Bella Challenge ~ Finalists & Winners

When Mr. Dunn got this idea for a contest, a Bella Challenge, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.  Entries started trickling in… whew, there are entries.  Then more started arriving and it didn’t take long before the feeling was “this is going to be good…”

Nineteen entries were selected as Finalists, with the quilters being asked to ship their quilts to Dallas for the final selection process.  They were hung by Tammy Vonderschmitt in the lobby of one of the buildings – a room with windows and streaming sunshine.  (The quilts looked beautiful but it made photography a little tricky on a few of the quilts… I hope you’ll forgive me.)

Because all nineteen quilts were made using the same twelve Bella Solids, there was a wonderful cohesiveness to the display that was very striking. Viewing was last week, Thursday and Friday, October 12 and 13.  While everyone in the company viewed the quilts and voted on their favorites, any “deciding votes” were made by Mr. Dunn.  The winners were notified on Friday – and the top three quilts will hang in the Moda Booth at Fall International Quilt Market.

The quilts were numbered so that names, locations and additional details were not known to anyone, including Mr. Dunn.  We want to share all nineteen quilts so the three winners are first, then the remaining sixteen quilts are in number order – the numbers were assigned randomly.

The First Place Winner is Mountain Balloon Festival by Katherine Jones of Tasmania, Australia.

Second Place is Moda Bella by Janet Jones of Alamosa, Colorado.

Third Place is Molecules of Moda: Bella Solids by Sharla Krenzel of Leoti, Kansas.

This is Dutchman’s Dilemma by Jen Van Orman of Lehi, Utah.

Transition by Margit Krato of Birmingham, Alabama.

Arks & Anglers by Patti Baymiller of Shelbina, Missouri.

Hex-A-Maze by Linda Davis of Grapevine, Texas.

Pips On Point by Lisa Anne Giesfeldt of Sussex, Wisconsin.

Stepping Stones by Ellen Ault of Tampa, Florida.

Pick Up Sticks by Arlen Brown of Hastings, Nebraska.

Variation on a Weave by Mary Kay Fosnacht of Overland Park, Kansas.

Bella Sails by Barbara Harrell of Waddell, Arizona.

Liberty Rising by Tami Beltran of Lewisville, Texas.

Totality by Vi Colombe of Mission, South Dakota.

Star Fire by Bridget Vian of Windson, Wisconsin.

Star MO-DAtion by Wendy Gontier of Lang Lang, Victoria, Australia.

Rainbow Chopper by Krystal Jakelwicz of Universal City, Texas.

Bella Refraction by Jakki Wagner of Prescott, Arizona.

And Along Came a Spider by Joanne M. Franklin of Douglassville, Pennsylvannia.

On behalf of the entire company, Mr. Dunn would like to express his gratitude and appreciation to everyone who participated in the Bella Challenge.  To every entrant, the finalists, and everyone who bought fabric and didn’t quite finish their quilt by the deadline – thank you.  Your creativity, your talent and your skills left us in awe.

And more than a little bit inspired.

Thank you!

Happy Thursday!

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32 comments on “Bella Challenge ~ Finalists & Winners

  1. Judy Chastain says:

    Those quilts are all beautiful. .Just looking at the pictures, the creativity is endless! They are all winners in my book.

  2. Heide says:

    Beautiful work by All!!

  3. Susan says:

    I am in awe of each one of these quilts! Congratulations to all of you!!!

  4. Rhonda Inglis says:

    Amazing diversity. Such stunning use of solid colour, congratulations to all. BTW Wendy Gontier is from, Victoria AUSTRALIA.

  5. Sue Goecker says:

    Wonder creative quilt show. Lovely

  6. Marge Ehlers says:

    Wow, creativity beyond!

  7. Gene Black says:

    Amazing collection. I must say that Transition is the one that popped off the page in the group photo. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was made so near to me.

  8. These quilts are beautiful. It never fails to amaze me the amount of talent some people have. Incredible.

  9. Beth Esser says:

    Wow! Wish I could do that!

  10. Mary Jo Leonard says:

    Beautiful quilts and a great idea!!!!!! Thank you.

  11. Debbie says:

    amazing creativity!

  12. Beth LaMotte says:

    Each quilt is simply breathtaking! Wow!

  13. Libby says:

    WOW………..These quilts are awesome.

  14. Pris Phillips says:

    Will each of the 19 receive some sort of prize? They are all stunning! I would have trouble choosing!

  15. Hildy says:

    Wow the quilts all are amazing!

  16. dondim says:

    I am simply stunned!

  17. ellenjault says:

    Thank you for including my quilt, Stepping Stones!

  18. jowestwamailnet says:

    WOW, very talented quilters!

  19. Karen says:

    Woah! There are some AMAZING entries.

  20. paulette says:

    How some people create these awesome quilts is more than I can fathom:) so beautiful I don’t know how one could be picked over another for 1st place (or any place!)

  21. Tracey says:

    Wow! Impressive!!

  22. Donna Irmis says:

    So much color, so much pattern, so much talent! They are all fantastic.
    Thanks for the eye candy.

  23. Love all the creativity and the fabrics were divine which wonderful colours! It was such a pleasure to participate and then to be selected I’m still coming to terms with the fact that my quilt has gone around the world and is on its way back to me. Many many thanks for everything. There is a typo about me and that is you have moved me from Australia to Canada. Seems I might have to go and look at getting dual citizenship. Hahahaha

  24. Penny in CA says:

    Wow! Just wow! You have brightened my day sharing these colorful outstanding quilts! Such creativity ~ all are winners in my book!

  25. Karen Seitz says:

    Holy cow! Nice work, everyone!

  26. amq97 says:

    Standing ovation for all the finalist! What a wonderful feast of Bella for the eyes! When Tami Beltran revealed Liberty Rising at the Frisco Quilt Guild show-n-tell, it took by breath away! Allison C. Bayer, Plano, Texas USA

  27. Joan Turano says:

    How incredibly beautiful each and every one of is! Congratulations to all! One question, why doesn’t my Moda fabric ever come out looking this spectacular?

  28. Diane Schwarz says:

    Unbelievable!!! What a clever and talented bunch of entries. What were the prizes?

  29. Cocoa Quilts says:

    WOW, these are all beautiful!

  30. Ramona Chester says:

    They are all beautiful but the second one reminds me of Seattle with the high roadway and the buildings reflecting in the water of Puget Sound. Thanks for sharing these amazing quilts!

  31. Gay says:

    Second place is by Janet DAVIS from Alamosa. It’s fabulous! They all are so very wonderful!!

  32. Kathy R says:

    Amazing…wonderful to include your Moda fans!

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