Over the past few years I’ve been studying quilt shows and show quilts; studying winning quilts and non-winning quilts. The desire to enter a quilt into a national show has been growing bit by bit. This quilt didn’t start out as a show quilt, but as I worked on it, and I spent many, many hours more on this quilt than any other, I thought why not now? I am the type of person who likes to challenge myself. I don’t enjoy just stitching fabric together so much anymore. So, I finally made the leap.
I decided to enter this into MQX because I’ve heard that their show was one of the best, and its focus is the machine quilting. I also thought I’d take advantage of the Emerging Entrants category since it won’t always be able to do so. I was so shocked to see that my quilt was getting an award, and then as I watched the live awards presentation on Facebook, I was stunned to hear my name called last for first place!!
I named this quilt Made in Voyage because it’s my first attempt at a national show, and the fact that I made it over the course of, say, 18 months while traveling back and forth between Montana and California. It is all done with my hand-guided longarm. Most of the blocks are paper pieced. I added some needleturn appliqué in the borders, and piped binding. After I finished it, while it was drying during the blocking process, it bled! Oh no! Thankfully I had read articles by Vicki Welch and Margaret Gunn on how to fix the bleed. Dawn dish soap to the rescue!
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