Sunday, 28 July 2013

Victorian Quilters Showcase 2013

The Victorian Quilters Showcase is on at the moment and I had a wonderful day there on Thursday. The first day of the show is always exciting because everything looks so new and fresh and it's the day that the prizes are announced.

I was thrilled to win two prizes at the show. I received a first in Mixed Techniques and Excellence in Embroidery and Embellishment for my quilt Christmas Crazy.

Christmas Crazy is a hand embroidered crazy quilt and I machine quilted it on a domestic machine. It is my original design and it's a wonder that it ever got put together. I made all the hanging ornament blocks last year while I was participating in the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012. Then I had to decide how to make them into a cohesive quilt. I tried so many configurations and took photos of each step and made my family come in and see what they thought. I also tried at least four different background fabrics. In fact I might do a blog post showing all the things I was thinking.

Anyway the agonising is over and the quilt was finally finished. 

Here's me just after the ceremony with my prizes.

That box you can see behind the ribbons is quite heavy and it's a three drawer chest filled with Madeira machine embroidery threads.

I have always wanted to own one of these. When you open the first drawer this is what you see.

But there are three drawers!!

I am very lucky and this chest of threads was provided by SSS Pty Ltd.

I also received a gift voucher from Eureka Patchwork in Ballarat. So it looks as though I will be making a trip back to Ballarat sometime soon.

Today is the last day of the show and I am just about to go in for the day. There are some really beautiful quilts this year and I have taken some photos that I will put into a post next week. But here is a sneak peak of the Best of Show quilt made by Pamela Brockwell.

Bye for now,


Anonymous said...

Congratulations Linda, what a wonderful, different layout. Now you shouldn't be short of threads and what a beautiful case to keep them in. Cathie

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Cathie,
I think that the chest of threads look too beautiful to use and I just might look at them!

jude's page said...

Congratulations Linda, beautiful quilt. I have one of those chests of threads and the yellow ribbon to go with it, from 2011 Showcase. I find it hard to take thread out and use it, doesn't look the same with gaps in the drawers!!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jude,

Yes it might just have to be an ornament!

Wendy said...

Congrats on your win! Your quilt is just stunning and an inspiration with all the crazy quilting going on...I would love to see your process in the future...that chest of thread is heavenly to be sure...

Lorraine said...

Congrats Linda and well deserved I might add! A lovely quilt and I agree with Wendy, I'd love to see your process.

Linda Steele said...

Thank you Wendy and Lorraine. I'll have to look at the photos and see if they are suitable to show people!

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Jen said...

Linda, this quilt is AMAZING. Please, please, please can we get some closeups and maybe another high rez picture of the whole thing? I am in love!

Linda Steele said...

Thanks Jen,
I will write a post in the next couple of days about how I designed the quilt and some close-up photos.

Gina E. said...

Congratulations again from me too! I was so pleased when you came to find me over at the Guild stand, when I'd missed you at the presentation. You deserve that beautiful box of cottons - I can't think of anyone else who would put them to better use!
Wish I'd known about that CD of the quilts, I would have certainly bought one, seeing I didn't take my camera this year. Do you have a copy of it, Linda?