The Evergreen Quilt guild in Green Bay WI had their biennial quilt show over the weekend. I entered 7 quilts in the show-4 in the Art Quilt Category and 3 in the Wall Quilt Categories. I love how this show has a separate category for art quilts which they subcategorize into 4 areas-Landscape/Still Life, Figurative/Portrait, Surreal/Fantasy and Abstract. This photo is my quilt "Lady Venecia" which I have been referring to as my Hoffman challenge 2013 "reject" quilt since it did not make the cut when the last three years my entrys did. I put a lot more time and energy into this quilt then a few of the others and this rejection was very difficult to me. I entered it in the Surreal/Fantasy category and got first place-I am not calling it a reject quilt anymore!
This quilt called "Victory Rolls" won first place last Spring at a quilt show out of state and I entered it in the Figurative/Portrait category to see how it would do. This is my favorite quilt and I have it on my business cards and postcards. The judge liked it too and I got a blue ribbon! I entered it in two other shows and it did not place at all so you just don't know what the judges are thinking.
This quilt I intended to make for the Wisconsin Quilt Museum in Cedarburg WI as part of their Yurt Challenge. I bought the fabric packet for $25 and make the quilt in a weird size 32" x 71" (banner size) and then if they like our quilts they keep them and it travels to various regional quilt shows and then their museum. I get nothing back-no money or ribbon and I have grown to not want to just give this quilt away so I think I am not going to sent it to the museum. I will use it in my Intro to Portrait Quilt Workshops. This quilt received a second place in it's category of Non-Long Arm Wall Hanging Category.
Last October I taught a Realistic Portrait Workshop to the Bay Area Fiber Artists in Green Bay and two of the women in the class, who are excellent quilters, finished their quilts and both entered in the same figurative/portrait category as 3 of my quilts. The first one is by Kim Frisk and it won a third place. The details are lovely and the quilting on the outer edge is great.I really love the contrasting colors. Very striking! Kudos!
And last but not least is the quilt by my new quilter friend Trish Makowiak-her class project is of her daughter Marley. This quilt did not place but it should have since the binding was very detailed and she had tons of quilting in it. I had 3 entries in that category and so did Trish and I think our own work ends up canceling each other entries out from the judge's perspective. It is great and very personal to her.
Other quilt show bites the dust but it will be back in March of 2016 with all of us making new quilts to enter in the show. I have met so many lovely Evergreen Quilters guild members and some great vendors at the show.