Friday, July 25, 2014

Post 34- My first 1st place 'Mia's Garden'


The weeks seem to come and go and before I know it it's been two months and I still haven't mentioned something as important as my FIRST 1st place win!

I'm finishing up this quilt...finally!...with a blogpost and linking it to Finish It Up Friday with crazymomquilts.blogspot.com!

I entered the AdornIt Quilt Challenge at HMQS (Home Machine Quilt Show) in Salt Lake City in May. 

I have to confess that despite my hopes of winning, I had convinced myself I wasn't going to win, so I decided not to go to the awards ceremony. I regretted that so much when my awesome friends from the Handi Quilter Education Department (Vicki, Marie, and Cheryl) text me congrats on my win.

Before the quilting began:

This was a pattern on the cover of Quilter's World Spring 2014 edition (designed by Holly Daniels).

Quilting in progress:


I should mention that everything on this quilt was done hand guided with either templates and rulers or free motion quilting with the exception of the round flower motif (pic below). I designed that in Art & Stitch on my computer.


And finished!



Love the back texture too!


When I finally made it to the show I made it a point to introduce myself to Carolee McMullin, the founder of AdornIt. I was able to learn her amazing story of starting both her scrapbooking company and her fabric company, AdornIt, while raising a family. Now her children are grown and help within the company. 

I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet Carolee. Not only is she inspirational to small business owners, but she is a genuinely kind person! And, like you and I, she is passionate about sharing her creativity with the world!


I also entered the SewBatik Challenge at HMQS and won a Judge's Choice award.








15 comments:

  1. Totally deserved! Congratulations! Your quilt is just beautiful!

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  2. Congrats!!! Beautiful quilting.

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  3. The machine quilting on this is absolutely beautiful & artful. I love it! The pattern of the piecing flows into and along beside with the pattern of the machine quilting. I love looking at it~congratulations on your 1st place, well deserved!!!

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  4. Very nice! Please share what batting, how many layers of batting and if there is any true trap into vs. faux trap unto used. You did a gorgeous job on this quilt.

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    1. Thank you Kay! I used 2 layers of batting. Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom and Wool on top. There is no trapunto on this quilt.

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  5. I am so glad you included a photo of what the quilt top looked like BEFORE you started quilting it. That really conveys the dramatic impact that your custom quilting had on the design. Congratulations!!

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  6. Your quilting is just so wonderful. I would love one day to have these skills or maybe save up and get you or someone like you to make dreams come true.

    Larain
    Downunder

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