Julia Graber of Brooksville, Mississippi, made these spectacular quilts, all entries into the Museum of the American Quilter's Society (MAQS) quilt competition.
The stunning Indian Fire Ring quilt will be exhibited at the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY, from March 28, 2008, to June 17, 2008. Then this stunning quilt will travel around the country until December 31, 2009.
Note the sawtooth quilting in the second photo. The finished quilt measures 59"X59". It is machine pieced and machine quilted on a home sewing machine, Julia said.
There will be a book published of the 18 finalists in the competition, something MAQS does every year for the competition. This quilt will be in that book.
It's not the first time Julia has made it to the top of this prestigious competition. She has been a finalist in this New Quilts from an Old Favorite competition for FOUR straight years! WOW!
In 2004, Seven Sisters, Leaving Home, photo three, was Julia's quilt entry. It was chosen as a finalist. This intricate beauty is pictured and written up in the MAQS book from that year.
"The first year I entered, I got a rejection
letter!!!! But that didn't stop me from
trying again the next year," Julia said.
I love Julia's spirit and determination! That is what I have seen many times in the ranks of the Mississippi Quilt Association. These quilting ladies are excellent role models for much more than quilting!
When we get past these killer deadlines this week, I hope to research this competition a bit more. Hopefully the books of finalists from each year are still available.
If you know any more details, including where the traveling exhibit can be seen, please let me know!
Back to work......