I am part of a lovely group of art ladies called the Fiber Art Divas, who meet at a local art gallery to exchange ideas, present challenges to get our brains and fibers moving, and just general friendship.
I joined these ladies shortly after I got to the area, and their support has been invaluable.
We’re having a gallery show at the end of the month, which you can read about here. It’s Oct 23rd to the 30th at Naperville Art League. My work will be included so I hope you come to see our show. Please sign our guestbook if you do. This is a pic of our last show, it was a huge success for us! This photo is of our last show.
And boy are my feet tired! I promise a bunch of goodie posts this week, including the “What the heck did I buy at the show” show and tell and “what the heck did I make at the show” show and tell, and even a technique of the week that was learned right there at the IQA festival, and it’s something you might really love like I do.
But for right now, I am super tired from both this and the comic book event right before it, so I am off to dreamland and will get the first of my posts up for you to read tomorrow. Later!
I recieved my quilt and my ribbon almost two days after the show closed, so that was incredibly fast and efficient. My quilt arrived in perfect condition, and that was a huge relief.
I also received my judging sheet, and my judge comments were all positive.
Just the other day I received the last portion of the PNQE entry, my check for the cash prize.
And with that, my first quilt show entry is complete. I have to say I’d do it again.
Now, if my muse would just come back, I’d get to work on my next show entry. I have some ideas but the design is still not yet in my grasp. I’ve had 2 weekends in a row without much quilting work at all, and no inspiration either. Next week I will be at a show for work, and afterward I’ll have a long time before any other trips, so I hope my muse comes back from her vacation refreshed.
To say that I am over the moon about my quilt hanging in the PNQE show is a bit of an understatement.
On Thursday, I learned my quilt won the ribbon for Best Amateur Entry in the Innovative category. You can see the list of winners and photos of the quilts here.
I was so stunned! To the point where I could not move for about 30 seconds!
So off to PNQE XVI I went on Friday with my father in law, and it was great to finally see my quilt and the ribbon it won. I was surprised the ribbon was blue. I just thought that was reserved for the first place winner or best in show.
On Saturday I went back to the show to shop the vendors, look at the quilts in detail, and caught up with a few members of the Baltimore Heritage Quilter’s Guild.
The show was in a new space near Oaks, PA, which my GPS could not find. (ha ha ) and it was a bit tucked back from the road. The space was big, but really just 4 concrete walls and floor. It was well lit, I thought. The vendors were great, even if on a bit of the traditional side, but it is PA after all. I loved the Japanese kimono and fabric vendors the best, and recognized a few vendors from other big shows. I wore my QuiltArt name badge, but wasn’t stopped by any other fellow members.
What an exciting thing this has all turned out to be. I had been eyeing a Coach purse for a few months now, and had only part of the money for it saved up, I think it’s time to go shopping for that adorable handbag.
My quilt “Road to Home” was accepted into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza and will be on display this September, from the 17th to the 20th.
This is a my first entry into a major quilt show, and by extension, my first acceptance! I’m thrilled to pieces!
So, I plan to go out to the show and visit my quilt on display, since you can only have a “first quilt show” once. Anyone who plans to be in Philadelphia at that time, let me know so we can meet up!