So a lot has been going on here lately, mainly quilting customer quilts, but in January when it was a little quieter than usual for custom work for customers, I took some time to quilt a quilt and decided once I had quilted it that I would really like to enter it into a show, so I put it into the UK Quilt Championship at Sandown Racecourse held by Grosvenor shows.
On the Thursday before the show began, the phone rang and they told me that I had won an award for my quilt that I had entered into bed quilts, I had won "Best traditional patchwork" award which was a rosette and a silver plate trophy.
I also received a 2nd place in bed quilts, the 1st in bed quilts was a beautifully handquilted very traditional wholecloth quilt made by a newly made friend of mine Andrea Ashwell who is also a longarm quilter. I hadn't thought initially that my quilt would place anywhere because it has a fairly modern feel to it, but I was very pleased and excited that my first entries into a show had won some ribbons. My first ones. It felt good. I was worried though that had I not have received a ribbon how depressed I would have been.. After all it doesn't mean that my quilt is any better than any others in the show, just that on judging day the judges liked it enough to award a ribbon.
I pieced this quilt using a pattern called Kaleidoscope by V&Co, and I quilted it with a lot of ruler work and freehand techniques on my APQS Lucey longarm machine. I am not overly keen on the photo of me, but have taken it as inspiration to loose a stone !!!!
I also entered a second quilt (encouraged by my customers who saw it hanging in my studio) but knew it would not place in wallhangings as its not artistic enough. the winning quilts were landscape type pictorial entries, but I wanted to see it hang in a show so entered anyway. I am pleased to say though that a Judges merit ribbon was awarded, along with a Judges choice certificate from Lee Brown who said some lovely comments about my quilt. I am pleased as this was not quilted for a show, just for my own enjoyment and to make my studio look brighter.. in fact I hated this quilt before I actually quilted it, I love the piecing, but felt it rather too green, however once I had quilted it I had more love for it.. lol. I pieced it using a pattern by Sew Kind of wonderful called Metro Hoops, and I quilted it using freehand and ruler work. Again all freehand on my APQS Lucey..