Buckeye woman competing at quilt show
Semifinalist Nancy McFall ‘thrilled just to be in the show’
Buckeye resident Nancy McFall will be competing for a blue ribbon at the 2014 American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek — Phoenix Feb. 5 to 8 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The international quilt show will feature a contest displaying more than 200 quilts from the Unites States and seven countries, according to a press release.
The society selected McFall, 64, as a semifinalist for her quilt, House on the Sunflower Hill.
“I’m thrilled just to be in the show with all the other quilters,” she said.
McFall began quilting more than 30 years ago after making a baby quilt when she was pregnant with her first child.
She enjoys the creative process of “cutting fabric up into little pieces and sewing them back all together again so it looks different,” she said.
House on the Sunflower Hill
McFall spent a year working on the quilt because of some of the detailed handwork involved, she said.
She used a combination of various quilting techniques including appliqués and paper piecing, she said.
The quilt pattern is not her original design, but a pattern that she found online.
“It’s a unique design,” she said. “Sometimes, you just see a quilt and you have to make it. It’s just one of those quilts.
“It was a challenging quilt to make. I think it turned out beautifully.”
McFall became a semifinalist after she entered her quilt in the society’s juried show last fall.
McFall had no plans of entering the show because she felt her quilt was not good enough, she said.
She changed her mind after people “remarked upon how well they liked it,” she said.
House on the Sunflower Hill is in the wall quilt traditional category, which is the second largest category with 58 other contestants, Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning said.
The judges will be looking at various criteria such as the quilt’s color, design and workmanship, she said.
The contestants are competing for more than a blue ribbon. The society will be awarding winners various cash prizes.
If McFall takes first place in her division, she will win $1,500. In addition, she has the potential to earn a larger cash prize if she wins a special award such as Best in Show, which is $10,000, Browning said.
McFall said she is not thinking about winning, though.
“I didn’t actually believe I would actually get in, so I’m absolutely thrilled just having it on display with everybody else’s quilts,” she said.
Many of the contestants already feel triumphant about being semifinalists, Browning said.
“Many quilters think that you are a winner if you get juried into one of our contests because the competition is usually very stiff,” she said. “Then the quilters usually think if they win a prize, that’s just icing on the cake.”
After the show is over, McFall will hang her quilt on the wall above her piano, and she hopes it becomes a family heirloom, she said.
“My daughter is probably planning where she is going to keep it when she inherits it,” McFall said.
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