What a THRILL! I’ve been published many times now (how lucky am I?!!!), but I am elated to share that I my traditional quilting has also made the cut. I have three quilts in 500 Traditional Quilts, juried by Karey Patterson Bresenhan, founder and CEO of Quilts, Inc., and founder and Director Emeritus of International Quilt Festival. The book is part of Lark Book’s “500 Series,” and I was proud to be included also in 500 Art Quilts. You can find 500 Traditional Quilts here (on Amazon, available other places too) and 500 Art Quilts here. My blogpost about 500 Art Quilts is here. What is so wonderful is that I made the cut in blind jurying: that means the juror has no idea who made which quilt, you are juried in on the basis of the quality of the quilt.
My three quilts included in this book are From the Schooner Coast, Haleakala Sunrise and Nourish the Body, Nourish the Soul. Avid quilters will recognize the works and names of many of the quilting world’s top traditional quilters, so I am particularly honored that three of my quilts made the cut. Even better, the two Hawaiian-style quilts of mine will be in an exhibit of selected works from this book that will debut at International Quilt Market and Festival this October-November. For me, this is huge: my work meets the standards for publication and exhibiting at what is probably the most prestigious quilt show in the world. WOW!
I have to be honest: I have not “read” this entire book, yet. This is a book to be savored. Dip into it, browse the beauty in its pages. Yes, I am an art quilter. But first and foremost I am a quilter, and these quilts are art even though they are traditional–I love ALL types of quilting. Karey called these quilts “the crème to la crème of traditional quiltmaking today.” I can’t wait to see the exhibit of selected quilts from the book in Houston (I’m teaching again this year, but blessedly have a couple days to be a civilian and just enjoy the show). Hope to see you there!