DQN hosted an amazing quilt show this year and had a great turnout. They had 230 quilts on display, tons of amazing baskets for raffle, all the art quilts were set up in a separate room for an art gallery like experience, and there were two full days of back to back demos. I was so excited to demo FPP and am teaching it as a class for DQN this spring! This week I got a behind the scenes look and realized that a quilt show takes soooooo many man and woman hours! A big thank you to the DQN board and all the volunteers who made this event possible!
The week started off with a day of classes taught by Vicki Ruebel from Orchid Owl Quilts. I attended the morning session on free motion quilting and I love that Vicki was so honest and real. Free motion can be so intimidating and it's easy to get stuck before even starting. Vicki acknowledged that it's normal to feel that way, talked about some of her experiences, and said not to worry because our quilts will not spontaneously combust when we quilt them! Sometimes you just have to go for it and of course, lots of practice makes it better. I gained a lot of confidence and learned so much from her! If you've wanted to learn or get better at free motion quilting, I highly recommend taking her class at her shop! If you don't want to quilt your quilt top, no worries. She offers longarm services too. This quilt of Vicki's, "Summer Sunrise", won best of show and definitely deserved it! Congrats Vicki! Hindsight is 20/20, I should have moved that strap in front of the quilt before taking the picture, but regardless you can still see what an amazing free motion quilter she is! This quilt was also featured in American Patchwork & Quilting in 2022!
The next day was judging by Nancy Fuka. What an amazing experience to see quilt judging in action! When I chatted with Nancy, she was kind and personable, then when it came time to judge the quilts, she was professional and on task! First she would stand back to get an overall look at the quilt, then she would look up close. It seemed like she had a checklist she went through with each quilt... first the piecing and/or applique in each block, then the borders and any sashing, then the quilting from the front & the back, and then the binding. The take away is that if you want to be in the running for a ribbon, make sure your quilt is as technically well done as possible. Even a very creative, eye catching quilt won't win a ribbon unless it is put together well, so watch those points and thread tension. The quilts in each category that met the mark got set aside on a separate table. When she finished judging every quilt in a category individually, she went to the quilts she had set aside and chose the winners from those.
I was lucky enough to see her judge my quilts and it made me so happy to see her face light up when she saw Exploding Peppermints. She loved the colors and the roundness of my pieced circles. It was so exciting to see it make it to the separate table and that it was one away from a ribbon.
Since I didn't have my peppermints quilt in my booth, I decided to at least have a peppermint pillow and quilted it up the night before the show.
Then of course came set up and the show! I love that this show happens in my home town of Las Vegas. Yes, I got to sleep in my own bed and didn't have to drive out of state, but the best part was that I got to see so many of my quilting friends from DQN and LVMQG! Quilters are just the kindest, friendliest people!!! I love you all! Thank you for being so sweet to me. It means so much.