Several months ago, I mentioned on my Twitter page and Facebook page that I was headed to a “secret” location.  Well, now I can share the news. . .I was on my way to serve as a judge for the 2012 IQA Judged Quilt Show: Quilts – World of Beauty.

I was honored to be selected as one of the judges and it was a pleasure to serve as judge. . . many days of hard work,  but what fun to see each of the 287 quilts! Each one more beautiful than the last.

The BEST OF SHOW was  America, Let It Shine, by SHERRY REYNOLDS
of LARAMIE, WYOMING. What an absolutely beautiful quilt!

I selected Before Dawn by NORIKO FUKUDA of OYAMA, TOCHIGI, JAPAN as my Judge’s Choice.

When I first saw this lovely quilt, I was charmed by the color selection, the village in the border and the beautiful piecing.  I was drawn to it and then I read the artist’s statement.  The quilt was created in memory of the recent tsunami that struck Japan and the resilient spirit of the Japanese people.  Not only did the quilt touch me with its charm, it also touched my heart. . . it just had to be my Judge’s Choice.

To see all the winners in all the categories, please visit IQA’s website: