Holy Bajezus and Ramona, y’all! If you haven’t heard, my quilt, No Value Does Not Equal Free, won a first prize ribbon at QuiltCon! Shut up. No, you shut up. What is this magical dream world I’m living in? Surely, this place with all the quilts must be heaven! I arrived into LAX on Friday morning with champagne glass in hand (the customs agents never know what to do with me), and was quickly shuttled away by my bodyguard and legal counsel. After getting a few hours of beauty sleep, I decided to make an incognito appearance at QuiltCon towards the end of the day. Oh my ladies of leisure, I should have worn the wig. I hadn’t even stepped into the building and was being serenaded by an angel on the street! Once inside it was a hop, skip and a jump from person to person, photo to photo, ecstatic scream to ecstatic scream. Molli-mania has well and truly hit QuiltCon!
Then the crowds parted and there it was. No Value Does Not Equal Free
hanging front and centre with a giant, beautiful ribbon adorning it. It had taken first prize in the Best Machine Quilting – Framed category. The amazing quilting was completed by my fellow Australian quilter extraordinaire, Jane Davidson
. It is such a proud moment for me, and certainly Jane, winning this prize for this quilt. I’ll never forget pacing around my bedroom one evening on the phone with Jane as I told her my thoughts on how this quilt needed to be quilted. It was the first time I had given serious consideration and input into how I wanted a quilt of mine quilted. There was never any hesitation that Jane had to be the one to long-arm this quilt. The brief I gave her, “epic, masculine, feather-free, architectural, Vogue Living, and include the words No Value Does Not Equal Free.” She chimed back, “graffiti, over-sized text, circles, and staccato.” Yaassss, she really got me, so the hugest of thanks to her! I guess that conversation really paid off, and I would suggest to all of you to invest the time in dialoguing with your own long-armers. It is still shocking to walk by my quilt hanging with such authority at the very front of the show. Thank you to everyone for your congratulations and well-wishes along the way. QuiltCon is shaping up to be a pretty sparktacular experience!