NQOF Oak Leaf & Reel Winners

Winners announced for New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2019 Competition

Today’s quiltmakers were challenged by The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on classic Oak Leaf & Reel block patterns. Twenty-eight quilters from 15 U.S. states and Taiwan, Germany, and Israel modified Oak Leaf & Reel block designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques, and creativity of today's quiltmakers. Support for the contest is provided by MODA Fabrics and Janome America, Incorporated. 

The winners are:

First place: Julie Wells and Amy Schliwa of Cadiz, KY for their quilt Sparkling in a Flurry of Blue

Second place: Susan Mogan of Mobile, AL for her quilt This Time I’m Reel-y Leafing

Third place: Carol Krause of Bismarck, ND for her quilt Hardika’s Dreams

Fourth place: Diane Kay Evans of Forest Ranch, CA for her quilt Boho Medallion

Fifth place: Patricia Hobbs of Macomb, IL for her quilt Changing Season

Finalist quilts to be featured in the exhibit include:

  • Blessing II by Yen-Chiu Chen of Tainan City, Taiwan
  • Shade Our Life by Yochi Dayan of Negev, Israel
  • O'wl Sit Under the Light of the Oak Leaf Moon by Lori Dickman of Rockford, IL
  • Bright Oak Redux by Leslie Johnson of Brush, CO
  • Oak Leaf and Swirl by Chris Lynn Kirsch of Watertown, WI
  • Oak Leaves from My Forest by Tina Kroiss of Innernzell, Germany
  • Tropical Leaves by Nancy Lambert of Greensboro, GA
  • The Spinning Reminiscence by Wei Ling Lian of San Jose, CA
  • Oak Leaf & Reel Bourbon by Zeeda Magnuson of Minneapolis, MN
  • Oak Leaf Mandalate by Tamar Ophir of Nes Ziona, Israel
  • Nesting Reels by Beth Peters of Urbana, IL
  • The Promise of the Oak Leaf by Annette S. Reynolds of Grove City, OH
  • Color in Reel Time by Andrea Staschak of Nottingham, MD
  • Sunlit Oaks by Cindy Vough of Lexington, KY
  • Autumn Windows by Karen Watts of Mayhill, NM
  • Ombre Oaks by Suzy Webster of Apple Valley, MN

The exhibition featuring these 21 works of art will be at The National Quilt Museum from April 5, 2019 through June 25, 2019.  Many of the artists will be at the museum on Friday, April 26 at 12 noon for a Meet & Greet.

The New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2020 competition features the Wheel of Fortune block.  For entry details please go to quiltmuseum.org. The National Quilt Museum is a non-profit institution located in downtown Paducah, Kentucky and is supported in part by the Kentucky Arts Council.


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