Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sometimes It Works Out Better

Well, the NCW 2015 Quilt Show was this weekend. I took my quilts down to Wenatchee on Monday for drop-off {it's an hour drive}. Practically shaking when I handed them over, I managed to leave them instead of gathering them all up and making a mad dash for the door. It felt a little like dropping a child off for the first day of Kindergarten.
X's and O's
I took all my pics with the flash off which makes the lighting seem not as good as it actually was. My X's and O's quilt had a really lovely glow about it {which I always knew it had} and made me feel very proud. Spring Forward looked soft and approachable {another proud moment}. I so loved being able to see them both hanging tall and proud--happiness in good lighting. It's always such a thrill to see our quilts hanging up for once instead of being wadded up in a ball at the end of the couch.*wink
Spring Forward
Forgive me for not remembering to get the full names of all who made the following quilts. Photo taking is not something that comes naturally to me and I often forget why I even have the thing dangling off my wrist. The quilt below was a wonderful example of wool up-cycling. I felt positively inspired to start combing my local 2nd hand stores for possible quilty uses.
A beautiful up-cycled quilt
The vintage/antique looking quilts caught my eye as usual. I'm beginning to think a hexy quilt might very well be in my far off, distant future...
Lovely hexies
The Dresden quilt below was quite possibly the most inspiring quilt in the whole show to me! The coloring is very bad in this picture, but if you could just imagine the various prints in this quilt looking spunky? Paired with the crhome yellow, lets just say that I was completely enamored of this quilt.
A gorgeous Dresden quilt
I had to smile at the quilt below. It gave off a very fun vintage vibes that I well appreciate.
A bit of a vintage vibe
I really enjoyed looking at this applique quilt although I'm quite positive yours truly would never be able to make something turn out quite this polished looking. And another great border idea!
Interesting applique border
Had to smile at this little quilt in one of the vender booths. Shades of my Sunburst quilt! There was so many good quilts that I simply forgot about taking a picture of.
Reminds me of my Sunburst quilt....
I did remember to go back and take a picture of these great mini quilts? So gorgeous. I adore the stitching details.
Fabulous detail...
 Incredible work ladies!
And stitching....
And this is such a fun, folksy flower quilt--I couldn't resist. I'm often tempted to make another big {one} flower quilt after seeing something like this. And there very far back in the picture on the right corner?
Fun folksy flower and waaay back in the corner?
Yep, it's my fire quilt. And the entire quilt was on display. In very good lighting {tho the picture doesn't do it justice}. My heart was about to beat out of my chest.
My fire quilt
And I just about started crying, blinking away tears as fast as I could--trying to control my emotions and not act like a weirdo.
Is the picture a bit fuzzy?
 'Cuz they gave me Best of Show. I know. Pretty insane huh?
'Cuz that must be you.  I can see it all perfectly....
My dad said it's validation. I just think it's amazing. {Still very unreal feeling}. And so naturally, I had to act like a stalker and go back and stare at it, over and over, for I won't tell you how many times. And I took like five? pictures of the ribbon because surely I had to be hallucinating......

68 comments:

  1. All right! Now that is what should have happened last time! Whoop!!!!!

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  2. Wow! Oh, Audrey, I am so, so pleased to hear about Best of Show! I think I would have stood there the whole time if it was me, never mind going back to see it several times! I am SO glad for you, and it is certainly well deserved. sarah@forrussia.org

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  3. I am so over the moon happy for you. Savor every moment. Congratulations!

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  4. A well-deserved prize! You made a unique and compelling statement quilt in the best folk tradition.

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  5. Congratulations. Your fire quilt has so much thought put into it..it is amazing! :)

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  6. What a wonderful tribute and award to your quilt and to you. You worked hard on that quilt and poured your emotions into. I'm so happy that it was given a prize of honor! Oh, yes, your other quilts looked fabulous too.

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  7. I'm so happy for you Audrey! That ribbon means a lot!! Beautiful to see it hung well and appreciated.

