White River Hope was sold at the All About Art show and sale that was held in Elkins Park, PA.
This art quilt had been juried into the Denver National show, the Wisconsin Expo and was shown in a local show. It had already been a money winner with a first place and the most original quilt at the local show. It also was in Machine Quilting Unlimited as a noteworthy quilt after appearing at the Denver National.
Before sending this quilt off to the sale I put a new label on the back that listed where the quilt had been shown and documented its winnings. I did this by painting on a white label and wrote the information in India Ink. My signature is buried somewhere in the stitching on the front.
The quilt is composed of collaged fabrics with heavy thread sketching for the quilting. The great blue heron and the trout in his mouth are hand guided machine embroidered.
I am pleased as punch! Many years ago when I did traditional quilting, and before becoming disabled, I sold some quilts. This was my first big sale for an art quilt. I hope this won’t be the last!
WooHoo!!! White River Hope took a first place in it’s category and was awarded the show’s most Original Design out of 400 quilts. This is a cash award so that’s a good thing. I also love that the judge seemed to understand art quilts. I was in the judging room when all the art quilts were judged and I was impressed with her knowledge. For an art quilter, this award really meant more to me than Best of Show would have. However, all my first place winners were in the final cut for Best of Show but it went to a beautiful traditional quilt.
This is the quilt that a scribe/judge at a national show said “distoriated picoral”. That’s where the name of my blog came from. I STILL don’t know what that means or what it referred to. It was also in the Denver National Mancuso show and got only great comments from the judge but no ribbon. It was featured in Machine Quilting Unlimited’s Noteworthy Quilts section in their July issue. So all in all I feel good about this piece and what it accomplished.
Because of my RA, I always get marked off on my FMQ “strive for even stitch length” but that’s okay. I do the best I can and I would never turn one of my pieces over to someone else to complete. My threadwork with all it’s flaws is ME and MINE and is where I am now. It takes me forever to do this kind of piece now and before RA I could have done it in a week.