"Kettle Moraine Star"
1997 Bernina Award for Machine Workmanship
In the Spring of 1997, I was the very surprised recipient of the Bernina Award for Machine Workmanship at the Thirteenth Annual American Quilter's Society Show and Contest in Paducah, Kentucky. The quilt is named Kettle Moraine Star after the area of Wisconsin where I live, the Kettle Moraine, hills and valleys crowned with oak trees or long prairie grasses that were formed by the glaciers. The colors of the quilt reflect the seasonal colors here. This quilt now belongs to the permanent collection in the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY.
Inspired by old Amish and Mennonite Lone Star quilts, it's 90 inches square, made with Cotton Classic batt with Mountain Mist polyester batt in the trapunto. I drew many of the feather designs right on the quilt with blue water soluble marker, and it's quilted with nylon monofilament thread. I used #50 cotton thread in the bobbin. The star itself is quilted using the continuous curve free-motion technique to give it dimension.
The star was pieced using strip piecing techniques with rotary cutting. The background fabric is a silky finish, tiny print tone-on-tone Benartex and quilted beautifully. This quilt was washed several times and is very soft and drapey but hangs nice and flat too. It is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, KY.
Photo courtesy of AQS