The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface


So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work

For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece. Javan



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Never About the Ribbons

Amy's Creative Side
What is your favorite quilt and story - I have entered my story with the BLOGGER'S QUILT FESTIVAL - SPRING 2011,  http://amyscreativeside.com/2011/05/13/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2011/

Please be sure to check it out and read all the wonderfully inspiring stories - so far about 500.


Early in my quilting adventure with my brand-new view of quilting, I picked up a quilt kit called "Chained to my Cabin" by Darlene Ware at a show in Myrtle Beach, SC. I loved the colors of the show sample and the pattern looked challenging - all right everything looked challenging to me at that time -  and it did take a couple months to get the courage to cut the fabrics.

I did my very best - ripping out and doing over until it was perfect in my very inexperienced opinion - what a fight I had with myself about perfectionism.

Off to the professional quilter, Bonnie Williamson, to work her wonderful magic with the custom quilting. I learned how expensive professional quilting can be and the difference between meandering and custom quilting during this part of my journey ... the quilt was certainly becoming very special to me.

A judged-quilt show opportunity presented itself a few months later. Having never entered a quilt into a show, I was sure I would not win but instead I wanted to get a critique and some constructive remarks to verify that I was on the right track with my quilting. Since the show was the same weekend end as a planned out-of-town trip with family and friends, I dropped the quilt off with a trusted friend who owns a quilt shop in Jacksonville, NC so she could take the quilt to the show and I arranged for my granddaughter to pick it up if we did not return in time on Sunday.


The telephone call - "Gramms, I am at the quilt show and I do not know what these mean, but you have two ribbons on your quilt." I told her I did not know either, but she really should ask someone and call me back, as I was jumping up and down.

A ribbon of course could mean anything as there are different colors - never in my wildest dreams did I believe I had won something so spectacular. Remember, I just wanted a critique to build confidence that I was progressing in my quilting..

She asked and said the ribbons were "Best in Category" and "Best In Show". My heart did leaps... my feet were jumping up and down in my happy dance - and my joy was out of my control ... my very first thought was how proud I was of all the "rip outs and do overs" I had accomplished in my journey. We came home rather quickly (this was a big deal afterall) and arrived in time to see the quilt hanging and to have pictures taken along with a picture of Bonnie Williamson, the quilter who had been notified by a friend.  I no longer have those pictures on my computer (crashed) or I would share.

My piecing must have been good... it was a kit so someone else picked out the fabric and colors... it was professionally quilted... but my piecing was good. Bonnie Williamson's name was on the label to share the glory, but the bragging rights are all mine. I was disappointed, however, there was no critique. Hee, hee

I have never entered another judged show - it was never about the ribbons, just the critique - one win was enough for me and the critique was the ribbons I won - not sure I could have taken the excitement again. This was a very happy and informative quilting journey...I loved sharing it with you. Judy C in NC sends you every happiness along your very own personal journey filled with joy

(Postscript:  this quilt will be given to the granddaughter who called me from the show.  She also claims that the twins were conceived under this quilt when she later came to our house for a visit.  The twins are now 14  Don't you love that life is so wonderful.)

4 comments:

Pondside said...

Wow - you should be on cloud nine! Congratulations on that!

Joanne Lendaro said...

Every quilt you make is a winner! Wonderful story....

Michelle May (Shell) said...

How wonderful!!!! Such a lovely, lovely quilt and so deserving of ribbons!
xx, shell

taylorsoutback said...

A beautiful quilt, Judy! Well deserved on the recognition you received too. I truly believe that we can learn so much by participating in quilt shows. And if you have a well qualified judge who provides encouragement along with helpful suggestions that is a plus.