Facets Quilt Wins 2nd Place Modern in Paducah 2016!

This week has been crazy busy and exhilarating! I was packing up to teach at EQ Academy earlier in the week when I got the email notice that Facets had won an award at AQS Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky – the mother of all quilt shows! Knowing I wouldn’t be able to attend due to my prior teaching commitment, I lamented the fact that I’d miss the awards ceremony and hoped someone I knew would be able to take pictures for me and let me know how it did.

By the way, when you get these emails from quilt shows, they don’t notify you of placement – they just say you have won “an award.”

Facets Quilt

Facets, 2nd at AQS Quilt Week Paducah 2016 – photo courtesy of Cassandra Beaver.

Then when I heard that AQS would be broadcasting the awards ceremony live on You Tube I was so excited to watch! As I’ve said many times before, I don’t enter to win – I just want my modern quilts to be seen out there in the world wide web of quilters!

To start off the awards presentation, names of all of the Honorable Mentions were rattled off at once. When my name was not listed among this group, my heart skipped a beat and I thought, “OK, this is cool – I’m up a for another 3rd place finish.” After all, I had scored a distinctive yellow, pink, and green dogwood ribbon two years prior for Colorful Chevrons – the very first time Paducah debuted the modern category. At the time I considered it a fluke, thinking the only reason I got the award is that there wasn’t much competition.

AQS Awards Ceremony

Then they announced 3rd place and it wasn’t my name. Say what?? Anyone who’s ever entered or won at Paducah realizes that even a 3rd place finish awards more prize money than many 1st place finishes!! (Enough to pay for many more quilt show entries – the fees really add up fast.)

When my name was announced for 2nd place, I whipped out the iPhone, my hands shaking so badly that I barely managed to snap a dark picture on the computer screen before it disappeared from sight. I completely missed the first place finish because I was still in shock. (Thank goodness for social media so I was able to catch up later in the day).

Modern Quilts at Paducah

Paducah 2016 Modern Winners – From left to right: Facets (2nd), Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts by Cassandra Beaver (1st);  Big Love by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill (3rd).

This win is especially validating because I had entered Facets into AQS Phoenix earlier in the year, with a bittersweet story as the result. Although I wasn’t disappointed that it didn’t ribbon in Phoenix, I was pleased to learn that AQS wanted to feature the quilt in their 2018 wall calendar. However, my excitement was quickly dashed when they had to rescind the offer about 5 minutes later, after learning the quilt had already been published in my first book.


Machine Quilting with Style features 12 show-worthy quilt patterns, including Facets!

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with entering published quilts into quilt shows of course, but since AQS also publishes books, they didn’t want to feature a competing publisher’s quilt image, even though the pattern wouldn’t have been included.

The audible sigh on the other end of the phone line was followed by a meek, “well….. just let us know…. if you have anything else we can consider…..” (I promptly gave them my email so they could send me details on how to submit a calendar entry, but all I got back was crickets….)

Facets Quilt AQS Paducah

Pat Sloan at Paducah with Facets – I love this pic!!

So yes, getting a ribbon for Facets was extra meaningful to me!! And now the best part of this story comes full circle. The lovely and talented Pat Sloan first invited me to be a guest on American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast back in 2014, shortly after attracting her notice with my first Paducah ribbon. Since that chance encounter she’s become a great mentor and friend. After the news of my win, she sent me this adorable picture of herself standing next to the quilt.

Thanks to social media, I felt like part of the action! Maybe one day I’ll get to go to Paducah. 🙂

Facets Machine Quilting

Facets Quilting Detail – photo courtesy of Kathy Mathews.

47 thoughts on “Facets Quilt Wins 2nd Place Modern in Paducah 2016!

  1. Debra Reber says:

    I was at the Paducah Quilt Show looking at all the quilts, & all of a sudden I saw your facets quilt! I was so excited, even though I don’t know you I have followed your blog, & when I saw your winning quilt I felt like a friend had won! I was excited for you!! Congratulations!!!

  2. Charlotta Norby says:

    Congratulations! I’d already seen, because I got an AQS email listing all the winners, and you were the only person I knew! I know, I don’t actually know you, but I feel like I do a bit as I’ve been following your blog. So I recognized your name and knew who you and your quilt were when I read that you’d gotten the ribbon. And I only recognized one other name!

  3. fabrics750 says:

    Christa, I’m so proud of you! You have come such a long way in becoming a leader of the quilting community with a lot of hard work and flexibility. I’ve watched your progress for a long time. Congratulations on your win! I love this quilt.

  4. Glenna D. says:

    Congratulations! You have such creative ideas both in quilt design and in the quilting process. How wonderful to have that creativity validated in a prestigious judged show!

  5. Paula S, Pike says:

    Oh how very exciting!!!! You have got to be so excited and proud of yourself! Congratulations!!! You deserve many more awards for the Facets quilt.

  6. sally says:

    How exciting for you, Christa! Maybe next April you can make it to Paducah. I’ve been there a couple of weeks BEFORE a show and it was awesome in itself!

  7. Hedy Hahn says:

    How wonderful for you !!!!!!! I have been to the Paducah show 3 times and it’s jus amazing. So much to see and do. I am so happy you won !

  8. Barbara Hanaburgh says:

    Congratulations, Christa!! Paducah is an awesome show; I’m so glad that they’ve entered a Modern Category, and that your beautiful quilt is part of it.

    Barbara Hanaburgh Wallkill, NY

    Sent from my iPad


  9. VickiT says:

    How exciting for you Christa! HUGE Congratulations!!!!!!! I loved Facets since I first saw it. I wonder how long it’s going to take to come down off that cloud you’re floating on right now. Enjoy!! You sure deserve it after all the hard work you have been doing. I’m just super thrilled for you Christa.

  10. Gretchen says:

    Congrats! I’m a fan of your work. Your blog was one of the first I found when I discovered the world of blogs. I really like your designs. I’m looking forward to seeing this quilt in Paducah.

  11. Colleen HallPatton says:

    So happy for you ! I’ve never been to Paducah for the AQS event, but went years and years ago to a conference on 20th century quilting. Being in Mecca is indeed an experience, which you have many many more years to yet experience.

    Colleen HP

  12. farmquilter says:

    SQUEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How wonderfully exciting for you!!! This is an awesome quilt and so deserves all the ribbons it earns for you!!! Chair dancing with excitement for you, even though it makes it hard to type!!!

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