Best In Show!!!


I never thought I'd have a heading for a blog post that said
 "Best In Show" but there it is. 
I'm proud to say my Clamshell Carousel quilt won Best in Show at the Australian Modern Quilt Show

That's not all... it also won 1st in the Modern Traditionalism category. And my other quilt entry Yo Yos a la Mode took 2nd place in the same category. I keep pinching myself, and asking Am I just dreaming this? Luckily there are these fabulous modern rosettes to prove that it's real.



For those who follow my blog this was the quilt in which I only showed the backing of on the Springwood Show blog post. As you can see it's full of fun, colourful details and deserves a post with good photos and the story behind the quilt. That will have to wait for another day though when I have more time to take photos. 
Thank you so much to all involved in putting on the show - The Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild who did an awesome job of organising the event. All the quilters whose quilts made it one of the best quilt shows I've seen. I know I couldn't have been a judge, there were so many amazing quilts. A big thank you to all of the sponsors for their generous contributions especially those who sponsored my prizes,
Bernina (I'll show photos of my very cool new sewing machine soon),
Material Obsession,
Material Girls Downunder
and Mini Jumbuck Nu-wool wadding.

My other quilt Yoyo's a la Mode quilt is due to be published in Quilter's Companion in their July edition, because of that I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share photos yet. If I get the okay I'll be back with photos, otherwise it's not long to wait until July. 


To celebrate Mr Daisy and I had a lunch with champagne

And then enjoyed a long walk on the beach. 













A big Hi to my blog friend Dawn who I got to meet in person. She and her friends had driven up from Melbourne for the show. It was great having time to have a real life chat. Hopefully we'll get to meet up again at the next Modern Quilt Show.


I'll be back with more photos when my feet touch the ground. :)

Best In Show!!!

78 comments

  1. I am the first to comment...omg I stayed up all night for this one...so proud to call you my friend...you genius..you...a big congratulations...from North Carolina

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  2. Both your quilts are awesome Rachel. I saw your yo-yos on Instagram, so I'm practicing a bit of one upmanship here. LOL. They absolutely both deserved the ribbons. Congratulations.

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  3. Congratulations!!! That is TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Ahh... Yea for you Rachael!! I am always inspired by your quilts. Janita

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  5. Woohoo, congrats, totally deserved :o)

    BTW, did you pick up those pebbles and shells? I always collect things like that at the beach (which is probably why I discovered about 3 different hoarded stashes in the car the other day!)

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  6. I can tell you skipped along the beach. I can see you smiling and so happy for you

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  7. Hi Rachael ,oh wow and double wow that is so awesome my friend,you so deserve your wins with your beautiful quilts,i am so excited for you,wel done and it sure did deserve a wonderful lunch and champas xx

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  8. Don't be in a hurry to come back down to earth, enjoy the accolades. Your quilts are fantabulous! Loved seeing your quilts on line. Unfortunately I was sick so couldn't go. Aren't those ribbons the best? So happy for you and big congrats once again.

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  9. congrats Rachel........a lovely bright quilt..........

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  10. I saw your quilts had won on IG yesterday and was going to email you with congratulations but thought you may not know yet and didn't want to spoil the surprise. Well done you, your quilts are gorgeous and vibrant, really happy quilts.

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  11. What an exciting year you've had already. Champagne for sure. Your quilts are so happy and vibrant. Congrats!

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  12. Holy Cats, RD, that's so VERY wonderful!!!!
    It looks like an amazing quilt. Lots of your beautiful handwork & details. So well deserved!
    I'm glad you & Mr. Daisy had a lovely time at the beach. And champagne!

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  13. Congratulations Rachael, so well deserved. Can't wait to see your yo yo quilt when you get to reveal it..

    If you see a link on Instagram will you send me the details...tried searching without any luck.

    Looks like a lovely day for a walk along the beach.

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  14. Wow!! Congratulations!! You must be walking on clouds right now. They are well-deserved awards. Your Clamshell Carousel is so beautiful. So much work and wonderful details. Can't wait to see the other one when you can show it. Keep doing that happy dance!!

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  15. congratulations! What a GREAT award for a GREAT quilter!!!

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  16. Huge congratulations to you on awards well deserved! So happy that your gorgeous work was recognized, and that the show was such a success. High fives and hugs to you!!!

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  17. Huge congratulations on your wins. I'm not at all surprised. You are a quilting superstar. I'm hoping you will do a book one day.

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  18. Grande!!!!

    Non mi meraviglio comunque, prima o poi il tuo talento doveva essere riconosciuto!!!

