IQF Rising Star 2019

People say to me, “You’re everywhere! You’ve just taken off!” And I think to myself. Yes. This is true. After 20 years of dedicated focus at my sewing machine a few people out there know who I am. Thank you.


I am eternally grateful for all of the recognition my work has gotten in the last few years, BUT this did not happen over night.


The truth is that most “stars” work for a very long time before anything happens.


Hence, when I was invited to be a Rising Star at the 2019 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. I felt a bit sheepish. Am I Rising Star? And then I thought, to heck with that, HELL yes. I want to have a special exhibition at the IQF Houston.


The hard work to put together all of this exhibition happened back in June, so it wasn’t really on my radar at all until I got to the show.


But when I walked through the exhibition on Sunday of Quilt Market, I was overwhelmed by seeing all of my work together at this iconic event. It was INCREDIBLE!


I kind of went nuts with having photos of me at the event, but you know, how often does this happen?


I gave several gallery tours that were surprisingly well attended.

Maria Rising Star #5

The exhibition featured some of my very first quilts.


It was so cool to see them all together. You can see the complete selection of quilts that were featured in the exhibition in this slide show. (If the slide show doesn’t work for you,  just scroll down to the bottom and you can view them there.)

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And then, before you could say International Quilt Festival three times fast, it was over.


The white gloves were brought out.


I got a peak at how the Festival handles installing and taking down almost 4,000 quilts.


The simple answer—VERY carefully.


It was an amazing moment in my quilting life.


I am very grateful to Karey Bresenhan (founder of IQF) who selected my work for this exhibition, Becky Navarro (Special Exhibitions Manager for the show), and Aurifil Thread (Sponsor of the Rising Star Exhibition). AND to everyone who helped me photograph the exhibition, attended the gallery talks, and stopped by to say hello. It was wonderful to share this moment in time with you.

 Thank you folks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the show.

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51 thoughts on “IQF Rising Star 2019

  1. Very nice. Congratulations.


  2. Sandi Nyren on said:

    Congratulations Maria, WOW!

  3. Congratulations! How exciting. Tricia

  4. But how lovely to be an ‘overnight success’ despite the number of nights! Your journey inspires so many of us. Can’t wait to see what’s next ✂️🧵❤️

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! So exciting. deserving, and rewarding to be a special exhibit at the big show. So happy for you.

  6. Kudos to you, my crazy-busy friend, this is so well deserved.

  7. Cindy Bollinger on said:

    Congratulations Maria! What a thrill to have a “Rising Star” exhibit in Houston. You are everywhere these days and that is accomplished by hard work, perseverance and sacrifice. You earned it! So proud of you! Cindy from Texas

  8. on said:


    This is my plaid from Rad Plaid class in Houston. I enjoyed the class as well as linear blocks! I always learn many new things and can’t wait to get back home and practice it all! It was good to see you again. I love the colors but need work on getting things to line up better.

    Cindy from Texas


  9. Congratulations Maria, what an honour for you which is definitely well deserved. It looks like a fabulous display of your quilts, thanks for sharing the photos and story. I’m seeing you and your quilts everywhere these days which makes me happy as I’m a big fan of yours.

  10. Patricia Seager on said:

    Congratulations!! All that hard work paid off.

  11. Sally Wright on said:

    So proud to know you! Wish I could have seen your exhibit in Houston but it wasn’t in the cards this year. My son and daughter in law were visiting us in California.

    Sally Wright

  12. Get Stitchy with Sarah on said:

    This is HUGE! Congratulations.

  13. Janequiltsslowly on said:

    What an amazing body of work! Your honor was well earned. Congratulations!

  14. Congratulations. Those hours and hours of work show

  15. Congratulations on this achievement and show. I hadn’t thought of you as a rising star, as I thought you had already risen, but so nice for you to have that recognition.

  16. What a special moment in your quilting life! Your talent, vision, skill, and artistic voice express themselves so wonderfully here. You’re a star in my book. Congratulations!

  17. Diane Muldoon on said:

    So wonderful…for both you and for all of us..a big congratulations..

  18. Mickey Beebe on said:

    Congratulations! You deserve it!

  19. So proud of you Maria! 👍🏻

  20. So amazing. You deserve it. Congratulations, Maria!

  21. Wonderful! Congratulations!

  22. Janet Constable Rushant on said:

    Congratulations! You are a star!!

  23. You are a star–still rising, no end in site. Congratulations on your show. Proud to say I knew you back when you were beginning to rise.

  24. No end in SIGHT.

  25. Carrie on said:

    That is so awesome! Congratulations!

  26. Congratulations! Wish I could have been there in person to see the exhibit. Awesome!

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