Saturday, September 26, 2009

Project Iron Quilter

Ithaca NY Quilt Show October 3rd and 4th, 2009
Tompkins Cortland Community College Field House, 170 North Street, Dryden, NY

With tongues held firmly in cheeks and in anticipation of a fun and an entertaining time for all, the Tompkins County Quilters Guild has announced the first "Project Iron Quilter" competition to be held as part of the Greater Ithaca area Traditions & Beyond 2009 Quilt Show.
The competition is a fusion of two guilty pleasures -- Project Runway and Iron Chef. Eight contestants will have three hours on Saturday (in kibitzing view of show attendees) to create a two or three dimensional wall-hanging based upon a secret theme that will be revealed at the start of the competition. They will then face a panel of judges who will discuss the successes, and near misses, of the art works with the contestants. After deliberation, the judges will announce the winner of the first Project Iron Quilter.

Quilt show attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece in a viewers' choice award. The winner of the Iron Quilter title will receive a top-of-the-line Rowenta iron, and the viewers' choice winner will receive a Rowenta travel iron. Quilt show attendees will have the chance to take home a Project Iron Quilter wall-hanging if they are the top bidder.

Two of the competitors for this special event will be none other than friends Priscilla Kibbee and Pat Pauly. There has been much planning and strategizing going on behind the scenes. Contestants are allowed to bring only 3 pieces of their own fabrics, but can bring all kinds of embellishments, and will have access to a grab bag of fabrics. See Priscilla's blog for more pictures (

And there's been a bit of timed practice sessions, physical workouts (see Priscilla below working out with her antique irons), and even some attempts at "psyching out" where Pat shows us how she measures up. It's been much fun so far, and promises to be a very fun day!

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