Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Congratulations to Marilyn and Claudia!

The AQS show in Paducah ,KY was a special celebration. It was the 25th anniversary celebration year and for the first time the Gammill Longarm Machine Quilting Award was a purchase prize award.
The winners are presented with a choice: 1.) Take the $12,000 prize and AQS keeps the quilt which then is added to its museum inventory or 2.) Accept the award ,receive no prize money but keep the quilt.
To some this may be a no-brainer to take the money and have the satisfaction that your quilt has gone to a good home. But to some when the hours and hours put into the winning quilt make it something that cannot be parted with, the choice is very difficult.
This year the Gammill Longarm Machine Quilting award was awarded to a prolific quilting team, Marilyn Badger (St. George, UT ) and Claudia Clark Myers (Duluth, MN) for their exquisite quilt " Greensleeves".
Claudia took two months to design, comb through her extensive stash of silks and brocades and then piece the top. The top was then sent to Marilyn who then painstakingly quilted for 8 hours a day for approximately 6 weeks. Marilyn used 5,000 yards of Superior Metallic on top and 5,000 yds. of The Bottom Line in the bobbin on her Freedom SR.
Greensleeves was then sent back to Claudia who spent two weeks on the binding and beading, adding extra flair (on top of Marilyn's flair).
Marilyn and Claudia have been competitively quilting together for several years, winning many awards for their quilts. Marilyn told me " You dream of making that phone call: ' Hey Honey guess what we won at Paducah!!!!'"
I have seen this quilt up close and the workmanship of both the piecing and the quilting is amazing.Congratulations Marilyn and Claudia. To see more of their beautiful quilts go to

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