Last Thursday, April 21st, I judged at the Umpqua Valley Quilters’ Guild 32nd annual show “Stars Over Oregon” and was pleased to bestow an Award of Merit ribbon to Yvonne Cook. Certified judges in the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) have the option of awarding this ribbon to a quilt which presents exemplary standards of quiltmaking excellence. Yvonne’s quilt, “Hearts and Hands,”was a stand-out for it’s workmanship and impeccable hand-quilting. Notice her beautiful zigzag border. In addition to this award, Yvonne also earned a category first place and the Viewer’s Choice award. For Viewer’s Choice, she received a shopping bag filled with quilting supplies, a gift certificate for a night at a local casino, and a $75.00 credit for dinner. Here’s wishing her the same success during her casino visit!