Nellie"s Needles

Friday, March 12, 2010

Special Award Ribbons for SMQ 2010

This year I was in charge of the Special Award Ribbons for the Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild's 30th annual show that begins Friday, the 19th and runs through the weekend in Maryville, Tennessee.  Previously,  I had designed and made all these award ribbons for our 2007 and 08 shows.  This year I invited other talented members in our guild to help by designing rosettes for nine of the thirteen awards that I constructed for this year's show.
Sheila Rauen created the "Just For Fun" rosette with applique and machine embroidery.  Bridgette Matlock machine embroidered and painted the "Surface Embellishment" award.  While Tone Haugen-Cogburn created the rosette for the "Innovative Design" award.
Linda Roy designed and hand-stitched the "Hand Workmanship" rosette and Loretta Painter designed and machine stitched the one for "Machine Workmanship".
Patty Ashworth designed and hand-quilted the "Novice Quilt" award that goes to a first made quilt among all the entries in the show.  Gloria Felter made a basket block for the "Traditional Design" award.  Melissa Carter designed and stitched the rosette for the "Scrap Quilt" award.
This year a special award is given in honor of our long-time guild member, Irene Wylie, who passed away recently.  The rosette was designed and made by Tone Haugen-Cogburn.  Our Thursday Bee sponsored the award money for this one.

I designed and stitched four rosettes.  There are flower petals both under and on top of tulle netting in those that have blossoms. These two for the "Judge's Choice"  and the "Viewer's Choice" awards.
 And these for the "Best of Show" bed quilt and wall quilt.

There are instructions for how I made these ribbons here where they can be downloaded to your computer as a PDF file and printed out.  A major thing that I now do differently is to print directly on the satin ribbon rather than onto a "T-shirt Transfer" that got ironed on.  I also fuse two layers of the satin ribbon together before constructing the award ribbon.

To see photos of the SMQ Show special award ribbons I've made in previous years go here for 2007 and here for 2008.

14 comments:

Leona Harden said...

Nellie, These ribbons show our guild really cares about having a good show as well as the talent of our members. Thanks to all who participated. These are the best I've ever seen! Leona

Kay said...

Those are wonderful ribbons, all of them! It must add a lot to the show for people to spot all the different ribbon designs.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

These ribbons are so beautiful and would make any of the recipients feel especially appreciated by your guild for entering something in your show.

There was a discussion a week or so ago about entering shows and the pros and cons and it is the extra effort such as these ribbons that make all the work of shipping and entering well worth while.

Your guild members are to be congratulated.

Heather said...

There should be an award for award ribbons! They are so varied and each of them is a little work of art. It's easy to recognise your work in the one's you designed. They are all so much more special than the mass produced rosettes and will be greatly prized by those who win them. Well done everyone who had a hand in producing them.

Merry said...

These are beautiful and so much work. It would have been an honour for anyone to have received them. Well done ladies.

Christine Thresh said...

What Heather said.
You had better design a ribbon for the ribbon designers.

Elaine Adair said...

Now, those are rIBBONS! = to the subject matter! Hoorayyyy!

Beverly said...

Wow- those are truly impressive! Who wouldn't love to find any one of them hanging on their quilt???

P said...

I agree with Heather. There should be an award for the award ribbons. The biggest problem would be which one to choose - they're all great! What a clever idea.

Joyce said...

People must triple and quadruple their efforts just to get one of those wonderful ribbons! They are all gorgeous!

Allison Ann Aller said...

These ribbons are so inspiring Nellie!!! Every single one of them...but I especially like yours with the flowers both below and above the tulle. Brilliant!!!

PAMO said...

All so beautiful and great works of art!! Stunning!

Karen said...

These ribbons are awesome! This could be a real money saver for my guild. Would you please elaborate on the new technique? Do you somehow run the ribbon through the printer? And, what is the reason for doubling the ribbon? Inquiring minds want to know :) Thanks Nellie!

Unknown said...

Wow, these are incredible award ribbons! Thanks so much for sharing. The care you put into each one is inspiring