Thursday, May 29, 2014

Published

This month is a very exciting time for me.  If you receive the American Quilter (or AQ as they now like to call themselves), then you will be receiving this very soon.  It has the winning quilts from both the Lancaster and Paducah shows.  I am completely tickled to have pictures of my quilts in any magazine, but top winners in AQ get a full page spread, as well as a write up.  And I have not one of these, but three - for three different quilts!
Here's my Best Bed quilt award from Lancaster, just opposite the BOS from both of the shows.  That quilt is amazing, so being next to it is just plain humbling.  Big Bertha is getting ready to make a trip to the Minnesota quilt show next week  I came very close to pulling her out, but after some discussions with coordinators, I have decided to pull the other quilt I entered (it really shouldn't have been entered; it was a mistake on my part because there wasn't an appropriate category), and leave Big Bertha in.  My other quilt is nice, but this is the more competitive one of the two if I am only allowed one entry.
I couldn't be more thrilled to have received longarm quilting awards for the other two quilts.  In fact, this makes three longarm quilting awards for 2014, for 3 different quilts.  As a quilter, this inspires me and fuels my creativity just to know that my nit-picky, tedious and anal ways are being recognized.  Zen Garden will still be my favorite quilt for a long time.  There is just something about the way the fabrics combined -- call it a happy/lucky surreptitious surprise.  Because AQS modified their entry restrictions this year, Zen Garden will be visiting a few of their other shows this summer and fall.
Kakeidoscopic Calamity took one of the big awards at Paducah, as you probably remember.  Not one of my favorite quilts, for certain, but a fun little thing to quilt (unlike the much too large and too tedious wholecloth I have worked on all week!).  This quilt will be attending the Shipshewana Quilt Festival in IN in late June, along with a couple of my other larger quilts.  Yes, it is a full-time job keeping track of where each quilt is, and when the next one needs to be mailed!

7 comments:

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

How exciting, congratulations!!

Smiles,
Kelly

regan said...

Congrats, Margaret! These quilts are all so beautiful.....they definitely deserve the recognition they are getting! :o)

Ann Brooks said...

Congratulations! They are all lovely. It is such a thrill for you to see your work in print while the rest of us can enjoy them, too.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Well deserved, Margaret, congratulations!! Yes, it is much easier to comment now, thanks!

ChristaQuilts said...

Congratulations on so many wins! It was wonderful to see the closeup shots in the magazine :-)

Nancy Evans said...

I saw your work in the latest issue and was so impressed when I kept finding you, in different categories, winning the top prizes. And even more impressed knowing what it takes to have a marriage, raise children, work, etc that you accomplish what you do..........Good Job!!!

Mary said...

Congratulations Margaret! Your work is pheonomenal.