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Superior Winners: Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison

Posted: 11 March 2015 at 6 a.m.

We are pleased to showcase the amazing Stars on Mars by the dazzling duo Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison!  These two are amazingly in-sync for living hundreds of miles apart.  Gail and Jan met on the internet and collaborated for years before actually meeting in person.  When working on a quilt together, they plan out all the details of the quilt before starting and share work frequently as they progress.  Jan recommends if you work with a partner to get in writing details such as who submits the quilts and which partner pays for what.  Luckily, Jan and Gail work so well together they have never needed that.

Stars on Mars

Stars on Mars

Stars on Mars

Gail designed the paper pieced pattern and spent almost two years making the top and Jan spent three months working full-time to finish the quilting.

Gail used Kimono Silk for the applique and found that it was stronger and didn’t fray as much as other silk threads she had used.  Jan used inspiration from the quilt’s name, Stars on Mars, to quilt this master piece.  Jan used Superior Metallic Silver on the top and in the bobbin (to make the back pretty) to mimic Martian plant life.  For the background quilting she used MasterPiece #155.  The border was quilted with So Fine! #50 color #409 and the stars were quilted with various MasterPiece colors.

Gail and Jan’s beautiful Stars on Mars won Best of Show 2015 at AQS-Albuquerque, Best of Show AQS-Lancaster, and IQA Master Award for Machine Artistry 2014.

Images courtesy of Jan and Gail

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  • 1. Barb Neiwert (11 March 2015 at 3:58 p.m.)

    What a tremendous amount of time in this project, but worth every minute. Truly a gorgeous work of art - congratulations, ladies!!!

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