Appliqué First Place
“In Memory of Stewart A. Taylor, Sr. USN, CM-1”
David M Taylor of Steamboat Springs, CO won 1st Place in the Appliqué division.
Description: I created this quilt in honor of my father who served with the US Navy SeaBees as a construction mechanic. He was a member of the "SeaBee" battalion which was responsible for re-constructing the airfields at Atsugi, Japan, into a US installation in 1950. My father was 20 years old at the time and died in December 1977. This is a hand-appliqued, machine quilted piece combining an image of a US Naval airplane, the Navy Construction Battalion "SeaBee" logo, and the logo of the Naval Air Force base in Atsugi, Japan, circa 1950.
Quilt Full Description: This is a hand-appliqued, machine quilted piece combining an image of a US Naval airplane, the Navy Construction Battalion "SeaBee" logo, and the logo of the Naval Air Force base in Atsugi, Japan, circa 1950.
Quilt source: Original design based on US Naval emblems. The SeaBee logo was originally designed by Frank Iafrate, a civilian file clerk from North Providence, Rhode Island, in 1942.
Appliqué Second Place
Cena Harmon of Pensacola, FL won 2nd Place in the Appliqué Division.
Description: An aviator from a bygone era imagines the future of Naval aviation. Appliques are hand-dyed cottons fused over cotton batiks, machine stitched with rayon and cotton threads over tulle.
Quilt Stories: This became a "perspective" challenge for me! My original incarnations are living in a messy pile in my sewing room.
Appliqué Third Place
“VP 47 Crew 8 1964”
Brenda Diane Lopez of Auburn, CA won 3rd Place in the Appliqué Division.
Description: I accepted this challenge to honor my husband, Tony and his brother Manual. The Military law/rule changed during the Vietnam war, where Brothers could not serve together. In 1964 one Brother was transfered to the VP 47 squadron to serve the rest of his duty. I felt the need to honor the men in crew 8 who served with the VP 47 squadron, also. Includes "The Martin P5M Patrol Seaplane", Patrol Squadron 47 picture from 1964 in left hand corner, Crew patch in right hand corner, and submarine in the sea with mountains in background.
Quilt Full Description: "The Martin P5M Patrol Seaplane" dark grey and white. Patrol Squadron 47 picture from 1964 in left hand corner. Crew patch in right hand corner.Sky blue, submarine in the sea with mountains in background, black border.
Quilt source: Inspired by my husbands Navy pictures and his Navy stories.
Quilt Stories: This quilt proceeds the first quilt "Brother Duty 1963". The Military law/rule changed during the Vietnam war, where Brothers could not serve together. In 1964 one Brother was transfered to the VP 47 squadron to serve the rest of his duty. I felt the need to honor the men in crew 8 who served with the VP 47 squadron, also.
Appliqué Honorable Mention
Deborah Boschert of Crofton, MD received Honorable Mention for the Appliqué Division.
Quilt Full Description: This quilt is an artistic representation of the life of a P-3 Orion pilot. I’ve created an image of the P-3 incorporating surface design, free motion quilting and fusible applique. The P-3 is framed by bits from an old flight suit, hand embroidery and the pilot’s “wings of gold.” The plane soars over a map with a gold bead marking each of the places my husband landed a P-3 during his career.
Quilt Stories: I created my first art quilt when my husband was on his first deployment as a P-3 pilot. Over the years I made many more quilts, wrote magazine articles and taught workshops. Jeff went on many more deployments and we enjoyed the adventurous life of a Navy family. So, when I heard about this quilt challenge, I was thrilled that two parts of my life were coming together. I had to enter!
Appliqué Curator's Choice
“Heroes of Freedom”
Linda Braden of Dothan, AL received the Curator's Choice Award in the Appliqué Division.
Quilt Full Description: This quilt is dedicated to all those who have served in the Navy. Look closely and you will see 3 hidden images: Lady Liberty standing steadfast with her beacon held high to light the stormy seas, a mariner’s compass used to navigate a true course and the “Ribbon of Remembrance” representing all of those left behind waiting for the return of a loved one who serves with courage and bravery. Whether land, sea or air these heroes understand that Freedom is fragile and they stand ready to make a difference.
Quilt source: My idea for this quilt came from a friend who made a small wall hanging with a military theme.
Appliqué Best Machine Workmanship
“Carriers and Wings”
Mary McCauley of Fort Collins, CO received Best Machine Workmanship in the Appliqué Division.
Quilt Full Description: Naval Aviation patches form this whole-cloth, machine appliqued quilt. The center patches are of aircraft carriers while wing patrol patches form the border. The images are from Michael L. Roberts' book "Naval Aviation Patches".
Quilt source: Naval Aviation Patches by Michael L. Roberts, ISBN 0-88740-753-6
Appliqué Best Hand Workmanship
“Freedom Is Not Free”
Valerie Jane Victorino of Rancho Cucamonga, CA received Best Hand Workmanship in the Appliqué Division.
Quilt Full Description: “Freedom Is Not Free”. These powerful words are taken from the Korean War Memorial in Washington DC. Hand appliquéd and hand quilted, it includes a World War I bi-plane, 2 World War II planes, a Korean War plane, a Vietnam plane, a modern helicopter and a “desert” era fighter-all of them flying to or from the USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier, the Vietnam Wall, the Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and my own picture of Arlington Cemetery. “Lady Freedom” with 13 stars stands strong next to the incredible Blue Angels flying in “Missing Man Formation” to honor our Naval history with their wonderful precision flying. The understated letters “BZ” stand for “Bravo Zulu”, which in naval aviation means “Thank you for a job well done”. What a perfect sentiment for this Memorial quilt-“Freedom Is Not Free”.
Quilt Stories: "Freedom Is Not Free" started last January when I saw the display for the Vapor Trails Challenge at the "Road to California" Quilt Show. I immediately wanted to make and enter my first national challenge, because my niece is currently attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Last Fall my mother, sister, brother and I got to visit her on the beautiful campus and then visit Washington, D.C., which I have never seen. I was so impressed with all of the large monuments that when the competition came up, I immediately thought of them.
Originally I had a monument from each era with one of their planes flying out of it into the sky. The design morphed many times to become what you see. A World War I bi-plane, 2 World War II planes, a Korean fighter plane, a Vietnam era plane, a modern helicopter and a "desert" era fighter. All of them flying to or from the USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier, the Vietnam Wall, the Korean War Memorial, the Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and a picture I took of Arlington Cemetery.
They all mean special things to me-the Ronald Reagan was chosen because he's from (and buried) in California and one of my favorite pictures of my husband and I has the Reagan in the background. My husband was born and raised in Hawaii and his uncle is on the Arizona.
I had the most breathtaking experience of actually being on the Arizona Memorial when the USS John Stennis Aircraft Carrier came into port and the entire ship was standing at attention in their dress whites and saluting right above our heads.
The Vietnam Wall has a lot of meaning to me as I wore a POW/MIA bracelet for many years for the brother of a friend. I finally got to see his etched name in person!
The Korean War Memorial is powerful and the words etched in the granite of "Freedom is Not Free" tied all of my thoughts together.
"Lady Freedom" with the 13 stars for the original States stands for what we are fighting for!
The incredible Blue Angels are flying in "Missing Man Formation" to honor our Naval history with their wonderful precision flying.
The understated letters "BZ" stand for "Bravo Zulu", which in naval aviation means "Thank you for a job well done". What a perfect sentiment for this Memorial quilt-"Freedom Is Not Free".