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.
AND, IT WAS ACCEPTED!!!!
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.
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!!!