As I mentioned yesterday, I am always a little surprised when I see one of my quilts hanging in a big show like APNQ. I guess I should be used to it by now, but I have learned that the quilts I make don't look that good in those kinds of shows. Still, it's a honor to have a piece accepted, so don't think I am complaining. But it is interesting to compare venues. Here is my quilt in the APNQ show last weekend:
I think every time I have gone to APNQ I come away with a whole new idea of some way I want to change the way I work. Probably this is the biggest value in seeing a lot of other people's work. And it is not any single piece that ever makes me want to emulate it, it is just a feeling I begin to get about how I could improve what I do as I am bombarded with visual stimuli. I came away, this time, with a yen for bolder pattern and color to work with. With that in mind I did a little shopping in the merchant mall and brought these fabrics home.
Now I just need to get my life, house, possessions and stash moved and under control, so I can indulge in a little of my new inspiration.