On my last day at International Quilt Market I was able to spend a couple of hours looking at the Quilt Festival quilts. I was really excited to be able to view a show of this kind--I don't think I'd ever seen so many amazing quilts in one place. Carrie had mentioned to me that during market was an ideal time to view these quilts as the aisles would be nearly empty. She was right, and I'm so grateful I was able to have the experience of viewing the amazing show.
While I could have taken pictures of every single quilt in the exhibit, I found it interesting that the quilts I photographed seemed to be mostly ones with bright colors. Regardless of whether the design was traditional or modern, my eyes were drawn to color. The quilt above was pieced by Lee Heinrich, whose blog I follow. I'd seen her "Supernova" quilt on her blog and was drawn to it from across the room.
I also loved this quilt by Emily Cier...just gorgeous!
At first I thought I'd get pictures of the description of every quilt I photographed; however, the lighting wasn't great, and I couldn't read many of the descriptions when I went back to try and identify the quilts. I loved the modern simplicity of this quilt, and again, I loved the use of color.
Here is another example of a quilt I loved...very different from the modern ones I chose to photograph! Again...I was drawn not only to the amazing applique' but also to the beautiful use of color by the artist.
And this quilt was absolutely phenomenal. I'd really like to do something circular like this sometime. I've made a few drunkard's path quilts but nothing this intricate...yet!
Another beautiful quilt...the colors seemed so "real" that the flowers on this quilt surely seemed alive!
And another...looking at this now I'm really glad I took the picture...I love the contrast of the geometric outer border with the curves of the floral blocks. The outer border seems to make this immediately more modern.
And yet, I loved this very traditional outer border just as much! Leanne Hurley of Geneva, Ilinois did the amazing applique' on this quilt which was quilted Elvira Illig of Elgin, Ilinois.
Making a "tree of life" quilt is on my "Lifetime Quilts" list, and I was absolutely in love with this version. I love the scrappy background and the whimsical appeal of this flowering tree!
These flowers just made me happy. I wish I could convey the sense of awe and admiration I felt while looking at every quilt at the show. It was so quiet and peaceful in the display area, and I almost felt like I just needed to whisper when I spoke.
Especially amazing to me were the hand-quilted quilts. I love to hand quilt, but my hand-quilting is so simple and un-sophisticated...this was truly amazing!
And finally...a quilt that caught my eye over and over again (I returned several times to stand in awe of this amazing quilt). I've never made a two-color quilt and hope to someday soon make a blue and cream quilt along with a red and white quilt...oh, and a red and green and white quilt...but that would be a three-color quilt!
I hope you've enjoyed viewing these amazing quilts. They were not only breathtaking but awe-inspiring. They have provided inspiration for some of my future quilting projects, and they also provide a kind of summary of the amazing experience I had at market.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day! Here in the United States we're celebrating Veteran's Day today...so thanks to all of those who have faithfully served our Nation.