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Finalists Announced for 2003 Gallery of Quilt Art posted: 7/29/2003
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Finalists announced for "Spirit & Strength," 2003 Husqvarna Viking Gallery of Quilt Art

HOUSTON--July 24, 2003--Continuing a newly established tradition of modern quilting excellence, Husqvarna Viking and Quilts, Inc. are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2003 Husqvarna Viking Gallery of Quilt Art. The annual contest—and its accompanying exhibit—this year have the theme of "Spirit & Strength." Quiltmakers were challenged to create a work of art that reflected what each saw as her "guiding spirit and strongest attribute."

As a prerequisite, all entries had to be made primarily with the use of a home sewing machine. "Each year, the quilts submitted continue to amaze our panel of judges. It is apparent that machine quilting is becoming a prevalent form of artistry in the quilt world," says Lill Nylen, public relations officer of Husqvarna Viking. "And the Gallery is giving these machine quilters a highly visible venue to display their works."

The Gallery special exhibit featuring all 50 finalists will make its world premiere at the trade-only fall edition of International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas from Oct. 25-27, before its public debut at International Quilt Festival in the same location Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Quilts, Inc produces both shows.

"We are thrilled that our shows offer attendees the very first opportunity to see these stunning works of art," says Market & Festival director Karey Bresenhan. "I am consistently amazed at the expanding boundaries which machine quilters bring to their craft in terms of style and creativity."

Finalist quilts have been divided into two categories: Art and Traditional. The international jury includes Jacqueline Govin of France, Naomi Ichikawa of Japan, and Robert Shaw of the United States (who is also the curator of special exhibits for Quilts, Inc.). First Prize in each category is a Husqvarna Viking Designer I sewing and embroidery machine, $2500 cash, and a one of a kind crystal trophy designed by renowned Swedish artist Bertil Vallien. The Runner-Up will get a Husqvarna Viking Quilt Designer Sewing Machine.

The exhibit will be mounted in a special art gallery setting with hard walls and special lights. A catalogue will be for sale, and many of the quilts are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the non-profit International Quilt Association.

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For more information or visuals, contact Bob Ruggiero at Quilts, Inc., 7660 Woodway, Suite 550, Houston, Texas, 77063; phone 713-781-6864, ext, 118; fax 713-781-6889; e-mail

Complete List of Finalists

Lisa Louise Adams, Duochrome Face (Volcano, Hawaii)
Frieda Anderson, Walks in the Woods (Elgin, Illinois)
Geneviève Attinger, La Traque (Pontivy, France)
Emilie Belak, Serendipity (Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada)
June Belitz, Spirit Circles (Portage, Michigan)
Eszter Bornemisza, Well of Time (Budapest, Hungary)
Maija Brummer, Queen of the Night (Helsinki, Finland)
Dennice Cartagena, Goddess of Wisdom (Roxbury, Connecticut)
Jette Clover, Scratching the Surface (Cocoa, Florida)
Sue Dennis, Under the Microscope (Sunnybank, Queensland, Australia)
Anne Doustin, Textile Song (Montauban, France)
Batia Eichenholz, Spirits of Spring (Herzelia, Israel)
Dianne Firth, Vortex (Turner, Canberra, Australia)
Bodil Gardner, Eggs (Lystrup, Denmark)
Bette Haddon, Sunshine and Shadows (Defuniak Springs, Florida)
Alison Horridge, Three Bags Full (Canberra, Australia)
Satu Itäpää, Catch (Menninkäisentie, Finland)
Funabasama Kazuko, Millennium Star (Gunma, Japan)
Pat Kroth, Post Meridian Mambo (Verona, Wisconsin)
M. Joan Lintault, Time of the Butterflies (New Paltz, New York)
Tuula Mäkinen, The Wings (Tampere, Finland)
Inge Mardal and Steen Hougs, Tidal Tranquility and Admirable Admiral (Chantilly, France)
Sponga Marialuisa, Love in Chaos (Colico [Lecco], Italy)
Judy Martin, Flesh and Blood (Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada)
Scott A. Murkin, Feast of Fools II (Asheboro, North Carolina)
Yumiko Nakashima, An Indomitable Spirit (Gotenka City, Shizuoka Pretecture, Japan)
Kathy Nida, Third Eye Blind (El Cajon, California)
Sumie Nishimura, Times Revolution (Yokohama-shi Kanagawa-Ken, Japan)
Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe, Daisy Spring (Freiburg, Germany)
Tomoko Ohtsuka, Deeper and Deeper (Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Catherine M.A. Pascal, Fil Rouge (Wired) (Wedel, Germany)
Maie Putk, Devoted to my Grandmother “My Bodyguard and Guardian Angel” (Järvamaa, Estonia)
Leslie Rego, Undulations (Sun Valley, Idaho)
Kim Ritter, Spirit Horses #3 (Houston, Texas)
Tally Ronly-Riklis, The Hard Core (Tel-Aviv, Israel)
Elizabeth Rymer, Integrate (Hurricane Mills, Tennessee)
Linda Schmidt, Into the Light (Dublin, California)
Tricia Spitzmueller and Betsy Shannon, Centered (Stillwater, Minnesota)
Dorothy Stapleton, Hell's Granny (Leatherhead, Surrey, United Kingdom)
Carol Taylor, Confetti Convergence (Pittsford, New York)
Sarah Vedeler, Life as Labyrinth (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Meiny Vermaas van der Heide, Earth Quilt #79: Celebration of Life XVI (Tempe, Arizona)
Laura Wasilowski, Three Sisters Picnic (Elgin, Illinois)
Anita Welty, Split Personality (Gespalten) (Aachen, Germany)
Kathyanne White, Peace (Prescott, Arizona)
Gisha Wogier, Hatikva—The Hope (Kefar Yona, Israel)
Gwen Woodard, Spirit of the Sea, Strength of the Ocean (Kenai, Alaska)
Kathy K. Wylie, The Lord is My Shepherd (Whitby, Ontario)
Ita Ziv, A Delicate Weave (Pardes-Hana, Israel)

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