Over 400 quilts were displayed at the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild Show in Beaumont last week.
My quilt, Age of Asparagus (Figure 1), was fortunate to win a blue ribbon in the Guild's color challenge, modern design, category. My color was from Crayola's line and was called Asparagus. All squares and rectangles were raw-edge, free-motion quilted directly onto the quilt top. Quilting was the most massive quilting coverage I have ever done on a quilt. Asparagus tips and stalks in body of quilt were from stencils I created using a live stalk as the model. I drew out a larger version for the stalks in the border. Stalks and words were painted with pigmented inks and black Gesso. When I finished it, I wanted to cut it up and re-work it into something smaller, probably, because I am not used to working large and it didn't seem like something I would create. Even a friend who knew my work didn't recognize it as mine. Since she liked it, and since it did win a ribbon, I took that as a compliment.
I received my critique back last week so I thought I would write a word about the judges. Two of the judges were NQA certified judges and one was a 30-year veteran quilt appraiser. They definitely knew what they were looking at (not all of them do and not all are NQA certified). Her comment on Asparagus was spot on: "A study of value and its contrast is noted and appreciated".
Age of Asparagus 59" x 84" Fig.1