I think our entry is going to be okay. I called Crystal at IQA to ask more about the sharp object rule, which came about because a quilt was enterd last year with barbed wire on it. The biggest problem arises when the quilts are stacked for judging. Will the quilt withstand 20 quilts stacked on top of it and will the quilt above it not be damaged? Does it need special handling in this instance or with shipping?
The cactus spines on Fauna are made using a very fine gauge wire, that basically rolls over flat when stuff is put on top and will not scratch your hand if you run it up and down over the top of them. The panel in question has been stacked with other quilt panels for several months now with no damage what so ever to the surface of the other panels.
I wish I had a photo of the whole thing to post. The quilt is made up of five panels each painted with various fauna and flora in different environments. Each one with a style completely unique yet complementary to the others and all painted beautifully.