Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy Happenin's!

I've been sewing away for the past couple weeks, and I have a few things I can share.

First, there's been only a little progress on My Small World. After cleaning up the Scrap Vortex mess, I've been slow to shore up energy to scrabble through scraps for the bits needed to complete Section 3.

I did finish a quilt, binding and all, but I can't fully disclosed it now. Suffice it to say that it turned out nicely, and I'll be sharing all of it in September when I'm a stop on a blog hop for the release of Christa Watson's new book Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking Foot Wonders to Free-motion Favorites. I'll have a giveaway when my blog hop turn comes up, and you won't want to miss it!

"Prism" had been languishing since our Central Florida MQG retreat in May, so I finished the top by adding two borders of white Kona. The top is about 72-1/2" X 72-1/2". The quilt sandwich is a wide-back, and two layers of Quilter's Dream batting - Select loft cotton on the bottom, and wool on top.

I've begun quilting, using a pale yellow 50-weight Aurifil on top, and white 60-weight YLI on the bottom. This time I'm keeping a stopwatch to mark the time spent quilting, and burying thread tails, preparing for the inevitable question, "How long did it take to quilt it?"

Ad Libbing
In the latest, and definitely most exciting news, I received an email from IQA - International Quilt Association - letting me know that "Ad Libbing" is a finalist in the International Quilt Festival, in Houston, Texas, October 29 - November 1. This is a first for me, and for Lora, my quilt co-creator. When I forwarded her the email, I have no doubt I wasn't the only one jumping up an down!

As well, we've been asked to ship Ad Libbing - or "AL," as Lora and I affectionately refer to this quilt - to Houston as soon as possible. While it's needed for the show, Quilting Arts magazine also wants to photograph it to "possibly be featured in the seventh annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene." Wow.

If you're interested, here's the complete list of quilters juried into Quilt Festival. You'll doubtlessly recognize a few names of "celebrity quilters." What can I say? So darned cool. Linda

16 comments:

  1. VERY cool about the quilt show - congrats!!

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  2. Celebrity status for you too Linda! Congratulations! Loving how your Small World is looking too!

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  3. Congratulations to you both! I'm pretty excited for you! I am looking forward to seeing 'Prism' when it's finished. I've admired it hanging on your wall so much. I can honestly say it's one of my favorites! XO

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  4. You are really going from strength to strength with you quilting. Congratulations on getting "Ad Libbing" to be a finalist! That's indeed fantastic news. It must be satisfying to get the recognition you so very much deserve with your fabulous work.

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  5. Congratulations, that is so exciting! Will you be going to the show? My selvage star quilt will be hanging in an exhibit at Houston (not judged). If you'll be there, perhaps we'll see each other again.

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  6. Indeed, what to say except glad you're talent is being recognised. Congratulations.

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  7. Congratulations! How exciting for you!
    I love that Prism quilt, great colors!

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  8. AL is a celebrity, too, being sought for publication and exhibition. Nice! Prism is looking fine- simple, yet bold and lots of punch.

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  9. Sending a very big CONGRATULATIONS for a job well done!

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  10. Every time I visit your blog,, my jaw drops. I am constantly amazed at your quilts and now the IQA agrees with me. Congrats to both you and Lora on AL's entrance into Quilt Festival in Houston. Well Done!!

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  11. What a good idea noting the time you spend quilting, as we do get asked that question so often. It's such a pretty quilt and will look wonderful once you've added your Magic. Congratulations on being juried into the International Quilt Show with Ad Libbing!

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  12. Congratulation on the quilt show and the magazine article. I'm excited for you.

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  13. Congratulations! Great news.

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  14. Congratulations my friend. I am so happy for you.

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  15. What an honor. Congratulations to you both. I did see a couple other familiar names. You are in good company, my friend. How exciting to be at this show and in a magazine article too. You deserve it.

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  16. Congratulations! I love your new quilt in the making. Will be interested to hear how long it took you to quilt it

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