I’m running around desperately to get ready to leave for the World Quilt Show in Palm Beach! I’m looking forward to leaving the guys at home, and shopping for new threads, rulers, and ideas for quilting! Mancuso puts on a beautiful, professional show, and I’m pretty excited to be attending!
What I love about attending the professional shows is that full credit is given to all participants on the quilt in the showbook, and on the winner’s list. It is really frustrating for many longarm quilters to pour your heart and soul into a quilt, and walk into the show, just as excited as the quilt owner, and NOT see your name in the show book, or the winner’s list, when the quilt has been entered in the GROUP category. The opinions on this issue are pretty strong, but I know for fact that many of us in the business of quilting want our local guilds and groups to succeed in quilting, and many of us contribute toward that end. But, to then be excluded from something you are really excited about seems like a kick to the stomach. It is really devastating to many longarm quilters when this happens. It is not about the business, but about the excitement of working on a beautiful quilt, and being excluded.
So, that is enough of my soapbox for today – I am looking forward to the World Quilt Show, where all quilters are recognized for their hard work!
Below are some photos of a beautiful quilt, here with very gracious permission from the quilter. I wanted to get this information out to everyone before I left. I don’t know how many times I’ve used a marker in quilting, but it’s been a lot! I’m pretty sure I’ve also used one to mark batting before using it for trapunto also. This quilt had batting behind the appliques, and when water hit it, the marker ran. She has been unable to get the ink out of this beautiful quilt. I am one of those people that remembers things when you show it to me, so here are the photos of what happens when we use a marker to construct our quilts: