Today I'm sharing a big announcement. It sort of starts with this book. Have you ever read it?
I mention this as it is the first time I ever heard of the Virginia Quilt Museum. After our guild's show last fall, I got a phone call that a representative of the Virginia Quilt Museum was interested in one of my quilts--Omigosh--that I had hung in the show. She was in the process of assembling a collection of quilts from the Virgina Tidewater area, where I live, and was interested in including my quilt! I was thrilled to say the least! She explained that the show was focusing on the diversity and cultural richness of the area since it is home to a large military community, etc. I wrote back that I was an Army wife and that I was sort of "known" for my patriotic quilts and shared a few pictures of some of my best. She really liked my Star Vines Quilt and decided to include it, as well.
here and here. The pattern is by Sue Garman, it was quilted by Linda Hrcka at The Quilted Pineapple, and I hand-dyed the colored fabric and border.
This is Star Vines:
here and here. The pattern for it is called Seeing Double by Julie Hale and Connee Morris and was published in the Spring/Summer issue of Quilt Sampler (it is also on the cover of that magazine.) It was custom quilted by Sandi Zuker.
The exhibit will be on display at the Virginia Quilt Museum all summer, from May 6 through August 23. The museum is in Harrisonburg, VA. (Just in case you haven't firmed up those summer vacation plans yet, ha ha!)
As if all that wasn't exciting enough, I got another call earlier this week. A photo of Star Vines was included in the press package for the exhibit AND it will be published in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. One other quilt photo was included and so I'm not sure how much of my quilt will be there (and remember, it will be in an advertisement) but I'm still really excited!! I'm not sure of the issue yet, but when I find out, I will share.
I've come to terms with the fact that I'm never going to be a competition quilter (I don't want to spend so much time on one quilt) and I'm sure I'll never come up with an idea to get something published, so this is very exciting. I know I'll be at the museum for the artist's reception on May 19th and perhaps one or two other times, so I will blog about the exhibit. I'm excited to see all the quilts from our area.
Have a great day!