This summer I entered my quilt Witch Hobble in the Billings Farm and Museum show which is dedicated to quilters from Windsor County Vermont.  It’s a small show drawing from a small area and is fun because of the wide variety of quilts submitted and exhibited.  I attended the artist reception and enjoyed the judges comments about the winning quilts.  It seemed they all mentioned the story about the quilt that spoke to them and led to the choosing of the winners.  Alas, I did not receive a prize from the judges.

Imagine my surprise when I got a call last week saying that I had won the First Place Viewers Choice award for small/ medium quilts.  Apparently, viewers were as intrigued as I was with Kathy Loomis’ skinny piecing technique.  And clearly from the judges comments, they didn’t really know how I did it either.  I was invited to come to have my photo taken and it was submitted to the local paper.  I also received a lovely ribbon.


8 Responses to “Surprise”

  1. 1 Colleen Kole September 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Congrats to you-this is a lovely piece and nice to see you rewarded and with your quilt! Nice to be appreciated by all the viewers.

  2. 2 Norma October 2, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Congratulations! It’s a great piece. Shame on those judges for not recognizing quality.

  3. 3 Lynne October 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you both for the kind words. In reality, Norma, this is a pretty traditional show. And I think this time the judges really paid attention to the stories of how and why the quilts were made. I did not write a heart warming story as my statement. It was more to educate people about what witch hobble is and its place in the Vermont understory. Also, based on the judges comments they really didn’t realize that those little lines were all pieced in. They called them folds – I guess like unfilled piping. I had no expectations to win any prizes here based on the climate of the show. I just like to enter to participate with my local region and to put art quilts out there. It was truly a surprise to be so appreciated by the viewers.

  4. 4 Patricia Jane October 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Lynne, this is just beautiful!! I’m quite intrigued by the way you did it, and I will say the effect is stunning! I’ve been to a lot of quilt shows and I just love seeing different techniques and interpretations. Kudos my friend!! Very nice photo of you, too!

  5. 5 Stephanie October 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

    LOVE IT – of course! And having seen it in person, I can fully appreciate the beauty and technique – those silly judges :). Congrats, dear friend!

  6. 7 Susan Hartman October 7, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Beautiful work!! Congratulations!

    I was sorry to see the damage Hurricane Irene caused in your area.

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