November 14, 2013

Quilt Market: the Quilts

Today I'd like to share some of the quilts from Market that caught my eye for one reason or another. This show is so huge that it could literally take days to truly take in all the quilts, garments and other things being shown. I'm afraid I didn't do the show justice because there was just too much to see and not enough time. Enjoy.

First up is one of the quilts shown as part of the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase. My quilt "Rhythm & Blues" was also a part of this special exhibit. Go here to see all the modern quilts included in this special exhibit. They will also be shown at International Quilt Festival in Chicago June 19-24, 2014.

"Fireworks Quilt" by Tara Faughnan, Oakland, CA

I am always attracted to impressionist type quilts with floral and nature themes and have much admired Melinda Bula's work. Someday I'd love to make a floral quilt based on her style. In my dreams . . .

"Monet in Pasadena" by Melinda Bula, El Dorado Hills, CA

detail of "Monet in Pasadena" by Melinda Bula, El Dorado Hills, CA

detail of "Camellia" by Melinda Bula, El Dorado Hills, CA

Another quilter whose worked I have long admired is Ruth Powers. Her work is similar to Ruth B. McDowell's in that they both often do fractured landscapes. Would like to try one of these some day too. In another dream . . .

"In the Bleak Midwinter" by Ruth Powers, Carbondale, KS
The lighting in this quilt is stunning.

For me, one of the show highlights was the 30 Quilts for 30 Years exhibit which featured 30 quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry.  2013 marks Caryl's 30th year of quilting so to celebrate she created 30 new quilts. Go here and scroll down to the show dates to learn where this special show will be appearing. If it's anywhere near you, I highly recommend going to see these fabulous quilts.

Seeing her work up close in person was stunning. I love the organic shapes she frequently uses in her designs and the texture created through her quilting is simply breathtaking.

"Bradford Fantasy"  by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

"Cosmic Feathers #1"  by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

"Feather Flower #3"  by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

"Feather Study #24"  by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

detail of "Feather Study #24"  by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

And here are a few of the other quilts that I found inspiring. I can't even imagine having the skill or patience to make most of these. They are so wonderfully executed.

"Extensions I" by Sylvia Weir, Beaumont, TX

detail of "Extensions I" by Sylvia Weir, Beaumont, TX
the ultimate pebble quilting!

detail of "Papa" by Jocelyne Leath, Australia
I was fascinated by the use of cheesecloth to create the face.

"Tuning Fork #11" by Heather Pregger, Fort Worth, TX
Love the color and improv look of this quilt.

"Cow Town" by Mary Lou Weidman
From a pattern in the book Out of the Box with Easy Blocks by Mary Lou.

"Teatime in My Yard" by Harumi Asada, Japan
An unbelievable applique based on a European dome roof design.

detail of "Teatime in My Yard" by Harumi Asada, Japan
Those brown lines were about 1/4" in width.

"Mediterranean Colors and Perfumes" by Sonia Bardella, Venice Italy

detail of "Mediterranean Colors and Perfumes" by Sonia Bardella, Venice Italy
Don't worry . . . I didn't touch it but I wanted to show the scale of those teeny tiny squares. Talk about patience.

As you can see, there is a wide variety of quilts in this show including many lovely traditional beauties. Gorgeous applique and stunning hand quilting was well represented. Even if traditional and art quilts are not your style, you can never go wrong attending a big quilt show. The caliber of work is beyond my imagination and very inspiring. It is so valuable to see the skill and creativity of a prize winning quilt up close and in person. As quilter's, I believe we should admire and appreciate ALL types of quilting and support one another in whatever style we aspire to.

Hope you've enjoyed the quilt show.

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  1. I did enjoy, indeed! Thanks so much for sharing your photos!

  2. Thank you very much for sharing these pictures!

  3. Every time I see a picture of the Fireworks quilt, I just love it more and more! Must be all the solids....


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