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Rivers and Spires Quilts of the Cumberland winners announced

Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – The Quilts of the Cumberland Quilt show was during the Rivers and Spires Festival, April 16th-18th at the Madison Street United Methodist Church. There were a variety of quilts from local artists on display from traditional to one of a kind. The event was free and open to the public.

These quilts were simply amazing. The event had juried exhibitions and non-juried exhibitions as well.

"Pennies from Heaven" by Audra Langley won Best of Show at this year's Rivers and Spires Quilts of the Cumberland event.
“Pennies from Heaven” by Audra Langley won Best of Show at this year’s Rivers and Spires Quilts of the Cumberland event.

The categories were Traditional Bed Quilt, Non-Traditional Bed Quilt, Art/Wall Quilt and a Best of Show. Prizes include $100.00 for first place and $50.00 for second place in each of the three categories. The Best of Show winner got a $200.00 prize.

This year’s Best of Show winner was “Pennies from Heaven” by Audra Langley.

Langley’s quilt is a mixed textile of cotton with hand wool applique on the borders and on each block. The dominate block within the quilt was lovebirds. She worked solid for 4 months, from January to April.

When asked about winning, Langley said, “Oh gosh, I’m thankful. It’s a great show with some wonderful exhibits. There are some really fine exhibits here. I think everyone done well. I appreciate everyone entering.”

The Traditional Bed Quilt winner was “The B’s Joing the Navy” by Nancy Beecher.

"Southwest Stars" by Kay Jay came in first for Non-Traditional Bed Quilt.
“Southwest Stars” by Kay Jay came in first for Non-Traditional Bed Quilt.

For Non-Traditional Bed Quilt, Kay Jay won with “Southwest Stars”.

I’m just thrilled about winning. I’m flabbergasted. It is an original design by Carol Thurston. She calls it Brian’s Star because her son asked her to design this quilt from a picture and her son’s name is Brian,” stated Jay.

"Butterflies and Lilies" by Linda Bridges came in first for Art/Wall Quilt.
“Butterflies and Lilies” by Linda Bridges came in first for Art/Wall Quilt.

“Butterflies and Lilies” by Linda Bridges won the Art/Wall Quilt category.

“Anytime you win anything it’s great. It’s just fantastic,” said Bridges. “I started the quilt 2 years ago, in 2012 and then I put it up. I actually finally finished it last year.”

“It’s an original pattern. The monarchs butterfly inspiration came to me from a picture my brother took and he told me I could use it. It took me forever to get the background. I had to make 2-3 throw away quilts. It took a long time to complete,” stated Bridges.

Quilts of the Cumberland is always striving to increase their number of quilts each year to make a better, bigger show. They welcome the community to enter or come by for a visit.

If you missed this year’s exhibit or want to take part, then keep an eye on the Rivers and Spires website for next year’s Quilts of the Cumberland Quilt Show.

2015 Quilts of the Cumberland Winners

Best of Show

“Pennies from Heaven” –  By Audra Langley, quilted by Judi Doud

Traditional Bed Quilt

1st Place – “The B’s Joing the Navy” – by Nancy Beecher, quilted by Carol Thurston

2nd Place – “Logan Stars” – by Patti Logan, quilted by Linda Bridges

3rd Place – “Christmas Traditions” -by Karen Hayes, quilted by Carol Thurston

Non-Traditional Bed Quilt

1st Place – “Southwest Stars” – by Kay Jay, quilted by Carol Thurston

2nd Place – “Dancing with the Stars” – by Patti Logan, quilted by Stitchen Heaven

3rd Place – “Stars over Bali Skies” – by Patti Logan, quilted by Stitchen Heaven

Art/Wall Quilt

1st Place – “Butterflies and Lilies” – by Linda Bridges, quilted by Linda Bridges

2nd Place – “Spooky” – by Pattie Logan, quilted by Patti Logan

3rd Place – “Zen” – by Vicky McCarty, quilted by Vicky McCarty

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About the Rivers and Spires Festival

The 13th Annual Rivers and Spires Festival, April 16th-18th in downtown Clarksville, is free and open to the public. The Festival features five stages of music and entertainment, arts and crafts, marketplace, food vendors and activities for all ages. Please no pets or firearms at the Festival.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.riversandspires.com

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