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  8. Congratulations Audrey - it is very special!

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  9. congratulations - I'm proud of you!! I knew that quilt should have a ribbon on it

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  10. Congratulations all your work is beautiful!!

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  11. When I saw Best of Show, I started to cry. I am so so happy for you. I was so horrified with how 'that other show' treated you and your work. This is how it's meant to be. Congrats, hugs, and please keep sharing your beautiful work.

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  12. Congratulations! I'm not surprised a bit at the best in show ribbon. Fully deserved!

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  13. Well done, you must be over the moon about your Best of Show ribbon, your quilt is really special and encourages people to take a second (and third) look to read it and understand about how the fire affected people.

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  14. I would like to write something more, but the tears are in my way. So, very happy for you Audrey...BEST OF SHOW!!!!
    blessings, jill

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  15. Congratulations! Well deserved.

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  16. Finally, your quilt got the recognition it deserves. Congrats, Audrey. It is well deserved.

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  17. You did good. Congratulations on getting best of show. Great quilt and nice to have that acknowledgement .

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  18. Congratulations with getting Best in show! It must be a welcome boost with everything that is going on and the disappointment of the earlier show.

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  19. Surely a great feeling, especially after last time. well done and thank you for the pix!

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  20. Congratulations Audrey, thanks for sharing. XXX

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  21. Cream always rises to the top! A big woo hoo to you!!!

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  22. Great that you won Best of Show. See what the other Show committee missed out on! Very pleased for you.

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  23. Congratulations! So deserved! Such a special quilt , so many emotions! Well done!

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  24. Congratulations...great achievement!

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  25. Such a different reaction to the one at the other show. Congratulations on the ribbon. You deserved it.

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  26. OH ... Congratulations!!! So happy for you!

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  27. Wow, Best of Show ... :-)) You totally deserves this one, I couldn't be happier for you; Congratulations!!

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  28. It deserved best of show. An art quilt, a story quilt, a quilt about lives in your state, and all of that intricate applique! The letters, words, little sunglasses and symbols...so much stitching and emotion in that quilt !! Now here I am actually getting teary-eyed because I remember it all !

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  29. What they said! And I cried, too, because of the validation, because it is just right, correct and true that this quilt deserves to be best of show, and because so many evacuees in my area (northern California) and Washington and other western states are needing this quilt right now.

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  30. Oh so wonderful for you! You must be doing your "happy dance"...I am happy that you got the recognition you so deserve...hugs, Julierose

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  31. Congratulations, a true champion was honored here, not like last time....
    Gorgeous quilt.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  32. Congratulations, a well deserved ribbon. Would love to have been able to see your quilts in the show.

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  33. Told you so!!! Way to go on a amazing quilt that tells a story that while it is unique to you and your town connects to many. So glad you took your quilt.

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  34. Congratulations! Your quilts are truly works of art and I am so happy for you!

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  35. Applause! I knew your fire quilt had winning potential.

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  36. Congratulations Audrey! They figured out what we all knew, that this quilt is truly one of a kind with an authentic and heartfelt story to tell. I'm so happy for you and hope you will continue to enter it in other shows.

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  37. Your dad is a sharp cookie!! Glad he has your back. It took a ton of courage to put the quilts in another show--good job!! Best of Show. Congrats

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  38. And I got tears reading your post, Audrey. Congratulations!! Best of Show!!! I am so happy you are showing your quilts in a venue and setting where they are fully appreciated. I still think you should submit the Fire quilt to Pacific International Quilt Festival, but then you'd have to get yourself down to Californiia. Or maybe not... You could always mail it to me and I could take it. Let me know ... seriously!

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  39. Congrats on Best of Show! Your quilt with the words, phrases, tell it like it is. Pure hell.

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  40. Seeing one's quilts hanging in a show is such an amazing experience. But with a ribbon! That must be wonderful! Congratulations!

