Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Woo hoo! My crazy quilt, "Crazy Diamonds", won first place in the Great American Embroidered Quilt contest at the American Quilters' Society show in Knoxville, TN. I am very pleased!

Here's the full shot of the quilt, which measures 59 x 77. It is completely hand done. All hand pieced, hand embroidered.

And a detail. The face is painted onto silk and the embroidery surrounding the face is silk thread. The bonnet is dimensional, it is stuffed to give it volume. The bodice of the dress is as well. The good news came during a tough week. Yay.


Anonymous said...

A very big congratulations to you! Beautiful quilt..Debbie (Maine)

Linda H said...

Wonderful news Betty!! Congratulations! Well deserved!

Susan Hess said...

Oh my gosh...it's incredible, Betty. I want to look at every square inch of it! So sorry to hear about your challenging week...you are, and have been, in my thoughts!! Hugs, Sukie

Patricia said...

Betty, your quilt is beautiful. I didn't know you were a CQer. I just love it. Your ribbonwork is lovely. This was well deserved of the award! Congratulations
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

kerrykatiecakes2 said...

Congratulations Betty! You have made a lovely quilt and done lots to bring cq to the public eye!

kweenvee said...

Congratulations Betty!!!Just love every bit of it...Violet (Melbourne, Australia)

Cindy said...

Congratulations Betty. I love looking at quilts and this one is beautiful. I wish I could see the textures.

qwerty said...

Congratulations Betty!!! The sashing looks spectacular, I really love this layout :)

Thelma said...

So beautiful Betty!! You deserve to win with such an awesome quilt.

Jeanne said...

Wonderful news, Betty!Congratulations. Your quilt is beautiful.

Rengin Yazitas said...

Congratulations, Betty!
You well deserved the prize with your gorgeous work. I love hand made quilts, did you assemble your quilt according to paper piecing method?
Best wishes from Istanbul,

Margaret said...

B, congratulations on the win. Your diamond quilt is lovely, and you show to the world -- again -- just what a treasure CQ can be. Will be great to see this jewel up close and personal one day! Love, NutMeg

gocrazywithme said...

Congratulations on a well deserved win! This is an exquisite quilt! My very favorite of the antique CQs I restored was done similarly. It had 1" black velvet ribbon as sashing between the diamond blocks and very small patches of silk in the cqing. I so wish I had taken pictures of it!

Unknown said...

Magnificent! Brilliant!

Debra Dixon said...

Congratulations! A very interesting setting and great use of motifs. Well deserved win!

FredaB said...

Hi Betty

Your quilt is gorgeous and you certainly deserve the prize.

I have always treasured the classes I have been able to take with you. I often tell people you are one of the best cq teachers out there today. You keep that class moving and we finish what you want us to. that doesn't always happen.

Special hugs for the win.
Couldn't happen to a nicer gal.


Anonymous said...


That is a stunning quilt. Absolutely gorgeous. You did a fantastic job, no wonder it won!!

Marie Alton said...

Awesome piece Betty! Congrats!

Funny ... about a month ago I started contemplating a diamond-shaped project ... did the Portholes one with DD in mid as the recipient ... and was thinking of diamonds for DS ... kinda crazy/sane crossover. Yours is and inspiration in that direction!
Great midns think alike!