I received great news this week. I took a second place at the pigtalesandquilt.com online crazy quilt contest. I am very happy that this quilt placed so well. It was a true labor of love. This quilt took about 1 year to complete from start to finish with the majority of the work being done in the last 3 months. It was kind of a UFO. I started it for another challenge and put it aside for some time. That challenge came and went. When I came back to it I went at it with a vengeance and completed it within 3 months time. All the fabrics are 100% cotton fabrics which is what I actually prefer working with. It has batting and is tied in the corners of each blocks. All the blocks are outlined with a feather stitch with 3 beads secured on the end of each one of those stitches. LOTS of beads! Some of the new things tried on this quilt was hand dying some of the laces, using of sequins, and the use of silk flowers for the floral swag on the border. I broke the silk flowers down and sewed them into place with beads for the center of the flowers. I also beaded the border with bugle beads and some square beads sprinkled throught out. I want to thank Thearica for having the contest and I look forward to next years competition. Here are a few more pictures of that quilt.