Great news! Two of my quilts have been accepted into the Zonta Club of Cincinati “Quilts for Change“ show! I’ve procrastinated literally for years about sharing my quilts with a larger (and judgemental) audience. However, at AQT last year, a wise classmate offered that if you like your quilts, you should enter them; judges and trends be damned. So, I jumped off the precipice and did it. While I am making a good number of quilts this year for my possible show, I decided that some of them should be entered as well , since acceptance could add, or prove, worth to the quilts. The two accepted into Quilts for Change will not be in my show, but I like them each for very personal reasons.
“Shades of CR Mackintosh” was made as a Christmas present for my mom and step-dad. They are enthusiasts of the Craftsman style and I wanted to see if I could make a quilt that would reflect that. I was also part of a bee with several appliqué-ers and was ready to try my hand at that. I had appliquéd before, but over the 8 or so months with this particular group, had gleaned lots of new tips and tricks. This hand quilted piece was a labor of love for me and a cherished gift for my mom and step-dad, and for that I want to share it.
The other quilt, “Seaweed?” is one I made after hand-marbling fabric. This particular piece spoke to me to be embellished in an organic way. I had never approached a piece of art like this without a clear goal and I still don’t really know what it “is,” but I think that’s the beauty of it. I entered it because I think it’s rather unique, and if I like it for no good reason, maybe someone else will too.
I’ve been browsing the internet looking at some other the other quilts and artists which were also accepted and wow, I can’t believe that my quilts were even considered! I am in good company: Susan Schrott, Pamela Allen, Carol Taylor, Ellen Zak Danforth, Sue Reno, Sandra Woock, Kathy Munkelwitz, B. J. Reed, Susan Shie. These are just a few randomly chosen quilters/artists on the list. Pretty much everyone on the list makes award-winning quilts. I am amazed and depressed at the same time — amazed at the wonderful work these people are making and amazed that mine were chosen as well, and of course, depressed because of the self doubt that comes along with wondering how I could ever consider myself to be in the same league as these other women.