festival in Winston Salem, NC this August. The quilt follows in the same over sized tradition of the others in the series -- huge! To illustrate, when we finished sewing last night, Dr. Gaither measured the quilt which came out to be 11 feet long and over 9 feet wide. That is without the final border. Once that is in place, the quilt will measure out to be around 12 ft x 10 feet. That is two of me standing one on top of the other to make up the height. We have great pictures of the quilt laying out on a king size bed draping onto the floor and making the king bed look like a double if not a twin. I can't post any of those pictures yet as they reveal the overall design of the quilt which I am keeping a secret for now. There are some new components/techniques on the quilt which are very interesting and I don't want to give away the surprise. Lets just say the phrase 3-D comes into play....
When the backing fabric is added, it will be one type of fabric which will create a clean back. Adding the backing fabric is no small feat. It isn't as simple as pinning it to the back and running the edges through the sewing machine. When this fabric is added, it will actually take multiple people sewing, lifting, and stretching the fabric to make sure it completely fits the quilt and that there aren't any gaps or problems with anything being attached crooked. It is probably the most demanding part of putting one of Dr. Gaither's quilts together.
Needless to say, there is much work to be done and little time to get it finished. Dr. Gaither has set a completion date of early to mid-March with the bulk of the work being completed by the end of February. There won't be any formal public quilting sessions for this quilt given the amount of work that needs to be done, but if you are interested in participating and helping to get this quilt completed, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be working furiously over the next few weeks and will be looking for quite a bit of assistance.
Oh, a few publicity and advertising notes:
What's Up Annapolis magazine. I haven't been able to locate the article online, but if anyone else does, please send me the link.
2. Dr. Gaither's Respecting Humanity exhibition at the Maryland State Arts Council has been extended to March 18, 2011. If you haven't had a chance to see the show, I encourage you to go. Dr. Gaither and I went to the Arts Council on Friday and shot some great footage of her talking about each of the quilts and their meanings. The videos will start appearing on here very soon.
3. Dr. Gaither is nominated for the Baker Artist Awards here in Baltimore. You can check out her nomination on their website by clicking here. The nomination includes all of the My American Series as well as her Family Quilt, and Distractions and Diversions.