Thursday, 28 July 2011

'Ruled by Chocolate' - won Best In Show

Today is the first day of the Melbourne Quilt Show, and the award ceremony was at midday.

I still am floating on cloud nine.

My quilt ‘Ruled by Chocolate’ won –

First in the Machine Quilters Category
Best Use of Colour
Excellence in Long Arm Quilting

And the biggest shock of all

Best In Show

It hasn’t sunk in.

Besides a peek of the quilt with my nephew sitting on it, I haven’t shown the quilt on my blog – so here it is.

This photo was taken today with my wonderful supportive husband Paul who is so proud of me.



Funny name for a quilt you might say, but several of my quilts have the word chocolate in their name and I call them my Chocolate Series (by the way this is number 7 in the Chocolate Series). 

This quilt was called Ruled by Chocolate for three reasons.  Firstly the colour.  Secondly, there was a lot of ruler work in this quilt.  Finally, I consumed a rather large amount of chocolate whilst quilting this quilt (or more accurately, the chocolate was being consumed while I was unpicking the bits I didn’t like).

While the piecing on the quilt is simple, the quilting is very detailed.  There is a combination of ruler work, freehand and stencil on this quilt.

I chose a deep red for the back as I knew I was going to use three shades of brown thread, and I wanted the quilting to show, but not with too much contrast.



64 comments:

  1. You deserve any and all accolades.. I know how much work went into it!!

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  2. But Paul, you don't want to know how much chocolate was consumed.....

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  3. Oh well done! I can't wait to see it!

    Christine Abela.

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  4. Any wonder it won, Desley...it's fabulous...I love what ruler work does to a quilt, and with this beauty, you have the balance just right...stunning...and I recon I know exactly how long it took to quilt...lol

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  5. So very well deserved ... it is a beautiful quilt Desley. A big congraulations ... "Master Quilter"? I think so!

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  6. Nothing to say except WOW. Congratulations wonderful work.

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  7. Double WOW looking forward to seeing this for real Friday.

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  8. Well done, I was at the show today with a friend, we are down from Brisbane.
    Well done, your quilting is amazing, congratulations to you.

    Christine
    ps. had to tell a lady not touch your quilt as she was holding it to check it out, grin

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  9. Absolutely wonderful - well deserved!!!

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  10. Awesome! I love how big that ribbon is that is draped over your shoulder in the photo with hubby...now that is a ribbon! Beautiful quilt. You are very deserving and I think chocolate is inspirational in so many ways.

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  11. Wow and congratulations! What a well deserved honor. I know you're beaming still, just as in the photo. Your quilting is beautiful.

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  12. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

    Congratulations Desley. It is a lovely quilt and you deserve the Best in Show. Big congratulations!

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  13. AMAZING !!! Your quilting is awesome. Best in Show is very deserving. Congratulations.

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  14. Congratulations! It is great to be recognized by your pears for the beautiful quilting that you do. I'm sure this will not be the only best in show that you will win. Your quilt and quilting is outstanding.

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  15. Congratulations! A wonderful confirmation of your vision and skill as a quiltmaker. Just love your quilting!

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  16. Absolutely beautiful! How wonderful to be recognized for your skill and creativity.

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  17. Stunning! Congratulations on your ribbons.

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  18. Congratulations Desley! A well deserved honor for a beautiful work of art.

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  19. I can see why it won-- fantastic job-- and lots of hours. Chocolate helps build strong character. A necessity in our quilting lives, for sure. Congrats!

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  20. Incredible work! It must have taken hours upon hours to quilt. Congratulations - an award well deserved

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  21. Congratulations Desley! It is gorgeous - I could spend hours looking at your quilting and admiring your skill! I am not surprised it cleaned up on the awards at all.

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  22. YOU are an inspiration!!! congratulations!
    karen :)

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  23. Congratulations. Well deserved honor for you. I just love your work and creativity in machine quilting.

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  24. So excited for you Desley! You are a very talented quilter and that award is well deserved. Congratulations!

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  25. Well deserved, beautiful work Desley.

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  26. Wow wee! That is stunning! Congratulations!

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  27. Congratulations! That's wonderful and so much deserved!

