Wednesday, September 11, 2013

First Place!

I am so happy my Lone Star quilt got first place in the wall hanging, machine quilted (under 40 x 60") category at the New Mexico state fair!

Hung in front of the hand appliqued quilts for some reason.

I started this quilt on a whim, just to play with the lone star pattern.  I wasn't a big fan of the colors of the star, and intended to give it away.  But then I added borders and background colors and spent a LOT of time on the quilting (including research, measurements, calculations, marking, etc) and somewhere along the way realized it could be worthy of showing.  Once that idea took hold I started doing things more carefully to impress judges.  I spent a lot of time on the quilting, and made sure it hung straight and flat when I was finished.  I'm so glad that extra time and energy paid off!  I'd like to enter it in other shows...but have no idea where to start.  How do you even find a show worth entering??

The ChrisBobSquarePants quilt took third place in the machine quilted bed quilts, full size and larger.

My quilt on the far left--not sure if those other quilts were in the same category or not.


I entered it knowing that some of the quilting would probably not get good reviews.  On this quilt I chose the quilting in terms of how much I liked the pattern with the quilt and how much I enjoyed quilting the pattern.  Even though I hoped to enter it as well, I decided not to worry about judges and points.  I wanted it to be a nice bed quilt--for snuggling under, not to impress someone I'll never meet.  So even though I hoped it would get first (that's everyone's secret hope, right?), I'm not surprised it didn't...though I wasn't that impressed with first or second.

I will get a judges note sheet (and my winnings!) with the quilts when I pick them up on the 23rd.  I'm certainly curious to see what they said about my quilts!

25 comments:

  1. That's so awesome. I am hopefully going to go tomorrow afternoon to check on mine. Congrats again!

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  2. Congratulations! Come to Oregon next July for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show! It's really fun!

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  3. That's really fantastic! Congratulations!

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  4. Congrats!!! :D That's totally awesome!

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  5. So stinking proud of you! I LOVE both of these quilts, and I truly think about you everything I quilt - you are such an inspiration! I'm still cooking up something to send you.... :)

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  6. Congrats - that's awesome! I just recently started compiling a list of quilt shows I may want to enter, but you are right - it's hard to find the right ones!

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  7. That's so awesome Renee! Congrats!

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  8. That`s great .Congratulations!!

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  9. Congratulation! The Lone Star quilt is amazing...no wonder it came in first!

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  10. Yea! I absolutely love this quilt...1st place was well deserved!

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  11. Congratulations! You certainly deserved first with your Lone Star quilt! I loved watching it's progress!

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  12. Congratulations! I love to see that a project that wasn't thrilling at first turned into a big win for you :-)

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  13. Congratulations on your Lone Star Quilt - What I can see of it looks stunning. Wish I could see more. This is the first time I have ever seen quilts hung like that - you know, folded and everything - how could the judges get a good idea of what was going on with the quilts?

    Anyway - Glad for you that your Lone Star won.

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  14. Well done, you deserve it, such a beautiful quilt :)

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  15. You go girl! That is awesome. I would love to know what the judges say, I am always curious how they are thinking. My last show, they said to work on the binding, but not what was wrong with it! I thought it was pretty good, lol. I made this years smaller and tighter, we'll see.

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  16. Congratulations! I love that quilt. Well deserved!
    xo jan@sewandsowfarm

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  17. Well, yeah it did! It's awesome! That quilting is just amazing! Congrats!

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  18. Congratulations on your placings, Renee! I was especially impressed with your Lone Star quilt and am not surprised you won with that one. What a lot of work you did. I am sew impressed with your views on the third place win as well, when you said you quilted it without worrying about judges and points. We quilt because we love to quilt and it should always be because of that. I am very impressed with the quilting on ChrisBobSquarePants. Good luck to you in future shows!

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  19. Congrats! Your quilt is gorgeous!

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  20. congrats on your gorgeous quilts Renee!!! You did awesome!

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