Thursday, June 19, 2014

Horseplay wins a race...


Finally, I can show you this latest finish. Apologies for the light in the corner but without it, the quilting almost disappears. This piece was for a competition within my local guild. The guidelines were simple. It could be no bigger than 36" on the longest side, and the theme was "DOT." My immediate thought was Bob Coonts who gave me permission in 2009 to use his art as inspiration for quilts. I had to make one of his spotted horses.

This one called for a variety of techniques, piecing, foundation paper piecing, hand applique, machine applique, sweat and laughter. What fun. 

The annual guild banquet and award ceremony was last night. There were about six prize categories plus two honorable mentions. "Horseplay" won the prize for "Most Effective Visual Impact" and I was purring! But then they announced the plum - the Viewer's Choice, and my dotty horse won that too, and I was over the top! 

The Viewer's Choice award is sponsored by the Canadian Quilt Guild. Both prizes came with a cash award too. (Note: In Canada, a first ribbon is red, not the blue of the USA. Our guild uses green/pink for first place in this annual contest because it is called "The Prairie Rose" competition)

Making this spotted horse was a big challenge and I learned much, but it was also so much fun. I'm thankful for the opportunity to try it, and for the encouragement of the judge and my peers in taking home a couple of prizes.


Quiltdivajulie said...

Congratulations!!!! LOVE love love love love your quilt!!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

That was worth waiting for! It is wonderful and no doubt as to why it was viewer's choice.

Elaine Adair said...

OMGosh - it is I am so proud of you stepping out on this horse --0 you did well, no wonder it is full of ribbons!!! ever since I saw his horses, I've wanted to try .... something !! Gooood job!!!

Penny said...

Congratulations Elsie...your ribbons are well deserved. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a winner.

Bonnie said...

Wonderful job. The quilting really enhances the piecing? Or Appliqué? Are you keeping this one for yourself?