Quilt artist a finalist in international contest
CENTREVILLE — After being featured in a national competition earlier this month, quilts by artist Dr. Teri O’Meara of Centreville will be featured in two upcoming, international competitions.
O’Meara was accepted as a semi-finalist in the 2016 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Sept. 15-18, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa., where two of her quilts were selected to be displayed along with more than 120 other entries.
Both of O’Meara’s quilts on display in Philadelphia, “Ashes to Ashes” and “Queen of the Garden (and It Isn’t the Rose),” juried into international competitions.
“Ashes to Ashes” won best use of color at the Pennsylvania show.
“I attended the show, and for a girl who does not take things too seriously, I was kind of happy to see the blue ribbon on my quilt,” she said.
“Ashes to Ashes” is a two-sided quilt that O’Meara pieced in the 1960s after the surgeon general’s warning that smoking causes lung cancer, as a plea for a relative to stop smoking. The quilt is a copy of the relative’s cigarette case with images associated with smoking quilted throughout. The quilt remained unfinished until earlier this year.
“After quilting it this year, it is amazing to me that there is interest in something that I pieced in 1964,” O’Meara said.
Construction techniques include dense machine quilting, trapunto, insertion techniques and multi-layered dimensional quilting, she said. She said she hopes her success may encourage others. “Entering competitions is such a great way to improve skills. In my case it creates a deadline to make me finish. My winning quilt was not the only decades old unfinished quilt in the closet,” O’Meara said.
“Ashes to Ashes” juried into Mancuso’s Quiltfest in Palm Springs California, Oct. 6-8. O’Meara is a finalist in the “Mid-Century Mod” National Modern Quilt Competition at Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, produced by Mancuso Show Management. Finalists will vie for prizes with a value over $6,000.
Mancuso President David Mancuso said in a statement, “Mid-Century Modern quilting is on the cutting edge of today’s quilting scene. This year’s entries will travel from Palm Springs to Santa Clara, Cal., to be exhibited at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Oct. 13-16, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.”
“Queen of the Garden (and It Isn’t the Rose)” juried into the highly competitive MQX Festival Midwest in Illinois, Oct. 19-22, she said. That quilt is a whole cloth design inspired by the floral painting of Baroque artist Paolo Porpora.
Techniques used are trapunto, dense free motion machine quilting, free motion embroider y, beading and shell-sculpted, hand-dyed binding, she said.
“This is fun for me because my quilt was among those whose makers take things very seriously and quilt for judges. I just have fun — it keeps me out of trouble,” O’Meara said.
Ashes to Ashes, a two-sided quilt, is a copy of a relative’s cigarette case with images associated with smoking quilted throughout. It was quilted as a plea for the relative to stop smoking.
Back of Ashes to Ashes quilt.