CREATE YOUR STYLE Art Quilting Design Contest 2012
from 2012/01/01 until 2012/06/01

“Be inspired by the Sound of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS” – the first CREATE YOUR STYLE Art Quilting Design Contest!

We celebrated our return to the International Quilt Festival 2011 with the kick-off of the first ever CREATE YOUR STYLE Art Quilting Design Contest for 2012 – “Be inspired by the sound of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS”. Taking inspiration from the world of music, contestants were required to design an original quilt using SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS to express their own personal design theme.

A jury of leading industry experts judged the quilts on the creativity and uniqueness of the design, the successful incorporation of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS into the quilt, the quality of the workmanship and overall presentation. The jury had an extremely challenging job as the quality of the entries surpassed expectations.

All applications were submitted in June 2012, after which a short list of 30 semifinalists was chosen and, in the end, only 10 finalists were selected. The finalists were invited to attend the 2012 Quilt Festival where the jury announced the top three winners. A substantial cash award as well as an extensive selection of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS awaited the winner and the first and second runners-up. In addition, Swarovski’s sewing machine sponsor for this contest, PFAFF, awarded a state-of-the-art sewing machine to each of the three winning participants.

We proudly present the finalists of the first CREATE YOUR STYLE Art Quilting Design Contest “Be inspired by the Sound of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS”:

Winner and finalist from International Quilt Festival 2012


1st place winner:
Karlee Porte - “Shimmering Symphony”

2nd place winner:
Susan Garrity & Sheila Poore - “Crystal Conductor”

3rd place winner:
Thom Atkins - “The Siren's Song”


Tone Haugen-Cogburn - “Country Meets Glamour”

Cheri Meineke-Johnson & Linda Taylor - “Swan Lake”

Mary Anne Griffin - “Mistinguett - Queen of the Paris Music Hall”

Cynthia Frenette - “Paris in the Moon glow”

Joan Strosin - “Philosopher's Stone”

Patricia Williams - “Bourbon Street Blues”

Julie Harstad - “Red Hot Blues”

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