Quilt Show

Although my previous post about the Salute to Texas Quilt Show seemed like it was all about me, that was not my intention.
I was just in shock and totally flabbergasted about the Honorable Mention. The Tribute to Tonie quilt meant so much to me.
People who did not know my mother, said they learned a bit about her by looking at my quilt. This just blew me away.

This post is about quilt shows.
I have only been to four quilt shows, and I plan to attend more.
What a beautiful way to learn from and be inspired by others.
The whole process of creating a quilt and entering it into a show is a learning experience.

Yesterday, I spent hours viewing and studying the quilts at the show.
I had the opportunity to speak to friends who had entries, and I got to make new friends.
My friend from Las Colchas, Vickie Owen, won a Red Ribbon for a quilt in the Art category.

Too Close to Call by Vickie Owens
Quilted by Kay Zwart
She captured the photorealism  movement of the artist, Chuck Close.

When I first started quilting, I picked safe colors, and usually dull patterns.
Vickie taught me how to play with color and pattern.
Vickie’s entry into the Modern Quilt category is an example of what she does with color and pattern.
She won a Red Ribbon for this quilt.

Speak for Yourself by Vickie Owen
Quilted by Rose Jeter

The Honorable Mention winner in the Modern category was a cheery and colorful display of owls on white background.

Whoo’s There? Hailey, That’s Whoo! by Holly Nelson

Since I love everything Autumn, this Blue Ribbon quilt in the Large Applique category caught my eye.

Pumpkin Harvest by Diane Leclair

Another quilt in the Large Applique category was this adorable quilt of pigs.
The fabric, color, and texture made this such a fun quilt. Simple, yet delightful.

Pigs and More Pigs by Lani Nunley
Quilted by Dianne Wiltz


In the Small Applique category there was this gorgeous floral sphere.

Monde de Fleurs by Bernie Farris
Quilted by Marilyn Bellows

Another one of my favorites was in the Art/Fiber Arts category.

Four Crows by Linda Heatherley
There was another bird-themed quilt in the Art/Fiber Arts category.
It won Honorable Mention.

My Support Group by Deborah Geistweidet

I loved the fabric in this Blue Ribbon winner  in the Large Pieced category.

Batik Windows by Deborah Ortis

An Honorable Mention winner in the Large Pieced Category made me laugh.

Funky Chickens by Linda Ethridge

My all time favorite was also the Judge’s Choice Award winner.

Family Tree by Deborah Geistweidt
There were so many embroidered details, such as the family faces in the tree trunk.
She had insects and mythical characters throughout the quilt.

Here is a close up of the insects…absolutely gorgeous.

My new interest is in learning more about modern/art quilts.
I am just beginning to study these areas.
I am already learning just by reading some of the blogs I follow.
Any input, ideas, and suggestions from the blogging world is welcomed.


What a Surprise!

Last night, I was not able to attend preview night for the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This morning, my sister Adri and I went to the first day of the show.
When we started down the first row in the Salute to Texas section, I was in awe of some of the gorgeous Texas quilts.
It was cool to see my little Wild About Texas quilt hanging in the midst of all these quilts.
I wanted to show case the floral photos by Richard Reynolds.
Two women were talking about how realistic the photos were, so I gladly told them about Richard.

As my sister and I went down each row, admiring the beautiful quilts, we got a text that my sister, Emma,  had driven down from Austin. She was up front, so we went back to get her and started viewing the quilts from the beginning.
It felt so good to see people talking about my second quilt, Hope.

I heard people talk about liking the theme, the use of color, and the keyboarding.
This was basically made from scraps. I did not know if I liked this one, so hearing other people’s positive review was good feedback.

We continued on to the last section, which was the First Entry category.
I had entered the Tribute to Tonie , the memory quilt in honor of my mom, under this category.
This was the quilt that my friend, Jeana Kubik, had suggested that I enter.
There was a collective gasp as my sisters and I saw the Honorary Mention ribbon on my quilt!
I was speechless…not common for me at all.
I know my mom had her hand in me winning this ribbon!

The top two rows cannot be seen, since the height of the hanging poles is 90 inches.

It was great having my two sisters with me.

Jeana Kubik is the person who long armed the quilt for me.
She does beautiful work.
Jeana had texted me on Thursday night to see if I was coming to the show on Friday.
I thought it was strange that she would be asking me this.
Today she told me that she had a hard time keeping the ribbon a secret.

It has been a very surprising and exciting day.
My first quilt show has been a great experience.



Today, I am binding and putting the finishing touches on one of the quilts that I entered in the Salute To Texas Quilt Show.
Back in January, I was walking around JoAnn’s and I found six different fabrics with birds.
I love birds.
Anything with birds.
With no plan in mind for how to use this fabric, I purchased some yardage of each of the six.
On the way home, my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson came to mind.
At this time, I was studying and making blocks from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I chose some blocks and used the bird fabric for the center points of each block.
Here are some close ups of some of the blocks:

I’ve made and attached the label.
I have also made the sleeve.
Now, it’s binding time.

Quilt Show

Reality just hit.
I received my information letter and participant ribbon for the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This is all new to me, and I felt like a kid when I saw the participant ribbon.

Then, I realized that I have only put the binding on one quilt.
I entered three quilts, and the two remaining quilts are large.
I also have to make the hanging sleeves.
Need to get started.