It’s no secret I’ve fallen head over heels for modern quilting and the community that surrounds it. Because of this vibrant movement, I’ve probably made more meaningful quilts in the last year than I have in the previous ten years combined! This weekend my tastes were validated when 3 of my modern quilts took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in my traditional guild’s annual quilt show. 🙂
Ribbon winners got to wear these buttons of pride while walking around the show!
I’ve been a member of the Desert Quilters of Nevada going on 18 years now. It’s a lively group, full of encouragement and support. Even though I’m one of the youngest of the 400+ member group (and have been ever since I joined nearly 2 decades ago), the guild has offered me a place to share my quilts, practice my teaching skills, and attend amazing workshops and events.
String of Pearls by Christa Watson, 1st Place – DQN Pieced Category 2014
DQN is very open minded when it comes to the latest happenings in the quilt world. They have a very healthy art quilt subgroup and they’ve even recently started a modern “circle.”
I’m super excited that they’ve invited me to teach String of Pearls at this year’s annual quilting retreat. But I’m even more jazzed that the theme of the retreat is going to be “It’s a Modern World.” I mean, how cool is that??
Modern X by Christa Watson, 2nd Place – DQN Modern Category 2014
At the show it was fun to see people walk by Modern X and do a double take. One gentleman I spoke to, a long-arm quilter by trade, couldn’t figure out where I started and stopped my lines of stitching.
When I told him I quilted long lines from one edge of the quilt to the other on my Bernina, he said you couldn’t really do that type of uninterrupted straight-line quilting on a long arm. (Score one for the domestic quilters!)
Spiraling Out of Control by Christa Watson, 3rd Place – DQN Modern Category
And I have to admit, it was super validating when Spiraling Out of Control took a 3rd place ribbon. This is probably my most favorite quilt to date and one where I really stretched myself doing stuff I’d never tried before. I always try to remind everyone (including myself) that I don’t enter my quilts in shows to win ribbons, but it sure is like icing on the cake when they do!
I have to give a final shout out to this fabulous quilt below which is NOT mine. It was made by one of my students who began it in my Charming Chevrons class last year. I couldn’t have been more proud to see that ribbon hanging on it!
Gray Chevy by Suzanne Mayfield, quilted by Brenda Alcorn, 1st Place – DQN Modern Category
Suzanne kindly credited me in her description as the pattern designer, so in some small way, I even got to be a part of this award-winning quilt, too!
Well, now you know what this means – it’s time to go make more quilts!
56 thoughts on “Christa’s Soap Box – Modern Quilting Validation”
Congratulations, Christa! I liked all of your quilts when you first showed them. I knew you were good. It just shows what good taste I have.
Wowee, Christa! Way to go! Three places, and a shared one to boot! You’re rockin’ the Desert Quilters of Nevada, aren’t you? Your favorite quilt is mine too. The quilting just makes it. So nicely done. I’ll be watching for and expecting more big wins from you. Congratulations!
Absolutely stunning award winning quilts! I really must learn to do the quilting part. I enjoyed all the beautiful quilts. Even though I don’t do the “modern” I really like it and appreciate the work.
I’m still in my “Native American” phase and did get a red 2nd place ribbon for “The Last Ghost Dance”. I have one more in the series I want to do and then maybe concentrate on learning to do “real” quilting in my designs. You are truly an inspiration.
Thanks so much for your kind words. Isn’t it wonderful that there is something for everyone in the world of quilting!