Thursday, July 10, 2014

Overwhelmed

What excitement at the quilt show in Sydney yesterday. Thanks to the grapevine, a lot of you already know that I took out some amazing prizes with my quilt, Coxcomb And Currants.
I won first traditional professional, a special award called retaining the tradition, best hand quilting in the open category and best of show.
Here I am pictured with Greg Alexander, Managing Director at Bernina Australia Pty who presented me with the best in show ribbon. I still look stunned in this photo, it was hard to take it in.
I started this one roughly two and a half years ago and wanted to participate in this years show so I dragged out the UFO and made it a goal to get it finished never dreaming it would do so well.
I only had my phone on me to take photos but you might be able to see the details well enough if you click on the photos.
The quilt was inspired by one shown on Julie Silber's blog, the quilt complex here.
It got sold a few years back and ended up on another antique dealers website and that's when we tried to buy it to no avail.at that stage I had already started my own version.
Here are some stats in case curious minds want to know.
All applique was done in the needleturn method and the block on the upper left corner has one extra berry in a nod to the quilters from the past..
I used 2,000 yards of YLI thread in the quilting.
The background quilting is straight lines approximately 1/4" apart.
The grid inside the trapunto wreaths is 3/8"
The grid on the outermost border is 1/2"
The trapunto was done before the quilt was basted.
There are a gazillion circles, sigh.
 
Ask me anything else if you'd like to know more. Now you know why my blog was so quiet.
 
Special thanks to my husband and son who did a lot of cooking and cleaning so I could quilt.
My gratitude and thanks to the NSW Quilters Guild for putting on such successful shows, its a lot of hard work.
Bernina Australia for being the main sponsors and for the support they give to the quilting community. Thanks also to all the other sponsors who provide prizes and Expertise Events who makes it all possible.
Gosh that all sounds a bit Oscar speech like but I truly am grateful and also to my friends in blog land who always encourage and support anything I do.
Thank you Tulley for guarding my quilt.
 
A list of other prize winners are listed on the guild website. be sure to check out the categories by clicking on the aqua tabs at the top. 

96 comments:

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Congratulations! A well deserved result. I have been following your blog for a long time. I know how much work you have put into this master piece.

Kind Regards

Linda
Taupp N Z

Chookyblue...... said...

huge congrats.........massive effort and I can't wait to see the quilt hanging tomorrow.........

antique quilter said...

I am so thrilled for you and so happy your keeping the tradition alive, hand appliqué, hand quilting
I have enjoyed watching the journey on this quilt it really spoke to me….
thanks for always inspiring us with your work….
Kathie

Maree: said...

I've also been following your Progress Janet I'm So Thrilled for You.. Your Efforts Definitely Paid Off I'm only too happy to Spread the Word. Congratulations 🎊 Once Again.

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

Absolutely huge congrats Janet, and so deserving, such a beauty of a quilt and all that work you have put in has paid off. Again i say, Congratulations!!! xo

mac said...

Congratulations on your amazing quilt winning so many awards. In awe of your hand quilting.

Salley said...

I feel privileged to have seen it up "close and personal"
It is breathtaking Janet.

Shirley said...

Well, if there was a Oscar for quiltmaking then I would definitely award it to you. Enjoy your win. It is the most amazing quilt. I know I have said it many times but quality wins through and you always deliver. Big congratulations my blogging friend.x

Susan said...

Congratulations Janet, it's a true masterpiece. I am so looking forward to seeing it at the show tomorrow. Good work Tulley......the best quilts have the odd dog or cat hair embedded in them.

Karen said...

Congratulations! That is one stunningly beautiful quilt! I will definitely be checking it out on Saturday.

Brenda said...

Absolutely stunning and a well deserved win.

gracie said...

Magnificent is the word that comes to mind!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Congratulations again on all your awards. Your quilt is absolutely perfectly beautiful. Tulley has excellent taste in quilts!!

Jan Hutchison said...

