There were several quilts in the SDA show, but only one was spectacular, and it took third prize:
Gerri Spilka, Interactions #22: Hinged (detail below)
This was a very large quilt (I should have taken a picture with somebody standing there for scale) and impeccably designed and crafted. I liked the strong, clear colors and the quirky shapes -- banjos? melons? It was densely machine quilted.
I was intrigued by this piece because I too have been experimenting with dense machine stitching onto canvas (read about it here). But the effect is totally different: mine bulges and waves while Lowery's is perfectly flat. How nice to find so much potential variation within a single technique.
The show, "Transgressing Traditions," is co-sponsored by the Surface Design Association and the host Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn NY. It's up through August 21. I'll show you more work next week.