I always feel that gaining entry to a judged and juried exhibit is a reward in itself. So I could not be more happy about having three entries accepted for Best of the Valley 2017 and having all three come home with a ribbon. BOTV 2017 was held in Lindsay, CA, April 7-9. Click on images for larger viewing.

Going in Circles received an Honorable Mention ribbon. My artist statement for this piece read:
I find myself seeking more opportunity to create design with hand stitching. This quilt’s background was constructed by arranging pieces of torn fabric onto a background fabric, topping that with tulle, then layering with batting and backing before machine quilting. All surface work on the quilt is done by hand using a variety of materials and techniques.

Broken Tulips received a Third Place ribbon. My artist statement for this piece read:

This quilt was inspired by a stunning bunch of tulips that brightened my home in the spring of 2016. The pattern was created using a photograph of the flowers.

Precious Metals II received a Third Place ribbon. My artist statement for this piece read:

The lure of the ginkgo leaf is still very strong for me. This piece is a riff on Precious Metals created in 2012. Again, the leaf sparkles with copper, silver and gold, the precious metals, and the circle is emphasized with beading.



20 replies
    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thank you Suzanne. And special thanks for all you do in making the exhibit happen!

  1. Kristin McNamara Freeman
    Kristin McNamara Freeman says:

    Wonderful work, Franki. How great to get accepted into the show and bring home “some bacon”.

  2. Christy
    Christy says:

    Can’t imagine how excited you were to find ‘extra’ stuff in the package. What a great surprise and so well deserved.

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