It has just been announced that Aussie quilter (and, I'm pleased to say, my friend) Helen Godden has won the Maywood Studio Master Award for Innovative Artistry at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for her quilt Mekong Gold. Helen has won $5000 (US!) plus a trip to the Festival.
If you haven't seen any of Helen's work, check out her website. She is a brilliant artist. I had a peek view of this quilt some months ago and it is simply stunning. The winning quilts can be seen on this site now.