I wanted to share with you that the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild show 2017 was a huge success! My little corner of the show was busy and we made lots of sales at the 2nd Time Around Booth. Quilters loved the bargains and bags we filled at check out reflected that! Lot of merchandise moved on to someone else!
My transfer of inventory has taken place, and my fellow guild member Lois is taking over following the quilt show. I am “moving on” to another job in the guild. (I truly believe that 2 years in any volunteer position is long enough.) My next job is membership chairman , and I admire Melissa for doing it for longer than I have been a member of the guild.
As we wrapped up the show, I thought a lot about the more than 40 volunteers who worked with me in the lead up this week to the show. Beyond that, in the last year and 1/2, probably another 40 have worked tirelessly preparing fabric for sale at the show and the guild meetings. It has been fun, and a lot of work, and lots of friendships were made in the process. My apologies to any & all if I was a tad short tempered by the end of the day today. By 3 pm today, I just KNEW I needed some time alone and away from the booth, and I spent an hour walking the quilts on display; and admiring the talent and art that was exhibited by the show participants.
I spent a bit of time talking with the representative of the Fiber Arts Center in Denton Maryland after enjoying the 300+ quilts on display. What an interesting organization! They are creating a great directory of artists, teachers etc on the DelMarVa peninsula, and we had a wonderful conversation. Their purpose stated is this: “The Delmarva region is home to a thriving fiber arts scene! The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) was founded in 2011 to preserve and nurture all forms of fiber arts. From the pre-Colonial era through the Civil War, to today’s modern and fast-paced world, fiber artists have created works that reflect Delmarva’s culture. At FACES, we’re working to preserve this tradition.
We’re also working to build a vibrant community of fiber artists and enthusiasts. Perhaps more than any other visual art form, fiber arts are often social in nature. For centuries, women have joined together for quilting bees, sewing circles, and “stich ‘n bitch” groups. As more and more of our communication moves online, the face-to-face sharing of talent and ideas has become more important than ever.
We invite you to join our community. Become a FACES member, subscribe to our e-newsletter, join our regional directory, or check out an upcoming exhibit or class on our regional event calendar. Happy stitching! ” Check out their website – http://www.fiberartscenter.com
I got pulled “away” from that conversation by the chairs of the show; and was delighted to be told, that my quilt “MITTENS” had won the VIEWER’S CHOICE award. I was stunned, and overjoyed. My thanks go out to all who voted for this art quilt. I’m so glad you took 6 steps back from the quilt and looked at it, as it was meant to be viewed.
Additionally – I received a 3rd place ribbon for “Addison’s Quilt“. Now, I am sad to say, I never took a photo while it was hanging at the show with the ribbon beside it! (Insert shamed face here.) I do have a few photo’s take at the time the quilt was made though —
“Addison’s Quilt” has an interesting reverse side, and I think that is what got it into a prize winning category!
So, that’s it for my show update. I spent most of the show behind the cash register, while coordinating volunteers who helped customers during their shopping.
If you want to see more about the Pet Mosaic Project – “MITTENS”, I have a FLICKR album with a ton of photos –Pet Mosaic Project . I also have an album full of photo’s on the construction of Addison’s quilt — https://www.flickr.com/photos/92296158@N02/albums/72157666492829803
I’ve made multiple posts here on the blog in the last year on both of these quilts, and you can read more about them if you back track through the older posts. 🙂
Taking a little time off in the morning to head to Hershey PA for the quilt show there and looking for Bonnie Hunter’s exhibit. My reward to myself for hard work (and the hard work of my two friends riding along).
How is your weekend? Tell me, if you enter a show and it is judge, what do you think about the report given to you????