Super Big Exciting News!!

I do keep wondering if I'm actually dreaming but it seems that my quilt Whizz Bang! not only won first in the Anything Goes - Mixed Techniques category but it has also won

Bernina Best in Show at the Sydney Quilt Show!!!

Wow!! Wow!! and Wow!!

The description I wrote for the quilt was
My exploration of folded point blocks such as Pine Burr, Somerset Star, Pointed Star and an old Chinese folk quilt have resulted in a sampler that is a whizz bang explosion of colour, form and fun!

Here I am with a super big smiley face. ( How cool is that sash ribbon! )

I'm a bit speechless at the moment. It's been an action packed day full of catching up with lovely friends and meeting new friends and then to win these wonderful awards is quite amazing, like a whole bowl of cherries on top.


I shouldn't forget my other quilt hanging in the show - Blue Jeans and Moon Beams. It's more understated than Whizz Bang! but it has it's own character. Turn it upside down and the scallops flip up the other way and then the backing is a whole other quilt in itself. Something that could be said about my quilts is that they are never boring. 

But wait there's more -
Lots of Dots, the Springwood Community Quilt Show raffle quilt won first place in the Group/Collaborative category. Woohoo!!! 
I'll be at the show Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will be hovering around my quilts so come and say hello if you see me - I'll be the one with the big happy smile. 

Super Big Exciting News!!

51 comments

  1. Wow! so this is what you've been up to! Congratulations.
    You must be so proud and over the moon.
    thanks for blogging the big big news

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  2. Congratulations Rachaeldaisy! Your quilt is so exuberant and happy and it shines!

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  3. PS: QuiltNSW has a complete online gallery and there are more fun photos on Facebook and Instagram too.

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  4. Big big HIP HIP HOORAY. Rachael I have always admired your unique approach which is always a personal blend of traditional and Rachaeldaisy inovation. Now you've scooped the pools. Congratulations.

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  5. Oh my....that's incredible ! Congratulations !!!
    You can be proud of your wonderful work ! :)

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  6. Rachael what fabulous quilts! A show stopper!! Well done, congratulations, Best of Show! Wow! So very pleased for you!

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  7. Wow, wow and wow! Congratulations. I can see you smiling all the way over here.

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  8. Congratulations. I am glad all your hard work is being rewarded.

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  9. Today was seriously the best day ever. I'm so happy to have been with you when you won! I'm still a bit weepy! There are some amazingly candid photos on Facebook lol. Congratulations again. I am both proud and overjoyed for you - it's an incredible quilt and it is so deserving of a Best of Show!!

    See you tomorrow!

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  10. Hi Rachael a big congrats my friend, your lovely quilt deserves first prize,I am so excited for you xx

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  11. Congratulations Rachael. There isn't a quilt that you have made that hasn't stopped me in my tracks. They are innovative and stunning. People make a big deal over Jen Kingwell and Margaret Sampson George - and rightly so, their quilts are stunning but I am inclined to put forth your name amongst them. I think you are immensely talented and should either be selling patterns of your work or writing books.

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  12. Wonderful news !
    Congratulation... you deserve it :-))

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  13. I saw this first thing this morning on IG! Congratulations on a gorgeous quilt and I love the name! This must have taken a long time....maybe that's why we haven't seen you in a while?

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  14. Wow, what great news!! I so wish I could visit to meet you and to see your quilts in person, but thanks for sharing this with us. Congratulations :-)

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  15. That's so cool!!! You and your quilt totally deserve it though!

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  16. Congratulations! It is sensational and very well deserved!

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  17. Yay!!! Congratulations on the well-deserved prize! Your quilts are always so innovative from your playful spirit. You have taken the Pine Burr to a whole new level! Our African American quilt-makers in the South U.S. would be thrilled to see this! I would love to come and see both of these up close, AND come give you a great big hug! Enjoy the glory!

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  18. Congratulations, Rachael, that is brilliant and very well deserved!

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  19. I read this fabulous news on IG yesterday and was blown away!!!! Your creativity is now so rightly being rewarded Rachael! I love both your quilts!! The time and effort (and the secrecy) that went into these show stoppers is so, so deserved! I wish I was there to see the quilts and toast your success. I am so proud of you! Hip, hip hooray!!!!! Xxxx

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  20. Congratulations Rachael! I love your take on Pine burr Quilt. You have packed so much punch to it! You are an amazing quilter and a gift to the quilting community. Enjoy your moment and days at the show.
    Hugs

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  21. And she soars higher and higher! A big well deserved best of everything to you! Your free spirit is just what the quilting world is hankering for, to see fabric sewn into new and fabulous creations. I have always said your quilts were pure art.
    I think you should have a one woman show in a swanky gallery and share your talent to a wider audience, you are a true artist my dear.

