Thursday, November 1, 2012

2012 Fall International Quilt Festival

Going to Houston for International Quilt Market draws me like a magnet.  I love this wholesale market seeing vendors, new product, gathering ideas and viewing the vast special quilt exhibits.  I always love Preview Night for International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.  The sky is dark, Halloween costumes are on parade and at last the public's attention is focused on the remarkable skill, creativity and artwork of quilters. One of the perks of Quilt Market is accessing Quilt Festival quilt exhibits.   I am back home now, but I am thinking about all the excitement and viewer exhilaration of seeing the quilts for the first time.  Here are just a couple of my personal favorite quilts:

Kitty Corner by Janet Fogg
2012 International Quilt Festival
Kitty Corner is a literal interpretation of the traditional quilt block, Puss In The Corner.  The larger-than-life Maine Coone positioned in the corner of the traditional layout of the blocks pushes the point that innovation in traditional work is possible.  This cat has personality!  I love cats.  I love dogs.  Can I be a cat and dog person?  :)

Zinnias Three by Jean Smith
2012 International Quilt Festival
Zinnias Three is fused, pieced and free-motion quilted. Inspired by Melinda Bula's zinnia class, Jean created three zinnias in her favorite colors. I love the colors and cheerfulness!
Natural Wonders by Kathy McNeil
2012 International Quilt Festival
Beautifully executed hand applique, hand embroidery, Yo-Yo embellishments, piping and machine quilting.  Wow!  Natural Wonders looks like a photograph.  Kathy hand-appliqued 123 different fabrics to create a seascape that existed only in her imagination.  Stunning!

America, Let It Shine by Sherry Reynolds
2012 International Quilt Festival

America, Let It Shine is an original design using paper piecing, hand applique, fused applique with machine finished edges and free-motion quilting create a tribute to American foundations and values with hope for a brighter future.  5,121 Swarovski crystals, 13 points representing original 13 colonies, ring of 50 stars representing 50 states.  Wow!  A show standout!  Stunning!

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