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Boy, do I have a story for you all!!!  Oh where to start???  I am so excited and can barely sit still long enough to write this post.  I will try not to be too wordy.  πŸ™‚  I will try to start from the beginning. πŸ™‚ Last week was Quilt Week at AQS Paducah.  I made the last minute decision last month to attend the show.  I have never been, but this year turned out to be extra special.  I submitted the quilt, Portland Rose on behalf of Lisa Bongean and myself and it was accepted.  In addition, my friend Thelma also submitted her quilt, Done Pick’n, (pattern Door County Cherry Baskets by Lisa Bongean), which I quilted AND it was accepted!!  I thought “what are the chances I will ever have TWO quilts that I quilted in Paducah at the same time ever again??”  So I made the decision to make the 8 hour drive to attend the show for the experience of it all. I mean doesn’t every quilter have Paducah on their Bucket List??

I headed down Monday. I made plans to meet up with Thelma on Tuesday. Hang out all day together Tuesday visiting all the attractions, attend the awards ceremony that night and then the preview of all the quilts.  I figured that since I would probably see and do everything I ever wanted in Paducah on Tuesday, I would take a trip on Wednesday to Graceland and visit Elvis…needless to say I never did get down to see Elvis.  I was in store for a BIG surprise instead. πŸ™‚

This year was the 30th Anniversary of the Paducah Show.

 This was the entry into the Award Ceremony.  So Cool!!!  30 years of all the Best of Show Winners.  Let me be clear, Thelma, (Lisa although she did not attend) and I went to the awards thinking we had NOT won.  We were going for fun and to enjoy the awards, which makes this that much sweeter.  We even joked that neither one of us had received a winning call. LOL!!!  So imagine our surprise when they read through the Honorable Mentions and Thelma’s quilt won!!!!!  We were both squealing and crying!!!! How exciting!!!!  The awards then move through the categories.   Bed quilts were last before the BIG awards.  Neither one of us were prepared for the next photo.

PORTLAND ROSE WON FIRST PLACE in the bed quilts Longarm/midarm category!!!!!!  I never heard mine and Lisa’s names called because we were screaming sooooo loud!!!  Shock, surprise and crying all in one as I walked on stage to receive the “Oscar”!!

Pretty sure I shook all night!!!  I cannot even tell you what an amazing surprise this was!!!!  I texted Lisa and she didn’t believe me either!!  LOL!!!  I told her she better meet me over at the convention center for the preview!!

I cannot tell how wonderful it is to share this with my friend and my creative other half!!!

Portland Rose in all its glory!!

 The coveted dogwood ribbon Paducah is known for.

And Done Pick’n… Thelma’s impeccable work.

What a night for the 3 of us!!!!!!  It was magical.  A night I will never ever forget.  A winning combination.

How cool is it that both quilts were designed by Lisa!!??!!  And quilted by me. πŸ™‚  We could not have been happier that our VERY traditional quilts ribboned!!!  Who would have thought!?!

I swear when I woke up the next day, I had to look on the table in the hotel to make sure it wasn’t all just a dream. πŸ™‚

Wednesday I spent the majority of the day hanging out in front of our quilts.  Quilters from all over the world loved to take photos with us and ask questions.  I have to say EVERYONE in Paducah whether it was the other quilters in the show, visitors, AQS staff or residents, they were all wonderful!!!!  It was one giant admiration fest!!!  How nice is that???  You can see a complete list of the winners by clicking here.  Lisa and I did some interviews as well.  You can see the AQS youtube interview here shortly after we won. (listening and watching myself…yikes…lol). Honestly, this was OUR version of the Academy Awards.  To be surrounded by all this talent, and to win is very humbling.  First time submitting a quilt to Paducah and winning First Place, seriously leaves me with a lump in my throat. πŸ™‚  I feel like Cinderella.

Naturally, it wasn’t all tears of joy.  There was a little celebrating too. πŸ™‚

Can you believe Paducah was the first time Thelma and I met in person??  With some people, it is as if you’ve been friends with them for years. πŸ™‚ 

This was a trip of a lifetime!  Memories to last me a lifetime.  I was fortunate to share this with Lisa and Thelma.  I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. πŸ™‚

83 Comments

  • Jfelb says:

    Congrats…love seeing pics of your quilting. Always amazing and the award is well deserved!

  • Sherri says:

    So incredible! I am so happy for you all! I got teary-eyed watching the interview! You deserve this….your work is absolutely amazing.

