Monday, November 8, 2010

2010 International Quilt Festival, Part 5

“Cookie? Pleeeze Cookie” by Sarah Ann Smith
http://www.sarahannsmith.com/
Okay, with this post, I think I’ve exhausted all of the photos I had time to take at International Quilt Market (while the exhibitions were set up for International Quilt Festival). I hope you are enjoying them. I have a give-away at the end of this post, and more to come this week.

The piece above is by my friend Sarah Ann Smith, and I just love the pop art colors, and the way she captured her dog’s expression. It’s a good example of how value, rather than color, does the work in capturing realism. Sarah and I met in person at last year’s fall Quilt Market, when her wonderful book Threadwork Unraveled, came out.

“Sheer Whim” by Maria Elkins won third place in the Art-Miniature category
Maria is well known for her portrait quilts (and she has a Quilting Arts Workshop DVD called  “Making Faces” that teaches her process), but I think the technique she used in this piece is a bit of a different direction for her, as it uses sheer fabrics and gorgeous stitching on top. You can read more about this piece on Maria’s website/blog.

“Color Comes to the Back of Beyond” by Janice Munzberg,
Pam Holland, Pauline McPhaulin, and Jeanette Coombes
won second place in the Group category
http://pamhollanddesigns.typepad.com/
I love how the ladies are marching with their cakes (and dogs) into this piece, which shows people hanging a quilt show in what looks like a remote area in Australia.

“Let’s All Spring Forward” by Rosalie Baker
http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/lets-all-spring-forward.html
Gotta love those colorful tree frogs!

“Tidepools” by Diane Ricks
“Tidepools” was made by enlarging and printing a photo on fabric, and then adding appliqué (to frame the photo; you can see where the photo ends and the appliqué begins if you look closely) and free motion stitching. 

“Multiple Personalities” by Cynthia Goodwin
Cynthia is wonderfully creative, and stitched portraits of funny faces into this quilt. Here is one:

“Multiple Personalities” by (detail) by Cynthia Goodwin
“The Eye of the Quilter” (below) was another wonderful exhibition, featuring photographs taken by quilters, and haiku written by others. (Sorry, no close ups, as photography was not permitted.) It was neat to read about the photographers’ thoughts while they were taking these photos, and how they influenced their quilt making.

“Eastern Elements” by Linda Steele
http://www.lindasteelequilts.com/
“Eastern Elements” by Linda Steele
Okay, here’s a bit more of the loot I got at Quilt Market (below). I absolutely love Joan Hawley’s Lazy Girl Designs. Her bags are so pretty, and her directions (complete with tons of photos) are amazing, and easy to follow. I also love her Bag-E-Bottoms acrylic bases, which help your bags stay upright, and not tip over. (I recommend them for my own bag designs.)

This is one of her newest patterns, the Margo Handbag:


GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment on this post before noon EST on Tuesday, November 16. Tell me which quilt in this post you liked best and why. I'll pull one name at random and send that person the Margo Handbag pattern.

There’s still a bit more Quilt Market loot to give away in my next few posts, so please come back for a chance to win! 

WE HAVE A WINNER! Rafael’s Mum wins the Lazy Girl pattern. 

59 comments:

  1. I love the tree frogs! Tree frogs are my thing! I even have a tree frog tattoo on my ankle.

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  2. I liked the tree frogs. They are so cute and colorful. All the quilts were great. Such creative people.

    Darlis

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  3. I liked the going to the quilt show quilt.

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  4. 'Cookie? Pleeeze Cookie' by Sarah Ann Smith is my favorite of the ones posted. I love the dog's expression.

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  5. OOOOH, how I wish I could've come to the show! But I too love Joan's bags and have made several -- have been eyeing this one for a while! Would love to win (but wouldn't we all?)

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  6. OOOOH, how I wish I could've come to the show! But I too love Joan's bags and have made several -- have been eyeing this one for a while! Would love to win (but wouldn't we all?)

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  7. Multiple Personalities but it is because I see four patches with more four patches with the circles and then the applique all around more than I like the faces. Simplicity and complexity

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  8. Hey, Susan, thanks for including my quilt! What a treat! BTW, I really liked “Color Comes to the Back of Beyond.”

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  9. Thanks again for sharing all these photos from IQA!!! Not able to go this year and being able to see pics of just some of the work has been great!

