Thursday, March 19, 2015

2015 SCVQA Quilt Show: 40 Years of Quilted Memories

I needed a few days to recover from our Quilt Show weekend, but without further ado, here are some highlights from our successful biannual quilt show:  40 Years of Quilted Memories.

Set Up:
Our association invested in a brand new pipe and drape system to display our  members' quilts.  The new system would not only provide a more sleek and professional backdrop for quilt displays, but also promised to require significantly less person-power for the set up/take down.  But as this was an all new layout and set up, there were still quite a few unknowns in terms of people power needed.  Once the truck was unloaded, we decided to get a jump start on the pipe and drape set up.  An hour later and only 4-5 people involved, the entire pipe and drape system was in place and ready for quilts to arrive for hanging!  We were all just stunned at just how quickly it went up!  
Clockwise from top left:  marked convention center floor, furniture starting to arrive, bases and pipes in place, drape hung, quilt hanging demo and the 1st of 350+ quilts hung using the new cord and toggle hanging system!!
The rack set up volunteers arrived for their shift and were surprised to find their jobs had already been done.  But fortunately, we were able to keep the momentum up by having them assist with other aspects of set up and even help with hanging the quilts.  Not only did we have new pipe and drape, but we had a new cord & toggle quilt hanging system.  There was a little bit of a learning curve to this new hanging system, but once the teams found their groove, it was just a matter of time until we had an official quilt show complete with 350+ quilts on display.  This year, we also had a special crew of volunteers come in the mid afternoon to assist with the final details:  fine tuning the hanging of quilts to ensure they were level and symmetrical, post signage and all the other touches that enhance the viewer's experience.  

Around 4:30/5 PM, our work was done and we were ready for Saturday morning's opening at 10 AM!  At the end of the day, I had accomplished 20,000 steps on my fitbit and was exhausted!  When I got home I tackled a few quick projects around the house as I knew once I sat down, I might never get up!  I did get up and take a nice hot shower, followed by a refreshing margarita to celebrate the day's accomplishments!

Quilts!  Quilts!  Quilts!
Having 350+ quilts on display was a real feast for the eyes and soul!  Having nearly 500 members, we are fortunate to have a great diversity of quilt styles and experience levels.  There were so many quilts that inspired me in terms of design, color and texture.  And of course, it was a treat to see my own quilts hanging among all the other gorgeous quilts!
70+ Free Motion Fillers Sampler and Panda-monium
Alex and her Ice Cream Madness Quilt hung with other youth quilts
Welcoming Youth Into the Quilting World 
It was a real treat to see so many youth in attendance this year.  Children are invited to participate in an I-Spy contest where they are provided with a list of items to hunt for in the quilts on display.  It was so much fun watching the kids search out quilts with ice cream cones, dogs with button eyes, leaping cats and bird houses!  We also had 4 young quilters enter their own quilts for display, including my niece, Alex!  She and her mother came out Saturday afternoon to check out the quilt show, participate in the I Spy game, look for her own quilt and shop for fun new fabrics to add to her stash!  Yes--she intentionally brought a tote bag to help transport her new purchases home!  A quilter after my own heart!!

Quilt Show Purchases
Of course, Alex wasn't the only one who indulged a little while visiting the 27 vendors in attendance!  I decided it was time to treat myself to some fun new fabric and embellishment purchases, including some bundles of gorgeous hand dyed fabrics!  
Treat yo'self!
Challenge Quilts
I had a 4th quilt on display as part of the Blast from the Past Challenge exhibit.  I was delighted to find a red viewer's choice ribbon hung next to my DNA Mapping entry!  It was a  real honor to have my quilt recognized by my fellow guild members.  

I also enjoyed having the identities of the other entrants revealed at the quilt show!  We truly have some very creative and talented members!!

The quilt show take down was a bittersweet experience.  On the one hand, it was sad to see months of work come down in just 2-3 hours!  But I was also relieved to have more time back to myself to spend with family and get back into the studio to quilt!!

My sincere thanks to all my fellow Quilt Show committee members; volunteers involved throughout the weekend, especially set up/take down and to all who came out to attend our quilt show!!  Special thanks to Doug for all his support and helping to keep me somewhat sane throughout the planning process!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Preparations for SCVQA's Quilt Show: 40 Years of Quilted Memories

Temporary Quilt Show Work Desk
If you are wondering why there haven't been many finished quilt posts--its because I've been logging hours and hours getting ready for our bi-annual quilt show.  This year's quilt show theme is 40 Years of Quilted Memories as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our association, and the quilt show committee has been working hard to organize yet another fabulous quilt show.

So for the past few week's I've set up shop in the living room to organize everything for the set up, layout and take down for the quilt show.  We have an impressive line up of 350+ quilts, 27 vendors and special exhibits such as our 40th Anniversary display, workshop quilts, Philanthropy, Quilt Appraisals, Miniature Quilts Display, Opportunity Baskets, our Featured Artist Sue Frame, Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild exhibit and much, much more!  This year's quilt show will have a sleek new look thanks to newly purchased pipe and drape and an all new hanging system that will blend in with the black draped background--so our members' beautiful quilts will take center stage.

Speaking of quilts, I will have 4 quilts on display:  DNA Mapping along with the Blast from the Past Challenge display, Free Motion Fillers Sampler quilt, Panda-monium, and a yet to be posted quilt that I was secretly working on this past Fall.  And Alex will have her quilt included in the Children's Quilt display, along with 3 other young quilters!!

So I hope you can join us this Saturday, March 14th 10am-5 pm and Sunday, March 15th 10 am-5 pm in Exhibit Hall D at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  Tickets are $12 at the door and good all weekend.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

More Wicked Fun!

Cherrywood's Wicked Challenge has been such a success, that the organizers decided to publish a book featuring all the fabulous quilts travelling with the exhibit.  I quickly placed my order and waited patiently for my copy to arrive.  While it was a real treat to see my Wicked Windy & Winding Ways in print, I especially enjoyed seeing high quality photographs of all the other amazing quilts entered and reading their stories and inspiration.  I was honestly just stunned at the sheer talent of the quilters that participated!  While we all started with the same bundle of 4 fat quarters, the range of quilt designs, themes and embellishments were just awe-inspiring.  I am truly honored to have my quilt included among such gorgeous quilts, and cannot imagine what a difficult task the judges had deciding upon the finalist quilts and winners!  

I highly encourage everyone to check out the exhibit in person while it continues its national tour.  But if you aren't able to see it in person---this book is a very close second, so be sure to order your own copy while supplies still last.  
Wicked Fun!!