Thursday, October 10, 2013

MQX Portland

"Christ in Gold" (detail), by Laurie Tigner, Rapid City, South Dakota
I went to the MQX Portland Show today, and there were many amazing quilts. The show had a wide variety of approaches to quiltmaking, from original designs to vintage tops quilted by contemporary quilters. Here are a few favorites.

"Christ in Gold" by Laurie Tigner, 1st place Wallhanging Large
"Eureka" by Pat Durbin, Maggie Stimson, Diane May, Jodi Rusconi,
Donna Parker, Rosalinda Brainerd, and Edith Harmer
"The Value of Gears" by Judith Phillips, Battleground, Washington
"Flight Path" by Terry Knott, Boring, Oregon
"Goat's Eye View" by Lisa Bowles, Willits, California
"FeatherQuest" by Loretta Orsborn, Woodburn, Oregon
"Starburst" by Debbie Scroggy, fellow member of the Northwest Quilters
Best of Show, "The Shell Collector" by Bethann Nemesh, Allentown, PA
(detail) "The Shell Collector" by Bethann Nemesh
(detail) "The Shell Collector" by Bethann Nemesh
(detail) "The Shell Collector" by Bethann Nemesh
"Dragonfly Moon Kimono" by Cathy Erickson, Washougal, Washington
"Matchstick Moons 2" by Melody Johnson, Palmer, Tennessee
(detail) "Matchstick Moons 2" by Melody Johnson
"Haven" by Jennifer Dick, Harrisonville, Missouri
"Pixel" by Angela Walters, Kearney, Missouri
There was a special treat for lovers of vintage. Mary Kerr curated an exhibit of vintage tops quilted by some of today's finest machine quilters. The exhibit is called "Quilt as Desired" and it showed how successfully antique and vintage tops can be finished with today's technology and the hands of artists. 

"My Favorite Flower Basket" quilted by Karen McTavish,
Two Harbors, Minnesota
(detail) "My Favorite Flower Basket" 
"Claudia's Garden" quilted by Claudia Pfeil, Krefeld, Germany
(detail) "Claudia's Garden"
The MQX Quilt Festival - Pacific Northwest will be open through Saturday, October 12th at the Portland Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. For more details, visit the MQX web site- click here.


  1. Never heard of it, but wow, what a lot of talented local artists!

    1. They are from all around the world. I really admired all the quilts in the show. :)

  2. i was there today too....such fun! I love seeing all the quilts...I loved so many of them...hard to pick a favorite...but did love Bethanne's Best of Show. Well deserved. Congrats to all the ribbons earned and all the amazing talent.