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IQA notified the finalists selected for the 2012 “Quilts: A World of Beauty” judged show in Houston yesterday and Five Bar Blues is going to the Houston International Quilt Festival this year!  Although it’s always tough to pack and ship any quilt (it feels like I am giving my quilt away to the shipping company) — I’m always very excited to have the opportunity to show my quilts, especially outside of the New England area.

Square in Square I award winning miniature quilt by Diane Loomis

This is the second year the Houston Quilt Festival judged show will include one of my quilts in the exhibit.   Last year, my miniature quilt Square In Square I was a finalist in the IQA Houston show and won 3rd place in the miniature category!

Square in Square I has traveled to the 2012 spring and summer IQA venues as part of the IQA special exhibit “Quilts: A World of Beauty 2011“.  Next week is the last stop for this exhibit at the  International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, from July 27-29, 2012.  If you are going to the Long Beach show, check out this special exhibit and look for Square in Square I  (it is only 14″ square!).

More Five Bar Blues News…..
Did you see Five Bar Blues on the cover of the 2012 Paducah Show Catalog??

AQS Paducah 2012 Show Catalog with Five Bar Blues by Diane Loomis on the cover

Since the AQS Paducah show was in April, I’m afraid this news is “better late than never”…

(In my defense….) I did not know in advance that the America Quilter’s Society planned to use a photograph of Five Bar Blues on the cover of the 2012 Paducah Show Catalog,  and  didn’t find out until a few weeks after the show was over.  When a dedicated fan and friend emailed to congratulate me after she saw that Five Bar Blues was ‘all over’ the Paducah catalog…. I had no idea what she was referring to!  I finally saw a copy of the catalog and understood her excitement.

2012 American Quilters Society Paducah Show Catalog page header with Five Bar Blues by Diane Loomis

Feathered Wreath from border of Five Bar Blues award winning quilt by Diane Loomis

In addition to the cover, images of Five Bar Blues are on every page in the catalog.   Yes – the AQS icon sits nicely centered inside one of the feathered wreaths from the border of Five Bar Blues.

The 2012 AQS Paducah catalog is available for sale from AQS here and (also, of course) has photographs of all the stunning quilts entered in the 2012 AQS Paducah quilt show.  Check it out!

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I spent 40 very full hours in Paducah on Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 & 28.  I wish I could have stayed longer — there were so many places to visit, quilts to see, and wonderful quilters to meet.  I’m looking forward to returning for a more leisurely trip this fall.

I didn’t have very much time to shop while I was at the show.  Much to my husband’s dismay, I did manage to get not one, but two bags from Paducah (thank you RaNae!) with the AQS 2011 logo.  (He has been calling me a ‘bag lady’ for many years now and I suppose I do have plenty of bags… but … each one is unique, and bags from this show are really special!)

As I practically ran through the vendors, I noticed there were many vendors in Paducah that I have not seen at any of the New England shows.  I took a special trip to visit the Cherrywood booth to look at (and touch) their beautiful hand dyed fabric in person.  It was difficult to tear myself away, and I couldn’t decide what to buy so, very uncharacteristically, I bought nothing.  (I reassured myself that mail order is only a click away…)

Quilted in Clay Eyeglass holder necklace

One of my favorite finds was a lovely beaded badge holder (aka eyeglass holder) from Quilted in Clay.  Isn’t this a prettier way to wear your badge than wearing one of those grey elastic bands around your neck?  I really love it and am trying to figure out how I can wear it when I am not at a quilt show.



Of course, I picked up the show catalog and CD with photos of all the quilts.  Good thing, too, since I didn’t have a chance to see all the quilts … many too many quilts, all too beautiful and deserving of lingering at each…. and not enough time.  Unfortunately, I also got this at the show…

Yes, that’s my hand — my finger that had a run-in with the trunk of my rental car.  Lots of wonderful and skilled folks took care of me at the show as well as that evening before I returned home, and I was back on my feet within a short time.  When I saw my doctor on Friday, I discovered that the finger was fractured too.  Ouch!!  But no worries – it is expected to heal with no problems, and it is better now (10 days later).

