Thursday, June 21, 2012

{Bluegrass Kaleidoscope WrapUp}


 This past weekend the NQA Show was held in Columbus Ohio, and has a long standing history of traditional style quilts and techniques.  

Being of the Modern Quilt movement myself, a few of us from the Columbus MQG decided to put our modern quilts on the line and enter the show!  Some of  us girls of the CMQG had been joking that in the coming years we'd take over the NQA Show... helping it to become not just a traditional show, but also showcase modern quilts to boot!   It was a great experience, although the judges sheet I received containing constructive criticism sort of made my blood boil as I failed to sew my binding together on the bias (which I KNEW was the proper way!) and I thought I had done in the right way!  I cut it on the diagonal, but sewed the strips together straight.  Live and learn, Cristin.  Meh.

Even with my "binding technique needing review" I received an Honorable Mention ribbon! I was in complete shock and awe, having never entered a quilt in a show, and only attending one other quilt show in my life!   Bluegrass Kaleidoscope was a group submission since I had help from the fabulous girls of the {Bee}autiful VQB on flickr.  I wish I had 10 other ribbons to give to you girls that made it happen... its your award just as much as mine!  

Many thanks to: Rachel, Elizabeth, Beth, Amanda, Vickie, Heather, Megan, Amber, Jenni, and Angela!

And something I noticed while viewing the hundreds of other quilts on display at the show: EVERYONE had their quilting done on a long arm machine... from what I could see.  I was the lone soul who had straight-line quilting (done on my little home machine.)  The judges did comment how the dense straight quilting complemented the quilt design and fabric so I guess I'm no worse for wear, nor should I feel deprived, somehow... for not quilting it on a long arm.

Said quilt already has the hanging sleeve ripped off, and has been washed and dried... and now resides in my living room to cuddle under, take on picnics, and to the beach. 

14 comments:

Faith Jones said...

Congratulations Cristin, that is awesome! Why does everyone that enters a show get their binding commented on? There must be some serious binding police out there - ha! I think it's fabulous. :)

Melanie said...

Congrats! Good for you for entering your quilt! Sometimes I think traditional quilters need to have things shaken up a bit!

Kelly Smith said...

Congrats to you! At least you cut the binding on the bias, I always fail to do that. I agree with the above comments, maybe I will enter one with binding cut AND sewn on straight. That will get the binding polices' undies in a bundle! ;)

Angela {fussycut} said...

How exciting!! Good for you. :)

Sel said...

I admit, if all they've got to comment on is the fact that you sewed your binding strips together straight, I think they're getting nitpicky for the sake of getting nitpicky.

But I am of the opinion that a quilt is good if the recipient likes it and it's useful, not if it's technically perfect! :)

Sel said...

Oh, and congratulations! *sheepish grin*

AnneMarie said...

Awesome job Cristin!! SO happy for you and your Honorable Mention! I'm so glad we entered together... it made it fun to share our first entry together.

Can't wait to see my review sheet - I DID cut and sew my binding straight!!

beth lehman said...

that's so great!! congratulations!! it's a beautiful quilt~!

Vickie E said...

excellent Cristin! Your quilt is stunning :) congrats!

justsouthofsanity said...

Congrats! Keep shaking things up, I'm sure there are many more ribbons in your future! It is a beautiful quilt.

Elizabeth

Lisa said...

Fabulous! Congrats to you. Beautiful quilt and you must be so proud. Ox

Tracy said...

Congratulations! I'm sure people are still talking about your quilt and the quilting. Awesome.

LuLu said...

Cristin congratulations! Don't let those old crotchety ladies get to you. This quilt is fabulous!!!!

Darlene Gerber said...

Cristin,

Congratulations on winning a HM on your quilt!! I'm one of the quilters that entered a long arm quilted quilt. I don't have the confidence in my own machine quilting the way you do!! Your choice of quilting was perfect for the design of the quilt.

Darlene Gerber
Spinning Sampler(Scarlet and Gray)
iquiltscarletandgray.blogspot.com