Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quilt Show Surprise!!!

The Durham Orange Quilters' Guild recently presented:

Quilting:  Stories in Stitches

The quilt show was held August 22 - 24, 2014 at the Durham Convention Center.  This was a new venue for the show and a different time of year than we normally hold our shows.  The change was two-fold.  Our previous venue was unavailable for rental and the new venue was unavailable at our "usual" time of year.

All in all, I believe the show was a success.  We seemed to fit the space well and (considering that it was August) the show was fairly well attended.  The show also included vendors, our boutique, a silent auction for charity, and a great number of demonstrations held throughout the weekend.

Thank you to our Quilt Show Vendors:

Artistic Artifacts/Batik Tambal
www.artisticartifacts.com

Cotton Fields Quilt Shop
www.cottonfieldsnc.com

Dragonfly Quilt Shop
www.dragonflyquiltshop.com

Empty Pockets Alpaca Farm
www.emptypocketsalpacas.com

French Connections
www.french-nc.com

Lynne's Outlet
919-742-6084

Quilter's Gallery
quiltersgallery.net

Thimble Pleasures
www.thimblepleasures.com

The highlight of the show, of course, was all of the beautiful quilts!  So many beautiful quilts, in fact, that I had a hard time choosing my favorite for my vote for the Viewer's Choice award.

Another highlight of the show was the number of winners from the Nimble Thimbles (my quilting bee.)  Congrats! to each of you.

And... (drum roll please)

The fate of my quilt entry:

Wall: Miniature
2nd Place - "Inspired by... " The Series

My WINNING entry!!!
This little quilt (series) has been in the works for quite some time.  The challenge was issued in December 2010.  The completed quilt tops sat on my sewing table for a month before being quilted.  The unbound quilts sat on my table for more than 3 YEARS waiting to be finished.

The quilt show was coming and this was the closest to completion.  One of the little quilts had already been bound!  The medium and small one remained.  I had 2 months before the show.  I could SO do this!!!  Although, it wasn't quite as straightforward as I had first believed.  The smallest of the series REFUSED to be bound!  So... you may notice that I opted to serge the tiny quilt.  And then came the challenge of how to hang the tiny trio in a quilt show! Thankfully, my inner artist decided to come out to play a few evenings before quilt turn-in day.

I am happy to report that this project is DONE!!! (As evidenced by the above photo.)

Inspired by... The Series can now be removed from my UFO List.  It may be my only finish for the Summer 2014 session of the UFO Club!  That's OK... it's still something to celebrate.

Why???

Surely, one of the paragraphs above explain my position on the matter.

Here's the Back Story:

My Circle Challenge for the Art Bee was due in February of 2011, but I didn't even start it until 2 weeks AFTER the deadline!!!  I hate to recall the truth, but I had known about it since December 2010!

Why did wait? Well, I wasn’t feeling inspired. :o(

Based on a piece of art by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, I drew up my design, but I didn’t do anything with it…until the Saturday that my friends went off to The MidAtlantic Quilt Festival and I decided to stay home to spend time in my studio!  The challenge deadline had come and gone.  My mind was clear enough to begin what ended up as a series of quilts:

Even though I tell the story a little differently (memory being what it is...older and more forgetful ever day), I actually began by making one the size of my drawing (done on a napkin!) and stepped it up a little bigger (and then a little bigger than that.)  My pieces measure 2" x 3", 3.5" x 5.5", and 8.5” x 11".  Basically, that's a business card, an index card, and a piece of notebook/computer paper!

To see the inspiration piece, look for:

Beatriz Milhazes
Popeye, 2008
Acrylic on canvas
78 3/8” x 54 3/4”

Who knew that a 3 month challenge would turn into a 3 year adventure???

Until next time...
Happy Quilting!!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! So Tiny! It's good to hear how binding such a small quilt worked out, if I make a teeny quilt I will be sure to keep the binding issue in mind. :) Very nice.

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