Detail from 2021 Opportunity Quilt
Midnight Garden”

April 10-30, 2021

The quilt show held in April 2021 was like no other, at the end of a year that was like no other.

Restrictions on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic caused the 2020 show to be cancelled and for the guild to pivot to virtual meetings. Thanks to the leadership and skills of the GQCCC president, Doreen O’Brien, the 2021 show was presented as a beautiful website. Visitors were able to scroll through the entries at their leisure and vote for their favorite quilts online. The website will stay live indefinitely as a record of this unusual year. Visit the site at

Quilt Show Chair: Donna Brooks

For highlights from the show, click on the links below.

2021 Opportunity Quilt


79″ X 61″

The Opportunity Quilt Chair, Taryn Doidge, wanted to honor the tradition of past GQCCC Opportunity Quilts by focusing on handwork. She chose a pattern that highlighted needle turn appliqué and gave space to show off hand quilting. The design team mulled over the pattern and felt something was missing. The team wanted bright colors for the flowers and loved the idea of using batiks. It was then decided. The team turned to the dark side. Instead of using the neutral background that the pattern called for, black was chosen letting the colors of the flowers pop.

Opportunity Quilt Chair
Taryn Doidge

Pattern Information
Wildflowers Block of The Month, designed by Lydia Quigley. Pattern purchased and donated by Guild member Terry McNally.

Fabric Selection
Kelly Doidge, Taryn Doidge, Dianne Slattery and Kathy Tedesco. 

Helen Anderson, Kathy Callahan, Cindy Greco, Monica Kaseman, Sharon Mazanec, Audrey McInerney, Claire McIvor, Myrna Rutkas, Jackie Seidell, Dianne Slattery, Beverly Spurs, Kathy Tedesco 

Kathy Tedesco appliquéd 50 of the 150 hours.

Diana Carmean, Kelly Doidge, Taryn Doidge, Claire McIvor, Doreen O’Brien, Wanda Reyenga, Erica Riekki, Dianne Slattery, Aneta Sperber, Beverly Spurs, Becky Styles, Kathy Tedesco, Nancy Van Meter.

The quilt required 282 hours for design and final assembly.

Hand Quilting
Kathy Callahan, Melissa Cardinet, Ellie Conley, Pat DeRushia, Taryn Doidge, Ranny Frank, Ann Gimbel, Elizabeth Huff, Terry McNally, Kerry O’Brien, Cathy Sargent, Mary Pimentel-Wheeler

Melissa Cardinet hand quilted 200 of the 375 hours.

Becky Styles

100% Cotton fabrics. Hobbs 80/20 (80% Cotton, 20% Polyester) Black Batting

Needle turn appliqué, hand quilted, pieced

Raffle Winner
Doris Weinstein

2021 Viewer's Choice Winners

Best of Show
1st Place – “Life on the Food Chain” by Valerie M. Sauban
2nd Place – “Kantha II” by Jackie Seidell and “Sizzle” by Tammy Zanella

1st Place – “Inky’s Garden” by Kathy Callahan
2nd Place – “Rhode Island Reds” by Phyllis Nishimori

Creative Item
1st Place – “Rocky the Rhino” by Jennifer Church
2nd Place – “A Yo-Yo Journey” by Doris Reilly

Hand Quilted
1st Place – “Heritage Hexagon” by Elizabeth Huff
2nd Place – “Pastel Yellow” by Elizabeth Huff

Machine Quilted
1st Place – “Sizzle” by Tammy Zanella
2nd Place – “Mia’s Unicorn” by Estrella Shoka

Original Design
1st Place – “Life on the Food Chain” by Valerie M. Sauban
2nd Place – ” Kantha II” by Jackie Seidell

Pieced Quilt
1st Place – “Mood Indigo” by Sally Morris
2nd Place – “Cattails in the Meadow” by Karen Morones

Turn to the Darkside” Challenge
1st Place – “Koi Pond” by Beverly Spurs
2nd Place – “Dark Side of Autumn” by Donna Brooks

Pass the Envelope Challenge
1st Place – “Hopscotch” by Fran McNamee
2nd Place – “Garden Party” by Valerie M. Sauban

Best Featured Quilt
“Windmill” by Aileyn Ecob and Jean Jurgenson
“Globe Thistle” by Aileyn Ecob
“Blue Stone” by Jean Jurgenson

2021 Featured Artists

Aileyn Renli Ecob and Jean Renli Jurgenson have excelled at creating spectacular fine art quilts. Aileyn focuses on nature and the soft curves and circles she sees in the beauty of foliage in the world around her. Jean focuses on the edges and lines of perspective that architecture and man-made structures bring to the communities of people.

These talented quilters are former members of our guild and are active with Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA). They have shown their quilts at Pacific International Quilt Festival and many other judged shows and exhibits.

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