What a Surprise!

Last night, I was not able to attend preview night for the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This morning, my sister Adri and I went to the first day of the show.
When we started down the first row in the Salute to Texas section, I was in awe of some of the gorgeous Texas quilts.
It was cool to see my little Wild About Texas quilt hanging in the midst of all these quilts.
I wanted to show case the floral photos by Richard Reynolds.
Two women were talking about how realistic the photos were, so I gladly told them about Richard.

As my sister and I went down each row, admiring the beautiful quilts, we got a text that my sister, Emma, ย had driven down from Austin. She was up front, so we went back to get her and started viewing the quilts from the beginning.
It felt so good to see people talking about my second quilt, Hope.


I heard people talk about liking the theme, the use of color, and the keyboarding.
This was basically made from scraps. I did not know if I liked this one, so hearing other people’s positive review was good feedback.

We continued on to the last section, which was the First Entry category.
I had entered the Tribute to Tonie , the memory quilt in honor of my mom, under this category.
This was the quilt that my friend, Jeana Kubik, had suggested that I enter.
There was a collective gasp as my sisters and I saw the Honorary Mention ribbon on my quilt!
I was speechless…not common for me at all.
I know my mom had her hand in me winning this ribbon!



The top two rows cannot be seen, since the height of the hanging poles is 90 inches.

It was great having my two sisters with me.

Jeana Kubik is the person who long armed the quilt for me.
She does beautiful work.
Jeana had texted me on Thursday night to see if I was coming to the show on Friday.
I thought it was strange that she would be asking me this.
Today she told me that she had a hard time keeping the ribbon a secret.

It has been a very surprising and exciting day.
My first quilt show has been a great experience.

13 thoughts on “What a Surprise!

  1. Congratulations! Well I remember my first quilt show experience and sort of stalking my quilt to listen to people’s comments! Congratulations on your well-deserved honorable mention and how wonderful to share with your family!!!!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Congratulations Chela! Your quilts look beautiful! I am so happy for you. You and your sisters look so pretty and happy in front of your Mom’s quilt, so neat she had a hand in you getting that much deserved ribbon. ๐ŸŽ€

    1. Thank you, Abbie. This quilt show experience has been a fun ride.
      My sons, nephews, and one niece all think that my sisters and me are versions of our mother. One nephew ranked us in “Tonie” order. My older sister is “Tonie the Greater”; I am “Tonie the Equal’; and my younger sister is “Tonie the Lesser Than”. My mom thought this ranking was hilarious, yet accurate.

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