This time every year our small town hosts the Strawberry Festival. Over the years it has turned into a week long celebration of strawberries. Lots of strawberry shortcake! The carnival creeps into town. Stuffed animals are won and some slip through the cracks.
Four parades are held and even a 5k run. For our small piece of the world it is a big deal. Oh, and most importantly the local quilt guild hosts a quilt show.
This year I decided to open myself up for judgement and enter some of my work. We are allowed to enter one item in up to five categories. I decided to bite the bullet and enter five things. I choose four items I had quilted and one that had been long arm quilted by the local quilt shop. And to my surprise I did much better than I expected. I took second place in four of the categories and got honorable mention in the other. I had just hoped to place in one category so this was an awesome surprise!
|Falling Leaves--Second Place Large Wall Hangings|
|O' Christmas Tree--Second Place in Machine Quilted|
|Sunny Lanes--Second Place Miniature Quilts and Star Pot Holder--Second Place in Misc Division|
|Carpenter Star--Honorable Mention in Medium Size Quilt Long Arm Quilted|
I couldn't be happier with the results and feel like all the time I have spent at the machine this past year has truly paid off. However, I feel like I owe Debby Brown a huge thank you for inspiring me to set down at my machine and give it a try! I definitely owe Kathleen at Kathleen Quilts a huge thank you for helping me when I was stuck quilting O' Christmas Tree and Falling Leaves! And lastly, Pat Sloan and Aurifil thread. By finding Pat's awesome blog I finally found a thread that has stole my heart!
Now that the week has finally wound down it's time to get some rest and get back behind my machine again. It's been too long.