Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AQS Quilt Show

I am so excited! My Quilt is going to be part of a National Quilt Show! How awesome is that? (I feel the need to use an excessive amount of exclamation points in this post, but I will try to rein it in.)

My challenge quilt "Painting the Roses Red."
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com --I Looked Out the Window Quilt, Painting the Roses Red Art Quilt

My Quilt Guild is taking part of the "Ultimate Guild Challenge" at the AQS show in Grand Rapids, MI.

The category description from the website:
The Ultimate Guild Challenge: Width 30″ to 60″; Length 30″ or more. This challenge honors the results of a quilt guild’s challenge to its members. The guild issues its own challenge to its members, choosing rules, fabrics, themes, or whatever! The top eight (8) quilts from the guild are submitted as one entry to The Ultimate Guild Challenge. Quilted by hand or machine.
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com --I Looked Out the Window Quilt, Painting the Roses Red Art Quilt

Out of 50 entries from guilds around the country only 16 made it to the semi-finals...and my guild was one of them. Which means, my quilt is on it's way to Michigan.

BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com --I Looked Out the Window Quilt, Painting the Roses Red Art Quilt

This is the first quilt I designed myself, and only the second quilt I machine quilted myself.

BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com --I Looked Out the Window Quilt, Painting the Roses Red Art Quilt

I had 24 hours to fix the sleeve on my quilt. I took the above picture before I sewed down my hanging sleeve. The show requires some give in the sleeve for the way they hang them. However, I had sewed mine down flat.

So, I ripped out my stitches and resewed it down with a bit of give. I took the kids to the park and let them run amok while I sat in the shade to work.
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com --I Looked Out the Window Quilt, Painting the Roses Red Art Quilt
 

Nothing like hand sewing a quilt on my lap in 94*F weather.

But it is all ready for the big hand-off. Turning it into our guild's representative today who will then mail off our group entry.  It's a bit unnerving to mail off my quilt--what if it gets lost? what if it's damaged in transit? what if? what if? what if? People do it everyday, so I know it will be fine.

The Grand Rapids show is August 12-15. Can't wait!

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