Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday was our quilt guild's first "hung" quilt show. We have had two quilt shows in the past - 2 and 4 years ago respectively, but they were a version of "show and tell". A hung show is definitely a lot more work, but well worth the results.
We had 142 quilts entered. It is surprising that we never asked our members for any quilts in particular, we never jurried the quilts into the show, and yet we received 142 very different and distinct quilts--all wonderful quality!
We received several favorable comments during the show from visitors.
Along with the quilts that were displayed, we had a vendor's mall: 3 quilt shops, 1 yarn shop, and several of our members had tables including a bear maker. We sold tickets on a raffle quilt - proceeds support purchasing supplies for our We Care program. We had several door prizes--your door prize ticket was included in your admission to the show. We also sold tickets on draws that were made each hour for lovely gift baskets that were chock full of fabric, patterns, kits, coupons for oil changes, travel mugs, Jim Shore ornaments, etc. Some of our members and the local chapter of the Applique Society provided ongoing demonstrations. We also had a tea room where you could purchase sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and sweets to have with your coffee and tea.
The last count I heard was over 350 visitors for the day (not including our own guild members)!
I was involved in the set up of the show on Friday afternoon / evening and was working at the show all day Saturday including take down of the quilts and frames and clean up at the end of the day. I was exhausted today and would have enjoyed sleeping in. This morning I should have been able to sleep an extra hour because of the time change but no one informed Joey of the arrangement so he was up as usual--at 5:30 am! If Joey is up, I soon have to get up because when he is hungry he doesn't leave me alone until I have fed him!
Enjoy the last of the pictures from the show and join me in congratulating the PieceMakers for a very successful show!
Our guild has a very active We Care committee that inspires the membership to make many quilts for donation to local Women's shelters, hospitals, seniors' homes, and victims' service agencies. This was a display of some of the quilts that have been make over the last year for our We Care program.
These are some of the We Care quilts that were bundled and ready for presentation to some of our benefactors later in the show. They look like presents ready to be unwrapped by their new owners.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Remember this quilt? This was my entry for our quilt guild's show challenge. It has been some time since we received our fat quarter of fabric so if you don't remember what we were challenged to work with, check here.
When the quilt show was opened to the public this morning, the challenge winners were unveiled. I was thrilled to find out that I had won first place in the traditional quilt category! My prize was $20.
It was my label that helped the judges understand my interpretation of the challenge. (My name on my label was covered so the judges did not know who owned the quilt). This was my label:
I hope by clicking on this picture you are better able to see the words on the label. Credit goes to Linda J. for linking my challenge to the hymn, "For the Beauty of the Earth".
The first place entry in the contemporary category was:
The following are pictures of the remaining nine entries.
I love to participate in quilt challenges. I think challenges are opportunities to venture outside my comfort zone and work with fabrics I might not always choose to include in my regular quilt projects.
It always amazes me that when a group of quilters are given the same parameters and a piece of the same fabric, each person will interpret the challenge differently, resulting in such a wide variety of creations. All eleven entries were exhibited together as a collection and made for a very colourful display.
Each quilter who participated in the challenge received their choice of two batik fat quarters as a thank you from the guild for completing the challenge.