Yes that's right......I am just so excited to share the details with you all in this long and photo filled post.
Many of you have followed my progress over the last 15 months since I stitched the first of what would turn out to be 500,000 stitches in my hexagon quilt - 'Dear Prudence' . I'm sure that you waited eargerly for every Prudence update post, with some lucky shop visitors seeing the progress in the fabric. The year passed very quickly and before I knew it Prudence was on her way to Melbourne for the Victorian Quilters 'Fabric of Society' Challenge. The judging of the competition was on Tuesday, and it was an anxious wait on Tuesday night as I was hoping that I would receive a phone call requesting my attendence for the presentation ceremony on the Friday. The phone rang.....it was not the call I was waiting on.....the phone rang again......yay it was Mary Hitchens, Showcase Convenor with the news! I didn't know what I had won, I thought maybe a highly commended or second place.
On arriving at the Quilt Show it was off to see Prudence for the first time in 7 weeks. See looked spendid under her own special spotlight!
It was great to see that Lenora made it in time for the presentations too.......a very early start for her.
Jenny Bacon (President VQ) with Mary Hitchens........
The nerves built as I realised that there weren't any red second place rosettes on the table........oh gee.........then the highly commended award was presented......nope wasn't me.......oh gee........then Best Wagga......Best Coverlet.......Best Quilt.....Quilt No. 20 'Dear Prudence' by Linda White........OH GEE !!!!
Then it was Best in Show for the 'Fabric of Society' Challenge..........and it was Quilt No. 20 'Dear Prudence'..........OH GEE!!!!
I pinned my rosettes on the wall beside Prudence
I also had a lovely time talking to interested ladies who asked lots of questions about my quilt.....I wish I could have spent all day doing it. I also caught up with Gail (who showed me the projects for the stitching day in September....top secret.....all I can say is that they are gorgeous!), Lyndell, Jodie, Julia, Carol and Julie.....plus more I think!
I would like to thank Brother Australia, The Victorian Quilters, The Quilted Crow and The Quilters Barn for their sponsorship and prizes which included..... A Brother Sewing Machine, $2,000 prize money, A beautiful bundle of fat quarters (The Quilted Crow), a $100 gift voucher from The Quilters Barn, rosettes & certificates and this beautiful limited edition, not available for sale, collectors sewing machine music box from Brother Australia.
Prudence will be travelling Australia next year as part of the 'Fabric of Society' touring exhibition thanks to Brother Australia, so if you live interstate and go to the Quilt Show in your capital city you will able to visit Prudence and say Hi! Unfortunately I won't be able to go with her......lol!
PS. And I might be able to see the original quilt......but I will save that story for another post.