Tuesday, May 08, 2018

My Hammy Helper

I have been lax the past several weeks about posting anything from MQX. The show was great this year. My classes were full and good -- always a rewarding experience. The competition and exhibit quilts did not fail to impress. Somehow though I just didn't get off my kiester and post anything. I've been in a funk -- too many things pulling at my prodictivity. As soon as I got home, it was my kid's vacation week, then my oldest kiddo and myself both got the crud and life came to a screeching halt for 5 days. Then school started again, and I found myself 2 weeks behind. You know the story...

Sophie is becoming quite the quilting rock star at age 11. This is her quilt from the show. It won 1st place for the 4th consecutive year. It's a good fun little size to play with easier custom stitches. They always treat her with a custom lanyard, so it is fun to be there.
I made a quickie trip back to Maine during the week to pick her up. She spent 2 days with me at the show, now being old enough to be trusted alone in the hotel for periods of time. She'd been home sick a couple of days, and mostly lounged between my longarm class and the room Friday afternoon. I don't think I'd want her there the entire time, but she managed to come and go without disturbance. She went with me to the banquet Friday night (which was the primary reason I wanted to get her Thursday). The speaker, Jean Wright, was a seamstress on the Shuttle program. She stitched all kinds of insulating blankets. It was the merging of my former (thermal engineer) and current careers, so it was massively interesting to hear her speak. I never teach Saturday, so Sophie and I can see the show.

Anyhow, twenty of my quilts were part of the exhibits at the show. I have done in quilting in the last 8-1/2 years to be proud of. In the beginning I never imagined doing more than just quilting for clients. I managed to stumble into showing quilts only to discover I really love how that brings out the more creative and technical sides of me. To think then that I'd be making and showing competitively never really crossed my mind. I never imagined I'd write books, or that I'd teach at the very venues that I sought to take classes. Getting a solo exhibit is like the pinnacle of this business to me. Knowing that somebody appreciates my quilts enough to ask me to show them is HUGE. Truthfully, it just does not really get any bigger. I am humbled.
Some of these most of you have probably never seen (and for good reason because they are really quite ugly!). The one on the right is one of the oldest ones I have made that lives with my mother. What was I thinking with that green log?
 Yes, there is a hammy model around every turn.
 It's obvious I have a thing for symmetrical, medallion style quilts.
 Hung high? Naw...short photographer.
 The silk was just beginning to make its way into my quilts when this was made...finished 2014.
Here is the first time the "sister quilts" have been hung side by side. I think I want to do another Lucy Boston style of quilt sometime soon.

 There's Hammy again.
This actually had good lighting where it was hung, but the color in the photo is off. It is purple, not mauve.
 And the other whole cloth...I need to design another one of these soon.

2011 and 2012 finishes.
The only non-medallion quilt... There actually is one more, but Sea Glass did not go to the exhibit.
 And the bed-quilt of my daughter. This was the first official quilt to go to any show. It's hand quilted.
Somebody was nice enough to get a good picture of us in front of Big Bertha, which now resides on my bed.
We stayed until the show closed and helped with the quilt take-down. It seemed like a better way to kill the 2 hours between when the show closes and when I can reclaim all my quilts. All that walking around and eating vendor treats is exhausting though!


Maggie said...

Well now. Aren't you spay-shul!!! Please read that with a huge smile. You truly are special. Your work, your humor, your generosity. I've been following you for years and am so enjoying your journey. Thank you, Margaret!!


Debbie said...

Glad you found the time to share your quilt exhibit! Lover your model with her inventive poses.

Diane said...

I always like seeing the earlier quilts made by fantastic quilters. This must have been a treat for all the attendees to see. Congratulations to your daughter!! She is so lucky to have a mom that is teaching her a lifelong skill. The love of sewing will bring her lots of joy.

Mary Bolton said...

Really enjoyed walking through the display of your quilts.

sdrussell said...

I am thinking that your Hammy Helper might be serious competition for you in the future. Of course then you could be the Hammy Helper. Seriously, congratulations for the show and to your daughter. She has obviously gotten the quilting bug. I think that she should write a book for the other children that are starting quilting. As young as she is I think that a book written by her would be a great influence on other children. Of course she is also an award winning quilter.