Official word came in today that two of my 2014 quilts were accepted into this year's IQA show this fall!! I'm always surprised, because this is Houston. Nobody really knows what will happen at Houston. Last year's quilt got in to my delight and then received the harshest scrutiny of it's short life (despite having enormous winnings at all other shows). So, I entered these two rather half-heartedly, still feeling somewhat jaded from last year's experience.
My other quilt "Autumn's Surrender" is simpler at first blush, but hopefully that will not be it's downfall. It is silk, and is quilted with everything out there to see -- even from the plain, solid backside I gave it. It is beautiful too, in a different way. It is in the Merit Machine Quilting category, as this quilt is all about the quilting. Hope this was a good decision! This coming week, it is in Pennsylvania at the Quilt Odyssey show.
I don't know yet if I will make the trip to Houston. I really want to, probably more than last year. The dang hotels are SO expensive, to the tune of $250-300 per night. The likelihood that I'd win anything to cover the trip is slim. I have even another quilt that I quilted that is part of an exhibit of the show -- one of the late Frances Benton's applique quilts, an exhibit I'd love to get to see. So, I need to figure things out and make a decision pretty soon. Airfares only go up and hotels do sell out. If I wait until the week of September 9th, when judging results are announced, there may not be much available. Hard choices! Good news anyhow.