  • Carrie says:

    Yippeee skippeeee!! I am so happy, excited and proud of / for all three of you. The awards couldn't go to more well-deserving people. I know that none of you "chase ribbons" so that makes it all the more special that you've earned such amazingly special recognition.

    Congratulations!! I'm so glad the trip exceeded any possible expectation you might have had. πŸ™‚

  • Gretchen says:

    Big huge congratulations!!!!! You all deserve the wonderful recognition for your talent & hard work!!!! You're a quilting celebrity now!!!

  • Kristy says:

    Wow! What an exciting story! Congratulations to all of you! I loved your comment about Cinderella. It seems you were part of a wonderful surprise and to be able to share it with those you worked with was extra special. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Great job! K-

  • marie says:

    WoW! Congratulations your quilting is fabulous and deserves to win. Lisa's designs are always the best. You are both very talented ladies.

  • Furball Farm Quilting says:

    Fantastic news on every level Linda!!! I don't know which one I like more, both quilts are just drop dead gorgeous! I can almost feel your excitement……….. and your right, every quilter I know wants to get to Paducah, just getting the quilts accepted is a feat in itself, …… to see them hanging there would be a dream,….. to be there and hear your names announced must having been numbing. Huge congratulations to all three of you.

  • Leeanne says:

    Totally fabulous! You deserve it, your quilting is breath taking! Congratulations!

  • Janet O. says:

    What an amazing experience! Congratulations to all three of you!

  • Mary @ Neat and Tidy says:

    I am so thrilled for you as well as Thelma! You both do outstanding work, and I am glad that your work was honored. Congratulations!

  • Razzle Dazzle Quilter says:

    Wow!! How out and out exciting! I think I must be reading all the elite quilters blogs, yours is the fourth of my regular reads to tell a winning tale. Well done, I am so thrilled for you.

    Linda

  • Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals says:

    Congratulations Linda! So exciting and so very well deserved… I've been drooling over your beautiful winning quilt since the winners were announced – pinning the awesome pictures of it. Thanks for sharing your talent and excitement with us… Sweet!

  • Carol says:

    Congratulations to you girls…beautiful designs, wonderful piecing and appliquΓ© and positively AMAZING quilting!

  • Farm Quilter says:

    How over-the-top aw4esome!!! Congratulations to all three of you – that is quite the feat!!! So very exciting and well deserved!!!

  • Jan Hutchison says:

    Congratulations again on your well deserved awards! So fun to meet you in Paducah.

  • Always In Stitches says:

    How exciting. Awesome quilt. Love your quilting. You are a inspiration. Wow, wow, wow.

  • Sharon says:

    Congratulations! What an amazing trip that must have been.

  • Mercy Arrastia Savage says:

    Congratulations! Your work is aways stunning and very inspiring. Your awards are very well deserved. Thank you for sharing!!
    Best stitches,
    Mercy in Miami

  • Denniele says:

    Well deserved honors all around! So glad you made the trip!

  • Sue says:

    Linda, what an incredible honor! I am so very happy for you and the other ladies! Very, very deserving!! I can't imagine the joy that is within you right now. Big congratulations and big hugs to you!

  • Patti says:

    Once again as I read this I have tears streaming down my face. You deserve every bit of this. I am so happy for you.

  • Jackie's Stitches says:

    Congratulations! It must feel awesome to have your wonderful work recognized. I'm glad you followed your instincts and went to Paducah!

  • Kathy Schwartz says:

    I'm so glad that you were there to enjoy every moment of it! I didn't realize it was a surprise and they didn't give you any warning with a phone call! Would have loved to seen the look on your face when the quilt was announced and you saw the picture of it up on the screen! πŸ™‚ Congratulations to all three of you!

  • Me and My Stitches says:

    Congrats Linda! So exciting and so happy for you that you were there to be a part of it all!

  • Kathleen says:

    Well, Patti just took my line. I am reliving your awesome, awesome week;-tears rolling my cheeks. It was great being part of your excitment, thanks to texting!!! Congratulations again, Linda.

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    Sometimes the moon and stars align (in this case quilter, quilt maker, quilt designer) and all it right with the world. Well deserved and Congratulations to all of you.

  • KeyQuilter says:

    Congrats! always LOVE your quilting!