Just look at all those ribbons! Congratulations to you, they are well deserved. Your quilt is truly a masterpiece.

Heather said...

Congratulations on a well deserved win. Your quilt is spectacular. I wish I could see it up close and in person.

Jenny M said...

A stunning pattern and such beautiful work. How exciting for you to win so many ribbons. Congratulations! I hope it travels to Melbourne to be shown at some future quilt show.

Nat Palaskas said...

Oh gosh Janet! Congrats, congrats millions times! So excited for you. Your quilts are all beautiful whatever kind you do. I'm glad you enter them in competition! Love love it!
Hugs
Nat

Michelle said...

Wow!! just amazing, and deserving of every accolade (and Oscar speech). congratulations!!

Alison said...

Patience and vision, what a gorgeous quilt. It thrills my heart to see a traditional applique hand quilted masterpiece.

Go Kiwi!

Alison

Michelle said...

Wow!! just amazing, and deserving of every accolade (and Oscar speech). congratulations!!

Sujata Shah said...

Janet,
Quilters in and around Sydney who could go to the show are lucky to be able to see this quit in person. Congratulations on this award!
I bet Tully is hired for life!

Julimond said...

Congratulations from Germany
This is the most wonderful handquilted Quilt i ever have seen.

You have done a great work.
My aim has to be, to learn more handquilting more accurate and more quilting more details.

Greetings
Iris aka Julimond

Janet Ann said...

Congratulations on your many ribbons for your absolutely beautiful quilt! Your hand quilting is Outstanding! Thank you for sharing!

Miriam said...

Congratulations Janet!!! Well deserved!

Its been a real pleasure reading your blog posts as this quilt grew into something spectacular!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

your prizes are so well deserved, this quilt is just plain awesome!

julieQ said...

A well deserved honor...enjoy this magnificent quilt!!

Julee said...

Congrats!!! Love the quilt.

taylorsoutback said...

Adding heartfelt congratulations on your incredible accomplishments! your work is a perfect example of what the art of quilting can achieve in gifted hands.

Oops-Lah said...

What a triumph!!! And as others said, completely and utterly deserved wins! I'm not surprised it was a little quite in your corner the last few month as you have been very busy. I warrant there were even a few night shift?? Congratulations from the bottom of my heart!

Rose Marie said...

To me, you are THE Janet Treen! Congrats once again on a masterpiece. You must be in seventh heaven with all those ribbons.

Monica said...

Congratulations, Janet! Your time away from the blog has been very well spent. :)

It's inspiring to see that this level of hand quilting is still going on in today's world. Your awards are very well deserved!

Mimi said...

This was absolutely deserved. Congratulations.

imquilternity said...

Janet... Congratulations! I'm so happy your wonderful work was acknowledged in such a great way! You deserve it all. To say it's a stunning quilt is such an understatement.

Fiona said...

Fantastic! Congratulations!

Fiona in Kent, England

Elaine said...

It is stunning! congratulations on a well deserved win :)

Lucie O'Reilly said...

Stunning piece of handwork, and I love the award name 'preserving the tradition'. Congratulations from Canada.

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations Janet. Well deserved and appropriately recognized for you skill and workmanship! And Tulley did a great job too!

Prima Donna said...

Janet, these ribbons are well deserved. Your quilting is awe-inspiring!

Nifty Quilts said...

Yippee! Congratulations!! Very well deserved. This quilt is a true masterpiece. I hope you'll bask in the glory for awhile.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Congratulations! I saw this on CHQ FB page earlier...what a masterpiece! )

Juliann in WA said...

So beautiful! Thanks for telling us how long it took. Makes me feel a bit better about my own pace.

Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow Janet -- look at ALL those ribbons! Congratulations again -- what a fantastic achievement -- especially after last year. Do you get another sewing machine LOL??? Your quilt is stunning!!!

Betsy said...

Janet congratulations. When you have some time maybe you can do a tutorial on adding trapunto before basting. Sounds interesting.

simplebirdapplique said...

