Today (and probably half of this week) I will be recuperating from having been on vacation. Being away is supposed to rejuvenate you, but I find that I have just come home overtired, and with, as usual, too much to do. The family went to Hershey, PA - did the chocolate eating, roller-coaster riding thing for a week. While there, I did get to attend the Quilt Odyssey show, which I had 2 winning quilts in. I will save that post for another day this week though. It's a fabulous show considering how small it really is. We drove 9-10 hours home Saturday so that my boys could start a baseball camp yesterday, and I could go retrieve quilts that I had at the Maine Quilt show.
This show was visibly smaller this year. I counted only 59 judged quilts, which is a good 30 less than the past few years. They cap the judged entries at 100, so this is WAY off of what it has been. Each year I hear rumors that this show is in jeopardy of not happening the next year. I actually believe that now. I had 2 quilts of my own in the show, and it turns out that I had 3 clients that had quilts in the show too. All of them did wonderfully.
Here's Wendy's gorgeous blue and white quilt. For more pics, go here. She got a great blue ribbon, plus a judge's choice from one of the NQA judges. This quilt nearly didnt get into the show on account of the shows completely ridiculous rules requiring written approval from a pattern designer. Yes, she used a purchased pattern for a seemingly simple 9-patch Irish chain, which is a well known, traditional pattern. No, the pattern was not necessary. I think a monkey could create this type pattern on its own. BUT Wendy was too honest when she first sent in the application, and then the show coordinator made her get the written approval. But the designer had gone nearly AWOL, and never responded to emails. Wendy sent in another application stating that this is a reproduced traditional pattern at the same time I attempted to contact the designer. It's not that I carry any more clout than she does, but I can be more direct and blunt. She needs this, please provide it. NOW! Approval arrived via email the next day. Phew. It is far prettier in person than my bad-light photo shows, so have a look at the link.This one is the Amazon Star. I absolutely loathe quilting this particular pattern because ditch stitching those long outer triangles is a chore, even on a 24" machine. The pattern was clearly not designed by someone that longarm quilts and knows the limitations of quilting (machine hates to go 2' to the left, and some triangles are SO long that they can barely be stitched w/o moving the sandwich. So, as a result of doing two of the Amazon Stars, and cursing considerably, I no longer accept this quilt. I am much happier with some simple boundaries :-) Anyhow, the quilt did earn a blue ribbon. On top of that, it took home the viewer's choice yesterday. I am happy that I contributed to a client doing well. Many people commented to me that it was the quilting that won the awards, which is reassuring. But, it's a bitter pill when the client is there and doesn't have the dignity to say a word to me. This quilt also ribboned at MidAtlantic, and she didn't mention it then either. I know that they aren't under obligation, but seriously, it was a team effort. She didn't win it on her own.
Here are pictures... She was timid about doing the binding, so it didn't go into last year's show. So glad to see it this year. It has some small piecing issues, but is so lovely finished.
My 2 quilts that were in the show both earned exceptional merit. I have always loved this quilt. It is relatively simple piecing compared to what some of the show quilters do, but the colors sing to me. The piecing is all large enough that quilting designs can be developed on it. Sometimes pieces are so small that there's not much you can do on it. Not here. This is one of two exceptional merit ribbons at the show, so I am happy. Two and a half years after making it, it still hangs well too.