My quilts came home from the NQA quilt show yesterday. Here's the ribbons that came home with this one. They are both about the longest ribbons I have received! It's not the typical blue ribbon for first place. They are in the NQA's black & yellow colors. Attached to each ribbon is a cute little bee pin. When added to my others, they definitely make for an interesting addition.
It is a tiny pin...I almost couldn't zoom in close enough to get it clearly. As I have said before, I think that this show is my best personal showing with any quilt. I know I won the best of show at the Maine Quilt show last summer, but the competition at NQA is orders of magnitude greater. And getting the best machine quilting awards is such a freaking huge feather in my cap!! I am still overwhelmed at that one. Shocked and overwhelmed. So, you can imagine my frustration and disappointment to open the box and find nothing monetary inside! It had never dawned on me that a quilt show that attracts the number of big name quilters as this one does, would only give ribbons as prizes. It's my own expectations to blame, but gosh, I was looking forward to a little vacation cash! My husband had to remind me that I do this (make quilts and enter into shows) for the pride and joy of sewing (and hopefully winning). And this IS true, BUT...I really want/need a vacation to Florida too! I'm pretty sure I can't just pay Delta with my pride. The category I won first in had over 30 entries. It was one of the larger ones. And, I clearly bested at least 100 quilts for the machine quilting award. So yes, lots of pride and joy, and learnings to remember when I have a quilt to enter. Lesson...The Minnesota Quilt Show is the same weekend as NQA, and it pays the winners :-)
Now, off to a craft store to find tracing paper so I can start printing out foundations for some paper piecing I have planned for next week on my newest mosaic floor quilt.