I received word last night from AQS that my quilts entered at their Lancaster, PA show had done very well. It is always exciting to see the caller ID listed as "Paducah, KY" near one of their shows, because I know that they don't call just anybody for no reason. I knew it was a good call. Seriously, even a 3rd place at their shows is a very sweet check. The call was a good call indeed. She starts the conversation, "Margaret, are you sitting? You might want to be". Oh my, I thought, could this really be happening? It was happening. Both of my quilts took top-tier awards at their show. Zen Garden won the best Longarm Quilting award, while Big Bertha won Best Bed quilt. I had hoped and thought that Bertha would ribbon, but this was most certainly beyond my wildest dream. It is still surreal.
So, if you are in the Lancaster area, be sure to go to the show. As I knew when the list of accepted entrants was announced 2 months ago, this is a show of pure delight. The field of talent is deep and strong. The winners are here. Likely because AQS changed their rules allowing previous ribbon winners to re-enter their shows, this show is stacked with great quilters. I know many of the names, and some people personally. I am so touched to have been recognized so immensely by the judges. Remember, I have been making show quilts just a mere 4 years, or more like 3 since the first quilt I made for show was purely accidental. If I can do it, so can you. Keep dreaming. Keep quilting.