Although she won’t be able to attend the show this year, Linda Roy, from Knoxville, TN, will be at the AQS Show & Contest in spirit through her displayed quilt entitled, Icing on the Cake. For her, this quilt is the “icing on the cake” after ten to twelve long but rewarding months designing and creating the quilt.
Linda has been quilting since 1990. She began her passion after her husband took a job transfer to Conway, Arkansas. There she met Irma Gail Hatcher and began her quilting years.
Linda is no stranger to the AQS Show & Contest. She has been entering most AQS Shows since 1993. She is a nine time award winner at AQS, including Best of Show in 2004. She is also a two time Best in Show at NQA, a three time BOS in Lowell, Ma., three time BOS in Asheville, NC., and 2004 IQA Founder’s Award in Houston, Texas among eight other IQA awards over the years.
Sarah: What is the story behind this quilt?
Linda: This quilt was inspired by antique wool coverlets and designed to showcase the feathers with the applique being simple support with simple cross-hatch quilting in the background. The color inspiration comes from the large “Amy Butler” bright fabric (which is ordinarily out of my comfort zone). The rich brown Japanese background holds it’s own with the rich colors in the perle cotton hand embroidery, done on top of feathered hand quilting.
Sarah: Where do you find your inspiration for quilting?
Linda: Sometimes an antique quilt or maybe flowers, buttons, plates and just about everywhere you look.
Sarah: What’s next for you creatively or technically with quilting (your aspirations or goals)?
Linda: Just to keep enjoying the sketch turn into a plan, then the quilt top and finally “The Icing On The Cake”, the finishing touch of hand quilting with I love the most.
Be sure to check out Linda’s quilt at the AQS Show & Contest this week. It’ll surely be “The Icing On The Cake”!