I am humbled and in awe. I just found out that my quilt, String of Pearls won an Honorable Mention at MQX Pacific Northwest in Portland, Oregon. This show focuses on machine quilting using all different types of machines, domestic or professional.
Of course I’m kicking myself for not actually attending the show. Next year!
String of Pearls was entered into the category “Machine Quilting the Modern Way.” I owe a huge thanks to Angela Walters and The Gadget Girls for sponsoring this category. I can’t wait to get my quilt back to see what prize I’ve won!
Although I won’t be able to see pictures of the other quilts until after the show, I was able to view a list of the award winners here.
I am thrilled to be in such good company. Seriously, I feel as elated as if I’d won Best of Show! The three lovely ladies who took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the same category are all professional long-arm quilters that do amazing work.
Do you know what this means? It means that the results of free-motion quilting on a Bernina (or other domestic machine) can be just as good as quilting on a professional long arm machine.
I have long thought that quilting on a “home” machine doesn’t have to be computer-perfect, yet it can still add amazing texture to your quilts. Now I’m doing my part to spread the word to others. I hope this idea will take hold and grow as more people discover the joy of quilting, no matter which type of machine they choose to use.
Because I like to make my backs as interesting as the fronts, here’s my “Shades of Grey” backing for this quilt:
Updated 10/11 – Thanks so much to Joni from Oregon for taking a picture of my quilt hanging at the show!! It even has a ribbon on it – (squeals of delight)!