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Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Sweet Ending for Pink Pickles

This is a post that I never quite thought would actually be written.  If you're anything like me, you write lots of posts that never get published.  They all sound good, but for one reason or another, they somehow never get written or posted.  Since I started this quilt last summer, I have posted many times on the progress of this quilt, but this is one that I never, ever imagined I would write.
I found out yesterday that I am the Grand Prize Winner of the NYC Modern Quilt Guild DWR Challenge for my quilt "Organic Pink Pickles"!  I got an email last night from Victoria Findlay Wolfe saying that the judges had chosen my quilt.  I can't even begin to describe the feeling - even today it doesn't seem quite real.  You can go here to see all the winners.  There were so many great quilts submitted.
I had lunch last week with my quilt buddy Kim Brackett.  We came back to my office to catch up and I brought Organic Pink Pickles for her to see in person.  She took these pictures on her phone.  The colors are actually pretty true.  (It's fun to see my Courthouse Steps in the background.)
To those of you who have followed this journey with me, it's an ending that I knew was a possibility but one that I never seriously considered.  I am very honored to have won this contest.  I'll be sending off my "baby" later this week.  So this is the very sweet ending for my happy, wild quilt.  When I set out to make a Pickle Dish quilt I could never have imagined this.  It's really wonderful to be a quiltmaker.
Have a great day,
Karen

35 comments:

Miriam said...

Wow!! Congratulations Karen!

It certainly is a stunning quilt!

Every Stitch said...

Huge congratulations Karen! I have enjoyed following this quilt and it is a much deserved award!
Hilda

Terry said...

Congratulations! You certainly deserve it...it's a beautiful quilt! :0)

Heather said...

Congrats! A well deserved win for a stunning quilt. How exciting!!

Joyful Quilter said...

Congratulations! It is well deserved, the quilt is beautiful and reflects the creativity and time you put into it.

carol fun said...

Congratulations Karen! What a gorgeous quilt - truly deserving of the honor. I'm sure everyone will enjoy viewing your handiwork -- great job!!

Janet said...

Congratulations Karen! You must be thrilled!! Your quilt is FABULOUS and the judges saw that too :0) A sweet reward for all of your hard work!

Carla said...

Oh, Karen, I am over the moon happy that you have won the top prize in this competion! (I hope there's a prize, anyway!!) I was soooooo hoping that you would win and had just said as much to our mutual friend, Linda Hungerford, when we chatted by phone last week. Congratulations!!

Carla said...

Well, I see now that you certainly DID win a prize! Woo Hoo!!

audrey said...

Wowsers! Almost too exciting for words. Your quilt is amazing and well deserves the award. Love all the texture from your quilting, the scrappiness and the sweet mix of traditional/modern touch. Big congrats to you!

Kristy said...

I am so glad for you! It really is an amazing quilt and I know I feel a part of it because you shared it with us. So glad we can encourage one another. Keep up the wonderful work! K-

Michelle said...

Wow !
And very deserving.........!!
I've loved the journey and just love your quilt.
And not because it's pink.........lol !!

QuiltSue said...

Many, many, many congratulations. You so deserve to win, it is such a wonderful quilt.

Jana said...

What a beautiful quilt, you deserve it, congratulations!!!
Have a great christmas.
Jana in Prague

Teresa said...

Congratulations! You did a fantastic job on the quilt piecing and quilting, and it is a bold use of color...definitely deserving of the honor it has received.

Becky said...

Karen, that's fantastic!!!! You make such beautiful quilts. Congratulations!

Ruth said...

Wow!! That is wonderful and well deserved!! I want to get the magazine, so please let us know when it comes out with the article. This is very exciting! I'm so happy for you!

Karen said...

A big WOW! Something you can be very proud of. I so enjoyed watching your progress on this quilt and now the celebration of a big win. Congratulations.
What's next?

Michelle said...

That quilt is STUNNING. Love it and congrats!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It is a gorgeous quilt, congratulations!

Diane said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you-it's a fabulous quilt!

Kyle said...

Congratulations! Your quilt is totally awesome. We've all enjoyed following you through the process.

Klarissza said...

Dear Karen
You have a happy smile...
I'm glad you and congratulations!!!
Very nice work!
Greetings, Europe.
Klarissza

Lisa D. said...

Congratulations on your well-deserved win. Your quilt is wonderful!

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

beautiful!! congratulations on your win - you deserve it.

Debra said...

Karen, you are amazing!!! You DO deserve it! I am so very proud of you...let it sink in and smile!
Deb

Esther said...

Congratulations!!! It is a beautiful quilt with amazing quilting, and I am so glad your work was recognized. Well deserved.

Jan said...

Well deserved; congratulations!

FlourishingPalms said...

Oh my goodness! How absolutely, completely, fabulously wonderful for you, Karen! I'm SO-O proud of you! Congratulations, again and again. Your quiltmaking skills are enviable, and what you can do with a domestic machine, when it comes to quilting, is downright amazing. I'm terribly happy for you. This is a well-earned win. Enjoy the honor, and this special time of your life. You done great, girl!

MamaT said...

Many congratulations are due!!!! I'm proud to "know" you!
The quilt is beautiful and deserves this big pirize!

Em said...

I have thought of you often today and still get chills and a big smile celebrating you!

Kim Brackett said...

I'm so proud of you! The quilt is amazing, and your quilting makes it even better. You always say you're not a detail person, but this quilt is evidence that you are. Congratulations, and big hugs!

Barb said...

Congratulations!!! It is a wonderful quilt and I'm so happy for you!

Janan said...

I am so proud for you! Congratulations! The quilt is awesome!

pandchintz said...

Congratulations - it's certainly a worthy winner!! How exciting!! Love the fabrics you've chosen.