“I Dream in Orange and Blue,” a handmade quilt by Arnold resident Julie Antinucci, has been selected into the International Quilt Festival to be held October 28-31 in Houston. To be accepted into the International Quilt Festival, quilters must apply and supply two photos. Antinucci said the field of quilts considered this year was especially large because the show was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“This [festival] is the Super Bowl of quilting,” said Antinucci, who has been quilting for nearly 20 years. “This is my first time having a quilt there but hopefully not the last.”
To create “I Dream in Orange and Blue,” Antinucci first had to develop an original pattern. After the initial sketch, which required a lot of math calculations, she often made modifications along the way. The finished quilt was first displayed at that Annapolis Quilt Guild Show in 2019, where it earned numerous awards including Best in Show.
“This quilt was just something for me that had been in my mind for a while,” said Antinucci. “I make most quilts for other people, but this one is mine to keep.”
The bright 55-by-55-inch work of art took two years to make. Antinucci also makes memory quilts, which are less intricate and take only a few weeks. She primarily works in bright colors and modern fabric, like Kaffe Fassett, whose designs are colorful and funky.
Antinucci is an active member of the Annapolis Quilt Guild. For decades, the guild has held a June quilt show at Annapolis High School. Due to restrictions on large gatherings at public high schools, the guild is looking for alternative venues in 2022.
To learn more about the International Quilt Festival, visit www.quilts.com/quilt-festival. To learn more about the Annapolis Quilt Guild, shows and membership, visit www.annapolisquiltguild.org.