A CC U QUILT!
Gimme an A! Gimme a Double-C! Gimme a U! Gimme a QUILT! What you do get?
That was the spirit of fun and excitement at AccuQuilt last week when I attended the Second Annual Barn Quilt Unveiling with more than 300 quilt enthusiasts.
You may have gotten wind of the recent AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Contest, where people submitted original designs for a chance to be featured in a big big way on AccuQuilt’s building. The winners of the contest were celebrated at the unveiling. What a party!
First, a tour of the AccuQuilt facility was delightful: every wall is tastefully adorned with a quilt. Each quilt was cut using AccuQuilt dies and cutters. The variety was astounding!
Aren’t the feathers beautiful?
This quilt from the most recent edition of Quilter’s Home (one of our sister publications) was prominently featured. It was fascinating to see how and where AccuQuilt products are made and marketed.
The keynote speaker was Eleanor Burns of Quilt in a Day, whose recent release Quilt Blocks on American Barns fit in perfectly. Eleanor entertained the crowd with songs, stories and barn quilts galore.
I had to grab a photo with Eleanor. She’s a happy, bubbly personality.
We heard from first-place winner Candace Door of Sidney, Nebraska. Her “Sweet Rose” design features bright colors, piecing and applique—which all tie in to AccuQuilt and its products.
Deonn Stott of Heber City, Utah won second place for “Soldier’s Star,” but also won the hearts of everyone present when she explained that the block was in honor of her son Jordan, a combat engineer currently serving in Afghanistan.
The block’s yellow patches represent yellow ribbons. More than a few of us wiped away tears—and we all hope with her for Jordan’s safe return. This was definitely one of the day’s highlights!
Dressed for the farm theme, AccuQuilt CEO Steve Nabity had some fun with the crowd.
An antique John Deere farm tractor was even on display! That’s Lee Nakamoto shooting photos—he’s Orchestrator, Consumer Intelligence at AccuQuilt.
AccuQuilt even has what they call “The Harley Quilter.” I restrained myself and just stood behind the bike. But look below at Maureen Ose!
Now that girl knows how to generate some PR, which is exactly her job as Communications Coordinator at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Favorite fact learned that day? Every AccuQuilt employee makes a quilt! What a great idea. Even The Harley Quilter made one. The back of his shirt says “Real Men Quilt.”
This was an “all hands on deck” event for the company, who waited patiently for the big unveiling just moments way.
And then it was time!
Down came the blue covering!
“Sweet Rose” goes public at 17 feet by 17 feet! Isn’t she lovely?! Candace, Deonn and 300 enthusiastic AccuQuilt lovers cheered their approval. It was so much fun! Thanks to everyone at AccuQuilt for including Quiltmaker in this special day.
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