Though I've been stitching/quilting for 3 years now this week was the first time I entered something I had made in a competition. It's the Esperance Agricultural Show 17/18th October and I entered a few things I'd made in the last year - a doll, a bag, a wallhanging, and this cushion below.
I was thrilled to see it had won first place in it's category, but had no idea what the rosette meant until a passing steward explained I had also won the Champion Exhibit for the Hand Embroidery Classes 7-12!
...and to think I had almost talked myself out of entering it.
My bag also won 1st in it's category, and my doll received a "Highly Commended".
My 14yo daughter won 1st place in the 14-16 yrs Jewellery section as well as 1st place for her appliqued and quilted Cot Quilt, AND 2nd place for her beaded amulet pouch - but wait, there's more! She also won the Champion Exhibit in the 14-16 yrs for her quilt! I'm so very proud of her.
The thing I love most about the Show is seeing all the amazing work, in so many different genres, that our local crafters have made. How can one not be inspired?!