Another "trend" that was quite apparent at Quilt National has been building for a while, the spectacular use of hand stitching, both as quilting and as design.
I'll start with the winner of the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design. This award has always gone to some fabulous dye job, and I was a little taken aback to find it given this year to a quilt where almost the entire design was made by hand stitching. But after some thought I decided that stitching can be surface design too (I guess...).
The red sun is a piece of fabric laid over the background fabric, under the stitching; everything else is perle cotton! I particularly liked the not-immediately-apparent motif of the three sails and the water reflecting the sunset: simple and elegant.