They liked it, they really, really liked it.
In fact, they liked it so much, it will be the featured quilt for Houston 2014. That means: it will be in all the print advertising, on the catalog cover, on the cover of the show book, the Quintessential Quilter, AND, drum roll please, the show TOTE BAG! Oh, yes, I'm over the moon with excitement and so pleased so many people will get to see this quilt in Houston. About 60,000 make the trip each year.
A lot of credit goes to the pattern designers, Gay Bomers and Brenda Papadakis, for their JustTakes2 patterns, still available here. This quilt was designed as a tribute to the Infinite Variety special exhibit held in New York City in March 2011, where more than 700 red and white quilts were on display. I'm sure that, like most quilters who saw this exhibit, they said "I want to make that one". "No, I want to make that one". "No, wait, I want to make that one". So why not do a quilt with lots of patterns? And they did and I did and here you have it.
My best decision: sending this quilt to Pam Dransfedt, The Joyful Quilter for quilting. I found her on Facebook a few years ago and so admired the magic she can make with her longarm machine. Here are a few closeups Pam posted of the work she did on this quilt:
I kept track: I used 59 different fabrics and there are 2770 pieces, including that crazy set of pieced borders I designed. I've seen photos of 2 other of these quilts completed and I'm not surprised the makers added a red border to the outside and called it done. Not me, I had to make it really, really hard.
So, if you're in Houston this year, stop by to see the quilt--it is a fitting tribute to the amazing company of Quilts, Inc. who provide such wonderful shows for so many quilters and vendors every year. The quilt world is a better place because of them and I'm so happy to be a small part of this year's celebration!