Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Home" at the International Quilt Festival

I'm so excited and honored to be included at International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX this week! My quilt, Home, is a homage to my marriage and the song "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zones. You can read much more about the meaning behind the quilt and quilting on my original post from last year.

I entered two quilts into the Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, and one was accepted out of over 130 entries (I remember doing a happy squeal/dance at Shoprite when I received the email). Ironically, this was not the quilt I thought would get in, if any. I submitted Pebble Cascade first and foremost, and entered Home only because I could enter two quilts. Imagine my pleasant surprise.


Many thanks to my friend Linda P. from the CJMQG for snapping these pictures at Quilt Festival!

Ironically, I submitted this quilt to QuiltCon last year (the largest modern quilt show in the world) and it did not get in. That just goes to show that there are SO many great modern quilts out there that do not get into QuiltCon, and that's quite alright. The competition is stiff but you never know when you'll have another chance (for example, this exhibit was FREE to enter, and there were many less entries than QuiltCon). I encourage you to enter other competitions too (my friend Renee enjoys entering state fairs and wins what seems like all the time [go Renee!!], and my friend Krishma was recently accepted into an exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum). With a little luck, I made it into this one, and it's definitely my happiest moment as a quilter so far.

Also, I'm thrilled that "Home" has automatically been entered into the competition at QuiltCon Pasadena in February 2016. Unfortunately, I won't be there,  but I'm asking my quilty friends to snap a picture for me (please!). I placed it in the improv category, because there is not one stitch of applique on this particular quilt, much as it might seem!

I do think that the improv style and the like-solid fabrics fit with the motif the MQG was looking for, but I cannot accurately analyze why or why not something was actually put in the show. I am very grateful for this opportunity to be exhibited amongst hundreds of other quilts in one of the most prestigious quilt shows in the world.  If you'd like to see the Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at Quilt Festival, my friend Christa Watson has pictures of all of them a little ways down in her Facebook photos.

If you are in Houston this week, I hope you enjoy the show for the rest of us at home! Happy Thursday!


  1. I was so excited for you when I saw Christ post a photo of your quilt earlier this week. Congratulations, and how cool that it will be at QuiltCon in Pasadena, too. I will do my best to get some good photos of it for you. :)

  2. lol I do indeed win, like all the time, at the state fair. I am a big-ish fish in a small pond here. I do it so I can get a free membership to the NMQA (all first place ribbons get a free membership), which has worked the past 3 years, haha. But then I try entering other bigger shows and I am acutely aware that I am actually a small fish in a very big, very, very talented pond. I'm hoping that my current pictorial quilts will elevate me to a smallish-medium fish, haha. Obviously I will be taking a photo of this quilt at QuiltCon west and will try to get Yvonne in on some shenanigans too. I'm super proud and excited for you that it got in!!

  3. Congrats friend, you deserve it! This quilt is even more lovely in person. I remember you working on the quilting at the first MidAtlantic Mod and getting to pet it. The attendees at the quilt show will have a treat seeing it :)

  4. I love this quilt. I am so proud of you, and for you. Thanks for sharing your excitement with us. I wish I could see it in person, but will have to beam from afar.

  5. Congratulations, Jessica! I was able to attend the Houston show and saw your beautiful quilt. As you already now know, it was displayed right on the center aisle, so basically everyone saw it! I just wanted to say congrats and to encourage you to keep making quilts and (if shows are your thing) keep entering your quilts. We fans love the opportunities see them up close and personal.

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  7. I am working on a books shelf quilt now, but mine is NOT made using selvages. I always throw mine in the fabric trash bin, then they go into stuffing for pet beds. Wow if only could buy lots of them at a time, and NO I am not going to google them, because I am sure that they will pop up somewhere, and it is not on my too-doo list right now.


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