Each year, the International Quilt Association hosts a Celebrity Mini Quilt Silent Auction at International Quilt Festival in Houston. IQA award winners, IQA quiltmaking friends, and Festival teachers are invited to submit a small quilt for auction, with the proceeds going to support the activities of the International Quilt Association. For the second time, the invitation list included me!
In 2009, my quilt Instruments of Praise won first prize for Innovative Appliqué at the IQA judged show Quilts: A World of Beauty. It seemed fitting that my first entry into the silent auction should somehow represent this quilt. So, last year I created the mini-quilt Trumpets of Praise. It is a reproduction of one of the four blocks in the original quilt – the trumpet block – and measures 24″ x 24″. The quilt sold for $225 and helped raise a total of $15,495 for the IQA.
This year, my new quilt Flourish on the Vine has been accepted as a finalist into the 2011 IQA judged show Quilts: A World of Beauty. Once again, I wanted my entry into the silent auction to represent the larger show quilt but this time I didn’t have convenient blocks to choose from! I decided to reproduce the center motif of the quilt – with a few modifications.
Flourish Within measures 13-½” x 13-½”. Like the original, it is hand appliquéd; machine quilted with trapunto vines and quarter-inch gridwork; and finished with a half-inch clamshell decorative edge. I even used the same backing fabric.
Support the International Quilt Association and place your bid at the Celebrity Mini Quilt Silent Auction this November. You could own a piece of the quilt Flourish on the Vine!