Monday, June 29, 2009

Show Prep and a Little Indulgence

I made a little something for myself to celebrate the hanging of my show. It's another '3 sheets to the wind' mini quilt. I sent the first one to a quilty friend...this one is going to hang in my laundry room.
I'm still sewing for the show....a few little things to finish.
The hanging of the show was an amazing experience in itself...making decisions about what quilts to include, what goes next to what etc. etc. When it was all said and done the quilts look spectacular....as I've told many of you, high ceilings and great lighting make a huge difference. I was surprised by a lot of things...one..those quilts are big and take up a LOT of space.

I have a final check-in on Tuesday and then the show goes on on Friday. These 3 didn't make it into the show, at least not yet. Separately they didn't have enough visual impact. I have to admit, I don't think about visual impact in a gallery when I make a quilt. There were a few quilts that didn't make it into the show because their features just didn't translate hanging on a wall. I reconfigured these 3 to hang as one piece...I still don't know if they'll make it in, but I do hope so.
The big news of the weekend. We have a winner for the 'wonderland garden' quilt. I got to draw the name and the winner is Shari, from Australia. Shari donated the most and bought the most tickets. It was like it was meant to be. I was so excited to see her name on the ticket. I want to thank all of you who participated and helped out my mom's church. I don't know the total money raised by the quilt, but I was told it should be at least a thousand dollars. That money will help the church do a lot of good work.
Nice thing was...I got to take the quilt home for a couple of days. It was nice to see it again. Now to find a big box and send it on its way. Congratulations Shari!!

As I was walking off the stage, the president of the United Methodist Women whispered in my ear a request for next year's quilt. We shall see.

44 comments:

Needled Mom said...

The laundry room quilt is darling. I hope the show goes well. As they say, "break a leg".

Kathleen said...

I love the three together as an installation but get it that gallery style hanging may be different.

That is going to be a big box to fit that quilt in to go to Australia. I have received several parcels this week myself and its exciting here in Australia to receive things from overseas.

You have a lot on what with whispers in your ear and other things...enjoy the week and enjoy your laundry room now you have dedicated it so admirably!

em's scrapbag said...

Love your sheets in the wind. So excited for you with the show. Hope it is a great success.

bellsjo said...

Wishing you all the best with the show - your quilts are stunning! Congratulations to Shari - enjoy your amazing quilt. I am so glad it raised lots of money for your mum's church!

Jackie said...

So you know that just love your quilts, but I have to wonder why the black, white and red one's did not go into the show. They are fabulous. I think they might have found a way to hang them. On another note, I am so happy for Shari, she is so sweet! But darn, I wish it would have been me! She is absolutely going to love the quilt, I know first hand! It is going to a wonderful new home. Congrats Shari!

Sarah said...

How are your lines so perfectly straight on that green square?

Everything looks beautiful! You are very talented.

Trisha said...

I know I see your quilts on here but I really wish I could come to the show. It would be so cool to see a lot of your work in one place all hanging together. I am surprised that your red, white, and black quilts didn't make it in. Mostly hung together, they really say something. I hope they are included!

Janet said...

Hadn't thought about hanging one in the laundry room. Good idea, since I'm the one spending so much time there and there's no more wall space around the house. Congrats on raising so much for the church. Good luck on a successful show.

Aimee said...

I just love your 3 sheets mini! So adorable!

Best of luck during your show! I can't wait to see pictures.

why not sew? said...

your 3 sheets to the wind quilt is just the cutest thing! I also really like the 3 pieces that didn't make it. i hope they make it together. the red and aqua quilt is gorgeous! congrats to shari!

AJ said...

Hope your show goes well. Sounds very exciting!

MichelleB said...

Love that 3 sheets to the wind. I also love the "ensemble". I hope that it makes it in. Good luck with the show!

Alissa said...

Congrats on hanging your show!! Must be such an amazing experience!! Hope that the big opening on Friday is fun and I can't wait to see photos!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh, I am sooo Happy for Shari, she is a sweetie!! I just love your little mini quilt, how cute is that!! Well, almost show time, hang in there!!

Heather said...

i LOVE the 'three sheets to the wind' idea!! i laughed when i saw it!

all of your work is incredibly gorgeous & inspirational. I can't wait to see pictures of the show - I'm sure it will be amazing!

connie said...

I along with everyone else love your 3 sheets to the wind.

I am glad all is going well with the show. I can only imagine how excited you are about all of this. Enjoy your week and I look forward to hearing more.

Sherri said...

