Melissa Sobotka, the winner in the Contemporary Art division for her beautiful "End of the Spin" quilt was familiar to us because she won Best of Show in 2013 for what remains one of my all-time favorite quilts, "Chihuly's Gondola".
"End of the Spin" copyright Melissa Sobotka
"Chihuly's Gondola" copyright Melissa Sobotka
The most exciting part of the luncheon, by far, was meeting a group of women from Japan. One relative and one friend won their divisions and three other women had quilts hanging in the show. Our table-mate, Sachiko Chiba, won two ribbons! This one is my favorite:
"Pride" copyright Sachiko Chiba