Raffle Quilt Winner and Viewers’ Choice

We drew for the raffle quilt “Confetti Stars” this afternoon and made Dianne McLendon very happy, while many were heartbroken with disappointment.

Dianne McLendon, winner

Dianne McLendon, winner

Viewers’ Choice ballots were counted, and Carolyn Kimble’s “Forever Baltimore” was the winner. It had also won a blue ribbon in its category (Applique-Large), as well as Best of Show.

Carolyn Kimble--Viewers' Choice

Carolyn Kimble–Viewers’ Choice

I love to see people looking at quilts, especially children in strollers at their first quilt show. My friend brought some Chinese students to the show, and it was fun explaining some of the techniques to them. They were intriqued by the machine embroidery pieces and the idea that a big machine could do the quilting, so the vendor area offered fascinating discoveries. Of course, the basket people were a big hit with their baskets from Ghana.

There were too many beautiful quilts, and my pictures weren’t doing them justice, but here are a few more shots.

Child in stroller

Child in stroller

Trying out the longarm machine

Trying out the longarm machine

Baskets from Ghana

Baskets from Ghana

Child in stroller

Child in stroller

by Dorothy Dailey, Hand Quilting-Large award

by Dorothy Dailey, Hand Quilting-Large award

by Elizabeth Smith, Hand Quilting-Small award

by Elizabeth Smith, Hand Quilting-Small award

Doris Dunn's Zoo Challenge winner

Doris Dunn’s Zoo Challenge winner

by Cheryl Owens, quilted by Teresa Pino

by Cheryl Owens, quilted by Teresa Pino

by Sharon Barnes

by Sharon Barnes

View from Above

View from Above

The show closed at 4:00 p.m., and we began taking all the quilts down and returning them to the bags they had been delivered in. Amazingly, the quilts and all vendor merchandise were cleared out before 7:00. The off-site pick-ups were taken by Elvia Edwards, Mary Nell Magee, and Shirley Wiltshire, who will drive them back to their homes on Tuesday. It was a wonderful show, some say the best ever. Wanda Wallace did an excellent job as show chair with the capable help of her husband, David. It was a tremendous group effort, and we are proud to bring this unique event to South Mississippi. After a little rest, we will look forward to planning for 2016.