Thursday, February 25, 2016

Winner, Winner


I didn't think I'd have much to share in a blog post until Tuesday afternoon's call from Lora. She phoned to tell me that the American Quilter's Society (AQS) quilt show coordinator from Paducah, Kentucky had let her know that our quilt, "Ad Libbing" placed third in the Large Quilt - Home Machine Quilted category of the show in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Talk about being blown over by a feather! It was the last thing I expected.

Ad Libbing has appeared in seven quilt shows - six of them national shows:

  • Jacksonville (Florida) QuiltFest - 1st place
  • QuiltCon (Austin, Texas)
  • Machine Quilter's Expo (Manchester, New Hampshire)
  • Machine Quilter's Showcase (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • National Quilter's Association (Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • International Quilt Festival (Houston, Texas)
  • American Quilter's Society, (Daytona Beach) - 3rd place
It didn't place at any national show except this week's, February 24-27 AQS in Daytona Beach! Quilt show judges were Linda Poole, Sue Patten, and Nancy Mahoney.

Though the quilt looked like it could stand to have some wrinkles steamed out, the quilting really showed up in the great lighting of the Ocean Center hall.

I loved standing nearby when viewers were looking at it and talking about it. Of course I wasn't eavesdropping!

Being curious about the quilts that placed ahead of us in our category, I took these photos. Here's the second place winner.  The quilt is titled "Why Not?" and was made by Angela Petrocelli of Prescott Valley, Arizona.

It's comprised of hundreds of tiny foundation paper-pieced blocks.

Believe it or not, this is the first quilt Angela has ever made! I'm in awe.

The blue ribbon winner is "Blue Plate Special" by Susan Stewart of Pittsburg, Kansas.

The precision of these tiny feathers leads me to believe this is a digitally stitched embroidery design produced by a home sewing machine.


The details are pretty remarkable.

Lora and I will split our $750 prize money... which should just about cover the expenses we've incurred entering, and shipping the quilt to and from all these shows! 

We had certainly wondering whether it was worth it to enter so many times, and agreed several months ago that we would end "AL's" tour with this AQS show. And then this happened.

Ya just never know. Linda

29 comments:

  1. Chicken dinner!! Congratulations! I have goose bumps all the way down to my toes! XO

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  2. WOW!STUNNING! BEAUTIFUL! I love the quilting on your quilt. CONGRATULATIONS to you both!

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  3. WOW!STUNNING! BEAUTIFUL! I love the quilting on your quilt. CONGRATULATIONS to you both!

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  4. I am so happy for the two of you. It is a remarkable quilt and deserves the honor. Just askin....who gets the ribbon!!!!!!?

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  5. Well congratulations!! It's so lovely - well deserved!!

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  6. Congratulations, Linda. As always, your work is just remarkable!

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  7. Wow! How very, very exciting! I'm so glad this lovely quilt has rewarded you both for your skill and creative efforts. Congratulations, Linda๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  8. So excited for you both Linda. This is such a great quilt and the quilting is so detailed, adding so much to the design and overall piece. So glad your persistence and belief in this quilt paid off! (In real dollars even) Congratulations again.

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  9. What a triumph! Congratulations to the both of you.

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  10. Congratulations your quilt is beautiful and well worth the ribbon!

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  11. congrats!!! An awesome quilt and so are the other winners.

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  12. Linda, Congratulations once again to you both. What a nice surprise. FYI, I am familiar with Susan's work (she wins so often at Paducah) that I am not surprised it took 1st. She quilts on her domestic Bernina.

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  13. Congratulations Linda. Well done to you and Lora. A well deserved win.

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  14. Yaaaay! Congratulations! Was so happy to read your good news.

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  15. WaHoo!!! It's such a beauty. I'm so glad you have been recognized for all the marvelous quilting you did. Congrats.

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  16. Congratulations. I'm glad that it has finally be acknowledged for the beauty it is.

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  17. No, you just never, never know! Congratulations to you both! It is an honour very well deserved!

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  18. Yeh, congratulations for finally getting the recognition for that amazing quilt.

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  19. That is amazing work of art! Finally recognized nationally. Congratulations!

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  20. Cngratulations! I did not get to Daytona, sadly, but have seen some photos of wonderful quilts shown there- yours among them. So often quilts get fold lines or wrinkles from shipping and piling them up at shows. I saw a program by Connie Sue Haidle and she advocated diagonally folding to keep any folds on the bias and avoid them becoming permanent. Here's a link to a piece with photos on how to do that. I've re-folded all my quilts that I store accordingly!
    http://www.sacredthreadsquilts.com/MQU%2012-01%20January%20Shipping%20Quilts.pdf

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  21. So excited to hear about your win--and in a home-state show! Congratulations congratulations congratulations!! I'm so happy for you both. I saw some of those small precision feathers as well at QuiltCon and was wondering about them--thanks for clearing that up. Again--happy news!!

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  22. Yes, I saw your quilt yesterday. It's fabulous! Congratulations on your win. It was a great show with lots of variety and inspiration.

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  23. Well deserved! Congratulations to you both!

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  24. That is great news. Congratulations!

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  25. What a thrill - congratulations to you both!!!

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  26. Congratulations! Isn't it great to win a ribbon and even Money!

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  27. I can only imagine how exciting this was. So happy for both.

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