Monday, November 12, 2012

Quilts from Festival




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.



23 comments:

Karen M said...

Thank you so much for sharing these photos. I have not seen most of these posted on any other site that I follow. The colors are stunning, not to mention the workmanship.

Stephanie said...

Inspiring. I do also love the circular one with the spikes. Great colors and design.

Gertie Pye said...

What amazing quilts! I love the Emily Cier one with the rainbow letters too. So different and bright and happy x

Ramona said...

Thank you for sharing. They were all awesome. My quilt list continues to grow too!

Carol said...

WOW! Amazing quilts! What talent! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Cindy said...

Beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, thanks for sharing Sherri! Those are some gorgeous quilts. I love the circular one too -- I've had the pattern for the circle block for awhile -- just too overwhelmed to start it!

Nedra said...

I really liked the Modern Quilts at the beginning of the post. Nice to see they are recieving attention at Quilt Market.

Live a Colorful Life said...

These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for sharing. It is always motivating to see others work.

Connie Rhea said...

Thank you for sharing. I shall never be able to see those quilts and your pictures make me feel like I am right there. You, personally, are an inspiration to me.

Nanette Merrill said...

They are all really wonderful. I wish they were all mine.

Jeanenne Nielsen said...

Looking at the photo's was almost as good as being there. All of the quilts were great. The last one would take me forever to do. They all made me happy. Thanks for sharing.

Bari Jo said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures! What a treat!

Micki Clemens said...

That blue and white is striking and looks old. The others are bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing with those of us who couldn't go. Micki

Mary Ann said...

Thanks for the photos........the quilts were amazing!

Helen L said...

thanks for sharing: we can never see too many beautiful quilts!! And the colors on those quilts were beautiful!!

Mama Pea said...

Wow. Those are great quilts. What fun eye candy! Thanks!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Every one of those quilts are just beautiful!!

sleepycathollow.com said...

Love the blue and white Dear Jane quilt!

Michele said...

Wow. They all are stunning. Thanks for sharing. I hope to see that show in person myself some day.

Mary said...

I didn't know you could take pictures of the exhbited quilts...which didn't stop me from taking one of the half inch hexie quilt. It also didn't stop my friend from taking a picture of one that had her last name on it. We joked that if the Quilt Police caught us we could at least share a cell but would get really bored since scissors and needles are probably a no-no in the pokey.

OPQuilt said...

Isn't that blue and white a Dear Jane quilt? Looks very different in just two colors (I'm NEVER going to make one of those--had to do two blocks for a bee and about lost my testimony doing it.)

Thank you so much for posting the quilts--I hope you had a great time at market and accomplished all that you wanted to.

Elizabeth E.
opquilt.com