Quilt Festival Treasures
Here are some of the quilt pictures I took at the 2013 International Quilt Festival, and what caught my attention about these particular quilts. (The pictures are huge, but when I try to edit them down to 90% of the “large” size, they shrink down to tiny. I don’t know why. So for once, I will have huge photos.)
These quilts show the impact that a relatively simple pattern can have:
Fifty Shades of Groovy, by Leslie Tucker Jennison, San Antonio, TX
Sparkler, by Lee Heinrich, quilted by Jenny Pedigo, Mequon, WI
This quilt highlights qualities of a fabric by using it in thin strips. The quilter designed the featured fabric too!
Kaleidoscope XXXVII: Pseudo-Symmetry, Paula Nadelstern, Bronx, NY
This next quilt amazed me because it was a collaboration!
Pottery II, Linda Humphrey, Anita Crane, Marilyn Lampman, Holly Nelson, Ro Molder, Helen Ridgeway, Marvene Wallace, Isabelle Toliver, Kerrville, TX
These next quilts caught my attention with the way they played with the elements of art –
Brown Planet A Collaboration by Norma Schlager and Kathy Loomis, Danbury, CT
Antelope Canyon, by Kimberley Lacy, Colorado Springs, CO. (I may not have the last name right – the photo I took of the exhibitor sign is blurred.)
Antelope Canyon detail
Kelly, by Dahlia Clark, Guelph, Ontario
Zen Magpies, Helen Godden, Latham, Canberra, Australia.
Zen Magpies detail. The variety and quality of the machine quilting astounded me.
I loved the way these quilts took tradition and gave it a little twist that would never have occurred to me:
All My Rowdy Friends by Ann McNew, Winfield, MO. I love the way that the use of different-colored threads spotlights the quilting.
AND every feather is quilted differently!
Renaissance by Theresa Fetch, Uvalde, TX. Fetch quilted the piece, then dyed it and covered the surface with Shiva Paintstiks. It reminds me of the old glazed calimanco quilts.
Curvaceousness Squared, Nancy Lindberg Monroe, O’Fallon, IL. The colors are glorious, but what really grabbed my attention was the way she broke the usual quilt rectangle.
But what most often causes me to stop and study a quilt, is when it has layers of technique that all enhance each other, to build one gorgeous image.
Windows by Kathy York, Austin, TX. Kathy York is one of my quilting heroes.
Windows detail, showing how embellishment, applique, and printing are all used together.
Cakes Are Ready!, Keiko Maeda, Ebetsu-Shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Cakes Are Ready! detail. The piecing! The quilting! The embellishment! So fabulous! (I’m sorry my photo is blurred, but you get the idea.)
And of course all these quilts are flawless in execution. I don’t think I will ever try to enter a show, but I know I will use some of these ideas just for my own enjoyment.
You can see many more quilts in the 2013 Winners in Quilts gallery of the International Quilt Festival website.