Monday, May 30, 2011

"Crater" Awarded Best of Show, Quilt National 2011

Crater, (81" w x 60" h)
Photos by Mark Frey

I just returned from the opening of Quilt Nationa 2011 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio.  I was honored that my quilt, Crater, was named Best of Show!  You can see some photos of the show at Quilt National's Facebook page.  You can purchase the catalog of the exhibition at the Dairy Barn Shop or on Amazon.  The show will be on view at the Dairy Barn through September 5th.

I had been notified that I'd won a prize but they wouldn't say which one.  When I walked in the Dairy Barn on Friday afternoon, my quilt was right in the middle, the first one to be seen.  Kathleen Dawson, the director of Quilt National, was standing right there.  I said, Gee, I got such a great space!  She said, For a reason, then pointed me to a sign on the wall that listed all the prizewinners.  I was all choked up and teary-eyed. I was in Quilt National in 1987, then had 10 rejections over 22 years before I made it into QN09.  It feels great to be in two shows in a row, and to have such a wonderful recognition of my work.  Persistence pays! 

Crater, detail


  1. Beautiful piece and wonderful honor! What a thrill!

  2. Ditto what Terry said. I am so happy for you.

  3. Well deserved, Bonnie! I was lucky to see this beautiful piece in person for the Opening. Fantastic! I'd encourage anyone within traveling distance to go see it for yourself. Congratulations on your Best of Show,

  4. I am so happy for your Bonnie. I felt your work in Color Improvisations was fantastic and I could see so much growth and development. Now to see this piece and have it recognized in such a grand way is just perfect. Enjoy!

  5. Bonnie, Your persistence and achievement is an encouragement...Congratulations on such a great award at Quilt National! My Best, joni