Two quilts accepted !
One quilt wins an award ! ! !
Rhythm & Blues won 3rd Place in the Use of Negative Space category sponsored by Michael Miller Fabrics! I can't begin to tell you how excited I am.
I've seen lots of pictures on Instgram and there are some amazing quilts in the show. I don't really have a lot of quilt show credentials under my belt so this is all rather new and most definitely an honor considering all the great talent out there. : )
If only I was in Austin right now to see them in person. : (
I didn't even know which quilt won what award until just now when the winners were finally posted online. For a complete listing of the winners go here.
I made 2 new quilts to enter in QuilCon. Both were based on concepts that had been in my sketchbook for ages. Seemed like a great opportunity to finally bring those concepts to life.
The first quilt was "Rhythm & Blues".
I quilted it with horizontal lines. A single line in the white bars, double lines in most of the blues and triple lines in the darkest blue. It made for a lot of starting and stopping, which is an area where my skills need improvement.
falls in a way that intentionally leads your eye through the quilt. I have other color options I'd like to explore with this one as well.
While this quilt wasn't accepted, it's actually my favorite in many ways simply because of the use of color and Kaffe prints.
Making these quilts was a great learning experience. One of the main things I realized about my personal quilt journey is that the design process is what I love the most. Guess that's why I have so many sketches and so many "yet to be made" quilts. I really enjoy the compositional aspect of designing and working with color. And while it was a lot of fun to work with mostly solids, I realize my first love is prints and riots of color. I'll still design and use solids frequently because there are just so many delicious colors available, but I'll never give up on prints . . . especially Kaffe.
I encourage all of you to go out on a limb and enter a competition this year. If you aren't accepted into one show it certainly doesn't mean you won't be accepted into a different show. Sometimes it just means finding the right fit for your work. Be confident in your ideas, improve the skills that need work and let the rest of the world see what you do.