Holy cow, y’all! The Houston International Quilt Festival was amazing! I went with a friend who had never been before so the first thing we did was look at the BIG winners. She was blown away! I have a billion pictures, but thought I’d first share with you these mind blowing winners:
Best of Show – America, Let it Shine (Sherrie Reynolds from Laramie Wyoming)
This is an original design which just simply sparkles with detail and Swarovski crystal embellishments. Here is a close of up the back which highlights the outstanding quilting:
The Founders Award – ElaTed (Ted Storm from ‘S-Gravenzande, The Netherlands)
I thought it was interesting that this quilt design was inspired by Delftware – which is blue and white pottery from the Netherlands. The artist was challenging himself by starting with browns and plaids.
The World of Beauty Award – Hot Africa (by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga of Kollumerzwaag, Friesland, The Netherlands)
An original design based on a photograph the artist took in Kenya. Here are some close ups:
The Robert S. Cohan Master Award for Traditional Artistry – Crème de la Crème (by Bonnie Keller from Chehalis, Washington)
Another original design, inspired by the works of William Morris. Photography does not do this quilt justice. The quilt has a subtle grey green tint because the artist used a vibrant green Morris print facing inward as the backing. It is beautiful. Here is a close up:
The Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry – Prairie Fire (by Ruth Powers from Carbondale, Kansas)
I just happened to catch a picture of the artist with her quilt. This is her own design of a spring burning of the Flint Hills in Kansas. Here is a close up:
The Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry – My Gentle Giant – “Ben”
(by Patt Blair from Mt. Baldy, California)
This was an original design using painting with ink and free motion quilting.
The Maywood Studio Master Award for Innovative Artistry – Fiesta Mexico (Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin from Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
The artist, Karen Kay Buckley, is pictured above with the quilt. This was her original design inspired by the bright colors of Mexican pottery. Renae Haddadin’s quilting is gorgeous:
And the hand applique is spot on perfect:
The Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry – Silk (by Hollis Chatelain from Hillsborough, North Carolina)
The quilt artist’s use of silk from Thailand combined with the design depicting Thai women spinning and weaving the silk is simply stunning. Here is a close up:
What struck me as I wrote the descriptions above is that each of these quilts – these award winning and beautiful quilts – is an original design by the maker. Not only have these artists perfected the techniques involved (piecing, applique, quilting, fabric choices, etc.) but they have taken their art to that extra special level where what they have created is wholly unique and completely breathtaking. Very inspiring! Congratulations to each!
I hope to share some more photographs over the next few days, but I’m really feeling the urge to sew rather than write! Have a great day, y’all!