Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 Quilt Block Contest

I entered the Quilt Block Contest this year (QBC) from Sisters, Oregon. It's part of the annual contest they have in conjunction with the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. I received 5 fabrics and had to make a 9.5" unfinished quilt block. You can make any block you want, but you must use all 5 fabrics. You can embellish the block any way you want to using a variety of materials too.

Here is the block I came up with. I used machine stitches and hand embroidered French Knots, added a bit of yarn with metallic thread, sewed on buttons and added some crystals to the block. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

The teachers who will be teaching the entire week before the quilt show will vote on their 5 favorite blocks. Then they tally them up and the one with the most votes wins the best in show and receives $50 plus a number of blocks, including their own block back, and some fabric to use for borders and binding. The other winners will receive a number of the blocks, including their own and some fabric too, just no cash award. There are usually 5 top blocks chosen as winners, although that number can be more or less depending on how many entries they receive in the contest. I was lucky enough to win some blocks in 2 different years in the past, but I haven't won the best in show.

Here is my block for this year. I think it is the best one I have entered so far.

I added some orange crystals and some clear crystals in the center. 

A bird. Lots of French knots in a variegated floss.

I added a touch of metallic yarn next to the yellow machine embroidery stitches.
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13 comments:

  1. OMG! This is sure to win, it's GORGEOUS! So much detail, you are the queen of embellishments.

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  2. That's beautiful!!! Your French knots are amazing!!!

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  3. Seriously awesome french knots. Wowza! Hope you get a win with this one.

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  4. Absolutely breath-taking, Daryl. I love it! Good luck, this one is going to be hard to beat.

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  5. The prettiest and most detailed one I have seen! 😉

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  6. What a beautiful block Daryl and very, very creative! Good luck!

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  7. This beautiful block looks like Best of Show. Lovely with all the detailed embellishments. Enjoy the show.

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  8. you better win! this is amazing, the details are incredible, not only do they "fit" the fabric and pattern but they are added in an expert fashion. I'm stunned by the evenness of your embroidery. you have such a good eye for color and for what's needed where without going over the top.

    tara

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  9. Wow! What a gorgeous block. You've put so many details that suit each other. The bird is the perfect addition and I like where you placed it. I'm confident that your block will be a winner.
    Thank you for participating to my Fabric, Thread and Yarn link party. Have a good weekend!

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  10. This is gorgeous. So happy that you give us the chance to study it on your blog. Thank you.

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  11. It's breathtaking! It makes such a great use of fabrics and really brings out the best in them.

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  12. This block is a little treasure box full of delight Daryl! I'd bet you win Best of Show this year!

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