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  41. I am so happy for you and the quilt. And for what it's worth, a blue ribbon allows you to act as weird as you want! Good job, I'm happy for you, but not the least bit surprised. :)

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  42. Woooo hoooo! Congratulations! That is really lovely, after you were so worried about how it would be received. But it just goes to show, if it is meaningful to you, then others will pick up on that as well. I'm probably almost as happy as you! :D

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  43. Well, call me crazy too because I started to cry when I read it and we haven't even met (yet)! I am so proud of you for sharing it after your first disastrous attempt. I enjoy looking at all your quilts. You have such a wonderful spirit that shows through each one of them. Congratulations!

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  44. WooHoo! I'm sitting here covered in goose bumps after learning about the recognition your quilt received - congrats on such a great accomplishment! I'm SO happy for you!

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  45. Yaaay! ( Jumping up and down -sending a big hug) You deserve a happy ending to this story.....Way. To. Go!

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  46. So happy for you! It really is an amazing quilt.

    Thanks for sharing all the eye candy.

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  47. Congratulations, Audrey! I'm so happy your fabulous quilt was recognized for all the work, emotions, energy and originality that went into it. Wheeeee!

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  48. Holy cow! I am beyond thrilled for you! Not insane at all - well deserved - congratulations!

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  49. Now tears are streaming down my face! What a great honor just take a big breath and enjoy! Congrats to you!

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  50. Congratulations! It is well-deserved. So happy for you!

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  51. Hooray! and congrats. The story has a happy ending!

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  52. Best of show-WOW! Congratulations- I can am so pleased for you. I am so glad you entered your quilts especially after your bad experience at the last quilt show. I can just feel your emotion and it brings tears to my eyes. Your quilt is amazing - wish I could see it up close! :)

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  53. Best of Show! See--we told you the quilt is awesome. Well deserved recognition.You must feel so proud and validated. Always follow your heart. You were so brave to enter another show. I m so happy for you.

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  54. Talk about blinking away the tears....I am at work and sneaking a look at your blog and I nearly cried at my desk! CONGRATULATIONS! Exciting news and you must be on cloud 9!

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  55. Wow! Congratulations, Audrey!! A well-deserved award. Bask in the glow of it! Your quilt is awesome and, I would guess, the most original quilt in the show! I'd love to see it in person some day.

    Your other quilts look super too. Isn't it fun to see them hanging up in their full glory? I always feel like mine are a little out of place - so used to see them on the bed or draped on a chair.

    Love the other quilt photos, especially enjoyed the Round Robin ones with all the stitchery. And that chrome yellow quilt is fun! Thanks for sharing them.

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  56. Yay Audrey!!! So happy for you! (blinking away tears!)

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  57. Perfect quilt Audrey. I can see why you won Best of Show. Well done.

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  58. You and the quilt knew it wasn't supposed to be stuck in a corner where it's story couldn't be told. Hallelujah!!!

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  59. Congratulations on your well-deserved award! Over 700 families lost their homes in fires here in NorCal recently, and your quilt also tells their story. My heart goes out to them all. Always enjoy your voice, and your quilts on your blog!

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  60. Three Cheers for You, Audrey!!! It truly is validation for a remarkable quilt that tells your story. Well done!

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  61. Oh Audrey!! That's wonderful news. Congratulations!! How fabulous for you and so well deserved. Enjoy your moment in the spot light, sweetheart - you deserve it. Your other quilts look fab hanging up there too. And thanks for the pics of the other quilts - such talent. Great show. Hugs xx

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  62. Congratulations Audrey! so pleased for you! And yes, it is a special moment seeing your own quilts hanging up in a show!

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  63. Congratulations on your award! This quilt SO deserves it.

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  64. Just catching up on my blog reading and am just so happy to read this post. Way to go Audrey!!!! For making this amazing personal quilt, for being brave enough to share, for overcoming the 'stuck in a corner' experience and triumphing. Totally deserved on every level.

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