Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Famous Female Faces, AQS Grand Rapids, and a First Place win!

Yesterday I received a phone call from Andrea of AQS letting me know that our Journeys Thru Art entry, Famous Female Faces, had won First Place in the Ultimate Guild Challenge at AQS Quiltweek - Grand Rapids. OMG, I was thrilled! I had to pinch myself (twice) to make sure I wasn't imagining it. I don't care how many times you hear the news that you have placed at a national show, the same excitement runs through you each and every time! Immediately, I called everyone in the group... wow, calling 7 peeps with such exciting news really takes awhile.  I now feel for Andrea as she calls each and every winning quilt personally... whew!

Here is the official listing of all the AQS Grand Rapids winners - Congratulations!!

I can't wait to see them hanging together -- yes, YOU, if YOU are at the show, send pics!!

This project started back toward the beginning of 2014. We were sitting at a Journeys meeting, it was just three of us -- Pam, Natalie, and myself -- and we were casually discussing the project for 2015. Out of nowhere the idea smacked us in the forehead... a face. Okay, more brainstorming, a female face. We were soooo excited (me especially as I had been wanting to make a Lucy quilt for some time). It was almost painful waiting to discuss it with the other members. The idea was well accepted and our 2015 project was planned. A few of us immediately knew what face we would be working on, while a couple of others changed their minds several times. We were not very strict with our rules -- mainly it had to be an easily recognizable female face, and had to fit within the minimum of 30" wide and a maximum of 60" long. We were able to use any technique we chose. I like that they are all different, that bothers some people, but I feel each of us had an idea and a process we wanted to follow. I don't think they would have turned out as awesome if we were all forced to follow the same technique and/or be contained in one specific size.

For those that haven't seen them, here they are:
Lucy (43x53) - Karen Marchetti
Diana (39x38) - Pam Post

Carmen Miranda (31x36) - Marian McCoin

Lady Liberty (38x46) - Natalie Carlton

Mary (36x48) - Nancy Parsons

Pebbles (39x47) Kathy Rentz

Georgia's Pride (49x35) - Nancy Smith

Tina Simply the Best (33x42) - Barbara Lacey
Aren't they just the greatest!! And here is the awesome group of ladies that created these beauties:


  1. Congratulations. These are just fantastic-thanks for showing them all. All so different but all amazing.

  2. Loving your win, loving your quilts! Congratulations to the whole gang. The variety is remarkable, and you summed it up well - you kept them 'same' while allowing each one to be very different!

  3. I saw them in person. They are fabulous!!!