  • Unknown says:

    I am also overwhelmed for all of you. The ultimate honor from such a prestigious show. The creativity is over the top. But then again I wouldn't expect anything less from you or Lisa. Congratulations ! Pam T. Dexter, MI

  • Cathy says:

    I read about your win in a newsletter I get. I was thrilled for you. You are truly a long arm artist. Hugs

  • Diane E W says:

    Saw your quilts in Paducah and was blown away. I think I took a picture of every square inch. I thought Portland Rose was beautiful on your blog, but pictures did not do it justice. My jaw dropped when I saw it at the show. Beautiful, awesome work. And thank you for the inspiration.

  • lucysmom says:

    Congratulations! It is an honor that is well deserved!

  • WoolenSails says:

    I am so happy for you and what a wonderful honor. You do such beautiful quilting and I love the work you did on both quilts, you definitely deserved the honor.

    Debbie

  • Mary Caldwell says:

    Congratulations~! Both quilts are just beautiful. You ladies definitely deserved ribbons.

  • Melia Mae Quilting says:

    Congratulations!! That is so amazing. You are so talented and this award is very well deserved! Savor the moment!

  • Cheryl says:

    Congratulations! It is wonderful to see traditional quilts win!

  • Cowtown Quilts says:

    I am so happy for you! You make me want to squee right there with you! Congratulations to the 3 of you!

  • Lynn says:

    Well deserved by all three of you! This is fabulous news. Congratulations.

  • Anonymous says:

    Outstanding Linda!!!! Congratulations, the honor was well deserved!!!

  • Lynn says:

    Congratulations!

  • Nicole says:

    Your work is so beautiful Linda! I am just thrilled for you and Lisa and Thelma! Each of you deserves this wonderful acknowledgement.

  • Diane says:

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you!

  • Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Congratulations! Your awards are well deserved–your quilting is amazing and Lisa's designs are beautiful!

  • paulette says:

    Well deserved both of you!! I saw this quilt at Road to California and it stopped me in my tracks!! By far the BEST quilt there…if fact I went and bought the book just so that I could have the pattern!! Congrats!! What a team!
    P

  • Laugh Yourself into Stitches says:

    I'm shaking!! So happy for all 3 of you! Linda, this is so deserved! Congratulations!!!

  • Michele says:

    WooHoo! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I'm not surprised by any of that at all πŸ™‚ It's well deserved πŸ™‚ Awesome quits!!!! Awesome quilters πŸ™‚

  • Blossom's Mom says:

    Congratulations, Linda! You so deserved it!

  • Candace says:

    Oh Linda – it really happened! How unbelievably happy I am for you! Your talent abounds to no end and you deserve this! Congratulations, my friend! I hope you have many, many more wins!
    Cheers!

  • herky907 says:

    congrats, what fun for you. You deserve it!

  • Abby says:

    So excited for you! Congrats – no one deserves it more than you do!

  • Sally says:

    I was in Paducah and was lucky to be able to see your quilt up close and in person. It was absolutely beautiful. I was at a small event with Lisa on Thursday and she had wonderful things to say about you. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you. Congratulations!!

  • Teresa Silva says:

    Congratulations Linda! This is well deserved. You are an awesome quilter and your feathers are just to die for! You should be so proud! Thanks for sharing this experience with all of us!

  • Deb says:

    Congratulations! Very deserving, your quilting is magnificient! I need to get a quilt finished and send your way, if you're still accepting new customers!

  • Denny1600 says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful work!

  • Kaaren says:

    I can just FEEL your excitement and enthusiasm, Linda. Congratulations to both you and Lisa. A well deserved honor to say the least!

  • Rita says:

    Congratulations to all three of you! It is well deserved! Your work is amazing. I have a feeling you are going to be very busy quilter.

  • Lisa D. says:

    Two stunning quilts and three very talented and creative ladies. How can that NOT equal a ribbons and high accolades? Well deserved, all 3 of you.

  • Christine says:

    Both quilts are stunning. Thank you for representing all of us who love the traditional quilts. Your awards are well deserved!

  • Andee says:

    How very exciting! SO glad you made the trip and were honored more than once, what a dream come true. The quilts are beautiful! CONGRATULATIONS Ladies!

  • Cathy says:

    You are so right, it is our version of the Academy Awards! Congratulations, you are so deserving, you do fantastic work!

  • GIJane279 says:

    Wow Weee… I'm so excited for you, Lisa and Thelma!!! Your work is AMAZING!!!! I had the honor of seeing Lisa's Portland Rose quilt up close at Road to California to be honest I think I stood and admired it a full 20 minutes. Your quilting is amazing!!!

