You win some and you lose some and it all works out in the end!

Thanks to all of you for your kind words and good wishes on my Spiraling out of Control quilt. As I said previously, no matter how the competition turned out, I was happy to be a part of the challenge and thrilled that someone would think my quilt deserved to be among the top 10 out of hundreds. Besides, now I have a finished quilt ready for the next show!

Be sure to click here to see the top 3 winners. They are all amazing and kudos to their makers! They are all truly deserving. πŸ™‚

Modern Quilt

Spiraling out of Control by Christa Watson

As I’ve said before, I absolutely love entering challenges and competitions, even if I don’t win. It helps me become a better quilter, and it allows me to share my quilts with a wider audience. Besides, if I didn’t have deadlines to strive for, I wouldn’t get anything done, LOL!

A couple hours after I read the final MQG challenge results, I got a notification from AQS that my Colorful Chevrons Quilt has been juried into Paducah. That made my day!


Colorful Chevrons by Christa Watson

So you know what they say – on to the next quilt!

41 thoughts on “You win some and you lose some and it all works out in the end!

  1. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I absolutely love your quilt! I thought you were going to place in Top 3 for sure – but congrats on the Top Ten; that’s still pretty fantabulous!

  2. Ellie says:

    Sorry you didn’t take the top spot like I was sure you would but it’s only one panel of judge’s opinions. I hope you keep it in circulation and enter it again elsewhere when the opportunity presents itself again. You go girl. I personally love the quilt you made it has so much movement and is interesting to look at. Congrats on Paducah.

    • Christa says:

      Thanks so much! It was the MQG who narrowed down the choices and then the fabric company who selected the final winners – so I’m still thrilled that the “gurus” of modern quilting liked my quilt enough to choose it as a finalist. I’ve just filled out paperwork to enter Spiraling into a couple more shows, so we’ll see what happens!

  3. Sandra Walker says:

    Getting into the top 10 of 390 is HUGE. I personally think that the judges maybe are not ready for modern quilts that push the boundaries a little? All 3 winners have light backgrounds, 2 white, one pale grey. I’ve been thinking of using black as the background for a modern quilt myself–why not? I think yours had tons of movement, and I also liked the fact that you incorporated improv piecing, and did it very effectively.

  4. Karen Seitz says:

    I was hoping you’d be in the top three — your quilt is so dynamic yet balanced. You have a great attitude, and the Colorful Chevrons going to Paducah is fantastic!

  5. Pam S says:

    Good attitude! Being in the top ten is AWESOME! And getting accepted at Paducah on top of that! You have arrived! And you deserve it. Your quilts are wonderful.

  6. Cheryl says:

    I was amazed by your Riley Blake challenge quilt when you first posted it. What creative use of the fabrics! I had wished that I could start mine all over I was so inspired by Sprialing Out of Control! I was sure you would be selected as a winner – I think all 10 should be.

  7. frog4shoes says:

    I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your colorful chevrons quilt!!!! Loved it on the cover of QUILTY magazine and that’s why I purchased that issue. After I read about it, that’s when I started following your blog….and my life is richer because of that. I have made two chevron quilts myself (before my encounter with yours)…..and soooooo love your Riley Blake entry SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL. Your work is inspirational.

  8. Sandy Foster says:

    Even being selected to be in the contest was a win, Christa! So congratulations on that. Similarly, being juried into Paducah is a *huge* win β€” whether you come home with or without a ribbon. Congratulations all over again! πŸ™‚

  9. Diane C says:

    Your quilt is awesome. I really like your design and the name you gave your challenge quilt. I showed my husband a picture on line and he really liked it; in fact, he made comments about why he liked it. He is usually a man of few words but he used more than a few when expressing his opinion about Spiraling Out of Control. We both love it.

  10. Mary Ann says:

    Sorry your quilt wasn’t chosen as the top 3 winners. Am so happy for you to have your other quilt be at Paducah! What a great honor!

  11. KatieQ says:

    The photo of the quilt is beautiful, but I didn’t have a full appreciation of the work until I received the scraps left from the quilt. The skinny strips, vibrant colors, and sharp points were amazing.

  12. Lindsey says:

    All the quilts in the top 10 were really great–however, I thought yours would for sure be in the top 3! I was banking on it! So I am a bit disappointed that you weren’t! 😦 Congrats on your other quilt! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  13. Alice says:

    You are an inspiration to all, especially struggling newbies. Loved your use of color and you had so much piecing compared to the first two winners. I also loved Melissa Corry’s quilt but the other two,, not as much as yours.

    • Christa says:

      Thanks, you are sweet. They were all so wonderful and I’m really happy that Melissa made the top three. She’s a great friend of mine so if it wasn’t me, I’m glad it was someone I knew πŸ™‚

  14. knitnkwilt says:

    I couldn’t have made a choice among the top ten–I don’t envy the judges. Like the others, I really, really liked yours. Cheers on being in the top ten (380 people didn’t make that!) and super cheers on getting juried into the AQS show.

  15. julie says:

    Congratulations about Paducah! I must say I was really surprised your challenge quilt wasnt in the top 3!! I am crazy about it! It really makes your eyes dance to look at definitely was my favorite! I wouldnt want to be the person to make that decision…there were so many interesting and awesome entries.

  16. Melissa Brown says:

    Sorry about that. But like you said, you did still make it into the top ten. I, for one, continue to be inspired by you and your quilting!

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