Oh my goodness! What can I say, but... I'm stunned, and oh-so happy! I found two of my quilts in the "Blue Ribbon Room," at our Iowa State Fair!
This afternoon, between 4-7 p.m. was the "Fabric and Threads" department preview at the Iowa State Fair. It's every entrants' opportunity to see the fair display and find out how their entries "faired."
My first blue ribbon was for this quilt, designed by Kellie Wulfsohn of "Don't Look Now" blog (Australia). It won not only a blue, first-place ribbon, but "Best Wall Quilt," an award given by Des Moines Area Quilters Guild that carries a $25 prize!
Here's that 22" X 28" quilt when I blogged about it in September, 2010.
My "Snowflake Medallion" quilt, a design by Emma Jensen of Ballarat Patchwork (Australia - Do you see a winning theme here?) also won a blue ribbon!
This 77" X 77" quilt represents my best sit-down quilting efforts to date. I owe many thanks to Wendy of IvorySpring blog whose free motion quilting inspired me to try some new things - wool batting and Sulky thread to name two.
Here's the quilt as I blogged about it last month.
My third and last 2010 Iowa State Fair entry was "Supernova," a quilt-along led by Lee of Freshly Pieced. This quilt garnered a fourth place ribbon.
Here's the quilt in its entirety, as I blogged about it in May.
I am extraordinarily happy! I looked through my ribbon box and the last time I earned a blue ribbon for a quilt entered into the Iowa State Fair was back in 2004 for a small batik pineapple wall hanging. It's tough to get into the "Blue Ribbon Room," so I especially cherish these ribbons. But these wins are certainly not about the money! I'll receive $7 for each of the two blue ribbons, and $2 for the fourth place ribbon. Yet, I feel rich!*
Right now I'm feeling very grateful for the creative talents of Australian designers Kellie and Emma, and for Wisconsinite Lee. I don't have a gift for coming up with original designs, but I guess I do okay at interpreting others' designs!
Even more, I am thankful for you my blogger friends. Thirty-one of you took the time to comment, offering encouraging remarks about my Snowflake Medallion quilt. You are truly my best friends!
*"...but the rich have many friends." Proverbs 14:20b (NIV 1984)
Thank you, thank you! Linda