Getting Scrappy at IQF

If you have read this blog for any time at all, you will know that I LOVE scrappy quilts and there were several at the International Quilt Festival that caught my eye and my camera!!

There was a large exhibit of “Dear Jane” quilts and most were a cacophony of colors, but this one had a lower volume feel and I LOVED it. I mean, how can you not love something named “Chocolate Bar with Creamy Filling”!!!

“Chocolate Bar with Creamy Filling” by Lunmila Samoylik

This one is a super simple pattern….

but evokes memories of quilts piled on top of a tall, fluffy bed……

These next two quilts were unbelievable!!

The blocks in this blue wonder were about 6-inches in size…..

….and pulled together to make this amazing quilt…..

“Impermanence” by Allison McCathren

And in the “how small can you go”, we have this quilt with 1.5 inch blocks…..

“Pure Velvet” by Amy Pabst

Each pineapple block had 49 pieces for a total of 21,609 individual pieces in the quilt.

In particular, I loved the little bits of color that were strewn thru the quilt…..

Now from the miniature to the gigantic…..

“My Lifetime Quilt” by Barbara Black

She completed it as a leader/ender project and it contains 12,800 triangles that are 1.25 inches each. The most interesting thing about this quilt was the way that the quilting changed its look. The quilting was simple……

…but the way the lights shown on it, each of the triangles looked like they were made from two different fabrics. It was an unexpected look!!

When we looked at these quilts with SO MANY small pieces, we all wondered which Insane Asylum the quilter is now checked into!!

This “Sunshine and Shadow” quilt was from the 1890’s…..

It was a fun layout with the blocks being divided into different color sections.

This quilt was not only beautifully pieced…..

“Ruby Halo” by Karen Lambdin

….but the quilting was amazing and added so much to the design…..

The same goes for this quilt…..

“Rock Star” by Gail Stepanek & Jan Hutchison

The other amazing part of this quilt was the threadwork that was done to change the fabrics and make it look MUCH more complicated (not that it wasn’t already complicated enough)……

Look at the purple point in the middle of the photo above. There are two strips that have been thread-painted to add much more dimension!!

Finally, there was a special exhibit called “The Noble Menagerie” that featured quilts from Timna Tarr. She did a wonderful job of portraying her animals using pieced squares as the basis for the quilts…..

Come back tomorrow for a look at the STITCHING of IQF…..it is truly astounding!!!

8 thoughts on “Getting Scrappy at IQF

  1. Thank you for sharing these amazing quilts. It’s wonderful to be able to share in the Show from across the world in Sydney.

    1. Hey Kerry. I am so glad that you are enjoying the show thru my eyes!! It was very much a “national” show this year because so many of our friends from overseas couldn’t get there. We are looking forward to having everyone back next year!! As an aside, I lived in Canberra for 6 years back in the 1980’s. We loved Australia!!

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