This was a crafty weekend.
On Friday, I spent about eight hours at F.I.T. helping to set up The Urban Inspiration Quilt Show here in NYC. I spent most of that time helping with the Members Boutique. (My last post was about the jewelry I made for the boutique.) I had a wonderful time organizing displays and getting to know several members of the guild a little bit better. One of the things I enjoyed the most was the most tedious. We had to sort through piles of "orphan blocks" -- blocks that were intended to be part of a quilt, but were rejected for some reason -- and price them. I have not had a lot of quilting pricing experience, so I had fun learning about what made each block worth the money. In the end, we were left with a beautiful boutique brimming with little treasures.
On Saturday, I became an attendee at the show. This was not only the first quilt show I entered anything into, but also the first quilt show I ever attended! It was a lot of fun! There was so much eye candy everywhere. I loved seeing the wide variety of subjects and styles. Fabric is such a flexible medium. I was also overwhelmed by the amount of work that every single entrant clearly put into their work. The details were amazing.
I am so pleased to share that I won TWO ribbons at the show! My quilt received "Best Innovative" and third place in the "Viewer's Choice." There were just under two hundred quilts in the show and I feel so honored to have been recognized in this way. If you'd like to see my winning quilt, you can click here. I hope to have some better pictures very soon. When I do, I'll post a little bit about how I made the piece too.
Today (Sunday) I went to The Whole Bead Show and spent a lovely four hours scouring the booths and buying beads and findings. My feet definitely hurt (but the shopping was well worth the pain). While I was at the Bead Show, I received a phone call from a good friend of mine announcing that I had won third place "Viewer's Choice!" It was a fun way to find out.
When I went to the quilt show to pick up my quilt, the President of the Empire Quilters Guild came over to congratulate me. She expressed that she was disappointed that I hadn't been there when they made the announcement. To tell the truth, so was I! But, I didn't think I had a chance with all the gorgeous and amazing work in the show! Better to expect nothing and receive something rather than the other way around, right?
I am grinning ear to ear like a Chesire Cat right now. I can't wait to start on my next artistic endeveavor!