Congratulations to Ted Storm (by the way, Ted is a nickname given to her by her little brother years ago--her name really is Riette) on winning Best of Show-Wall Quilt, Best Hand Workmanship-Wall Quilt and especially for winning the Master Quilter Award at the National Quilting Association's 37th Annual Quilt Show for her "Nocturnal Garden" quilt. Today is the last day of the show, being held in Columbus, Ohio. Ever since I first saw this quilt in a magazine, I have been in awe of it. The pictures absolutely do not give it justice. This is Ted's 3rd or 4th quilt-ever! And it took her about 5 years to make, working on this exclusively. It also won Best of Show in Houston in 2001.
I'm gonna brag here a bit, sorry, but I get to pick her quilt up today at the end of the show! I wonder how it's going to look in MY house? LOL Ted is coming to visit me in July, so I will have possession of the quilt for 3 weeks. I met Ted when I took a week long course from her in France in 2002. A long story short, we became close friends. It's been a lot of fun and a HUGE learning experience for me. She is so knowledgeable in fine, hand workmanship skills, which I am so lacking. I don't think I'll ever be at her level, but my handwork has vastly improved since meeting her.
Ted is also the inventor of the ThumbThimble, a thimble to worn on your thumb while handquilting. It replaces your thumb nail. For those of you who hand quilt, you know what I mean. You use your thumbnail when you want to quilt in an opposite direction in which you are accustomed. (i.e., like going from right to left, and going up). It's a wonderful tool. She developed the ThumbThimble while quilting on her Nocturnal Garden. Ted used to quilt in a hoop, but when she made her NG quilt, it has many shi-sha mirrors on it, preventing her from putting it in the hoop as they would break. So she had to work in a frame. And for those frame quilters, you know that you have to be able to quilt in all directions. I'm a frame quilter, and Ted asked me how I quilt in other directions. I told her I just moved my chair to the opposite side of the frame. :) The Thumb Thimble makes it so much easier.