Best in show at "Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie" went to Barbara Watler for her work "Red Bioluminescence." And an impressive work it is, with delicious dyed organic forms, echoed in hand-stitched radiating zigzags that constitute the quilting, and covered with zillions of tiny french knots.
Barbara Watler, Red Bioluminescence (detail below)
Perhaps because hand embroidery was the first needle skill I ever learned, I have a soft spot for it on quilts. This is a fine example of how hand stitching gives texture and emphasis to beautiful surface design.
I think this is the only framed piece in the show -- the question of how best to display fiber art is eternal, but quilts are more commonly shown flat against the wall with a stick-and-sleeve -- and the frame shows it off to perfection.
Two excellent pieces, either one worth a blue ribbon in my book.