This weekend was the Eastern Long Island Quilt Guild’s annual show. I have a great affection for this show, because it’s where I bought my first sewing machine three years ago. I bought a small Janome Gem, because I was fairly certain that my quilting aspirations would go the same way as my scrapbooking hobby and exercise equipment intentions. (I was wrong — I fell in love with quilting!)
It was at this show that I was first introduced to beautiful quilts. I went to the show by myself and was in awe of the talented quiltmakers.
Three years later, I now own a Janome 6600 and an A-1 Longarm. I also entered two quilts in the show. I’m excited to say that I came away with 2 ribbons, as well as the experience of watching other people be inspired by my quilts.
My “Remembrance” quilt was the top quilt in the “Mixed Technique Medium” category. Although my quilt technically came first, the judge awarded me a 2nd Place ribbon. This practice is not that uncommon if there are only a couple of quilts in a category, or if the top quilt doesn’t have a high enough score to make it a truly first place quilt. I am completely aware that this quilt has some technical issues and felt the judge’s opinion was fair.
My “Swimming Toward the Light” (aka “fish quilt) got a lot of attention. It won a “Vendor’s Choice” ribbon.
Although winning ribbons is very cool — and I think they absolutely enhance my quilts — I truly enjoyed being at a show where I knew so many of the attendees and the quiltmakers. It was such a pleasure to see ribbons on quilts made by my friends.
These ladies of the Eastern Long Island Quilt Guild put on an amazing show every year. I have to say that they deserve recognition for providing a show that showcases local talent and inspires every one who attends. You can learn more about this guild at http://eliqg.com/.