  • Dar says:

    Congratulation to you and your amazing friends. I was there and saw them in person and felt like I knew you just because I follow your blog. I told the friends I was with, "see that quilt, she's one of the bloggers that I follow and sometimes she even comments on my blog". You were like a movie star that I had met online!
    Your quilting is extraordinary and the award is much deserved., The Paducah show is my favorite of them all and the town and people go all our for us quilters.

  • Jill says:

    Congratulations. The quilts are stunning. Thank you for sharing your awards.

  • Nancy E says:

    It is so exciting that you won and I got to see the quilts in Paducah! On Thursday at a small restaurant Lisa had a question & answer session and she had so many wonderful things to say about you and your quilting. Thanks so much for sharing your quilting with us!

  • Nadine says:

    I visited Lisa's booth and was so thrilled to see her/your gorgeous quilts there. I have been visiting your blog for some time, and am absolutely blown away by your quilting! Lisa was at her booth, and I took the opportunity to tell her how much I admire her designs and your quilting, and she told me that you won! With the HUGE crowds, I'm afraid I just didn't recognize the quilt as it was hanging, nor could I read the label.

    Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS to both of you. I'm so pleased for you, and think your quilting is the best I've ever seen. Your designs are so innovative and perfectly executed. Aside from winning, I hope you enjoyed your visit to our commonwealth, and hope to meet you next year!

    Nadine

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    Congratulations!!! It's so lovely to see your work recognised – and that goes for all three of you!!

  • gailss says:

    Oh my…"Congratulations" to you all and what an honor for everyone. This was well deserved by all as you gals do such wonderful work. Oh, now that you are famous…..bet you have waiting lines for your quilting! Congrats!!!

  • Diane says:

    I'm so happy for you! What a crazy, wonderful surprise for you! I watched the interview too. You can just feel your excitement! Congratulations, congratulations, Congratulations!!

  • Kindred Quilts says:

    It's been said in the 67 comments ahead of mine! CONGRATS to all three of you!

  • Joan says:

    Congratulations …how fantastic..i knew you were a great quilter…so well deserved- to all three of you. fFantastic work…just watched the video too…thoroughly enjoyed the interview..and lovely to see and hear you both.

  • Kathy says:

    Congratulations – your quilts are beautiful!

  • Katie says:

    Linda, Your quilting is so beautiful! Congratulations to you and Lisa for your first place win! You both deserve it! You were great in the video. That's so awesome that you decided to make the trip to Paducah! What a great surprise for you to win! Wow! πŸ™‚

  • kathiquilts says:

    More Congratulations to you all — but absolutely no surprise that you garnered the awards! How wonderful that you were able to be there for the Awards Ceremony and all the WELL DESERVED applause!

  • Queenie Believe says:

    Congratulations!!! Your work is outstanding and the awards are more than well deserved!! I'm so happy for you. I love to see good and tallented artists have their work recognized at a big show. Wishing you all the best and continued success.
    Have a great day.
    Always Queenie

  • Phyllis says:

    So deserved and again congratulations! I followed all this on your IG account and commented there, was only today able to read blogs since I was on holiday in the US and arrived back home in The Netherlands just a few hours ago (don't have time to read blogs on holiday πŸ˜‰ ) . And just I just have to comment here as well, even though it is a little late. Loved your work from the moment I first saw it and it is wonderful your work gets the recognition it deserves, it is always outstanding. Enjoy your success!

  • Michele says:

    Wow! Huge congrats. I'm sure you are still floating on clouds. And yes Paducah is on my bucket list, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • sillyewe says:

    Oh wow, what a terrific story and such a huge congratulations to all of you. They are both so very beautiful and the awards are very much deserved!!!! Yay!!!!

  • marylouweidman says:

    Linda I am so happy for you and I have to say, you look beautiful in each and every photo…..I am blessed reading this tonight….

  • Katkat says:

    Congrats!!!!!

  • Nezumi says:

    Congratulations! Beautiful Work πŸ™‚

  • Sarah says:

    Congratulations! Very well deserved awards. How lovely to meet friends in real life too.

  • judith lockhart says:

    You surely deserve the award and ribbon for you quilting! It is beautiful!!

  • Shari says:

    Congratulations! Your quilting is incredible!

  • The Quilted Finish says:

    Wow, wow, wow!! How wonderful for you and you couldn't have been more deserving! I remember when I first saw the photos of Portland Rose when you had quilted it, I was in true quilting-love. Done Pickin' as well. How great you were there for the Awards,yay for you!