I love those three quilts also...can't wait to see pics from the full show!

Heather said...

Love the little wall hanging for the laundry room, it is darling. I also love the straight clean line quilting on the pillow. So nice!!

Lisa said...

Oh, goodie! I am so glad that Shari won the quilt!

You must be so proud to see your quilts hung so nicely and getting the attention they deserve! Will you be able to post pics for all of us who don't get to see it in person?

RosaMarĂ­a said...

all of them are amazing!!!!

Julie said...

I'm so happy about your show and sad that I live far away. I know you are really/super/crazy busy but...

I have a question realting to learning to use free motion quilting. I am trying and learning but on the back I am getting separation from the top and bottom thread. It looks like a centipede with the long body and some short (loopy) legs. Am I going too fast? Are my stitches too long? I have not succeeded in finding a troubleshooting with this problem. Any suggestions? Thank you.

Laura said...

That mini quilt is great! What a perfect thing for your laundry room. Will we get to see any photos of your quilts on exhibit?

Sara said...

ALl your work is so beautiful! I love it all and I wish I could be as creative as you!

Jodie said...

and just for the record - your quilty friend (who doesn't quilt) adores it !!!!

Shari said...

Sounds like your show will be amazing. So looking forward to photos. Yes, quilts do look a lot different when they are hanging in an exhbition. It's really exciting!

And I'm so excited about winning your quilt!! It's just amazing as I seldom win anything - blogland is certainly changing a little of that! Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket with all my new-found luck? LOL

Thanks to everyone for their congratulations! I'll let you all know when the treasure arrives!
Cheers - Shari

ivyarts said...

I love the '3 sheets'. I'm about to try a few mini-quilts so it's inspiring. Good luck on Friday. Take lots of pictures.

Alice Grace said...

Congratulations to Shari! I know your show will be great! Love the laundry room quilt hanging~

MightyMom said...

I do love those sheets! especiallyt the quilting on this one!!

enjoy your show

jaybird said...

i need to make more mini quilts since i could actually finish them!! and b/c yours are super cute!!!

Vicki said...

That laundry quilt is so sweet. I love the soft pink binding with the linen. I can't wait to see your show.

I am back and ready to bind quilts! Let me know when you want to get together.

Stephanie D. said...

Wow, what an education! So, do you think you'll be more aware of how they would present in a gallery when you're making quilts now? Do you think that would make it easier or harder to just make a quilt?

Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Karen said...

Congrats to Shari;) I love your Three Sheets to the Wind and I hope that you will be able to post pictures of your show. Wish I could see it in person. I know that it will be fabulous;)

Michelle said...

The work is fabulous. I love your laundry mini-quilt. I too have never thought about visual impact for a gallery. Please show us photos from the show. Thanks!

Rebekah said...

Your mini laundry quilt is darling. It's perfect for your laundry room!

shellysquilts said...

Wow! You really have a lot going on. I like your red white and black pieces. Individually they are interesting, but the way you have hung them together has alot of impact. Good luck with your show, you are fabulous!

Heather said...

congratulations on the show--love your little laundry quilt. you continue to inspire me.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love everything you do Jacquie. The sheets to the wind is so sweet. So so so so so sweet! I love it. Someday I want to make one.

Anina said...

Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful.
I love three sheets to the wind.
Good luck with the show.
I hope those three made it in. I love them.

sewtakeahike said...

yay for Shari! She is one blessed lady to be getting that quilt Jacquie! Isn't that the one you made and weren't happy with and resewed the top together? Can you tell I'm still in awe that you would actually do that? :) You are sew creative to even manage to make a quilt that totally suits your laundry area, very cute!!

sewtakeahike said...

p.s. I love the visual impact of the three quilts hanging together. Very nice Jacquie! I hope it makes it into the show!

audreypawdrey said...

Good luck on your show! I am so excited for you and want to see more pictures so we can share the experience with you.:)

Linnea said...

That 3 sheets mini quilt is so adorable! I'm in love! I have to admit I have skeptical about this whole mini-quilt business...until I saw that one. Best of luck at the show Jacquie.

ooh and quick question...what is that blue floral fabric that makes up the "sheet" on the left? It's super pretty

linda said...

Love the black, red and white quilts Jacquie. Very Striking! Good luck with the show. Sounds like you've raised a very wise son.

pmiddlet said...

You're quilts are so inspiring.
These blocks are wonderful.
On another note, I have to ask where you got the beautiful comforter for your bed. My husband even said it was cool.