Thursday, June 9, 2011

Returned quilt

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.


Vivien Zepf said...

It's gorgeous, Norma and should work as an entry for Schweinfurth. It's only 2011....

ann said...

I am not surprised it arrived in such perfect condition. In my little experience with shows, IQF is the BEST. They sent a paper with mine with the names of the white glove packers who prepared my quilt for shipping. They are the best! I will enter any of their shows where my quilts fit because of the way they display and handle them with such TLC.

Silvia - OrkaLoca said...

I love these happy ending stories about quilt handling. I wish it were this way in every show, instead I had such horror stories... :(
I'm happy for you.

Thanks also for your reply to my post on quiltart. I've tried to reply to you but my mail was rejected.
So to reply, you will not see quilt photos on my blog till the end of the show (july 7th) due to show rules :( I'm sorry.

have a nice day

Ethne said...

This is an amazing quilt Norma and has given me some inspiration for the Guild challenge this year, hopefully ;0)

norma said...

Vivien, if you count 2008 as the first year, it makes it four years old.

Sherrie Spangler said...

I remember seeing this quilt at one of the big shows and deciding that it was one of my favorites! IQA is a great group to work with.

Gisela Towner said...

It's a real stunner -- really striking!
I'm so glad that it was well cared for.

Marti said...

Norma, I love this color combination...and I am glad it found its way home in tiptop shape!