Over the next few days, I will be sharing some of the wonderful quilts from IQF in Houston, Texas.
Let me start by saying that the show was smaller than normal. There were about 25% fewer quilts and 30% (or more) fewer vendors. Several of the bigger vendors, including Moda, Accuquilt, and Missouri Star, were conspicuous by their absence.
Also missing were our friends from other parts of the world. Many were not allowed to leave their countries and others were concerned about re-entry if they did leave. We will ALL look forward to next year with the hope that things will return to normal!!!
There are “portholes” that look onto the show floor from the 2nd floor of the convention center and it was fun to watch the quilters walk up for a preview…..
This is what they saw……
Linda and I were both excited to hit the floor, but first……
As we entered the show floor, we were met with the grand prize quilts and they were amazing!!!
According to Jill, this quilt started with the self-portrait photo which she printed onto fabric and then started weaving the background, finally adding texture with stitches and embellishments.
In Hollis’ usual style, this was dyed, hand-painted, and then thread painted.
The attention to detail in this next quilt is astounding!!!
This quilt was painted and then machine quilted. I LOVE the cactus flower!!
This gorgeous quilt was hand appliqued, embroidered, and quilted……
This quilt again used professionally printed fabric and was machine quilted…..
Now for my editorial comment……
While all of these quilts were amazing to look at and the threadwork was excellent, I was sad to see that there were no pieced quilts included in the winners.
Even as we walked the show floor, pieced quilts were few and far between. Maybe this is an indication of where quilting is headed but I am afraid that we will lose part of our heritage if we don’t bring some of the basics back in again.
……just my thoughts!!!
Please check back in the next few weeks for more of the beautiful quilts at IQF-2021!!!