Thursday, April 17, 2008

I'm a 2009 Quilting Arts Calendar Finalist!

I'm a finalist in the 2009 Quilting Arts Calendar competition! I am feeling very thrilled and honored tonight.

According to Pokey Bolton, editor of Quilting Arts magazine, they received 243 entries from around the globe. The theme was “Celebrating Home.” I entered two pieces, and “Home Planet” made the first cut. I can’t show it to you yet, because all the works are kept under wraps until a later date.

My quilt “The Bluest Eye” was a finalist and Judges’ Choice winner last year.

From here, the piece goes to Quilting Arts headquarters, where the judges will decide on the 13 pieces to grace the cover and monthly pages of the calendar.

Participating in this competition has been a really good experience for me, since it encouraged me to try new techniques and materials that I might not have tried otherwise. And working this small (12" x 12") is fun.

Here’s the list of all of the 2009 calendar finalists. Congratulations to all of them, and to everyone who participated.

Linda Aavedal
Natalya Aikens (both quilts)
Judy Alexander
Christine Alexiou
Polly Bean (“Home: Nest is Best!”)
Marianne Bettinger
Donna Clauer
Susan Conaway
Michelle Dobrin (both quilts)
Janet Davis
Cait Gordon
Tone Haugen-Cogburn
Linda Johnson
Susan B. Knapp (“Home Planet”)
Marisa Landa-Love
Susan Mayfield
Sylvia Naylor (both quilts)
Deb Nichol
Wen Redmond (both quilts)
Linda Weinstein

Please vote!, a fabulous online fabric and pattern company, is having a competition, and my pattern “The Tulip Bag” is an entry in it. My friend Grace also has an entry, a darling table topper quilt called ”Simply Spring.”

The idea was to create a craft or quilt using the Simplicity fabric line by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. There’s some mighty cute stuff here!

You can see all the entries and vote on their blog, the Jolly Jabber, here: