Bernard’s work is Houston bound

A Webster City quilt artist will see how her work stacks up against other creative quilters at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Jennifer Bernard will have a jacket she designed, titled “Fierce Intentions” before the judges. She shipped the garment off to the juried competition this week.

The jacket was designed for her daughter, Danielle, to wear in national quarter horse competitions. The red, black and silver jacket she designed already has a prize-winning track record. It has taken many awards including five first place awards and a second place at national quilt shows. It won Best of Show at the Machine Quilters Expostion – West in Portland, Ore.

Bernard is a long-arm quilter and specializes in quilted garments. She has been competing in national shows for several years. Her quilted clothing has won 25 ribbons in recent years.

Bernard said she submitted photos of her garment to the Houston competition for consideration. She was one of the lucky 51 percent of submitted entries to be selected for judging at the festival.

“I will be notified in September if I win an award, but I will not know what I win,” Bernard said.

The quilter said she plans to attend the Houston event in November if she receives and award. The first place piece receives a $1,000 cash prize.

“But it’s considered a ‘win’ just to be juried into the show,” she said.