It’s a Winner!

Where It’s @, 57″ x 72″ (2016)

I got a phone call last night from one of the organizers of Northwest Quilting Expo (coming up later this week in Portland, Oregon) that my quilt Where It’s @ won a second place ribbon. I am thrilled!

If I remember the rest of the phone call correctly (I was a bit dazed), winners will be announced Thursday at 1:30 pm at the quilt show. That was the day I was planning to visit the show with my quilt group, the Quisters, so the timing is perfect.

I started this quilt in July 2016 in a class with Karla Alexander of Saginaw Street Quilts and finished it late last year. The name of her quilt pattern is Rewind. Karlee Sandell of quilted it for me.

Quilters who enter their creations at Northwest Quilting Expo can opt to have their quilts judged. I chose to have mine judged, as I’m always interested in what the experts have to say, hoping I can learn from their remarks.

In 2011 I won a ribbon in a non-juried show. Here’s a look at that quilt:

Midnight in the Garden quilt by Dawn White at First Light Designs
Midnight in the Garden, 66″ x 80″ (2010)

The venue was Quilts in Bloom, a small quilt show held at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. Much to my surprise and delight, this quilt won the viewer’s choice award for Best Traditional Quilt. I’m sure that the beautiful custom quilting by Melissa Hoffman contributed to that award. (You can see other examples of Melissa’s beautiful work on her Instagram page, fiddlestitches.)

This quilt is very special to me. It was made from my own pattern 4-Patch Wonder, published in 2010. I originally called the quilt Carmen, after the name of the fabric line from Timeless Treasures, changing it later to Midnight in the Garden. I don’t have it anymore but it’s still in the family. I gave it as a gift to my twin sister Diane as a 60th birthday present. It’s on display in her home in Georgia and I get to enjoy it on my annual visits.

The Northwest Quilting Expo runs Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 28-30, at Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive. Maybe I will see you there!





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13 Responses to It’s a Winner!

  1. Sandy Eacker says:

    Congratulations! I love the quilt, too.

  2. Diane says:

    How wonderful! Does this mean you have submitted two quilts and won a prize for each?? You are a marvel!

    • Dawn says:

      No no. I submitted three quilts — two that were judged (one of which won a ribbon) and one that is part of a special exhibit (Reach for the Stars).

  3. Lisa D'Andrea says:

    You’re the coolest! Congrats! So glad you submitted to the judging. A most deserved ribbon!!

  4. Kristi says:

    A well deserved congratulations!

  5. Colleen Coffman says:

    Congratulations, my friend! So happy to hear of the acknowledgment of your amazing skills.

  6. Vickie says:

    Congrats! What a great call. I am very pleased for you.

  7. Jeanne says:

    Wow! Congratulations! This is thrilling.

  8. Linda Dyer says:

    So wonderful! That’s a big show and to earn a ribbon is amazing! Over the moon much? Congratulations, Dawn. Your beautiful work deserves recognition.

  9. Congratulations, Dawn. What a beautiful quilt!

  10. Claudia McCarter says:

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations! I love the color contrasts.

  11. Merethe says:

    Congratulations, Dawn. You deserve it. Love that pattern.

  12. Auntie Em says:

    Congratulations! It’s a terrific quilt!

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