I have had a zillion questions on how I made this quilt.  The Quilt Show was not hard to make.  It breaks my heart when I hear other quilters say, "Oh, I couldn't do that."  I am here to tell you that you can.  Just remember one step at a time.  Don't let the whole project overwhelm you, just concentrate on each layer, and it will all come together in the end.

First I had to tackle the design.  Usually, I work with an overhead projector and freezer paper to make my patterns, but for this quilt I didn't have to. This was a relatively simple design because I just had to get the dimensions I like.  There are no set rules.  Because the quilters were my main focus, I wanted to get their scale right and all else would fall into place.  I calculated that a 5"7" (67") quilter would be roughly 11" tall using my 1:6 scale.  I also knew my largest quilt would be bed-size.  Again using my scale of 1:6, I knew the biggest quilt would not be more than 18" tall.  Enough math!  Now, it was play time.  After placing a large piece of butcher paper on my design wall, I cut out a bunch of rectangles all different sizes for the quilters and the quilts.  Then I just played with them, moving them around until I liked what I saw.  In the end, I wound up with twelve quilts and fourteen quilters.  Already I had broken my personal rule of never, ever having an even number of anything on a quilt, and now I had done it twice!   I had to remind myself there are no rules.

At this point I measured the quilt and to my amazement it was 108 by 30.  I never intended to make such an odd shaped quilt, but the design dictated the size.  As a result, I am prohibited from entering some of the bigger quilt shows because I do not meet their size requirements.  Hopefully, someday quilt show management will realize art quilters do not quilt by size, but rather by design.  It is what it is.

Because my pictorial quilts tend to be dimensional, I wanted the drapes to "fall" from the binding at the top and hang over the floor, but I needed to have fabric under the drapes so the batting would not show if you lifted a drape.  I sewed two pieces of 110" fabric, the tan floor and black under drape, together horizontally.   Then I appliquéd the pipe standards where they fit the best between two quilts.  I quilted the pipe standards and the floor next.  The quilting on the floor presented a challenge because I wanted it to recede.  Fortunately, I found a great architectural web site that showed me the trick.  Now, I was ready for the drapes.  The folds of the drape would be my quilting for the top 2/3rds of the quilt.  After measuring the distance between the left side of the quilt and the first standard, I added a few inches for the folds and hemmed the bottom because I also wanted the drape to hang over the floor line by at least an inch to make it really dimensional.  At random intervals I folded the drape fabric over RST and quilted a vertical line with a walking foot, 1/4 inch from the fold, from the top of the quilt to the horizontal floor line leaving about one inch of the hemmed drape hanging over the floor, not sewn down.  At this point I was going through the five layers: backing, batting, under drape and now my two layers of top drape.  When I flipped the top piece of the drape over to continue this process, I was rewarded with a nice pleated look that made the drapes appear to hang.  If you lift the drape from the bottom, all you see is an inch of floor.  I repeated this step for the other three drapes.  Now that I was finished with the backdrop, I squared up the quilt and added the binding.  I did not want the tan floor to show on the back, nor the black backing to show on the front, so I did a split binding on the flooring. 

With the basic quilt now done, I attached the mini quilts and people by hand and added the registration numbers, which are my family's birthdays.  Notice none of the quilters have a watch on because for us there is no time when at a quilt show.  The dragged-along-husband, however, can't keep his eyes off his watch.  The football game is about to begin and he just got a brand new, big screen HD TV. Guess where he wants to be.  Lastly, because no quilt show is without controversy, I arbitrarily assigned the ribbon winners and already friends have told me I made the wrong choices!

The back of the quilt has two signs, Vendors and Food Court, my two favorite places at a quilt show!