|"Spotlight on the Stars" ~ 1st Place Blue Ribbon @ Maine Quilts 2013, 1st Place Blue Ribbon at Machine Quilter's Expo 2014, Purple Ribbon Exceptional Merit, Best Machine Quilting and Founder's Award at VQF 2014. Pictured ~ Dan Perkins & VQF founder, Richard Cleveland.||"Lotsa Lemoynes" ~ 1st Place Blue Ribbon @ Maine Quilts 2014.|
2nd Place at MQX Festival New England
3rd Place at Maine Quilts 2013
|"Spotlight on the Stars"
1st Place at MQX Festival New England
1st Place at Maine Quilts 2013
|3rd Place Ribbon at Maine Quilts
"X Marks the Spot"
Designed & pieced by Dan
Freehand overall quilting by Carol
|2nd Place Ribbon at Maine Quilts
"Sashing Strips Can Make You a Star"
Designed, pieced & quilted by Dan
| 2nd Place Ribbon at Maine Quilts
"A Walk on the Ridge"
Desinged, pieced & quilted by Carol
RANGELEY QUILTERS HONORED AT MAINE QUILTS 2009
Carol and Dan Perkins, owners of Threads Galore Quilt Shop and Quilt Inn Rangeley Retreat Center, were recently awarded First and Second Place Ribbons at Maine Quilts 2009, presented by Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Inc. Judging points are earned based on each quilt's Overall Impact, Design, and Workmanship. The team of judges for this year's show were Linda Cantrell, Kathy Kansier and Susan Varanka.
“Atlantic Sunrise” captures Carol's favorite time of day from the beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia. The soft swirling yellow background offers a sandy beach backdrop for the wide array of reddish-coral fabrics, announcing the arrival of a new day in this setting of Hunter Star pieced blocks. Carol's pieced design incorporated Rapid Fire Hunter Star construction techniques pioneered by Deb Tucker of Studio 180. The blue of the ocean in the pieced inner border celebrates the waves of the ocean and the rhythm of the tides. Measuring 60” x 75”, this quilt was scored highly by the panel for “Overall Impact” and “Effectiveness of Color in Overall Design” and was awarded First Place. Freehand, interpretive, original machine quilting design is Carol's passion. Quilted feathers are abundant on this piece. Some viewers are reminded of seaweed, others of patterns in the sand as the tide recedes. Judges comments included, “delightful investigation of pattern”, “creative variation of feather design”, “red on yellow quilting is very courageous”, and “striking quilt.”
“Golden Isles”, 58 inches square, is a collaborative quilt, designed by Dan while playing around with EQ6 software on his Mac. The design elements and fabric selection spoke to Dan of the mountains of Rangeley as well as the sea and sand of Dan and Carol's favorite winter oceanside getaway. Oceanic blue, vibrant golds and grass green are accented with a pop of red in this dynamic design. Carol partnered with Dan in the piecing of this quilt with a myriad of technically challenging set-in geometric elements. Carol's original freehand machine quilting adds lots of arcs to Dan's angular design. The repetitive curves may remind the viewer of the breaking of the waves or the edge of a sand dollar. This quilt scored highly in the categories of “Use of Pattern & Design” and “Effectiveness of Color in Overall Design” and was awarded Second Place. Judges commented, “wonderful flow with angular piecing and curved quilting”; “a striking quilt”; “truly a golden treasure”.
BLUE RIBBON QUILT AWARD 2006
Dan and Carol Perkins of Rangeley were awarded a blue ribbon at Maine Quilts 2006 in Augusta, Maine, earlier this summer for their jointly created quilt, “Starry Bear’s Paw”. Their entry was judged in the professionally quilted bed quilt category of the show. The patchwork, designed and pieced by Dan, was inspired by Pat Syta’s book, Bear’s Paw Plus, with border inspiration from Knockout Blocks and Sampler Quilts by Judy Martin. The intricate heirloom-quality machine quilting, designed and stitched by Carol, includes feathers inspired by Sherry Rogers-Harrison and Nicole Webb, nationally recognized long-arm machine quilters.
Each quilt was judged on its own merit, overall impact, design and precision workmanship by the panel of Marjorie Haight Lydecker, Elsie M. Campbell, and Paula Golden.