Imagine my surprise last week, while on holiday, when I happened to look on the Irish Quilting blog to discover that they had listed me as a missing person/reader and that I had won a prize in a competition that they ran earlier this year! When I went to the Festival of Quilts last August I picked up a copy of the Irish Quilting magazine out of curiosity and read that they were running a competition in association with Janome to design and stitch a 10" flower quilt block which incorporated three different quilting stitches. I registered my interest in entering and eventually made the quilt block shown below, having used this design in a Baltimore style wall hanging.
The central section is machine appliqued using my Janome 350e embroidery machine using batik fabrics on a black background. The border is foundation pieced then attached to the central section. I then free motion quilted around the flowers, quilted in the ditch around the border and used one of the preset embroidery stitches on my Bernina 730 to do the other lines of quilting. As I didn't hear anything when the winners were due to be announced I assumed that I hadn't won anything, especially as nothing arrive in the post. First and second prizes were sewing machines (which I didn't win), third prizes were Janome Mega Tote Bags - apparently there was a mix-up and I should have received one of them, so now I look forward to receiving it.