Sunday, January 29, 2017

Big Surprises and Progress with a Client Quilt

Last week brought phenomenal news.  The Road to CA show in Ontario, CA -- where I hope to possibly teach in the future, took place.  This is a big show, on a level just beneath Paducah and Houston.  It attracts many well-known talented international quilters.  Much to my complete surprise, on Tuesday night, I received an email with the results of the judging. I had 2 quilts out there.

My new quilt just finished last October, won the top award!  Best of Show at a show like Road is still kind of unthinkable for me.  This is a fun and personal quilt for me.  It represents fabrics, colors and processes that speak to me, and to have it rewarded so well is sweet.  And yes, that is one monster-sized ribbon, over 3' long!
 My other quilt that was there, From the Bride's Trousseau, also did well -- Outstanding Traditional Quilt.  This is another of the top and very well paying awards.  It is hard to believe.  I was considering retiring this quilt before it was sent to Houston, where it ribboned.  It may have a show or two left to attend.  It has certainly exceeded my expectations for a little whole cloth quilt.
 While the show was going on, I was here in frigid new England quilting on my client's quilts.  This is Carol's.  She from Panama - can't you tell by her warm, sunny choice of fabrics?!  I love the orange. She hand pieces her quilts too.
I did a mini for her a couple years ago that was this same pattern.  This one is 70" square.  By the end I was getting mighty tired of ditch stitching these circles, but it turned out wonderfully.  When she gets it back, she'll be happy. 
 here's a closeup...It has wool batting, and orange YLI Polished poly thread.  I ditched every circle, and they were echo quilted twice to make the framing show more.  These are done with continuous quilting across the entire row.  How, you ask?...bu sneaking in the ditch now and then where it won't show.  I'd never do this with all the apparent stops and starts.  Her backing is crazy busy, so it hides everything.  It would have been totally different with a solid backing.
 I'm up to more little projects than I can count or show.  Here's a sneak peek at one of them.  I have started (well, now it is closer to done) hand-painting a part of this new show quilt.  It has a name now, "Taking the Uncharted Road".  It seemed like a fitting name with it's mariner's compass and the binding that most certainly did not come with directions.
I have a couple of other surprises, but they will come out in due time.

Right now, I am trying my best to prioritize that which must get done, and I am not entirely sure it will.  My mood is deep in the dregs of winter.  The new president and his petty, unnecessary ways have me feeling sad and depressed, and not as productive as I'd like to be.  Nobody wants to read about a political sob-story on a quilting blog, but suffice it to say he is a complete embarrassment, and I am ashamed to be an American right now.  He is everything I thought he'd be during his campaign and more.  Sadly none of it is good.  I have a bad feeling, and it is hard to shake.

There, said.  Done.  Now we can get back to the goodness you came to this blog for.
Have a good week,


Kristen said...

Your quilts are amazing! Congratulations on your win. Quilting is a way for me to process what it means to be an American right now. Thanks for sharing your worries about this country's future.

Carol from Panama said...

Margaret it is gorgeous! So different from its little sister Tropical Sunshine. I'm calling this one Kaleidoscope Eyes from the Beatles song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. So the circles are perfect!! I won't be seeing her until May so thanks for the pics and the closeup. Congratulations on your fabulous Road ribbons. Well deserved - they are both stunning.

shenyon said...

Margaret, I'm starting a new file in my email for truly inspirational blogs. I love all of the work shown in this posting. The way you quilted the curves is glorious. You are not alone with your feelings. Cheers, Susan

Острига said...

I am so glad for you. Works are fine.

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your two beautiful quilts!

Larain said...

Your quilting is so fantastic, I struggle along on my quilt bed but maybe you have to have that little thing in your DNA, you have it, I have not. Thank you for showing your quilts I am in love. As to Mr T, living in Australia I did wonder, I cringe at some of the things, I mean most. I will be visiting the US this year and he has taken a bit of a shine off the holiday. Thank you once again.

Tammy Hutchinson said...

Lovely quilts and congratulations on the awards. I'm with you about the very bad, horrible, no good situation-and it doesn't bother me a bit that some of my favorite quilters have shared their dismay.

Mary Bolton said...

Congratulations! Your beautiful quilts will inspire on the west coast too.

Heritage Keepsakes said...

Congratulations on your quilts success! Looking forward to hearing about the further things you have planned.

Shelley said...

You have no need to feel the way you do, he should. Do what you can, letters, phone calls to elected representatives, march if you can. I really love your quilting by the way. Keep doing that to keep your chin up. Do not let someone else suck your joy out of you.