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!!!

First part of a fun day…..

As I said in yesterday’s post, my husband and I spent a wonderful day in Atlanta.  The first stop was the Bulloch Hall Quilt Show!!!


This is Bulloch Hall……it was built by Major James Bulloch in 1840 for his wife, Martha and their six children.  In 1853, their daughter, Mittie, married Mr. Theodore Roosevelt.  Their son, Theodore became our 26th president.

The house is beautiful and the quilts are displayed in unique, wonderful way_3182005

The first room exhibited the guild’s “Vintage Revisited” challenge.  Each participant was given a vintage block that they could play with.  They could add to it, cut it up, embellish it, recreate it or whatever they could think of.  Here are a few of the results….

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I particularly liked how this woman included her bit of the block….

_3181992I never figured out exactly where the block was, but I REALLY liked this quilt…_3181995Then I enlarged the photo and read the information attached at the bottom.  It gave the quilter’s name as Cyndi Souder and told her blog address….check it out here……    As I looked at her blog, I found out that the tire treads were cut out of the vintage block.  The post relating to this quilt is on December 2nd.

I enjoyed this setting of quilts……

_3182013 ……especially the one on the middle of the wall.

_3182015The quilter’s name is Ben Hollingsworth and it is called“Show Me The Way To Go Home”….the idea is getting from the pub to the house by following the Drunkard’s Path…..cute!!

Here is the attic gallery….another fun display room!!!!

_3182028  My sweet husband wandered around with me the first time through.  I found it funny that I was only looking at the quilts, while he was enjoying the house and furniture…..to each his own.  When I started back thru it again, he wandered the garden areas and enjoyed the warm spring air.  This is where I found him as I left the house…….

_3182034 ……not a bad idea!!!!

Awards from the Show…

I was extremely happy to receive four ribbons from our show this weekend.

I received an Honorable Mention award for “Escala Azule”……


A Second Place award for  “Hot Espresso, Cool Gelato”……..



A Second Place award for “Blew Two”



And my favorite…..the “Best Machine Quilting” Award for “Study in White”……



As you can see the ribbons were wonderful. ……


Nancy B. made ALL 60+ of them by herself….without ANY help.   She wrote to me just before the show and said that she was having “separation anxiety” and wondered if she could just give us the ribbon tails and keep all of the blocks for herself!!!!  I dont blame her one little bit!!!

OK….so the show is now over!!  It was a wonderful 4 days of spending time with some of the nicest people in the whole world.

This is how Deb H. (my Co-Chair) and I felt at the end of the day…..


All that is left is the Post-Show party on Tuesday and then I can get back to some tax work.  I know that my clients will be pleased!!!!

Anatomy of a Quilt Show Setup Day

On Thursday I spent the day helping to set up for the Cotton Patch Quilter Guildt Show. 

We entered the Civic Center at 7:00am to see an empty room….except for the tables and chairs that we had requested…..


The first step is to tape out the floor so that we know exactly where the vendor booths and frames will go.  Then the sheets for the Vendor booth’s go up on the walls…..


And here come the frames…..

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As you can see, we had lots of help from our husbands and other male friends.

Next step….get the quilt hanging poles ready for each bay…..


Here are the quilts ready to be moved into their bays….._3031745

Staging crews go first and place the quilts on their appropriate hanging pole…


And hanging crews put them up on the frames….._3031831 

Name tags are added…….


Then the floor is cleared, the doors are closed and the ribbons arrive.   Who will win this lovely purple ribbon?????

_3031864 The preview party is held where all of the winners are announced and then the doors are opened to reveal our WONDERFUL SHOW!!!!!   Three days, 250 quilts, 12 vendors and LOTS of good times to come.

I cant wait!!!!


Today was the day to do the bad deed…..take down the Christmas tree and all of the decorations and put up the winter decorations…..and the name of the season is “Winter Blues”…..


I made this quilt in 1994 and it was one of the first of my monthly quilts.  I bought the main fabric (with the deer and snow covered trees) at a little shop in Madison, Georgia and the quilt idea was born from there.  I love the mix of blues and grays and the name “Winter Blues” just seemed to fit. 

The rest of the house is decorated with lots of blue bottles and vases, as well as a few snowmen…..just perfect for the month of January!!!!!

Making Labels

Today I made the labels for the last two quilts that I have finished. I use my computer to print the labels which are made using Powerpoint.

The Sunflower photo was taken at a field a few miles from my house and then colored to a Sepia tone.

By the way, I found out on Tuesday that the Sunflower quilt was accepted into the Cobb County Quilt Guild show in Atlanta, Georgia in September. I am excited to see it hanging there!!

The Portugal photo was the actual photo that I used for my inspiration.

Today I have also been quilting on the Whole-Cloth piece that I am working on. It has been fun to have this project that I can come back to whenever I want to do some machine quilting.