Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dallas Quilt Show 2016, 35th Anniversary

The Dallas Quilt Show 2016 has ended. You can see photos of the big winners here.
My personal favorite was the also the People's Choice winner.
Extraneous Female: Escapement Mechanism by Rebecca "Becky" Prior

My “A Day at the Zoo” Block Challenge

The Block Contest is a judged exhibit which features blocks made by members of the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas, who are given challenge rules and a theme which they must follow in the design and construction of their individual blocks. This year’s contest theme was “A Day at the Zoo.” 

Each participant was given a packet with a background fabric and other pieces of fabric to be used in the block. The original designs may be pieced or appliqu├ęd, or a combination of the two. After the 2016 Dallas Quilt Show, the blocks will be assembled into a quilt. This quilt then becomes part of the Guild’s “Keeper Quilt” collection and will be displayed at future shows.
I was thrilled that my block won First Place.

Each year, the show chair selects a special “theme” for the show, and the "Show Chair's Theme" category includes quilts that reflect that theme. For 2016, show chair Judy Kriehn chose “Words and Letterforms.”

My entry to the Show Chair's Theme was "Art Does Not Have to Match Your Sofa". 38 x56" 
It won an Honorable Mention and the Past Show Chair's Choice Award.

The large words in acrylic paint express my feelings about “matchy art.” Fabric marker and stitching accent the smaller message. It says “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. – Andy Warhol.” The sofa itself comes from the underlining of an actual sofa then shadowed with oil stick paint. 

I entered "Red Fish" 17 x 19.5” in the Pictorial Category. 

 I entered "Blue Fish" 17 x 19.5” in the Pictorial Category. 

I entered "Dragonfiles at the Pond" - 20.5 x 31.25” in the Art Quilt Category.

I'm so inspired by all the beautiful quilts I saw at the show. I'm so looking forward to spending some time in the studio!