Houston International Quilt Show news:
“Harmony Within,” by Sue McCarty from Roy, Utah took the Best of Show award, which comes with a $10,000 prize.
"I'm just shaking," said a breathless McCarty after accepting the award and requisite giant check. "The quilt is about relationships. It's about a right-brained dragon and a left-brained fisherman. I don't think about (traditional or art styles) when I'm designing, it just comes from within."
McCarty is awarded the International Quilt Association's top prize a year after winning the $10,000 Best of Show honors at the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, Ky., in April 2010 for her Tribute to Tolkien quilt.
McCarty's predominately red, blue and gold quilt for the IQA show features Asian motifs.
In the center, structures and birds on the water are framed in a bordered circle.
In the top right corner a dragon clutches calligraphy tools, a key and a book. On the bottom left side of the quilt, a figure with a fishing pole leans against a tree.
McCarty plays with the viewer, by overlapping the tree branches into the framed, aquatic scene and the quilt is finished with a three-sided, patterned black and gold border.