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.
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.)
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.