Thursday, July 26, 2012

Best of Show!

I have had the most incredibly exciting day today at the Melbourne Quilt & Craft Show.  The 2012 Victorian Quilters Inc Showcase is currently being held in conjunction with the Melbourne Quilt & Craft Fair.  My quilt, First Blush was entered in the Longarm Category.

First Blush is a wholecloth colour trapunto quilt which I recently made after making some sample pieces earlier in the year.  The quilt is made using techniques by Karen McTavish and involves cut-away trapunto.  The pink colour is created by placing a bright red fabric behind a sheer layer of basiste fabric.


I was thrilled to find that not only had First Blush won First Prize in the Longarm Category, the quilt also won Best of Show!  I have spent most of my day on cloud nine and am still buzzing!


Detail of the centre of First Blush - the background fill is pebbles, one of my favourites.


Corner section of First Blush with sweeping curved cross-hatching.


I will be going back to Quilt Showcase on Saturday to spend some more time with my quilt.  I would like to thank the committee of Vic Quilters for organising another fabulous quilt show, the judges for their time and what must be a difficult job and the volunteers for making the quilt show possible.  I would also like to thank all the sponsors and in particular Bernina for their generous sponsorship - I will look forward to receiving my prize, a Bernina 820 Quilter's Edition sewing machine.

49 comments:

  1. It is a gorgeous quilt - I look forward to seeing it on Saturday. Congratulations!

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  2. Браво! Колоссальный труд!

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  3. Wow Karen, your quilt is incredible, I'm not surprised it won those prizes! Congratulations, you so deserve it. Your work is amazing. xo

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  4. Congratulations- your quilting is always a winner in my eyes!

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  5. Congratulations!! You go girl, it's beautiful, you are amazing, can't wait to see
    It tomorrow.

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  6. Congratulations your quilt is breath taking.

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  7. Wow! That is so gorgeous,I cant even imagine how it's made. Hope to see it in person one day. Enjoy that great prize.

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  8. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous quilt. Congratulations!

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  9. Congratulations, Best of show is well deserved, and well earned. You did an amazing job! Wish I could've seen it in person ~
    :-}pokey

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  10. the quilt is STUNNING! A well-deserved BIS! Congrats on your win and on your new sewing machine!!!!

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  11. Congratulations; it is beautiful!

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  12. Well deserved! It is gorgeous!!

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  13. I wish I didn't live the other side of the world I would love to see this quilt for real. It is just so beautiful. Well Done on your Best in Show :)

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  14. Congratulations Karen. Your quilt is fantastic and well desrving of the awards.

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  16. Congratulations!!! This is a stunning quilt and is such a winner!

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  17. Congratulations..your quilt is beautiful!

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  18. Congratulations, I'm not the least bit surprised! That quilt is world class.

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  19. Congatulations! The quilt is the Best I have seen made in this technique.

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  20. Congratulations. I am wowed by the quilting.

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  21. Many congratulations! I saw it in real life yesterday and was extremely impressed and amazed (and I guessed it was yours even before I read the label). Beautiful work.

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  22. Beautiful quilt/quilting Karen! Congratulations, I'm sure this quilt will receive many more ribbons in it's travels.!

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  23. Congratulations on your big win, it is a beautiful work of art, well done and well deserved.
    Would love to see it, I guess it will travel to Brisbane as it won Best of show?

    Enjoy your new machine

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  24. Congrats! A well deserved Best of Show, and so glad I was there to celebrate with you.

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  25. Congratulations!! Just absolutely stunning and soooo well deserved!

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    1. So wonderful Karen - great happiness, so well deserved !
      Hugs - Lurline

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  26. Such perfect quilting , congrats .
    Well deserved .

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  27. Congratulations...it looks beautiful.

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  28. Congratulations, how fantastic that longarm work is recognised for the art that it can be! Your exquisite work deserves the ribbons.

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  29. Congratulations,awell deserved Best of Show,Im proud to be your Mum.

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  30. Congratulations, the quilt looks amazing.

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  31. Congratulations! Your quilt is absolutely stunning. I love the pebbling and your feathers are so elegant. I would love to see it close up to see how the layering works. Are you going to enter your quilt in the Australian Machine Quiter's show at the Australian Machine Quilter's Festival in Adelaide? You should - then I could see it in person - and it's all about me! :-)

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  32. Yaaaaaayyyyy!!!!! So proud of you ... but not even slightly surprised. Your work is always amazing but this quilt is so spectacular. Wish I had seen it in person. The one time I decide not to go to the show ...... D'oh!!
    Enjoy your prize!
    Andi x

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  33. Stunning quilt. I am so impressed with your quilting, it's fantastic!

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  34. Just rewards! It is stunning... I saw it today xx

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  35. congratulations! stunning!!

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  36. Such an amazing quilt!!! You worked hard for this "win".

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  37. Wow that is unbelievably beautiful!! Congratulations.

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  38. Congratulations! I can see why you won, that quilt is AMAZING!

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  39. Congratulations on your wonderful double win for such a superb quilt. Take care.

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  40. Congratulations A Beautiful Quilt.

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  41. Congratulations. I will get to see it when it does the tour next year

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  42. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt and quilting. You must be thrilled! It looks fabulous.

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  43. Congratulations, simply stunning. and oh my gosh all the hours involved, wonderful. thank you for sharing your work with us also

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  44. Congratulation! How lovely for you and well deserved. The quilt is stunning!!!

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  45. Oh my! congratulations!
    I'm so happy that I get to see this quilt on the other side of the world!
    You did a fabulous job it must be so exciting to have the recognition you deserve!

    Happy Sewing

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  46. Absolutely STUNNING quilt Karen! Congratulations on a very well deserved prize. You will enjoy your Bernina I'm sure. Jan K.

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