Last fall I finished "the monster" - and I shared the progress with all of you here on the blog. Quilting this quilt just about killed me. It was the most detailed quilt and most difficult quilting plan I have carried out to date - not to mention it was also the largest at 120" x 120". I did my very very best at the time - but I'll admit by the end I learned a LOT and there are some things I will never do again that I didn't know when starting this project. I'm thrilled - OVER THE MOON - to learn that she won 3rd place in Group Quilts at the 2015 Tuscon Quilt Fiesta. Woohoo!
Because I am "the quilter" working for hire, I often don't get acknowledgement when quilts win. There are some shows that also present a ribbon to the quilter - but I'm really ok with it when they do not. However - I do LOVE to have a photo! Seeing a quilt that I put my blood sweat and tears into quilting win something, well like when a sports team wins a trophy - I feel like I was part of a winning team! So I live for the photo so I can share and brag a little. This girl has only been long arm quilting for two years, so to know that I can be a part of ribbon winning quilts - well I am awfully awfully proud of that.
Here are some photos of the finished quilting...in true Valerie fashion after pulling it off the frame I found a few unquilted spots I missed. I could start a page just for "oops". :) Rest assured if you spot one of those areas - I did quilt it before sending home. These were my pictures fresh off the frame...
One thing I will say about quilting such a large piece like this - nothing has seemed to take very long or be very difficult afterwards! LOL