Today I want to share insights about an award winning quilt that was on exhibit at the Road to California Quilt Show, this past January. While attending quilt shows I enjoy all the quilts on exhibit, I do look for quilts in a variety of categories: free-motion quilting, humor, modern, applique’, machine embroidery, stunning design,
I messed up on my notes and had my photos of this beautiful quilt tagged for Cameo Rose, by Laurie Tigner. But thanks to Calico Cat Quilting, she kindly corrected me. This amazing quilt is by Margaret Solomon Gunn’s. Thank you Calico Cat Quilting!
I hope you can see why it caught my attention while at Road.
I also want to challenge you, should you feel you could never create such an award winning quilt, I’m confident you can. While some that create such quilts may do so without following these tips, what I see for common traits, from those that achieve such awards they: attend quilt shows and study award winning quilts, they break down designs in components (small areas), and they continually create, enter, accept feedback from the judges and incorporate it into their design process and repeat. I want to encourage each of you to create and share your works in quilt shows, even small shows. Most of us don’t like being judged, but in such a process our creativity can grow leaps & bounds.
If you have shared your creativity in a quilt show previously, I hope you’ll leave a comment to share your recommendation and encouragement to help others pursue achieving such an experience too! I think there are many award winning quilters that have yet to discover themselves – and I see the potential in each of you.
Road is still accepting applications for teachers. If you are interested in being such a teacher, I highly encourage you to apply. Of course, I’m hopeful to have more teachers teaching classes on free-motion quilting on domestic machines, but then Road historically offers an amazing list of teachers on longarm machines.
This is a great event, unlike other shows, as this event is packed with amazing teachers/classes, juried quilts from around the world, as well as great vendors and all in Southern California, during a time of year where most of the US is freezing and So. Cal. typically has nice weather. Plus Road is near Disneyland, Knotts and more, making it a perfect place for a family vacation, all based around a quilt conference and show!
You can find Road to California at: