Priscilla Kibbee, Beth Brandkamp and I were the committee for the Project Iron Quilter contest at the Genesee Valley Quilt Club Show.
The contest was based on the TV shows Project Runway and the Iron Chef, and we challenged 20 contestants to create and complete a quilt in 3 1/2 hours. The contestants were allowed to bring only one piece of fabric no larger than one yard. At 10:00 they selected a theme for their quilt, choosing from 10 different words. They were then given time to grab additional fabric from the piles on tables in the middle of the room. At 10:30 they were allowed to sew. With one 1/2 hour break, they continued sewing until 2:30. The quilts were then judged, Viewer's Choice ballots counted and prizes awarded, followed by an auction to benefit Gilda's Club.
1 Linda Bachman 2 Kathy Carman
3 Vicky Coykendall 4 Jessie Drew-Cates
5 Diane Enerson 6 Kathie Everett
7 Anne Fischer 8 Kathleen Gaines
9 Kris Gideon 10 Ann Hawkins
11 Nancy Hicks 12 Glynis Hunt
13 Maureen Jakubson 14 Joyce Martelli
15 Patty Pizzicato 16 Janet Root
17 Jeanne Simpson 18 Louise Tiemann
19 Ruth White 20 Mary Wieser
All the participants completed their quilts by the end of the contest! Paula Kavorik and Carol Soderlund served as judges, and the top prize of a Bernina sewing machine went to Kathi Everett.
The studio was built by New Energy Works (Timberframers, Housewrights & Joiners) as an addition to the west end of our existing house. The timberframe structure is 23 x 33' and was built using reclaimed douglas fir timbers. The interior cabinetry was made from reclaimed rustic beech, and the countertops
from Australian Jarrah wood. The construction started in April, and we moved into the studio in August 2007.