Thursday, September 20, 2012

2012 Quilt Show

 Last weekend, the Austin Area Quilt Guild held its biennial show.  I entered my quilt Beaujolais, which is a portrait of my late cat.  It hung directly below another cat picture done by Katleen Clendennen.

I didn't receive any award, but I am quite happy with its showing.  It was judged and critiqued; the only negative comment was that additional quilting might help it to lay perfectly flat.  I'll take that!  The judge approved of the binding and corners.  She noted the 3D thread whiskers that I added at the last minute.  And liked the asymmetrical layout.

The show was very colorful and full of many gorgeous quilts.  The competition was pretty stiff.  There were around 60 full size quilts which had been pieced and quilted by a single member.

The sign read: "Beaujolais was our cat for eighteen years.  She came to us as a foundling kitten.  The vet noted on her card that she was 'fractious'; she didn't care to be petted by strangers.  She was sweet, she was mean, she was indifferent; in short, she was a typical cat.  After she died, I kind of missed having her around, so I did this portrait to remember her by.  It doesn't shed, it doesn't 'merow', and it doesn't strew kibble around.  Neither does it purr or snuggle.  But I'm not ready for a replacement cat. 

24 x 18 inches.

Machine Pieced, Machine Appliqued, Machine Embroidered, Machine Quilted"

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