Coloradans stitch prize winners in Hoffman challenge

Colleen Harvey of Nederland made this two-patch quilt with templates of her own design. It’s titled “Dragonfly Garden” and won first place in the pieced category in the 2010 Hoffman Challenge. Her prize was $500 cash and $250 in Sulky products.

When Colleen Harvey of Nederland set out to create her prize-winning quilt “Dragonfly Garden,” she plucked more than the usual tried-and-true cottons from her fabric stash.

Of course, she had the requisite cloth issued specifically for the 2010 challenge sponsored by Hoffman Fabrics of California — a filigree design in turquoise with gold accents.

But Harvey had a hankering for something else — a bit of sparkle and shine to flit about the petals she arranged in her flower bed.

So she shaped dragonfly bodies from cotton lam&233;, melted Angelina fibers into wings and sandwiched the insects between two pieces of tulle. Then she sewed them with Sulky rayon and Sulky sliver threads.

The finished entry, measuring 38 inches by 41 inches, earned first place in the pieced category in the 23rd annual Hoffman Challenge.

Harvey describes it as a two-patch quilt made with templates she designed herself for the flowers.

Credit for Harvey’s quilting design inspiration goes to highly admired machine quilters Diane Gaudynski and Sharon Schamber, she says.

For her efforts, Harvey received $500 cash and Sulky products valued at $250.

Colorado quilters made a fine showing in the 2010 challenge. Joining Harvey in the first-place winners’ circle in the mixed techniques category was Sharon L. Schlotzhauer of Colorado Springs for “Little ‘Wild’ Flowers,” measuring 28 inches by 36 inches.

Fabric manipulation, layering and quilting created the depth and dimension Schlotzhauer sought in her original piece. It’s one in a series of “Wild Flower” quilts.

The same prize went to Judy Beskow of Lake Charles, La., top finisher in the Hoffman Challenge appliqued category. In her entry “Shangri-La,” 37 inches by 41 inches, Beskow arranged large amounts of the main fabric to represent water in her scene.

She also sewed 45 different Sulky threads into her quilt.

Other Colorado winners were:

Mary Haukom of Colorado Springs for best hand workmanship in applique for her entry titled “Treasured Teapot.”

Cyndi McChesney of Ca&#241on City for best machine workmanship in the pieced category for “Starstruck 2010.”

Ann Peterson of Aurora received honorable mention in the pieced category for “Square Wheel Color Dance.”

Linda Brackett of Pueblo West won with her first-time entry in the Hoffman Challenge doll category with 14-inch-tall “Sultan of Akteo.”

Karen McGregor of Colorado Springs took third place in Best Use of Sulky thread for a doll entry titled “First Flight.”

Karen Bettis of Fort Collins received curator’s choice in accessories with a set of necklace, earrings, bracelet and key chain.

You can see all of the winners in seven different categories at www.

A curator’s choice quilt — made by an Idaho quilter — caught my eye in the mixed techniques category. It’s titled “Bruno is in Hoffman Heaven.” A large English springer spaniel reclines regally on a formal living room chair.

Created by Stephanie Van Diest of Kimberly, Idaho, the chair prominently displays the Hoffman challenge fabric.

Van Diest says she used a portrait drawing technique for the quilt, which she learned in a 2008 class taught by well-known instructor Charlotte Warr Andersen of Salt Lake City.

Working from a photo of Bruno, Van Diest was able to re-create her canine friend in fabric and appliqu&233; him onto the chair. Beads dangling from the chair bottom add an appropriate flourish.

For next year’s challenge, Hoffman designers have created a floral fabric called Moss Gold. Look for it soon in retail stores.

If you’re up for the 2011 contest, here’s what the judges are looking for: integral and creative use of a recognizable amount of the selected fabric, as well as visual impact and workmanship.

You have until July 15 to complete your masterpiece and send it in. That’s plenty of time, right? Don’t procrastinate.

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