Breathtaking! May I ask what type of batting you used?
Kerry

Janet said...

Janet this quilt is amazing!! Congratulations on all of your ribbons - your have earned them and your quilt deserves them. I looked back at the antique quilt and yours is so very similar. So often when I look at antique quilts with gorgeous hand quilting I think "I want to make quilts like that". Well you have! I think the maker of the original quilt would be so pleased to see yours :0)

Kate said...

So so happy for you! It is even more stunning in real life!

Linda Wujcik said...

Stunning! I am new to your blog but your amazing quilting speaks volumes about you. Hearty congratulations on you well deserved award!

Jill said...

Congrats! The quilt and your needlework is exquisite. In my humble opinion, you are excused from not blogging although I missed you. Thanks for sharing the details.

keryn said...

Congratulations, what a fantastic achievement. You have such dedication to be able to complete all that hand quilting. You deserve all those lovely ribbons.

Sue Robinson said...

I'm in awe! It's absolutely beautiful and you must feel very proud of your achievement. Many congratulations, you deserve every accolade!

Cheri said...

Bravo, well deserved. A classic!

Polyquats said...

Congratulations. Having followed the progress of the quilt on your blog, I thrilled to see it get awards it deserves.

Robin said...

Woo!!! You have more than earned the accolades you have received for this quilt. It is stunning!!! Congratulations! :)

Lina said...

My heartiest congratulations! Your dedication and hard work has paid off! Your quilt is so BEAUTIFUL!

Michelle said...

Congratulations!!! I am heading up to the show tomorrow - can't wait to see all the quilts up close and personal, especially yours!

Janet said...

Congratulations! It is a gorgeous quilt! Is it all hand quilted as well?

ethereal said...

Congratulations from Texas - a stunningly beautiful quilt!

Estella Star of the East said...

Congratulations! Well deserved for your skills and perseverance!

kim mclean said...

Congratulations by the bucket load Janet! I didn't know whose quilt it was when we did the judging, but it was a beauty. It was the one I wanted to take home with me!! Kim McLean

Judy Dietrich said...

WOW!! What a wonderful quilt and congratulations on the ribbons. Wish I could go to the show and see it up close. Your quilting looks amazing & I love the extra berry!!

Karen said...

Janet, I have said this before, but you are the most amazing quilter. I have loved watching this quilt evolve, the ribbons tell the story. So fun about the entrance berry. Congratulations!

Ruth said...

What an amazing and gorgeous quilt! I love it that there are people like you who hand quilt - I wish I enjoyed it, but I have turned to machine quilting. Congratulations!

Aunt 'Reen said...

Absolutely Stunning!
Congratulations on the well deserved recognition and awards for this gorgeous quilt!

Every Stitch said...

Congratulations Janet! I saw your quilt - both of them actually - at the Show yesterday ! Lovely that they are hanging close together - such spectacular samples of hand quilted perfection!!

audrey said...

Congratulations to you on the extreme honor you've been given! Your work is amazing. Wish I could have seen it in person.:)

pandchintz said...

Yay! Congratulations Janet!! It is truly beautiful - such amazing work. All awards thoroughly deserved. Bask in the moment!

Dixie said...

So pleased for you, Janet! This is awesome news, and so well deserved. Its always so great to see a beautiful handmade, traditional quilt win top honors!

The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

I am so delighted for you! Congratulations! I am in awe of hand quilters such as you, so wonderful that you are keeping the tradition alive! I have also followed your blog for a long time and you have inspired me to do more applique, which I now really love! Thank you for sharing your journey. Can't wait to see your quilt tomorrow!

Unknown said...

Congratulations, so well deserved. I'm glad you're back blogging, I've missed your posts. There are so many of you Aussie gals that I love to follow (your level of workmanship and creativity rocks), but so many seem to be losing interest in blogging. Can hardly wait to see what's next. Cheers Karen

Jenni Mills said...

