Two Los Alamos Quilters Earn First Place Ribbons For Their Quilting At New Mexico State Fair

Quilter Claire Swinhoe’s ‘Fun in the Snow’ quilt took a first place blue ribbon at the New Mexico State Fair. Courtesy photo

Roxanne Webster won a first place blue ribbon for her quilt panel in the New Mexico State Fair. Courtesy photo


Roxanne Webster and Claire Swinhoe, two Los Alamos ladies, have done exceptionally well at the New Mexico State Fair.

Roxanne Webster took 1st Place in the “Panel” category of the quilting section.  The pre-printed panel was from Angela Walter’s class on free motion quilting that Roxanne took recently.  The quilting detail on the panel is amazing.  Roxanne has been learning free motion quilting and perfecting her technique for a few years now and could not believe that she took 1st Place.  She was thrilled to see her quilt hanging up in the exhibition hall in a prominent position.  Only a small fraction of quilts receive ribbons or get hung up – most are folded up in a display case.

Claire Swinhoe took 1st Place for her “Fun in the Snow” quilt which is a combination of hand applique and piecing.  Claire’s favorite sewing is hand applique.  This quilt took her 9 months to make and features embellishments in the design.

Claire also entered some preserved food as well.  She took 1st Place for her Bread and Butter Pickles, Fiery Tomato Salsa, Canned Cherries and Canned Pears.  (Claire picked the pears from a friend’s garden in White Rock last fall.)  She also took 3rd Place for her raspberry jam.

Claire said “I was telling my husband as we drove down in the car to Albuquerque how wonderful it would be to get one ribbon, any ribbon.  I just could not believe how well I did.  It was incredible and I was quite emotional.  To have placed for everything I entered was unbelievable”.

Claire Swinhoe’s pickles earned a blue ribbon at the New Mexico State Fair. Courtesy photo