I was in Houston last week for the International Quilt Festival. And it was an amazing, exhilarating, exhausting, wonderful, fabulous trip. If that sounds like overkill on the adjectives, sorry. It was indeed every one of them.
The ceremony itself is very dramatic. Each category (and there are 21 of them) begins by awarding the honorable mention and works its way up to the first place winner. Each award winner walks up to the stage and receives a check and a handshake from the sponsor of the category. When the first place winner is announced, the winning quilt is revealed by raising a curtain. It's all very exciting, and very nerve-wracking for those of us waiting to see what we have won.
I went to the show for three reasons. First, because I had two quilts in the judged show, one of which had won a prize. Secondly, to see old friends and to make a few new ones. And thirdly, to work in the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) booth, where we debuted two new exhibits, "Turmoil" and "Tranquility."
We set up the SAQA booth on Tuesday afternoon. The exhibit quilts were hung by IQF staff, but we had catalogs and small quilts to sell, as well as information about SAQA to disburse.
Then the fun began. International Quilt Association (IQA) always informs winners ahead of time, but is very cagy about the level of the award. Several of my friends had gotten the "you are a winner!" e-mail, and we were all very edgy while we waited for the ceremony to begin.
|Waiting to enter the ballroom for the Awards Ceremony|
My category was last, which meant that by the time they came to "Art: Abstract - Large" I was a bundle of nerves. And when they announced that I had won first place, I pretty much shrieked. And bounced up the stairs to the stage. It was AMAZING!
Suzan Engler, a good friend from Houston, also won a first prize in "Digital."
And Deborah Boschert, from Lewisville, won a first in "Art: Miniature."
A few random pictures from the actual show. Kathy York of Austin is the poster girl for Mistyfuse, a fusible web. Honestly, she is. Her picture is on the package.
Connie Griner bought my quilt, Eastham Salt Marsh, in the IQA silent auction. Thank you, Connie!
I went to several dinners. This photo is from the "Dinner @ 8" artists' dinner at Pass & Provision, a very cool restaurant.
I saw old friends from graduate school, Kathy and John. They live in Houston and we met for dinner.
|The Salt Marsh quilt and me -- I can't get the big grin off my face|
|Susan Engler and GMO|
|Deborah Boschert's piece, Green Bowl Gathering|
My other quilt in the show was String Theory. It looked great hanging in Art: Abstract - Small.
|Kathy York and Mistyfuse|
|Connie and my IQA piece|
|Dinner @ 8 Dinner|
And I have fans!
And finally, here is the SAQA booth take-down crew. Tired but happy.
|Me, Amalia, Suzan, Maria, Annie and Kim. Photo by Lisa Ellis.|
I took pictures of quite a few quilts that caught my eye. I'll post a few of them another day.