Reflections on the SA Quilt Show

The San Antonio quilt show was last weekend, and for the first time, something I quilted was hanging in a quilt show.  It’s a new era for me, y’all.  I think I’m so close to being satisfied with my work that soon I will be ready to be critiqued.

This is a big deal for me.

Nacho Baby inspects the back while wearing his glove.

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it, but I love to write and was even writing a novel at one time– but I have never submitted anything for publication.  Not even a poem.  And no way would I ever want to read my work in front of a group.

Isn’t that ridiculous?  I just don’t want it judged, you know… so to be able to say that I’m so close is a huge step for me.

I follow blogs of the quilters I admire– particularly Carla Barrett, Judi Madsen (Green Fairy Quilts), Karen (Quilts on Bastings).  And these women are such incredible quilters that I look at their work and mine just simply isn’t at that level.  So I’ve been standing here at my machine quilting everyday practicing and trying to reach that level and realizing that I have so far to go.

But then I went to this quilt show, which is a local show that is put on every two years.  And guess what?  Maybe only a handful of those quilts looked like they could have been quilted by Carla or Judy or Karen.

It was so freeing to see that there were quilts there with feathers that looked like potato chips and hotdogs (sorry, but it always goes back to food for me).  And there were quilts with obvious starts/stops.  And there were quilts that didn’t have even quilting (you don’t want to have a densely quilted center and a lightly quilted border, for instance).  I’ve decided that my work is indeed good enough to hang in local shows, and starting now (or maybe next time I finish a quilt of my own), I will enter one.  Promise.

Nacho Baby taking a pic of the quilt he liked the most.

*I stuck some pics of quilts in here that were beautiful– not quilts showing potato chip- shaped feathers.  I am sorry that I don’t know the quilters’ names.  If one of these quilts is yours, please let me know so that I can give you credit.

** Sorry for the bad photography.  I can only do so much without natural light.

*** Tomorrow, I’ll show you Vickie’s quilts.

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4 Responses to Reflections on the SA Quilt Show

  1. Lynne La Porte says:

    I can not even believe what I am reading, because I show pics of your work and people are AMAZED!!! You are soooooo talented!!

  2. Shanti Buttram says:

    The first pic is phenomenal!!! They are all beautiful, but that one took my breath away! And, my dear sister, your quilts have ALWAYS been good enough!! BTW, there is a certain man named Jeff that would love an Arkansas Razorback Quilt….just sayin’!

  3. Wow. Those are awesome. I really need to go to more quilt shows, because I always come home inspired to make something pretty for myself. Also, one tip I picked up when I went to the Houston Quilt Show last year is to take a pic of the quilt and then take a closeup pic of the label. That way you always know who did what and all those details that no one is going to actually take the time to write down at a show. Anyway, just a thought 🙂

  4. And by label I mean the little printed thing that is hanging next to it… not the label on the back. Although, that might be cool too… and reminds me… I should start labeling my quilts.

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