This year’s QuiltFest Jacksonville ended Saturday 9/22. It was great fun but I think many of us were looking forward to some rest after it closed. It is a large show which is entirely run by volunteers from the seven guilds in the Jacksonville area.
I volunteered to hang quilts because it is fun seeing them before the show opens and a nice lunch is provided for all our hard work. We use a clever system that only requires ladders for special circumstances. A heavy duty curtain rod is inserted into the sleeve, adjustable hardware is slipped into the rod’s groove and the hooks are loaded onto carrying dowels. Once the quilt is hooked over the draped frame, it can be raised, lowered or leveled.
After we finished our assignment, fellow guild member Val and I posed in front of her quilt “Salsa Dancing” which won an honorable mention.
Three other guild members also won ribbons. Vicki who is in both my guild and our 12 x 12 subgroup got an honorable mention for her quilt “Beautiful Writing.” I’ve included a close-up of her fabulous hand quilting.
Sunnie’s “Sunshine Scrap Baskets II” was awarded a judge’s recognition. The baskets are 3D. Check out the KitKats top left! The pattern is Sunie’s own and can be found here.
Charlene’s “Batik Sampler” won Best Machine Quilting. Her quilter used a unique motif for each piano key in the border.
My kaleioscope quilt Shimmering Sherbert (inspired by a Ricky Tims seminar) made it to the hold table and even though it didn’t get a ribbon, it made me happy to know it got that far. Photo quickly taken from a friend’s cell phone . That’s why I look like a pack mule 🙂
On Saturday, I worked a two-hour shift of White Glove for the Best in Show quilt. It was named “Sunshine” and was Pamela McIntyre’s version the pattern “Joy” by Dutch quilt artist Jacqueline de Jonge. I had a fun assignment explaining some of the elements to the many people who stopped by. The checkerboard was made with fused hand-dyed silk overlaid with 1/8″ black satin Hot Ribbon. The arcs used mostly batiks and the background was Fairy Frost by Michael Miller.
I’ll share some more favorites in my next post.