Pensacola Quilt Show 2012

Today we did the intake for the Pensacola Quilt Show, and after that, I had lunch with my husband and took a long nap, the first one I can remember taking in months. Every afternoon I have had to make the best use of time during prime-time light!

I’ve hated leaving you for this long period, but I was working industriously to have entries worthy of the show!

Here are my entries.

The End of Innocence

I loved working on this quilt. It took a lot of hand work, appliqueing that snake and making sure the gauzy snakey net had bends at the right places, but it was so much fun! I also, for the first time, tried an art quilting technique on the arms and hands, and learned a whole lot about how to do it better – next time 🙂

Originally, the focus of this quilt was intended to be the pomegranate, and the tree of life. It was supposed to be a serious quilt, serious like the Dutch masters, but little Eve kept popping in, fresh, innocent, full of questions, and then that snake kept winding his way in and out, from his own depths into our own reality . . . and finding great snake-y fabrics provided a whole world of new learning experiences, LOL.

I actually hand quilted even more after I shot the photos, espeially in the center where the Tree of Life panel was. The fabric was so soft, and quilting it by hand was pure joy.

The quilt took forever, and I didn’t mind. I tried a lot of new things. I know where I need to improve. Meanwhile, it was fun taking an idea, letting it macerate and percolate, and then challenging myself to use some slithery fabrics for the execution. No regrets. 🙂

Tick Tack Tails

I love doing baby quilts, and I love the way little babies are mesmerized by black and white patterns. Our little grandbaby would stop crying to gaze at black and white zebra patterns and try to fathom their meaning.

Seaside Cottage

When I was still living in Kuwait, I was cutting out this quilt – or one just like it – when my sister called. As we talked, I described the quilt I was making and she loved it and asked me to make her one like it. Instead, I quickly cut out another, but finished the one I was making and sent it to her.

It took me five years to get around to finishing my own. I finished it the year we moved to Pensacola, but my husband kept going back. I quilted it during a bathroom renovation; it kept me sane. I appliqued it during the long evenings when I wished my husband was here in Pensacola. It is similar to my sister’s, but different. The central panels are made with the same fabrics, but I did different quilting and appliques for the seashells, etc.

The last entry is one you’ve seen before.

Jewel Box Life of Transitions

I was able to work on intake today, and was delighted to find that my quilts sink into the ‘filler’ category; there are some amazing quilts entered, and if you are any where near Pensacola, I urge you to make it a point to see this show.

Friday, March 16
Saturday, March 17
Pensacola Fairgrounds

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5 thoughts on “Pensacola Quilt Show 2012

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  2. momcat says:

    Your quilts blow me away! I always learn such interesting things about you when I look at them. Good show, my friend!

  3. Shirley says:

    Good luck at the quilt show – they are amazing. I am just starting to quilt again after builders, unpacking, settling in etc., etc., which you will understand.

  4. worldquilter says:

    Oh Momcat, I attended the judging today, not my quilts, but holy smokes, I probably shouldn’t have entered anything, the standards are SO high. So many things I didn’t even think about . . . oh arrgh. But it is a good learning experience.

    Shirley – do you have a good room for quilting? Do you have a room with good light? I know what you mean about settling in . . . LOL, we’ve had to do that a time or two, hmm? It takes so much energy! Hope you’ve been percolating some new ideas 🙂

    • Shirley says:

      Have a great room for quilting, with good light overlooking the garden. I have been persuaded to take a craft stall at the granddaughter’s school spring fair so up to my eyes in craft items to sell, but enjoying using up some of Al Rawnaqs special beads and ribbons (I knew they would be useful one day!!) When I am a bit tidier I will send some photos of my new sewing space.

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