51 beautiful prize-winning vintage quilts from the ’70s for some creative inspiration

Note: This article may feature affiliate links to Amazon or other companies, and purchases made via these links may earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you. Find out more here.

51 beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 70s

51 prize-winning quilts (1977)

From all across the land

Here, chosen from 9954 entries in our Great Quilt Contest announced in the October 1976 issue, str all 51 winners, beginning with the national winner (prize, $2500) — the magnificent Ray of Light Medallion Quilt created by Jinny Bayer of Fairfax, Virginia, with subtle color combinations, imaginative quilting.

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (2)


Vintage quilt designs from the South

Below: Quilted montage of the Pi Beta Phi Craft School, by Caroline Riddle, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (3)

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (4)


The Midwest’s vintage quilts from the ’70s

Sunburst quilt, a blaze of color, by Helen Downs, Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (5)

MORE: Americana quilts you can make of pieced patchwork

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (6)


The Far West

Hats and patches fantasy quilt by Susan Jane Jones, Beaverton, Oregon.

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (7)

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (8)


The Sunbelt’s winning vintage quilts from the ’70s

Engagement ring romantic quilt by Margaret C Brown, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (9)

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (10)


The East

Confetti quilt, contemporary, as modern art, by Lisa Courtney, Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (11)

Beautiful prize-winning quilts from the 1970s (1)

If you liked this, please share it! You can also get our free newsletter, follow us on Facebook & Pinterest, plus see retro-inspired products in our shop. Thanks for visiting!

More stories you might like

Check out our books!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Because the fun never ends:

Join the fun

Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest vintage stuff!

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.