While visiting the International Quilt Festival, my friend (Linda) and I were desperate for a Diet Coke and there was NONE to be had….not in the convention center, not in the hotel. What were we going to do?
In desperation, we pulled up Google Maps and found that there was a small grocery store just a few blocks from us and we headed in that direction. Before we reached the store, we found an almost deserted mall that had a small restaurant that had PLENTY of Diet Cokes!!! We were saved!!
I loved the architecture of the mall…..
…and immediately started thinking of quilt designs using those windows!!!
On the way back to the show, we passed a small park where a 15th Birthday Celebration was being held……
It was fun to see the complete disinterest from all of the men in this photo!!
We returned to the show, caffeinated and with our thirst quenched…..
As I walked around the International Quilt Festival in Houston, it became clear that collage quilting has taken a good hold in the quilting industry. And, as I expected there were some amazing quilts that fell into this category.
I have always been interested in water and rocks but this quilt blew my mind….
I loved the depth that she found with her fabric choices and the water is beautifully done. It looked as if the water was hand-dyed and she mentioned doing some inking. It was definitely one of my favorites.
This little boy……
…..was spectacular. In her artist statement, she said that the water reflections were a challenge. Most of the quilt was constructed with pure silk….opaque for dry areas and another for the shiny, wet areas.
Just look at the stitching…..
The “Birds of a Feather” exhibit produced many gorgeous quilts such as this one……
In particular, I love the lighting in this quilt and she did a great job in letting you know exactly where the sun was coming from!!!
….was a fantastic mixture of fabric collage and detailed quilting. In particular, I loved the water…..
…especially the additional tiny white beads to provide some shimmer in the foam.
Probably my favorite quilt in the show was this one……
The detail was eye-popping, down to the metal studs in the swing.
Then there was this quilt…..
The quilt has 2 panels for each season and flows from Spring on the left to winter on the right.
Here is a video that will let you get a bit closer…..
In some respects, it is a simple design, but the attention to detail made it outstanding…..
One of the things that caught my eye were these couched threads…..
I am thinking that they would be perfect to add to the marshland that my stork will be standing in!!!
I will leave you with one more photo of one of the panels…..