The 12s on Quilt Festival: Deborah Boschert

November 02, 2011, 11:00 am  Posted by guestblogger

Quilt Festival 2011 is nearly upon us! Join us as we talk with some of the authors of Twelve by Twelve about their upcoming trip…

Deborah with her quilt, Construction: Concrete and Stone. She was inspired to enter the juried special exhibit after attending her first International Quilt Festival.

Today’s guest: Deborah Boschert

What Festival is this for you?

This will be my fourth time attending Festival.

Where will you be and when?

Well, there is so much to see and do! And people to connect with! But, I am especially excited that all nine of the Twelves who will be at Festival will be in our special exhibit space from 6:30 to 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We’ll be happy to sign copies of our book or just talk about the Twelve by Twelve project.

What are you most excited about this year?

I really am just giddy with excitement about meeting the other Twelves in person and spending time with them. We’ll be going out for Tex-Mex together one evening. I’m eager to raise a glass of margaritas and toast our exhibit and our friendship!

Is there one piece that you’re really excited to see in person?

Deborah's quilt Spring Suggestin' created for the BlueBrownSage ColorPlay challenge. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think this is the best of my ColorPlay collection. It has inspired many more small fabric collage landscapes.

Most quilters know there is just no substitute for seeing an art quilt “in the cloth.” I’ve studied our collection of Twelve by Twelve quilts online for more than four years and I can only begin to imagine how much better they will be in person.

What’s your one must-take item for Festival?

Well, one year my roommate snored, so now I remember to bring ear plugs. I try to come with an eager spirit and lots of energy.

What valuable lessons have you learned from past Festivals?

Be completely open to unexpected nuggets of inspiration. Seeing award winning quilts and artists encourages me to challenge myself creatively and to continue seeking my own personal style. At my first Festival, I was really captivated by the Tactile Architecture exhibit. The following year, I entered and was accepted. It was thrilling to have my work displayed for the first time. It’s even more thrilling to be a part of the Twelve by Twelve special exhibit this year.


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