My local quilt guild - Quilter's Anonymous (not a recovery group, for sure!) had it's annual show last month. It's a non-juried show, anyone who is a member of the guild and puts in at least 4 hours of volunteer time each year can enter their quilts. We had over 500 quilts this year, and the range of talent and different styles of quilts is pretty amazing.
Although you wouldn't know it from looking at my blog, I was so busy quilting other people's quilts last year that I didn't finish any of my own.... But there were 10 quilts that I had quilted for customers in the show, and two of them received ribbons! Viewers vote on their favorites in several different categories - applique, pieced, large, small, etc. Both of my ribbons were in the pieced duet category - pieced by one person, and quilted by another - in this case, yours truly.
The first is this butterfly quilt, made by my friend Joan Dawson. Here it is on the design wall, pre-quilting.
And here's a few shots of the quilting details:
I love using variegated thread on batiks. This quilt won second prize in it's category.
The second quilt that won a ribbon is "Cool Runnings" made by Pam Pifer.
The fish are all foundation paper-pieced.
I wanted to make the background look like moving water. Again, variegated thread (Superior Rainbows) for both the background and the fish.
This quilt won honorable mention in the same category as the butterfly quilt.
The ribbons are awarded at the guild meeting after the show, so no photos of the ribbons on the quilts.
As a side note, when quilting batik quilts, especially when there's applique, extra layers, and both the top and back are batik, I find that I have better tension and stitch quality when using a #20 needle. This helps to keep the thread from fraying, which can be an issue with variegated thread. I also lightly spray the area I am about to quilt with water - just get it a little damp. The damp fabric seems to grab the thread, and there are no skipped stitches or loops on the back.
The weather is finally warming up a little - raining today, but supposed to be up around 70 for the rest of the week. That would be nice! I am ready for spring to settle in.