Joanne Baeth from Bonanza, OR (that town really exists) won the "Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry" at this years Houston Festival.
Her quilt, Great Blue Herons, is indeed a work of art. With an incredible amount of detail stitched into every inch of this quilt, it looks more like a photograph than a blend of fabric and thread.
We had the chance to ask Joanne about what inspired her to create Great Blue Herons.
JB- "I live in a very rural area in Southeastern Oregon where there are lots of lakes, wetlands, and forests nearby. I am constantly inspired by the birds and wildlife that I see on a regular basis. Eight years ago I made my first art quilt which featured a heron. The quilt was very small, 12" x 12", but I was hooked. Since then I have created several Blue Heron quilts, increasing the numbers of herons and improving my techniques each time. I strive to make all of my quilts resemble a water color painting and I study the changing landscapes whenever I can. Two years ago I was lucky enough to observe a group of Great Blues that were choosing their mates for the nesting season and I knew I had to make one more heron quilt."
We can see very clearly the attention to detail she has paid in creating this quilt. We also asked Joanne about her experience at Quilt Festival this year.
JB- "I was thrilled to be a part of Quilt Festival 2011 and it was such an honor to receive the Superior Threads Award for Thread Mastery. I spent hours meeting and talking to other quilters from all over the US and all over the world. It was a magical time for me. Thank you to Superior Threads for making such great threads for the top and bottom and being so generous with your support of quilters everywhere."
We are honored that Joanne used our threads to make her prize winning quilt. We are looking forward to next year's Houston!