I must admit up front that I find it hard to resist a quilt contest. You know that kid who was always picked last in school yard recess games--well I was the kid that neither captain even wanted on their team--and for good reason--sports just wasn't my thing and I didn't try very hard to improve on that skill. I mean who gets a D in PE?? This is the reason I think I so enjoy a quilt contest. It is the place were I excel by using my God-given gift of seeing the world through colors and shapes.
For the past 6 years, AccuQuilt has held a Barn Quilt contest. The winning block is turned into a 17 foot sign on the headquarters in Omaha, NE. I had entered almost every year, even having a few honorable mention finishes. So I thought--let's just try again--because if you don't try you can't complain if you don't win!!
My husband and I took an early spring motorcycle ride, the day turned out much windier than we had anticipated for the first ride of the season. The cross winds that changed when we passed by the groves of trees surrounding farm places here in northwest Iowa almost pulled us off the road. We came to a stop sign on a country blacktop and decided to change our route. Upon arriving home, I sat down and designed this block. It just flowed out of my thoughts on the days activity. The name came from how each person looks at a situation from their own Point of View. If I had not been riding motorcycle on that day I would have thought it was just a regular spring day in Iowa--wind--no big deal. But on the back of a motorcycle wind can be a scary situation.
Eleanor Burns was the guest speaker at the unveiling event. Funny story here!! I started quilting before the days of Internet and YouTube videos. The only learning events available where books and PBS!! Oh how I loved cooking in my kitchen on Saturday mornings and watching the sewing/quilting shows. My children and husband on the other hand, do not have those fond memories. In fact--Quilt In A Day was their least favorite one of the bunch!! How ironic that she is the quilt celebrity at the unveiling event!! If you know my husband at all--you never have to guess what his stand is on anything. He will tell you straight out if something is not to his liking. So as providence would be--we sat right next to Eleanor at the supper event!! He told her the story of our Saturday morning discussions of how my family did not want to watch her show. Eleanor being the gracious and extremely funny lady that she is genuinely listened and laughed! What a great memory for my amazingly supportive husband!!!
AccuQuilt--click to see the patterns and their blog posts of unveiling--to taking the brave leap of submitting ideas to magazines. Watch for those in coming posts!!
All of this to say--take the leap--just try--use the gifts and abilities given to you by God!!
Come along and enjoy things from my Point of View!!!