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Pfaff Announces “World’s Most Creative Sewer”

Pfaff Announces “World’s Most Creative Sewer”

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Susan Dunnavant of Greenville, South Carolina has been selected by Pfaff as the winner of their 150th anniversary contest to celebrate the “world’s most creative sewer.”  Ms. Dunnavant entered her quilt project “Gabe,” for which, she explained, she used a cross stitch generator to create a graph of her golden retriever’s photo.

“Instead of cross stitching,” she said, “I used ½ inch cells cut in vertical strips (with ¼ inch seam allowances) from quilting cotton to reproduce the photo.

Pfaff’s judging panel explained that Ms. Dunnavant, who was the November, 2012 finalist, was chosen overall winner because, “Susan has used an existing sewing technique and taken it further by combining the technology of [a] cross stitch program and the more traditional technique of piecing.  The result is a loving portrait of her dog with a twist of modern pixel graphics.  This is very popular in other media, but we love the sewing version.  We understand that the work behind this quilt requires a large amount of creativity and patience.”

This contest ran from May to December, 2012, with monthly winners eligible to compete for the overall title.

Here’s the photo of Ms. Dunnavant’s winning project.


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