Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Won a ribbon or a prize with your quilts or garments? Have they been juried into a big show even if they didn't win? If you've sewn something you're especially proud of, here's the place to show off your accomplishments!

Jeanie Velarde standing next to her entry in the 2005 Paducah Quilt Show.

Jeanie talks about her quilt:

"That outer circle is home-made bias tubing - first I basted it down, then I appliqued it down (both sides) then I quilted around it (both sides) and then I decided it needed a little more in the middle. I thought when I started that it would take me the rest of my life, but it ONLY took 157 hours to put that stuff on. The entire quilt took a couple of years but I did work on other stuff in between.

The center design was from a tile wall in a restaurant in Toledo, Spain and the outer circle and corners are from a moorish design above a doorway in the Alhambra in Grenada. The name of the quilt is España - although a friend said it should have been called "Holy Toledo" - she was right, but I had already made the label and sent the entry to AQS. Maybe if I decide to enter it somewhere else I'll make a new label."

This is the garment that Etta McFarland made for the 2003-2004 Bernina Fashion Show. It was selected as one of the 10 finalists in that show. It also won first place at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia last February.

Etta says:

"I was inspired by the folk costumes worn by the people of Norway where we lived for four years. The base of the vest consists of seven sweater sleeves, rescued from a reject bin at a sweater factory close to where we lived. I appliqued Scandanavian style flowers from hand-dyed wool on it. The jacket is all cottons, echoing the floral appliques from the vest."

This is me with my new sewing machine, a Bernina Artista 200E.

I was awarded this machine when my garment, "Have your Cake and Eat It Too" won the Creme de la Creme award at the 2004-2005 Bernina Fashion Show which debuted at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last November.

Christine H. has gotten a quilt juried into the AQS show at Paducah. Way To Go, Christine!

Here's what Christine has to say about her entry:

First I used a photo I took of my gray tabby Tucker and figured out what values go where. I eventually distilled the black and white photo down to ten different fabrics after several sketches. Then I could scale the pattern to the full size of the quilt and start cutting freezer paper and fabric. The most fun is sewing the pieces together and watching Tucker’s sweet face magically appear!

I treated Tucker’s portrait like a painting and my fabric as color values. I used the freezer paper technique that allows me to work from the front of the fabric and is a great way of capturing pictures in fabric. (see Cynthia England’s web site;

Our 2004 guild challenge was the perfect opportunity to create this portrait of my beloved cat and am so glad that I made it. Now I am even more thrilled that the quilt has been accepted to the AQS Quilt show in Paducah in April 2005. I really like this technique and will be working on other ways to use picture piecing in my work.

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