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