Friday, August 16, 2019

One Little Finish: Quilt Show Award Ribbon

My traditional guild is presenting a quilt show in October. If you're in the St. Louis MO area, check it out in the University City Library during library hours for the entire month of October.

We hold the show every other year, and each time we make the award ribbons that are presented for the winning quilts. I've made award ribbons for at least 5 or 6 shows now.  This week I made one for this year's show. It's all I accomplished this week, since I had other stuff going on. 

We build them on old CDs. Each maker chooses whatever she wants to make: pieced, appliqued, quilted, embellished, etc. Here are two from 2017; I made the green one.

The one I made this year is very dimensional. I covered the CD with gathered dark red fabric; covered a smaller circle of template plastic in the same manner, and stacked them together. I made the largest size covered button for the center. Then I added a ruffle around the outside edge.

Very festive! Only first place and Viewers Choice ribbons are required to have a ruffle, but I personally think the proportion of circle to streamers looks better when there's a bit more than just the CD. Adding a ruffle to second place and honorable mention ribbons is optional at the discretion of the maker.

The back is another covered CD, just flat no gathers. The ribbon streamers are sandwiched in between the front and back CDs. I mostly glued the layers together but per the instructions I also hand sewed the front and back CDs together, poking the needle through the ruffle, so there would be no chance of the layers coming apart.

I'll turn in the ribbon to the committee chair in early September so she'll have it in plenty of time. I'm looking forward to seeing the show in October!

The Quintessential Quilt 2019
Presented by Circle in the Square Quilters
September 30 - October 31, 2019
University City Public Library
6701 Delmar Blvd. 
University City MO 63130

Free; open during regular library hours.
Supported by CSQ fundraiser quilt on display at the library; tickets available at the desk. 
More info available at

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Wendy's Quilts and More


  1. What special award ribbons for your guild quilt show! Lovely!

  2. Those ribbons are so pretty! Love the CD part of the construction...perfect idea!

  3. Great looking ribbons! So much work. I'd go to your guild show if only I lived closer!:)

  4. What a clever idea for the rosettes!

  5. Oh boy that is a very special ribbon-a prize in itself!

  6. That is a very clever idea. Those rosettes look beautiful. Thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.