Machine Quilting Milestone

Caryl Bryer Fallert’s quilt Corona #2: Solar Eclipse won the $10,000 Best of Show award at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky in 1989. It was the first time a completely machine stitched quilt won this prestigious award. At that time, traditionalists often rejected machine quilting, and the award caused quite a furor! Today, 20 years later, there is a $12,000 award for machine workmanship at the AQS Quilt Show.

Caryl’s quilts are stunning marriages of beautiful design and fine craftsmanship, and have always been at the forefront of experimental design and construction methods. Her website is a treasure trove of beautiful quilts, their stories and construction details, information about Caryl, and a vast collection of free tips and techniques. Visit Caryl’s BryerPatch Studio in Paducah, Kentucky, to see some of her work in person, take workshops with Caryl, or shop for her fabric, patterns and other products.

Photo: Corona #2: Solar Eclipse (detail), courtesy of and © Caryl Bryer Fallert