Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blog Buddies Make it Big...


I definitely have quilt show fever as I look forward to attending the AQS - Grand Rapids, Michigan show this week.  I had 2 quilts accepted, so I am excited to see them hanging with so many fabulous quilts.

There are times, recently, when I am convinced that I lost the last nine or so months of my life.  I wasn't posting on my blog or staying caught up with my favorite blogs that I follow, much less doing enough personal sewing  This thought came home to roost a few days ago when I was thumbing through a recent issue of the AQS quilt magazine.  I stumbled on the pictures of winners from the AQS shows in Lancaster and Paducah, and THERE WAS BARB VEDDER and her beautiful quilt!  How did I miss this??  (Barb's blog is Fun With Barb, and you will find it here - the pictures are shown here by her permission.)

She won first place in the "Wall Hanging - Hand Quilted" category.  There she was, in the magazine, her thumbnail picture right next to a picture of her quilt.  Isn't it cool to find someone you "know" in a quilt magazine...especially when it is someone who does high calibre work all the time?    (her "Mother's Garden" quilt also took a blue ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival this year...).

Click here to read about the genesis of this beautiful work.


I keep finding pictures of quilts made by Kathie Holland in magazines and calenders...her blog is called Inspired by Antique Quilts.  The Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting 2010 Calendar is just one example (where her quilt made the cover AND she was "Miss October.")  Then there are several more of my favorite bloggers with recent books - wow!  Can I pick 'em, or what?  They all keep me so inspired and charge my creative battery on the days when I drag myself to my computer.

Karen, of Quilt...Etc. blog just emailed me to let me know that my "All Around the Town" quilt got an honorable mention ribbon at the AQS - Grand Rapids Show (Wall Quilt, Hand Quilted)!  Yahoo!  I was already excited beyond belief about going to the show tomorrow...now I wonder if I will sleep!  

Click here to see the YouTube video of the winners!

If you are feeling out of sorts and a little uncreative, I hope you find some inspiration soon...sometimes it is found in the darned-est places (I'm sure darned-est isn't a word, but I bet you get the idea).

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

 


23 comments:

  1. Congratulations (thank you for the u-tube link) and enjoy the show - pics of you by your piece!!

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  2. I just got home from the show in Grand Rapids! It's wonderful and saw all of those wonderful quilts! I loved the hand quilted ones! I wish I could go back for another day. There was so much to look at! My oh my. I thought I died and went to heaven!

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  3. Congratulations, Teresa! Woohoo! And thanks for the link to the show winners! And I think I get more inspiration from my blog buddies than I do from any book or show. I love that so much is shared here, including tips and tutorials! I always feel a need to go racing for my sewing room after spending a few minutes on the blogs. Yours is one of the best for inspiration, too! Thanks a bunch!

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  4. I am so proud of you for entering the show and getting honorable mention - as I was reading through the names this morning - from AQS on facebook and saw your name I told hubby that someone I "knew" got mentioned - it took him a minute to realize we had never met but were "blogging friends".
    Karen

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  5. Hey there :) Congratulations on having two quilts in the show! Enjoy the fun.

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  6. Thanks for the video--would love to see some of these in person!! I saw your quilt in more detail, on the Sue Garman blog page. So many fun little differences, that makes it a really special quilt. If you get a chance, could you get a close-up of the licorice & lace quilt??? That one is hard to see from the video. Thanks for the fun. Judy

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  7. Congratulations!!!! What a fun thing. Have a great trip to the show.

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  8. Congratulation Teresa, enjoy the show!

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  9. I think it is so neat when I see a blogger I know and they are published or have won a prize.

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  10. I just came back from watching the video. Congrats to you! I know it must be so cool for you to see your name with all those others.

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  11. So glad you had got an award on your quilt. Hope you enjoy your trip[ tomorrow. Chris

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  12. Congratulations to you Teresa for the Honorable Mention. Love your quilt! Have fun at the show tomorrow.

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  13. Congratulations! I am so happy to see you get the recognition you deserve for your beautiful work!!1

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  14. congratulations! I love this quilt and I'm glad it was recognized!
    Your special touches on it make it unique and so fun!
    Have a great time at the show!

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  15. Congratulations Barb, it really is a wonderful quilt and you deserve all the recognition! Have a great time and the show!

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  16. Congrats!! So happy your wonderful quilt was recognized. I am so glad you have returned to your blogging life. I missed you.

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  17. Congratulations to you Teresa! Enjoy the show. It is nice to see your own quilt hanging in the show.
    I got to see Barb's quilt in the Lancaster show. She is so talented. Love her spirit.
    Thanks for posting the link of the winning quilts.

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  18. Congratulations, Teresa, on your quilts in the AQS show. They are even more fabulous in person. Sue in mid MI

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  19. Congratulations on the honorable mention. Have a lot of fun at the show!

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  20. Just got home from spending the week at the show. I loved seeing your quilt...I've enjoyed it on the blog, but it is so special when seeing it in person!! I could just stand and look at it for hours. I kept going past it again to see what else I could find in it. And, I would tell others standing around that you had a wonderful blog they would enjoy!! I loved the whole Grand Rapids quilt experience. Made reservations for next year too!!

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  21. Congratulations Teresa. Your quilts are beautiful. Hope you enjoyed the show, I certainly did.

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  22. Congratulations on the ribbon! Job well done.

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