The 2021 Viewer’s Choice Awards

During our quilt show, visitors have ballots to vote for their favorite entries. On Monday, November 8th, these awards were announced and given out at IHQ’s weekly meeting. I apologize for the tardiness of this post, and the lousy photography. I hope to be more coordinated next year.

Our Hostess, Candy Gutierrez, was dressed elegantly in a lovely black dress and a long strand of pearls. There was also a Red Carpet for winners to walk down.

A special ribbon – the “Super Gal” Award went to Dana Osterlund for how smoothly the QF ran!


1st  – Barbara Cleveland for “Jake the Gambler.”  The head was made by a dear friend of Barbara’s who has died.  He just looked like a gambler, so she made him one.

2nd – Barbara Cleveland for  “Red Fox” Barbara is part Native American.  The outfit is Cherokee.

3rd  – Pat Gomes for “Witchy Wanda”  Peek under her robe to find a secret. (Not Pat’s, the dolls.)


Large Innovative Quilts

1st Doris Lanz  for “Two Horses” (no image available)

2nd Doris Lanz for  “Cowboys” (no image available)

3rd Laura McGavren for “Wonkie Star” (no image available)

Large Quilts

1st – Diane Mitchell for “Ocean Stars”

Diane Mitchell 1st place
for “Ocean Stars”
Mary Black 2nd place –
for “Audubon Christmas”
Jean Schwisow 3rd place
for “Farm Girl”

Needle Art

1st Janice Vaughn  for  “Kitchen Stitchery” (no image available)

2nd. Emilie Brown for “Copenhagen Harbor.” This was Emilie’s mother’s attempt to teach her yarn needlework.  The buildings on the waterfront were likely to be bars and brothels.  Emilie’s father was born six blocks inland from this location. (No image available)

3rd Ren Krause for “Three Sheets in the Wind.” Ren made it in a class on sewing wool.

Small Innovative Quilts

1st Doris Lanz for “Leopard.” She used two colors of fabric, colored with an ink pen. (no image available)

2nd Jocelyn Muncaster for “Popping Poppies.”  The wild idea involves perspective. (no image available)

3rd Candy Gutierrez for “Sunflowers and Poppies.” 3D with the sunflower heads drooping forwards. (no image available)

Small Quilts  Tie for first place, both were awarded a blue ribbon.

1st Anne Osincup for “Otter.” Wildfire design. (no image available)

1st Candy Gutierrez for  “Elephant in the Room.” A Sandra Mollon design that Candy did herself during the COVID shutdown. (no image available)

2nd Mary Sue Budrow for “Leaf Poppers” (no image available)

3rd Carolyn Pereira for “Water Lily” (no image available)

Wearable Art

1st Joanne Padelford for “Thinking of Fall.” She changed the background from grey to black.

2nd  Candy Gutierrez for “Japanese Peasant Coat.”  Candy loved it and wanted to get the fabric at Beth’s, but then Rich had his heart trouble, so she went much later hoping it was still available and she was able to get the fabric she wanted.

3rd Joanne Padelford for “Woodland Animals.” She used a leftover excess panel from a quilt.

Again, my apologies for being so late to post the results!


The 2018 Viewer’s Choice Awards

It is not the Oscars.

Nor is it filmed in Hollywood…

But there was a Red Carpet!  And a lot of happy winners too.


In the Wall Hanging Category

    The Winners Are…

1st Place went to Gay Losher for her “Out For a Hunt”


2nd Place went to Carolyn Pereira for her “Abilene”. Abilene is also the winner of Ironstone Vineyards coveted “Vintner’s Favorite” award.