So these are a few of my favorite things from the Paducah show this year:
Five Bar Blues with its ribbon for the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award
Scott Gramza from the Brother Corporation, AQS Sponsor of the award
Me with my new badge holder
Hiding my bandaged finger behind my back!

Scott Gramza, Brother Corp. AQS Sponsor, and Diane Loomis with her winning quilt Five Bar Blues

©2011 Diane Loomis All Rights Reserved

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Happy Mother’s Day!  We have two pink dogwood trees in our yard, and they are finally in bloom.  They are old dogwoods – the tree in the front of the house is over 100 years old (documented by an old photograph of our house).  Native dogwoods are rare in New England, and the pink ones even more so, because of a virus that has attacked almost all the local dogwoods.  Years ago, an arborist advised us to cut down both of our dogwood trees, and I have heard of many glorious trees that had been cut down.  But the trees were so glorious when they bloomed, I never could bring myself to remove them.  So we pruned, occasionally sprayed, and watered the trees.  For many years I sadly watched the trees decline, fewer and fewer blooms every year.  But recently they are doing better, especially the tree in front of our house.



Paducah is known for its flowering dogwood trees;  they bloomed just before the show this year, and the storms that preceded opening day swept any of the remaining blooms off the trees.  All the ribbons given out at the AQS show were topped with beautiful handmade dogwood flowers, and of course, the ribbon on Five Bar Blues is definitely one of my favorite things from Paducah.   I love the pink ribbon – it reminds me of the pink dogwood blossoms.

My next favorite thing in Paducah was all the wonderful quilters at the show.  I met old friends, and made new ones!  I ate two wonderful dinners with friends (after being nervous about traveling to Paducah without knowing anyone) and enjoyed talking to the quilters who stopped to see my quilt while I was there.

Stay tuned for more favorites to follow ….

©2011 Diane Loomis All Rights Reserved

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Although I have never been to the quilt show in Paducah before, I know this was a very unusual year for the show.  Due to high water in the Ohio River, Paducah installed the floodgates the weekend before the show.  The Floodwall Murals painted on the concrete walls that usually overlook the Ohio River were impressive and I wish I had more time to enjoy them.

Paducah Floodwall Murals

Here is the floodgate installed just to the left of the murals above.  That is me standing in front of the gates – they are high and sturdy!

Paducah floodgate installed

Here is a photo of the same place I was standing (you can see the same mural to the right), but photographed farther away and from the second floor of a restaurant.  You can see how flooded the Ohio river is.

Ohio River at Paducah Floodwalls

The main venue of the quilt show – the Expo and Convention Center – is outside the floodgates.  So the quilts had to be relocated from the Expo Center to different venues in Paducah at the last minute.  Most of the quilts, award winners, and many vendors, moved to the Pavilion (we called it the bubble).

The Pavilion at the AQS Paducah Show 2011

It was very busy in the bubble, especially in the morning — you had to be determined to make your way through the crowds, and Thursday morning I could not even walk through the aisles.  The quilts were beautiful, the vendors were busy, and the quilters were admiring…

Inside the Pavilion at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show 2011

Crowds in the Pavilion at the AQS Paducah 2011 Quilt Show

The wall quilts, including the wall quilt contest winners (and my quilt!)  moved to the first Baptist church in Paducah.   Although there were fewer people at the Baptist Church, it was still busy.

Five Bar Blues recipient of Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award AQS Paducah 2011

Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award

And of course, Five Bar Blues was there.   Stay tuned for more from the show in my next post!

©2011 Diane Loomis All Rights Reserved

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My quilt, Five Bar Blues, won the Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award at the 2011 AQS Quilt Contest in Paducah.  I am still in shock…   So I’m flying down to Paducah to see the quilts and the rest of the amazing show.  I understand they have worked a miracle and moved quilts, vendors, and classes to different venues to save the show from the flooding in the area.   It will be memorable for sure, especially because it will be my first time there, and more especially because I am so proud of my quilt!

I’ll post more photos when I return!  Click on the quilt to go to my website to see a few more details of the quilting.

Brother Wall Machine Workmanship Award - AQS Paducah 2011

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