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  22. Such wonderful news Rachael! I was so excited to read of it yesterday on Instagram. You style of quilt is amazingly creative, skilled and colourful - like you! Looking forward to a detailed post on Whizz Bang one day. Enjoy the rest of the quilt show!

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  23. Happy Dance. That is so exciting for you.

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  24. Congratulations Rachael. We all know now what has been keeping you busy. This quilt is spectacular and your creativity is absolutely amazing. I love the smile on your face and am sure that it will be there for a while.

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  25. Never boring...that's one way to describe your amazing quilts! Without having seen the show (which I have no doubt is very impressive) I can totally see why this quilt earned the big prize. It is so fun and colorful, much like the quilter who made it! I do hope we will get to enjoy some close ups and detail photos at some point, when you are no longer on cloud 9, that is!
    I also would love to see the other quilt from all of it's angles, that has me super curious.
    Congratulations, it couldn't have happened to a more wonderful person (or quilt)!!!!

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  26. Congratulations!!!! Wow! So happy for you and your Whiz Bang quilt. You deserve the recognition and the accolades!

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  27. Rachel that is the most wonderful news... ... Congrats and have a wonderful few days at the quilt show......

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  28. Woot! Great work and congrats - that is a fabulous quilt!

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  29. So wonderful for you. I bet you are still on cloud 9. Hope to catch up with you on Saturday. (no need to reply to this comment)

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  30. What a memorable sow for you congrats!

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  31. Wizz Bang is a fantastic quilt, so is Moonbeams. A well deserved win !!!Your prize ribbons are so cool, you look like a prize winning bull !!!!
    Well done xxxxx

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  32. Congratulations Rachael!! You totally deserve it - all your quilts are out of this world amazing! I loved the photo Lorena put on Instagram of you with your quilt!

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  33. Such gorgeous quilts and a well-deserved prize, congratulations!
    Katell, France

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  34. O M G how freakin awesome is this quilt AND the Best in Show award...... O. M. G.
    I have said it before and will say it again you are amazing! Well done Ms Daisy xx

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  35. Wow--Whiz Bang is one fabulous quilt! Congratulations--I am so happy for you and it is well deserved. I wish I could be there to see the quilts in person. Have fun at the show and enjoy your win!

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  36. Well, Rachael, you did it again. Congrats on your wins. I think your quilts are all the greatest creative things since...well, I just can't think of anything more fabulously creative than our quilts!

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  37. Congratulations Rachel! Your quilts are a joy to look at!

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  38. Can you be any more joyfully prolific? Brilliant news and well deserved accolades. What can be next?

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  39. Can you be any more joyfully prolific? Brilliant news and well deserved accolades. What can be next?

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  40. I am so excited for you Rachaeldaisy! It was wonderful being there to see your complete surprise at winning Best of Show. A big congratulations - enjoy!
    Love,
    Karen

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  41. I've seen your stunning quilt popping up everywhere on social media. Congratulations on a well deserved award.

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  42. I go away for a couple of days and look at what happens!!!
    Congratulations. I am so excited for you. This is a fantastic result.
    This is such a wonderful achievement.
    Your quilt has blown me away and I am so pleased the judges felt the same way. I look forward to seeing a lot more photos and I am guessing I am going to see it here in Melbourne at some time, too. That will be wonderful.
    This must have been a huge amount of work from what can see in the pictures.
    And I must not forget the other quilt. Love the idea of turning one upside down to flip all the parts over. Yes, your quilts are never boring.
    I am so pleased you have received this prestigious award. It is well deserved.

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  43. Well done, and congratulations - it's well deserved!

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  44. Congratulations! You have done it again (of course) :-)
    xx

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  45. I'm soooo happy and excited for you my beautiful friend. I loved spending time with you and your gorgeous quilt, and Phil of course .....
    Enjoy your time riding the Best of Show wave and I look forward to seeing your next creation. Love ya L xo

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  46. Super congratulations Rachael !

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  47. Oh Rachael, I was so excited when your name was called out for Best of Show last Wednesday! Your quilt is a wonderful confection of techniques, fabrics and embellishments and I can just imagine the fantastic adventures you must have had designing it and making it all happen. Congratulations! It's an absolute triumph xxx

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  48. Oh Rachael I'm so excited for you winning ....just over the moon! Sending HUGE Congratulations your way!

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  49. Wow! That is such great news! Congratulations!!!! The quilt sure is colorful and fun!

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  50. Oh Rachel honey a great big CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm over the moon for you - I knew it had to happen soon, you are so incredibly talented and innovative, I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!

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