The judges have finished judging and the notifications have gone out, and Sky Horse did not win a ribbon. Sew I thought I would go ahead and share the finished pictures with you. The problem has always been getting a good photo of the quilt because of the way it reflects the light. But the one above is the best I could get after getting a special lens and all. Here’s the detail:
I have no idea how well it traveled. I did my best in packing it to travel without developing serious folds or breaking of the Angelina Fibers applique (if you can call it that). I have had good success in the traveling of my first deep space quilt Stellar Nursery. It’s tougher than you might think once it gets the black veiling sewn on and the all-over quilting.
I am very happy to have Sky Horse in Quilt Fest in Houston. It’s a true honor just to get in that show. Of course, I’m a little disappointed not to get a ribbon, but the quilts that go there are incredible and I also think I did not capture the Horsehead Nebula as well as I wanted to. I may try again some day.
Over the past few months I have had several discussions with two well-known quilters who both suggested to me that I pick one or two styles and make lots of quilts in those styles reaching constantly for improvement with each new quilt. I think on the whole that they are right. But I will confess that this is difficult for me because I love so many kinds of art style quilts.
The first is 1. deep space quilts as seen above and just for reference here are several from my other styles,
2. Story landscape quilts: They tell a story on some kind of landscape:
Then I have the 3. line drawings/blue print quilts:
And then there is my newest style, which one might call 4. Innovative. This quilt is meant to be the first of a series of silk quilts focused on ancient illuminated manuscripts and other old European and American artwork.
Sew in principle, I agree with my quilting friends…4 styles is a lot to build a reputation on, and one needs to focus on a style or two and make many of those quilts. It’s much like the decision I had to make many years ago to reduce my multiple crafts down to focus on fabric arts. But I have not yet decided. They are all fun. What do you think?