    Complimenti!

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  19. Whoop, whoop! Congratulations :-)

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  20. Congratulations, your quilt is fantastic, you are a great artist!
    Myrto

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  21. Wow! Your quilt is just incredible. Love how you've further developed your clam theme into such a vibrant, happy quilt! When you get quiet I always assume you're working on something amazing and I was so right.:) Very exciting for your to win the awards!!

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  22. You already know what I think of your win, but I'm just so damn excited for you!! And very well deserved. Can't wait to see your red and whites at the show!

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  23. Wow, this is more exciting news. I remember you were over the moon just to have your entries accepted into the show.
    But to take out the major award is extra exciting! Congratulations! I am thrilled to bits for you. And look at the lovely prizes!
    Your work is stunning and this is wonderful recognition of your talent!!!

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  24. Gee Rachael, I think everyone has said it all!! Congratulations and a virtual hug for your splendid wins and runner up at the show, You deserve it. Glad that Mr Daisy bought the champagne out for you too....

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  25. I agree with Karen- you are such a deserving winner who deserves all the recognition you get!! How wonderful to win not just one ribbon but two! Your quilt is doubly gorgeous! I cannot even imagine where you started making Clamshell Carousel- your skill is beyond measure! I love your celebratory beach photos too- I think a shadow selfie will be the next big thing too! Very creative! Congratulations and I look forward to seeing what wonders you create with your new machine and other prizes!! WOOT WOOT!!!

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  26. Wow!! How exciting. You look so happy in the photos. You shouldn't be too surprised with your wins as your quilts are so vibrant and your designs so refreshing. The walk along the beach would have been a nice way to wind down after all the excitement.

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  27. Congratulations Rachael! Your star is definitely rising! So well deserved. Enjoy!

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  28. WOW!!!! I bet you felt woozy/dizzy too! Well-deserved congratulations!! Love your quilts, love your blog, love that you were able to have such a great time and share wonderful photos. Sigh... like a mini adrenaline rush and vacation all in the same post. ENJOY!!!!!
    ~ Christina

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  29. Oh my goodness Rachael - I am glad I'm sitting down! What a beautiful quilt - I remember the lovely back (I was very impressed that you lined up the pattern!). A big congratulations (I LOVE those medallions! I've often thought that receiving a hand made winner's rosette is motivation to made and enter a quilt!!).

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  30. Awesome - and deserved win! So glad to be there as it was announced, a proud proud day.
    Thrilled to meet you and 'mr clooney', and to chat like old friends .... My guild peeps are still teasing me about being star struck LOL.

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  31. Huge congratulations. I'm not at all surprised that you won two prizes. You are a quilting superstar.

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  32. Sigh...what a beautiful post. Your quilts really are very unique and creative, full of life. Loved your beauty photos too! And of course - big congratulations! :)

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  33. Bravo my Friend! Congradulatons on so many levels, the quilts, the ribbons, the machine. Live it up--you deserve it!

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  34. Congratulations!!! Lovely work. Hugs
    Fina

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  35. Congratulations Rachael!
    I am going to buy party hats today and celebrate your award. Enjoy every bit of this moment.. So happy and proud! Clamshell Carousel is gorgeous!
    xoxo

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  36. I just read Kathy Doughty's post regarding how judging works - a wonderful insight.

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  37. I think that last happy face photo says it all ... So happy for you!
    Congratulations!

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  38. Rachael !!!! I'm so excited for you !!!!! I squealed when I saw your Best in Show .....you totally deserve it. CONGRATULATIONS L xoxo

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  39. Congratulations! enjoy every moment of this incredible winning moment! You must be so proud and pleased - embrace your success!!
    Love that you celebrated with bubbly :)
    pretty pretty photos from the beach.

    You are a Modern Quilt Rock Star!!!

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  40. Congratulations! Well deserved. So glad you celebrated. Looking forward to seeing and reading more about your quilts.

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  41. Congratulations!
    Love your great colour choices.

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  42. Oh wow that is amazing!! That's the number of prizes AND that quilt- I adore it.

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  43. wohoo !!! congrats to you, well deserved :-))

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  44. I know it's been said before, but you deserve to hear it over and over - Congratulations, Rachael, on a well-deserved win! It was a thrill to be there yesterday afternoon when you were formally presented with your prizes. Both your fabulous quilts were entirely prize worthy. Well done!!!

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  45. congrats--you deserve it--your creativity is amazing!!

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  46. WOOT! That is an amazing quilt! Go you!

    Love the pics of the beach - you must've floated all the way along :-)

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  47. YEAH!!!!! you are so talented! congratulations!!!!

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  48. Oh Rachael I am so happy and excited for you! Your quilt is so colorful, just like you.
    You are a very talented person! Enjoy all the praise, you deserve it!

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  49. WOO HOO!!!! We always knew you had a Best In Show in you! I'm so very happy for you. Enjoy every bit of your spotlight :)

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  50. Oh yea! Oh yea! Oh yea!!!! I'm so happy for you!! The quilt is absolutely fantastic. I'm not surprised that it won best in show. Big hugs and congratulations!! Jumping up and dancing around with you.

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  51. woohoo, congrats!!!! exciting and well-deserved!

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  52. Congratulations on your win! Quiltmania magazine is sitting on my shopping list!

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  53. Your quilt is absolutely amazing. Seriously stunning and completely deserving of 1st place. Congratulations Rachael!!!

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  54. FAR FLIPPEN' OUT!!! That quilt is JUMPING!! I love it and it is so happy, just like you are about now I would imagine :) MORE Champagne :) Congrats!

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  55. Woohoo congratulations!!! you deserve it! have a great week, keep smiling!!!

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  56. Oh my goodness, I'm so happy for you! That's three more wonderful things that have come your way and long may it continue!!

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  57. What a stunning quilt. It really is a masterpiece. Huge congrats on your very well deserved wins and what a beautiful way to celebrate.

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  58. Oh RAchael my Heart is thumping for you.......Hearty Congratulations to you.....You deserve it all....wow, wow, wow!

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  59. Wow wee congratulations. Your quilt is amazing I looked at the photo for about three minutes.
    Congrats again you are so awesome.

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  60. Huge congrats for very well deserved wins Rachel! Your quilts totally have there own style! I so wish I could have attended this show as all the quilts I have seen have been stunning! If I ever make it to Australia I will need to tie it in with this show!

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  61. Congratulations Rachael. We are so happy for you. Keep walking on air. LOL.

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  62. Wow! Congratulations Rachael, that's fabulous news. Well done you. Love your quilt and that was the perfect way to celebrate with Mr Daisy.

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  63. Wow, a well deserved win. That quilt is fabulous!!

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  64. Congrats!! You truly deserve those wins!! It's a great quilt, and the addition of the ric-rac just makes it sparkle!! Hugs, H

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  65. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm so glad to see you getting the recognition you deserve, Rachel, I'm over the moon for you!!! That is an amazing quilt, but you only seem to make amazing quilts!!!

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  66. How exciting - I am thrilled for you! Congratulations - your quilt is absolutely stunning. Will we get to see it in Sydney this month?
    Cheers,
    Karen

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  67. Congratulations on your well-deserved wins! You must be just over the moon with the wind! Your quilt is fabulous!

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  68. Congratulations !! So happy I got see Clamshell Carousel at Springwood - well deserved prize. And I love your yoyo quilt too. You are everywhere - I just saw Ric Rac Razzamatazz in a copy of Desert to Sea and then I came acorss 15 Minutes of play and there you are in there too - another gorgeous quilt I was lucky enough to see in the flesh! You have inspired me - I am off to go make some yoyos.

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  69. So so thrilled for you Rachael. Completely deserved, and I can't wait to see more detailed photos of the quilts :-)

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  70. Congratulations Rachael, it's very well deserved. I'm so pleased for you, as you are an amazing talented quilter. Can't wait to see what the future has in store for you, as I'm sure it is going to be simply awesome.

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  71. Congrats on your win! Awesome quilt! Enjoy your "celebrity" status!!!!

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  72. Congratulations Rachael !
    “You're off to Great Places!
    Today is your day!
    Your mountain is waiting,
    So... get on your way!”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

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  73. Holy Cow Woman -- that's amazing! Congratulations -- what a beautiful quilt. Quick! Whip out another one -- you're on a massive winning streak!!!

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  74. Gosh golly wackin wow! Something extraordinary is shining forth, the culmination of skill, effort, practice and wit. These are great quilts. Congratulations!

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  75. You go girl! Yes, don't pinch yourself, it's totally possible! Congrats!

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  76. A huge congrats! When I saw your quilt on IG with ribbons on it I just knew that it's well deserved, because this quilt is gorgeous!

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  77. OGR ...Your quilts are so amazing and beautiful, congratulations !!! Are you a full time quilter or Quilt teacher now? You must have a magic hat, every time I see your page there seems to be 10 new quilts you have made.
    Your quilts are unbelievable.. Keep winning, you deserve it xxx

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