Tuesday, 15 April 2014

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!

...and not only late with this post. I have had the 14.4.14 (or if you are  U.S. side, 4.14.14) in my head for weeks as the day I need to send off my 'Spiral' quilt to the British Quilt & Stitch competition, giving a week's transport time.

Spiral - Detail

 I am really bad at finishing the boring bits like binding and hanging sleeve, but got it done this weekend - got all the cat hairs off - got it all safely packed and ready for the post and then...A quick glance at the entry form and my eye falls on the sentence

The quilts MUST arrive by Monday 14 April (their capitals!!)

So, there I am, on the morning of Monday 14 April, sitting on the floor (good place to be when you are feeling stupid and a bit desperate at the same time) with quilt that has not yet departed let alone arrived. I ring the exhibition HQ prepared to eat humble pie, beg, grovel, prostrate myself....The delightful Angela informs me that the system has been designed for people like me, no problem, I have in fact got another 10 days before the quilt has to be there.

Spiral - Detail 2
I am no longer sitting on the floor, quilt is on its way and I am breathing again! I haven't included a full picture of the quilt, but a few to give you an idea. The rules don't forbid it, but is somehow doesn't feel polite to do a full reveal until after the event. Or, go along to the exhibition on 25-27 April at Uttoxeter Racecourse to have a look yourself.

Spiral - Detail 3
Thank you so much to all of you who came up with names for the two designs I posted last week. It was so interesting to see what the patterns evoked for everybody, where you all agreed and where you saw quite different things. I've been a bit side-tracked by the drama above, but next week I will let you know which names I have picked (hopefully also done Cameos of the designs). I have now decided to call the complete piece 'Learning Curves in 9 Squares'.  You've seen 4 squares, numbers 5 and 6 will be in the next post.

Thanks for dropping by...

Hilary Florence

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  1. oh that was a close call. So glad you were able to get that work of art in!

  2. Whew! Now that will get your heart pumping!! Your stitching is awesome and it would have been so sad not to have this artwork in the show!

  3. So glad that this went well in the end. Good luck on the exhibition!

  4. What great quilting. Good luck at the exhibition and I'm glad it all worked out for you! That great quilting deserves to be showcased.

  5. I must say, I got a good giggle from your story - "our system is built for people like you.." means most quilters! We are so busy thinking of the quilt, those pesky show details just kind fly like mosquitos around us!

  6. Wow, what fantastic quilting!

  7. Sew glad to hear your quilt will now arrive in time for the show, Hillary! That WAS a close call!

  8. I'm a big believer in "better late than never!". Congrats on a stunning quilt, and all the best at the show!

  9. I spend a lot of time removing cat hair, as well. I'm so glad you had time to enter the quilt. The sneak peeks have me wanting to see more.....but I'll wait.....maybe a little impatiently.....but I'll wait. I'm sure it will do well at the show. The contrast between the white and black threads is stunning.

  10. Beautiful quilt and I am so glad you were able to still send it to the show! Good luck! Thanks for sharing.
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  11. I hate it when I mix up dates like that. Glad it still worked out for you. And I am especially glad I got to see the sneak peek. It has given me some ideas for a quilt I am starting soon. :)

  12. What a unique quilt!! Good luck with it.

  13. Hi Hilary, good luck with your quilt. It is gorgeous. I also read the your guest post on Lori´s blog, Thank you for the great tutorial. It is always great to come to your blog and see the wonderful quilts you stitched.

  14. Oh, so very glad to hear there was a 'grace period' on delivery...and it looks AMAZING!! All the best to you!

  15. This is awesome! Great finish!

  16. I just had to visit to see your quilt. I was looking at the thumbnails from Fabric Frenzy and when I saw your picture, I HAD to see the post!!! And I am not disappointed! Wowser! This is an amazing quilt. I'm always finding the small print at the last minute too! Glad they had a reprieve. Your work is gorgeous and can't wait to see how you do in the competition. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

  17. I am so glad to hear that it all worked out!! Your quilting is amazing, and I can't wait to see the entire piece! :)

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