Pictoral quilts at IQF

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….

“River Rocks” by Sandra Mollon

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……

“Summer Fun” by Marina Laudi and Fabia Diniz

…..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……

“Heron Loft” by Sara Sharp

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!!!

This swan…..

“The Mute Swan” by Sandra Mollon

….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……

“Welcome Home” by David Taylor

The detail was eye-popping, down to the metal studs in the swing.

Then there was this quilt…..

“Dune Seasons” by Ann Loveless

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…..

Come back tomorrow for some of my favorites!!

8 thoughts on “Pictoral quilts at IQF

  1. Thank you for sharing these pictures. Sadly can’t make it this year but love seeing your pictures. Thank you for getting pictures of the stitching up close.

  2. If my comments had to be made in the spoken word, I would be lost for them. Absolutely amazing all of them.

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