What an exciting night!
Tonight was the IQA award ceremony here in Houston, and eQuilter was the sponsor of the $7500 cash prize for the "World of Beauty" winner. Sophie and I got on stage to announce the winner, and it was the same quilter who received an eQuilter cash prize in Birmingham, in August 2011! (Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga from The Netherlands)
Then an ever bigger and more wonderful surprise - Sherry Reynolds, to whom I gave the Grand Prize at Quilt Colorado this summer - was the big $10K cash prize winner of the evening! Sherry claims she didn't know she was getting the big prize, but she looked like a movie star in a little black sequin sheath dress.
My friend and camerawoman Bonnie McCaffery got stuck on the East Coast due to the storm, so I had to draft Pam Holland to take the video footage at the award ceremony. (she was a willing conscript - *smile*) We interviewed several winners, so you can watch for those videos in the next couple weeks.
Sophie was very brave and interviewed winner Hollis Chatelain on camera. We always said Sophie might be a talk show host one day - ha!
You can see images of the top winners on the Quilts.com website now. Some of these quilts I've seen earlier this year in Colorado, Tokyo and Birmingham, so it is exciting to see them show up and win big in Houston.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you affected by the big storm on the East Coast. In talking or texting with some of my friends there, it is evident that the whole story has not been revealed yet on the news. Friends are reporting devastation in neighborhoods that I haven't seen on TV yet.
Are any of you thinking about donating or making a quilt to give to a storm victim? we are working on a connection to make and give quilts to those who have lost their homes because of Sandy.
Happy Halloween and Safe Trick-or-Treating,