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Bigfork Bay Cotton Company is a full service, brick and mortar quilt shop, as well as a retail/wholesale pattern business. You can view our pattern line on our website, but on a more personal level, we'd like to invite you into our shop and share with you the joy of quilting in our corner of the world!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Beautiful AQS Quilt Show Submissions

The gang here at Bigfork Bay Cotton Company were delighted recently to recieve an email from the American Quilter’s Society, sharing with us two quilts that had been submitted to the 2012 AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky (April 25–28). We had been listed as the design inspiration or pattern source for the quilts and they will be appearing in the 2012 CD and Catalogue of Show Quilts (which will be for sale during and after the show).
We thought these quilts were so impressive we just had to share them with you. Make sure to click on the pictures for larger images.

“Spirit Landing” by Diane Phillips incorporates the pattern “Spirit” by Toni Whitney. This is what Diane told us about the quilt:

“I met Toni Whitney several years ago when she came to Ennis to promote her animal patterns. I fell in love with her designs and have made several of them. The eagle was one of my favorites. I had to come up with something to show him off.

Spirit Landing placed 1st in the Art Quilt category at Helena’s Quilt Show last year and placed 3rd in the Innovative Custom Freehand category at the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon, last September. Just to have it accepted as a semi-finalist at Paducah is an honor.”

“Return Home” by Beverly Raptis incorporates the pattern “Autumn Eyes” by Toni Whitney. Here is what Beverly let us know about her quilt:

"I began this project at a retreat, and just as soon as I got the nose done I added the eyes, and from that point on the ladies fell in love. He became a “sweet” bear as opposed to a mean one."

When we complimented her fish she also let us know that:

"The fish actually came from a project that I was making that did not work out. It had originally been living in the ocean beautiful, silver and happy It was sitting in a drawer waiting for a new scene. I found red/green fabric and turned it into a spawning, rather tattered and not so happy salmon."

We thank both of the artists and AQS for sharing these quilts with us. For more information about the AQS show where these quilts will be shown visit http://aqsshows.com/AQSPaducah/

Click Here for More Quilts by Toni Whitney from Bigfork Bay Cotton Company.

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