This quilt was traveling for three years as part of a juried show for International Quilt Festival. It is part of my Configuration series, this one called Salsa City. I made this quilt specifically for this show, the title being, Festival Gallery of Quilt Art: Town and Country and I was so glad to have been accepted. It hung first at the Festival in Houston and then traveled to several different shows. I got notice that it was being returned and was a little apprehensive as to what condition it would be in after all that taking down and putting up and shipping from venue to venue.
Well, I needn't have worried. It was in absolute pristine condition. The whole quilt, front and back was covered in large sheets of white tissue paper, then rolled around a pool noodle. It was wrapped again in more tissue paper, then rolled in heavy duty plastic. then put in a new box.
I shouldn't be surprised. This is the organization IQA, that puts on the big International Quilt Festival in Houston every year. I've exhibited there many times and my quilts were always in wonderful condition when returned.
Configuration VI, Salsa City 50" x 52" Click on the pictures for a bigger view.
Detail. I thought I had a picture of the back, but I can't find it. I usually put a hand dyed fabric on the back to coordinate with the front, which is all my hand dyed fabrics. But I found a wonderful chili pepper fabric for this one, that I thought was just perfect. I like to quilt with variegated rayon thread and chose one that went from yellow to orange to red, and the name was Salsa. How funny is that?
I was glad to get this back and thought I would enter it into Art=Quilts=Art at Schweinfurth, but it has to be made within the last three years and this one was made in 2008. Oh, well, I'll enter it into my guild show next spring and maybe find another show that doesn't have time restrictions.