Friday, July 13, 2012

Choosing Out the Best Quilts

So.  I haven't blogged about this much, but the time is quickly approaching.  I was asked to be the guest quilter for the annual quilt show here in our little town.  That was sometime back in November.  Shock, awe, nerves, and then full scale panic--I've been through it all.  Then, several months ago, my little brother (the baby of the family) got engaged and you guessed it!  The wedding is on Saturday, the same day of the quilt show.  In a completely different state.  He's really good that way.
The 18 quilts we started with
My first ever guest appearance and I can't even make it.  For awhile it looked like a lack of traveling money would take away my dilemma, which of course would have been tough too.  Not go to my little brothers wedding?  Anyway.  That's the lovely up-side to being a part of a large family.  Everybody and their dog has scheduling problems and usually you're on the bottom of the 'keep happy' scale.  I mean really, somebody has to be.*wink
13 quilts were left after the big critique
I asked my mom to come down and help me figure out which quilts were worthy of being in the quilt show.  I just couldn't get it narrowed down on my own and my husband and kids were of absolutely no help whatsoever.  Do I try to balance dark quilts and light quilts?  Small and large?  Excellent piecing with personality?  She's better at that stuff and not as personally attached to my quilts.  Plus, she can ignore some of what I consider to be glaring and completely unacceptable  flaws.
These are the sad rejects....
I'm hoping I can find someone to take pictures of my quilts while they are at the quilt show.  We all know how different quilts look when they are hanging as opposed to laying on the floor or folded up.  I'd love to be the fly on the wall at the quilt show and see/hear the reactions but instead I will be hearing the wedding march at a (hopefully) lovely outdoor wedding.  Now I just need to get busy and pick all the lint off off of my quilts and sew on three labels.


  1. good for you! I hope someone gets great pictures for you...quilts sure do look different in a show than they do at home.
    all of them look great to me!

  2. Your quilts look amazing! Congrats on being invited! Visit our blog when you have time and enter our giveaway for a great Jan Patek primitive quilt and rug hooking book!

    Cheery wave from Bev

  3. Congratulations! That is wonderful to have such an honor, but I am sorry you have to miss it. Hopefully someone will take photos and you will share them all here...hint, hint.

  4. Looks like an amazing pile of quilts!

  5. I am impressed with all those quilts. I hope to get there at some point.

  6. Wow! That is a pile of rejects anyone would be proud of.

  7. Wow! They ALL look show-worthy to me. Great collection!


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