Friday, March 11, 2011

I'm seeing blue!

Last night was the opening night of the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show for 2011, Along the Desert Highway.  It is always an inspiring show full of beautiful quilts.
The state is full of artists who express themselves through the use of fabric and fiber, as exemplified by the Best of Show quilt by Karen Fisher from Tucson.
There are still a few traditional quilters in the state and I am one of them.
I was thrilled to capture a blue ribbon for my quilt, Autumn's Bounty.
I hate to be photographed, so I am clinching my teeth as I post this picture, but I am very proud of the award.
For those of you who follow me regularly, you will remember this quilt from last spring.  My dear friend, Lin, brought a quilt to my attention at that time and the wheels started churning.  The quilt was Fall Harvest by Ann Seely and was published on the cover of QNM back in October 2000.  I wrote to Ann asking her permission to reproduce her quilt in small scale and she graciously consented.  That is why Lin's name is on the label of my winning quilt as part of my inspiration.
Many have asked about the pattern.  I will be publishing it in April and it will be available only at The Olde World Quilt Shoppe where I teach, but I have to get a copy to Ann first.  That was her only stipulation.

Just in case you are wondering, Serendipity Found, my large applique quilt from Kim Diehl's pattern Serendipity Sampler, won a 3rd place ribbon as well. Baltimore album quilts made a big comeback this year at the show and took some of the top honors. 

I hope this post makes it to you all as Blogger is getting quite obstinate.  I have been experiecing lots of difficulty uploading photos, reading other's post and leaving comments.
Frustrating for a true blogaholic!

33 comments:

Sue said...

I have been having difficulties with Blogger too.
Your quilt is gorgeous and congratulations! What an honor. I can certainly understand the pride:)
You really do lovely work.

Blessings

Cindy N. said...

Congratulations! Your quilts are beautiful :)

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Such exciting news! Congrats, Cheryl! I am not surprised your beautiful quilt won a blue ribbon. Congrats, too, on your award for Serendipity Found.

regan said...

Cheryl.....this quilt is fabulous! I, too, love the traditional quilts, and I'm so glad to see yours take a blue!

I hate being in pics, too....I always come off looking made....and I never am! Weird!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on a beautiful job. Never doubted that you would get a ribbon. You are so good with color and applique. I am envious of your talents.

Linda in IN

Maureen said...

You and your quilt are beautiful! Congratulations!

Betty Lou said...

What a beautiful quilt-----Congratulations.

Jill said...

Congratulations! The quilt is just beautiful and well deserving of a blue ribbon! I am so happy for you.

Karen said...

"Auntumn's Bounty" is a beautiful quilt. I like that you added applique. Congratulations on winning a reward.

Sue said...

Congratulations Cheryl on winning a award ! Your quilt and you are just beautiful!

merumo said...

Congrats on your beautiful quilt! We all knew you will win ;) Can't wait to hear more about it on Sunday...

Mad about Craft said...

Beautiful quilt! You deserve the award!

Linda said...

I'm so glad that you won an award for your quilt. It is beautiful. I'm also glad that you are still among the traditional quilters...it does seem to be a minority group at the quilt shows in my state also. Please let us know when your pattern will be available to order from The Olde World Quilt Shoppe.

Rosie said...

Fabulous! Well-deserved blue ribbon! Love the new do!

annieb said...

Congratulations on your awards! Such a beautiful quilt! I hate getting my picture taken too...

Merilyn said...

Congratulations Cheryl, your awards are well deserved, and you don't look like you are clenching too hard! LOL!!! Your blue ribbon winner is really lovely! How wonderful to get recognition for all that hard work, well done!!!

Stray Stitches said...

Congratulations!!!!! Your quilt certainly deserved a first. And another quilt earned a 3rd place ribbon. How fantastic.
I totally sympathize with you on the having your picture taken - I'm the same way - absolutely hate it!!

libbyquilter said...

congratulations~!!~
a well deserved ribbon as this is a wonderful quilt~!

:-)
libbyQ

Cathy said...

Cheryl, Your quilt is so beautiful. I remember seeing this quilt in the magazine. You did such an excellent job. Congrats on the ribbon for this quilt and Serindipity Found. PS you take a good picture. Hugs

Miriam said...

Congratulations for both your quilts!
Wonderful work!

Elyte said...

Congratulations Cheryl, all your hard work and those long hours doing something you love, and now being rewarded for your efforts. Does it get any better than that?
Congratulations again and I hope that you have had some time to celebrate.

Kat said...

beautiful quilt !!
congratulation for the win ! :))

Darlene said...

Congratulations, Cheryl. A well deserved win for a stunning quilt.

Denise said...

Nice to meet You!!
The quilt is wonderful, congratulation!!
Denise

Aunt 'Reen said...

Congratulations on receiving a Blue Ribbon for this amazing quilt! That is such a beautiful picture of you and your quilt! I'm happy you received such deserving recognition!

Mary L. said...

Congratulations! Your quilt is so beautiful I'm not surprised. I'm sure your smile is beautiful too, but I understand about hating to have pictures taken.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Darling picture of you and your quilt is wonderful. Congratulations Cheryl, so happy for you on receiving a Blue Ribbon!

Carolyn :)

Ariane said...

Congratulations!!! Your quilt is gorgeous!! That is such a great honor!!!

Carrie said...

Congratulations! I saw your beautiful quilt at the show and forgot to congratulate you when I saw you at Olde World yesterday afternoon. I'm such a twit!

Wendy said...

Congrats, the quilt is absolutely stunning. You should be very proud of your self. I'm with you, don't take a picture of me.

Michele said...

Congratulations on a beautiful quilt :-) Wow! You must be thrilled with your awards :-) That is a nice picture of you!

MARCIE said...

Way to go Cheryl! What a wonderful quilt! I am happy for you!

Judy said...

Your quilt is wonderful .. congratulations! It was nice to meet you at Olde World on Saturday.