Midsomer Quilting remarked over how different they looked on a white background than on black. Not better, not worse, they added, just different -- different quilts came forward, I think.
Helen, and Francoise, ready to talk about the quilts and sell books. It was lovely to have 3 twelves together (so I guess that made us 36!) and I really enjoyed my first in-person meeting with Francoise. (Sorry, but I just can't get the cedilla on the blog drafting page!) And Dennis was so great at talking about the quilts and selling books that I think he should be made an honorary Twelve. Perhaps we can call him "Thirteen?" (and doesn't that sound like a James Bondish sort of nickname?)
This woman gazed thoughtfully at them for a long time. Dennis (oops, I mean Thirteen) went over and offered her the mosaic summary pages so she could read the quilt stories while sitting. She told him she'd been trying to guess what the challenge themes were for each set, and was right except for shelter, which she'd guessed was "weather."
This is a picture of Marete Viean from Norway, who came and visited the exhibit several times. She'd had the book and is a regular follower of our group and personal blogs, and she was so nice to tell us how much the project had inspired her. I happened to capture here while she was being a helper to Claire Benn in the Virtual Studio, so she got to help place fabric on the print plates and do rinsing. Look at her intense concentration, watching Claire's every move!
Helen and I happened to be walking by when Claire and Marete were crossing with this freshly printed piece of fabric, which they were taking to be rinsed. Gorgeous, yes?
By the end of Festival, my head was spinning with so much visual inspiration. As a result, I was seeing almost everything as inspiration for a fiber creation, including the velcro dots remaining on the wall after we took down the quilts:
I call this "Velcro Dots with Orange Accent." They look vaguely like braille, don't they? And rest assured we were not slacking -- we were told to just leave them on the wallboard.And this is for Gerrie. Helen and I both spotted these stacked chairs during the tear-down and reached for our cameras:
It was an absolutely exhilarating four days and being one of the "hosts" of the 12x12 exhibit was an experience I'll never forget. PLUS there was this exciting memory:
I wish all of you could have been there. But I want to send a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to tell us they liked the exhibit and liked the book. It was so nice to find friends who knew us and liked our work even when I was so far from home.