Jackie Perry is no stranger to blue ribbons, and neither is her quilt “Joy of Spring.” In addition to taking the blue ribbon in the hand quilted category (sponsored by Martelli), the quilt has also received three bests of show.

She got the idea for “Joy of Spring” from an adult coloring book by Thaneeya McArdle and, with the artist’s permission, she interpreted the line drawing into a quilt. (Jackie sent pictures of the final quilt to the artist and she loved it.)

Jackie spent quite of bit of time designing and drew everything out on paper before transferring it all to the fabric. She created five individual sections, then pieced them together and quilted over the joining areas to make the piece cohesive. What might look like paint at a glance is actually some very intricate colorwork. “I used Sulky 12 wt. variegated thread on the entire piece. Some people think the flowers are painted, but they’re hand quilted with variegated thread.”

Jackie spent nineteen months working on “Joy of Spring.” And did we mention where she does her cutting? Why on her Martelli workstation of course.

Click here to see Jackie’s interview with AQS at the Paducah show.

Congrats on the win, Jackie. It was well deserved.