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I’m thrilled to announce that my first solo show is now open!  The exhibit includes five quilts, including some of my favorites.  From left to right:

Broadway Lights was designed by Kathy Lincoln  for a quilt retreat for our local quilt guild, the Burke Chapter of Quilters Unlimited.  I chose these colors to imitate what the lights look like from stage. 

Placeholder One normally hangs above our fireplace.   I chose the design (which was created by Laurie The Finished Exhibit WallShifrin), but my husband was skeptical.  He suggested this quilt would be a “Placeholder” until I made something we both liked.  Luckily for him, he liked the quilt once it was completed.  Ironically, he has no memory of this converation.  Hmm.

Time Flies is the first quilt I ever entered into a juried show.  I aimed high; the quilt hung in Houston at the Quilt Festival. 

Fiddle Dee Dee was one of the fastest quilts I’ve ever made.  Lonni Rossi was visiting my guild and I volunteered to make a sample for her new pattern and line of fabrics.  The quilt was done in record time and traveled with her to hang in show booths. 

In stark contrast, MonarchChromatic took longer to make.  Each bead, each bauble, each Swarovski crystal was affixed by hand with needle and thread.  I love the tiny rainbows that dance around my living room when the sun hits the crystals just right. Click here for more details about this quilt.

The quilts will hang through March 2008. I thank Kathy Lincoln for helping me hang the show and making sure I didn’t fall off the ladder.  A special thanks goes to Dyann Bishop of the Shirlington Library for making this all possible.

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Too Much SoulI love Disney World.  It’s not just for kids, and I admit that I love going there.  But do you know where I really love to go?  Houston! 

Disney has Imagineers, fireworks, and rides that give you a wonderful feeling inside.  Houston…well, Houston has all that and quilts! 

Instead of Imagineers, Houston has Karey Bresenhan and her staff Phyxiusof talented and organized people.  They dream of what the show can be and *poof* the show appears.  Every year!  Do you think it’s a coincidence that quilt angels wear white gloves just like Mickey Mouse?

Instead of fireworks, Houston has vendors.  Every possible color combination and item is represented in the vendor booths.  If you can’t find it, you either haven’t looked or you don’t need it.  If you went, I hope you checked out Artistic Artifacts.  Judy Gula has some wonderful wares and amazing samples.  I used lots of her stuff in my Journal Quilt, Phyxius.

Instead of rides, well, they have quilts.  This year, Too Much Soul to Control hung in the IQA Judged Show in the Mixed TechKathy and her Quilt in Houstonnique category.  I loved seeing it hang, but I really enjoyed watching other people look at my work.  That’s right.  I admit that I stood a little down the aisle and watched people interact with my quilt.  It was way better than the Tower of Terror! 

I also got the thrill of watching my friend Kathy Lincoln see one of her quilts hang in Houston for the first time.  Voyages is made with amazing Burmese silks (more on them in a later post) and phototransfers of treasured family pictures.  To see a bigger picture of her quilt, visit www.KathyLincoln.com and check out her gallery.

The Journal Quilt exhibit was amazing.  I was excited to see my journal quilt, Lisa’s To Be ListPhyxius, in the show as well as Lisa Ellis‘s journal quilt, The To-Be List.  I really liked the bigger format for this year’s Journal Quilts.  There was more room for exploration, for development of an idea.  Smaller formats seem to pressure me to “use” all the space and I often think the result seems crowded or overworked.  I really liked having the extra space this year.  I also like how cohesive the exhibit looked with all the quilts using identical formats.  There’s a lesson there about pulling together disparate components into a cohesive whole.  Here’s hoping that the powers that be will decide to do another book.

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