden won Best of Show and first place in the Pieced Quilt, Hand Quilted category. It is made of silk. 

My Peto Revisited quilt won 2nd Place in the same category and a Judge's Choice Award. It was interesting to see so few reproduction quilts in the show. 

Legacy by Laura Wagner won 3rd place. For those of you who remember Natalie Hart from the Heritage Quilt Project of NJ; and, one of the authors of New Jersey Quilts, Laura is her daughter :) 

Tuscan Sunflower by Ginger Scott also won a 3rd place ribbon in the same Pieced, Hand Quilted category.  Love the soft hues in this quilt!

Blue Birds by Barbie Vanderfleet-Martin won 3rd place in the Appliqued Quilt, Machine Quilted category. Isn't it charming?

Sandy by Dawn Hayes won Best Hand Quilting and 1st Place in the Show Theme - "Sounds Like New Jersey."


And, Dawn's lovely quilt, Tropical Fruit, won 1st Place in the Appliqued, Hand Quilted category . . .  Doesn't it remind you of a theorem painting?

Bee Whimsical, by Ginger Scott won 2nd place. The honeycomb quilting design was a perfect choice.

In less than 20 minutes I had taken over 80 photographs at the Presby Iris Gardens and had to restrain myself from taking more. 

There were Antique Historic Irises, Heirloom Irises, Hall of Fame Irises, Japanese and Siberian Irises, and Millennium Irises--my favorites of the day. 

How about the striped center in Bronze Peacock (2003)? 

Gypsy Lord (2005) was my favorite. 

Indian Sunrise (2004) with its ruffly petals.

 And, here's Lovely Senorita (2002).

 Midnight Treat (2006) . . .

. . . and Got Milk (2002) - love that name!

On my way out I happened to see this Edith Wolford iris in another bed.  

And here it is in the Schaffer Garden :) I never knew the name of our one and only iris.

You can see other iris photos in last year's blog here.

Copyright 2013, Barbara Schaffer

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