The last four days I have been at the Festival of Quilts in South Australia. Tuesday afternoon I received a phone call telling me that I had won an award for my Flower Garden quilt that I had entered. Needless to say I was very excited and couldn't wait until Thursday night for Guild meeting, I went to the show on Thursday to visit with my quilt and see exactly where I was placed in the Predominantly Applique section.
I was lucky enough to get a red ribbon for second place, it was uncanny that thel three quilts that ribboned all had Garden in their quilt names and the first placed quilt also used Kaffe Fassett fabrics.
The quilting turned out better that I could have hoped even though it was a long job. If I were to quilt an applique quilt again, I think I would take the extra step of doing a trapunto layer of batting, stitch around it clip/trim it all back then put another layer of batting on and then quilt, I think that would take care of the baggin on the larger pieces. The other extra step I could have done, would have been to block it, but a quilt this large requires a good sized area to block it on and time to dry as well. I had the area but didn't really have the time, maybe next time.
My prize for second place was nice package of Karen Kay Buckley products, some of which I currently use but these ones will have special meaning for me when I use them in the future.
I have to thank Sheila for pushing me along on this quilt, I don't think I would have finished it otherwise :) and I would also like to thank Kim for designing such a lovely quilt, it had many lovely comments at the show, and also thanks to everyone who comments on the blog, it really makes a difference, knowing that others are following the progress.