Meet Nancy Simmons
Pennsylvania resident, Nancy Simmons, began her quilt journey by taking a beginner quilt class at a craft shop thirty years ago in 1990. It wasn’t until 20 years later that she won a blue ribbon for her quilt at a country fair. With that win, she went on to enter a quilt in the Muncy Historical Society Quilt Show the next year where she won 3 awards: Best of Show, Best Machine Quilting, and First Place Wall Hanging. Her prizes were a free quilt appraisal and a framed watercolor print from a local artist. Things sure have changed for winning quilters since 2011!!!
Farm Market Blooms
Nancy said that Road’s 2020 Best Piecing winner was inspired by the tiny, ½” finished diamonds. The design basis came from Edyta Sitar’s Flower Box Pattern.
Of her winning Best Piecing quilt, Nancy shared, “I especially love antique quilts originating from diamonds. The Lonestar being a favorite. And I love precision piecing…the smaller, the better. The possibilities are endless!”
The quilt took 9 months to complete with a lot of “patience needed for the precision piecing.”
Road to California Winning Entry
Nancy was at home when she found out she had won Best Piecing. She received a message along with a picture of Farm Market Blooms “adorned with that beautiful ribbon. I was so shocked and delighted,” recalled Nancy. She planned to use her winnings for “more fabric and paying for my next quilt retreat. We hope she was able to go before the Coronavirus shutdown!!
Nancy had already began putting the binding on her next quilt design when it was announced she was the Best Piecing winner. She said that “ideas are bouncing around my head for the next one…it will be stars.”