This year's visit was tough for me. It was HORRIBLY hot. I don't deal with heat or humidity well, in fact, it makes me feel ill. We hardly saw anything at all, but I did swing into the Creative Activities building to have a look at all the lovely quilts.
I saw several other quilts from guild members, but didn't take pictures, because I had seen pictures taken by others, but now I wish I had. I would love to show you all the creativity of our guild members. They are fabulous!
Here are a few modern-bent quilts I enjoyed:
And here are a few more traditional ones that were lovely:
Of course, I entered a couple of quilts of my own. I had a dickens of a time finding the smaller of the two! It was set waaaaay in the back, just beside the door to leave the exhibit hall, with wedding outfits for the flower girl and a pillow for the ring bearer. At first, I thought the placement with the outfits, pillow, and Hebrew needlepoint (and Barbies?!) odd, but then I realized they must have seen the name of the piece I quilted into it. "Flower Grrl" was meant to be a little more punk rock than that, but at least they found a home for a very modern quilt with a lot of grey in the exhibit hall.
Which brings me to my second entry: Mondrian Dream. I offered a custom quilt to the highest bidder in a silent auction two-and-a-half years ago to benefit a choir in which I sang. Sarah, a dear lady who has been most supportive of my avocation, was the lucky winner. She came to my house to discuss what design she would like and we settled on one inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian.
And there it sat. And sat. And sat. For nearly a year, I didn't make headway on it, at all. You would not believe how intimidating it is to even attempt to imitate his work. One would think it is easy, being black, white, and primary colors all in straight lines. I was afraid of not doing his iconic work any justice, whatsoever. Finally, I kicked myself in the rear and checked out a reference book on Mondrian. I studied that for months before putting pencil to graph paper.
Once I had a design, it was constructed in very short order. I had originally planned to do a small piece, but since Sarah had been waiting so long and so patiently, I made it into a large full/small queen quilt top.
It languished, again, as I tried to come up with a quilting design. Six months later, I knew what I would do, but I also knew it would take me a long time. I sent a note to Sarah so she would know I was doing something very special with it, as though I were keeping the quilt myself, and that it would take a lot more time. Bless her, she didn't even bat an eyelash.
Mondrian Dream took me a year to quilt, working off and on, but it was worth every single minute.
It won third place in the large machine pieced, machine quilted lot at the Great Minnesota Get Together and also judge's choice for best quilt, modern style.
We finished the night at the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival, where both Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub appeared.
I hope you were able to make it out to the fairgrounds, wherever you live!