Congratulations! I saw your quilts at the show and now I see the lovely lady behind them. I must say the wedding ring remains my favourite as I am a very pink person. LOL
Do you mind if I add your blog to my aussie quilters online?
http://aussiequiltersonline.blogspot.com.au/

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Congratulations and a well deserved collection of ribbons! So much work, beautifully done.

ranette said...

Congratulations Janet!!! Your quilt is so beautiful and you are such a talent and such a sweet and generous person!

Jeneta said...

Absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your awards - the acknowledgement is well deserved.

momto1 said...

WOW! What an amazing quilt! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your inspiring photos.

Sharon P said...

Congratulations Janet, it did indeed look beautiful hanging there. Your handwork skills are amazing.

Kaaren said...

What a well-deserved award, Janet. I'm not a betting woman but in this instance I would have wagered that you would have taken home any prize/award with this masterpiece. You must be so proud because I am for you!

The details are amazing. I keep on going back to look again and again. Congratulations, my friend!

wish2stitch said...

Construal tigons !! I saw your quilt at the show and it is truly beautiful. Well done.

mtrquilts said...

Janet, what a beautiful quilt! How exciting for you; thanks for sharing with us.
I would like to ask what you used to mark your quilting lines and how you removed them. Do you wet or wash your finished quilt?
Thanks for sharing a bit more information with your readers. Marlene

FlourishingPalms said...

Well done, and well deserved, Janet! You do incredible work. Your attention to detail, and the utter patience and perseverance you have to do all this by hand is simply astounding. Most of us would never consider such a huge undertaking. You make us all proud. Revel in the joy of winning. Here's hoping your prizes were awesome too!

Mdm Samm said...

this is soooo stunning congrats on all your ribbons...so deserving..i have never seen anything like it....and being a hand quilter myself...I am solo inspired...

liz said...

CONGRATULATIONS! What a stunning quilt!

Julia said...

Congrats Janet, I was at the show and saw it.
It's amazing and I love it.
Well deserved of all the ribbons..
Julia

Julia said...

Congrats Janet, I was at the show and saw it.
It's amazing and I love it.
Well deserved of all the ribbons..
Julia

Pixie said...

wow wow wow congratulations

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Absolutely stunning in every sense of the word!Congratulations on your hard work and I can't wait to see what you tackle next!
I wish I could have seen it in person.

Kootenay Quilter said...

Congratulations on your deserved win! You are cleaning up on the big prizes in Australia!!

I greatly admire your work & hope you keep reaping the rewards.

Dawn Cooper, BC Canada

Stephanie said...

A true work of heart. What an heirloom you've created -- well deserved recognition. My favorite photo is your faithful quilt guardian. Obviously Tulley knows this is a special quilt too.

yvonne said...

Over the past few years I have watched your progress on this, and your other prize winning quilts.
I admire you so much, not only do you do beautiful work,but you share
your knowledge. Janet,I had really missed your blog, and am so glad that you were not sick, but "only up to something" Congratulations. Hoping to see your Wedding Ring "live" at Canberra next month

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations!! Your quilt is stunning and a worthy winner!!

HeatherB said...

Congratulations! I love this quilt! I saw it at the show and literally gazed at it with my mouth open. It is just perfect! Your work is amazing! By the way, I, like Marlene, am curious about what you use to mark your quilting and how you remove it. Heather B x

Archie the wonder dog said...

That's a stunning quilt and the prize is well-deserved - bravo *stands up, applauds and cheers*

Sue-Anne said...

Hi Janet, I had the honour of seeing your beautiful quilt up close and personal at the show last Friday. It is magnificent and I feel quite proud as I have watched you, through your blog, create it over the last couple of years. Congratulations, you are a very worthy winner.

Marie said...

Beautiful, as always, Janet - congratulations on your lovely wins. So glad to know that hand stitching is still prized.

Katie said...

Sigh…… :-)

Cheryl said...

Congratulations. A stunning quilt!

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

Congratulations! Absolutely stunning! L