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  28. simply beautiful, Well desired honors

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  29. Congrats! Your quilt is beautiful and deserving of the honor.

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  30. It's beautiful and very deserving of the win!!! Congtrats!!!

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  31. OMG that is amazing. I am doing a happy dance for you.
    A well deserved honour-and worth all the chocolate!!

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  32. Congratulations Desley...that is my kind of quilt...simple piecing with intricate quilting which you do to perfection...you are an inspiration!

    Best Wishes
    Kay in Scotland

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  33. Oh what a deserving quilt-Congratulations! How terrific to have all that hard work recognized!

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  34. Desley - this is simply spectacular quilting! Congratulations on the recognitions that your quilt won!!

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  35. Congratulations Desley, what an amazing job of the quilting you have done. Everything about this quilting is just beautiful, no wonder you took out the trifecta. I hope to see this in "real life" one day.

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  36. It was a delight to see you so overwhelmed with the recognition you so deserve!! Congratulations Desley. Sensational quilter swooped the pool!

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  37. Fantastic! A work of true perfection...

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  38. Oh Wow Desley...Congratulations!
    What amazing work...A well deserved honour and very worthy of your ribbons!.
    Julia ♥

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  39. Congratulations Desley! What an honour to win Best of Show! The quilting is wonderful and looks even better in real life. I am so happy for you!

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  40. Desley, Congratulations, you really deserve this award. You work so hard to produce such beautiful work and such professional results. I have heard about this even though I am in Philadelphia -so good news travels fast !! I can't wait to see this in person. Warmest wishes Barb Went

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  41. OH WOW!!!! How fantastic!! Congratulations - that is absolutely stunning. No wonder Paul is so proud of you...and I bet your feet are still not on the floor...golly gosh:)

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  42. Congratulations Desley, it is always a thrill to hear that someone you know has been awarded for all their tireless work. It is stunning quilting; I’m always in awe when I see work like this. Cheers Glenda

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  43. that is fabulous!!! Congratulations!!

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  44. Desley you just have what it takes. The art of quilting is in you
    Congratulation Again
    I'm very happy for you
    Angela

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  45. Congratulations for such a wonderful award - very deserving - wow, that ribbon - so suits the quilt! You have every right to be beaming from ear to ear and walking on clouds.

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  46. Congrats, what a beautiful quilt!

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  47. Well goodness that is a terrific quilt, all those quilting lines and designs throughout are mesmerizing to me:)

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  48. Well deserved. My friend just sent me your link and i've browsed a few posts, your work is amazing, and I love that you are a 'freehander' I will spend more time this weekend looking at more of your gorgeous work, congratulations, well done!

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  49. You deserve the award. Your quilting and your creativity is amazing. I am in awe of you. Very nice job. Thanks for sharing.

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  50. Fabulous quilting~! I really like how you chose your backing. Subtle, but still showy. Congratulations on a well deserved win!

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  51. Congratulations and that is an astonishingly wonderful quilt!

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  52. This is one of the most beautiful & amazing quilts I've ever seen. I wish I could see it in person!

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  53. Whoop whoop!!! What an amazing quilt, Desley - you deserve all the accolades and more!!!! Congratulations!!

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  54. This is a knock your socks off result. Congratulations on your awards.....well deserved as it is truly an Art piece.

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  55. Many congratulations, Desley!!!! You deserve every bit of it too!!! Your quilt is just amazing!!!! Love the photo with you!

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  56. Congratulations Desley - you have created an amazing quilt - it was fabulous being able to see it in person. Well done!

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  57. Wow! I just found out and wanted to add my congratulations to your long list. It looks fabulous and deserved to win. Well done!

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  58. Congratulations your quilt is gorgeous and is a work of art.

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  59. BEAUTIFUL! Stunning quilting for sure....CONGRATULATIONS! on winning Best of Show...

    hugz
    pam

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  60. I hope the win has sunk in by now. And to think I was chatting with the WINNER earlier that morning...Well deserved and congratulations!!! xxoo

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  61. Breathtakingly beautiful. No wonder it won best in show! I came across a link to your blog from Joan's. I'm glad I stopped by. Your work is amazing.

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  62. Congratulations! This is a MASTERPIECE!

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  63. This is the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen. Wow!

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