Rainbow Pineapple heads to Houston

Today I sat down to check my email after lunch and there was one from Joan, a quilting friend, asking if I was the “Frances Arnold” listed in the  IQA “Finalist” list!!!

I didn’t even know what the IQA Finalist List was!!!!

I did a quick search and sure enough, I found out that my quilt “Rainbow Pineapple” has been juried into the “Celebration of Color” exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November…..


Needless to say, I am PUMPED!!!!

I am also thankful that she saw it because it has to be delivered by August 20th and we leave on Friday for a month in China, only returning on the 18th. So, now I need to find time to get it packaged up and off to UPS before we leave!!


Back in April I had talked to Michael about the possibility of my getting  to Houston in November for the International Quilt Festival.   He agreed that it would be a good idea so I started making plans.

The first thing that I  wanted to do was to enter my “Himalayan Hallows” quilt in the show and see if I could get it juried in.  Well that plan didn’t work out so well because the final registration date had passed about 4 days earlier!!!!  But while I was on the site, I noticed that the registration was still open for a special exhibit called “Tactile Architecture” and I decided that since there was a structure in the quilt that I would enter it there.



This is actually a traveling exhibit so it will debut at the Festival and will then travel to other shows over the next year.

The quilt doesn’t have to travel and I debated about whether or not I wanted to send it away for such a long time but several people (including my husband) urged me to do so.

SO, on Monday I carefully packed up my quilt and took it to the UPS store to send it on it’s merry way.   It will be great fun to see it hanging in the show in November and then to hear where else it will be displayed over the next ten months.

Here is one last look…….


Finished & Entered…..

This past week marked the “receiving” days for our upcoming quilt show and I was happy to enter 6 pieces.

It was a sprint to the finish to get labels and sleeves on all of them…..

And especially a hurry to get the Pineapple quilt ready but it was fun to see the finished product hanging in the photograph room…..

This isn’t a great photo, but I really like the back that I made for it as well…..

One of my goals for this quilt was to use fabrics that I had on hand and, except for the purple border fabric, I accomplished that.

After I got everything ready, I spent a few minutes cleaning my studio.  It doesn’t often look this way so it REALLY needed to be immortalized with a photo…..

I had the fun of working in the photography room for show receiving…..

….and it was such a joy to see the quality and creativity of the quilts that were coming in.  I think that our show is going to be a GREAT one and I cant wait!!!

A fun interval

I recently spent two weeks in Abilene, Texas working to clean out my Mom’s house and get it ready to put on the market to sell.

Mom reminded me that her quilt guild (the Abilene Quilter’s Guild) was presenting their annual show while I was there so we took some time off on Saturday to enjoy the show.

There were many wonderful quilts, but these were some of our favorites…..

I loved the colors and piecing of this one…..


I told Mom that I had this pattern at home and she is now interested in us making one similar to it…..


This was her all time favorite quilt.  Naturally it has lots of applique…..


I loved this pictorial quilt…..


Some of the detail work was amazing…..


Their special teacher was Lola Jenkins……


Some of her work was amazing…..


I was glad to finally get a good photo of my Mom….smiling!!!


It was a nice interlude during two weeks of work!!!

Quilt Show Magic

Last week my guild held its biennial show “A Journey in Quilts – 2013”.  It was a bittersweet time for me since I missed most of the show because of my impromptu trip to Texas, but I was excited to learn that I had won THREE blue ribbons……

“Flower Pot, Flower Pot…..SO Many Flower Pots”…..


“Lines Should Be Straight”……



and “Complements Under the Canopy”…….


The show was beautifully laid out and hung and it was such fun to spend two hours enjoying the wonderful quilts.

This one was made by my friend Deb and was part of the “Two Block” challenge…..


…..I love the neutral colors!!!

This one by Sylvia is called “The Ooze Primordial”….such great colors….


Sylvia is a Marine Biologist and many of her quilts express her love of all things scientific!!

Terri stole the show, winning numerous ribbons for her wonderful scrappy quilts.  This is one of my favorites…..


A group of women, calling themselves “Artful Hands” put together this fun piece….


But the show stopper was a quilt made by Cleo….hand appliqued, hand quilted and beaded….


Look at the detailed quilting  (remember that it is done by hand)…..


All in all, it was a fantastic show and I cant wait for 2015 to enjoy the next one…..guess I should get started on my entries!!!