3rd Place was awarded to Robyn Phelps for “California” (not present)



The Small Innovative Quits

1st Place belongs to Sue Duggins for her “Blue House Montana”

2nd Place went to Carolyn Earhart for “Jon’s Chemistry”

3rd Place was awarded to Mary Sue Budrow for “Colored Blocks”










Bed Quilts

1st Place awarded to Nadine Bowlus for “EP’s Library”

2nd Place went to Diane Mitchell for “My Joy”











3rd Place went to Susan Tribble for her “Finding Dory”


Large Innovative Quits

1st Place awarded to Sue Bishop for her “Stars Over a Log Cabin”

2nd Place went to Caroline Earhart for “Eight Generations of My Family”

3rd Place was awarded to Jennifer Cabral for her “Leftovers”











Member Challenge
This year’s Challenge was to pick a crayon out of a bag full (no peeking!), then use that color in designing a small wall hanging

1st Place  awarded to Nancy Macomber for “Foxy”

2nd Place went to Diane Mitchell for “Periwinkle Pazzazz”


3rd Place was Nadine Bowlus for “Morning Light”


Wearable Art

1st Place  awarded to Lynne Ingalls for her Jacket (not present)

2nd Place went to Mary Sue Budrow for “Tulips” (vest)

3rd Place was Lynne Ingalls for the matching vest for her jacket


Needle Art

1st Place awarded to Kathy Heffernan for “Old Town America”

2nd Place went to Carolyn Rector for “Springtime Happiness”





3rd Place was given to Nadine Bowlus for “Frog on Stilts”


1st Place awarded to Barbara Cleveland for her Bisque Doll, dressed in green. And…2nd Place went to Barbara Cleveland for her Bisque Doll, dressed in red..


Congratulations Everyone!

The Results Are In!

It may not be as huge as the Presidential Race, but our “Viewer’s Choice” awards are very important to our guild.

Guests and members are given a ballot, inserted into their Quilt Faire program. All eight categories of entries are listed and we ask for your favorite one in each. We understand that entries vary in complexity and technique – you need not worry about that. Which one YOU LIKE the best is what we want to know.

You don’t even need to tell us why!

Our Viewer’s Choice chairman collected all of the ballots at the shows close and crunches the numbers for us. In a week (or two), we have our Viewer’s Choice Awards. ALL entries are considered, even non guild members can receive a ribbon.

Winner’s, including our raffled off items, are below:

Wall Hangings:

1st Place: Carol Earnhardt, Forget Catch and Release

2nd Place: Penni Barger, Milliare Man

3rd Place: Sara Henry, Long Tall Sally


Needle Art:

1st Place: Linda Van Berckelaer, Splash

2nd Place: Sue Bishop, Christmas Stockings

3rd Place: Sue Wilmer, Shanty Town


Wearable Art:

1st Place: Joanne Padelford, Black Jacket

2nd Place: Candy Gutierrez, Home Tweet Home

3rd Place: Nadine Bowlus, Gypsy Soul Totes



1st Place: Joanne Padelford, The Golden Gate.

2nd Place: Candy Gutierrez, At Home in the Poppies

3rd Place: Diane Mitchell, Lavendar Fields of California



1st Place: Barbara Cleveland, Agnes the Peddler

2nd Place: Pat Gomes, Thrift Store Annie

3rd Place: Candy Gutierrez, Bird Girl


Hand Quilting:

1st Place: Larie Tippetts, Jeanne’s Surprise

2nd Place: Mary Ellen Nikola, Aunt Jane’s Honeysuckle Vines

3rd Place: Jocelyn Muncaster, Ribbons of My Life



1st Place: Caroline Earheart, Family Road to California

2nd Place: Lorene Lucas, Kenai

3rd Place: Sue Bishop, Winter’s Majesty



1st Place: Edie Diegoli, The Peacock Farm

2nd Place: Thalia Hart, Wonky Winds (Zentangle)

3rd Place: Tisha Cabral,, Wonky Hawaiian


Scholarship Quilt, “Sierra Views”  went to – Linda Gogna, from Stockton.

“Samantha” (American Girl Doll) went to – Nancy Hecker, an IHQ Member.

Congratulations to All!!