I got a real surprise on Wednesday night! My quilt, "Love's Horizon," won two ribbons at the National Quilting Association's show in Columbus, Ohio: a first place in the duet category (it was beautifully quilted by Anita Shackelford) and a special recognition award, "Traditional: Remarkable Achievement in Classic Patterning." I wasn't there, but Anita Shackelford sent this photo of the quilt at preview night. It was very exciting! I made this quilt for my niece, Emerson, and the clipper ship bears her name. She was very excited too.
The NQA Show is a non-juried show. They accept the first four hundred entries received by the deadline and all are judged. The Best of Show , Best Machine Quilting, and Exemplary Appliqué ribbons all went to Sharon Schamber's quilt, "Once Upon a Time." I've seen her quilt in person and it is truly extraordinary, as is everything she does.
So that's my big adventure in entering a quilt show. It's only the second time I've done it; the first time was in a local guild show. It is not for the faint of heart, especially the packing and mailing part of the process. Now I just have to wait patiently for my quilt to get safely home to me.