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  10. I like the quirky "Multiple Personalities".
    Thanks for the peek.

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  11. "Tidepools” by Diane Ricks

    AMAZINGLY REAL

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  12. I love the Sarah Smith quilt of the dog. The colors, the quilting, the cute expression. I think it is wonderful. Thanks for all of the fun give-aways.

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  13. Pick only one? How cruel!!!LOL! If forced, I will go with Maria's. Thank you so much for this tour of the quilt show.

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  14. Multiple personalities.... cause I love circles.

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  15. Tidepools” by Diane Ricks. I find that technique so interesting. I wish the photo enlarged enough to be able to see the actual detail.

    Thank you so much for sharing these artistic and unique quilts.

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  16. they are all great buit I like mulitple personalities the best and then Sarah's dog.

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  17. SandyQuilts,
    I wish I could have gotten a decent detail shot of it. There was lots of threadwork in the tidal pool itself. But it was far away and the lighting was not great. I try to do detail shots when I can.

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  18. I love "Tidepools", beautiful with interesting techniques.

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  19. I really like the multiple personalities quilt - even without being able to see the faces on the first photo of it. It's hard to do wonky, seemingly free form design while keeping touch with design and this quilt does it all, IMHO.

    Linda Jacks

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  20. Cookies? Pleeze Cookies! How could anyone resist those eyes? Great quilt!

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  21. Sheer Whim. I had been reading about the pice at Maria's blog before the Quilt Festival and was in awe. I enjoyed reading about how she made the quilt.

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  22. It's a tie between Tidepools, because I LOVE the use of photos in quilts, and Multiple Personalities because I LOVE her portrayal of the many "people" we all are! Oh, I hope I can go to a Quilt Market myself one day...

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  23. I like Multiple Personalties because of the multiple layers of visual interest and creativity. Wonderful!

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  24. I love the frogs one, I remember seeing it in person, it was so brilliant.

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  25. The "Let's All Spring Forward" frog quilt is definitely my favourite. They are cute and make me instantly smile!

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  26. I love dogs so it has to be "Cookie Pleeeze Cookie" and I love how she captured her dog:)
    Laura T

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  27. My favorite is 'Color Comes to the Back of Beyond' because I like the high activity and hustle bustle of getting quilts hung for display and the cakes and dogs are unexpected. I just really like that one! ~~Lisa

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  28. Sheer Whim is the most fascinating to me. My mother and grandmother were piece quilters from necessity to provide covering for the family beds. While they tried to make the quilts as colorful and as beautiful as possible they certainly were a long way from what is done today. I treasure the family heirlooms and I am sure that Sheer Whim will be much sought after as more than a family heirloom.

    I would also treasure a Lazy Girl Bag, of course! And thanks for sharing the quilts.

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  29. "Cookie? Please cookie" is my favorite of this lot :)

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  30. oh my...at this moment i would answer "Sheer Wim" by Maria Elkins. it took my breath away . this face is so interesting and someday some will walk up that looks just like that....
    but then "Cookie Please" by Sarah Ann Smith made me laugh and then want look closer.they both make me want to lean in to the screen. thank you again for sharing what your eyes are seeing!.

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  31. Thanks for sharing your photos and story of the festival. For me it is too far away, but now I have a feeling of seen something of it.
    Cheers from The Netherlands, Marjolijn

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  32. "Cookie? Pleeeze Cookie" - I just love that quilt! The expression in the eyes of that dog is amazing. But I have to thank you to make me turn to Maria Elkins, too; I did not know her, but I will check her out! Thanks for posting (and offering a giveaway )

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  33. I think all of the quilts are wonderful, but I like "Tide Pools" the best.
    Susan, you have done a great job in providing pics of the Houston extravaganza...I felt like I was there, too. Wishing.....

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  34. I love "Sheer Whim". It reminds me of my mom. I also love portrait quilts. Hmmmmmm, one day I'll try my hand at one.
    Again, thanks for sharing your insight to the show.

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  35. I love Tidepools. It is absolutely incredable how the applique extends the context of the photo. What a great technique.

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  36. Sheer whim with the subtle changes of color and thread work is so unique that I am amazed every time I see it. A close second is Color Comes to the Back of Beyond.

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  37. “Cookie? Pleeeze Cookie” by Sarah Ann Smith is my favorite since I'm a huge dog fan.

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  38. "Sheer Whim" is incredible - Ive never seen anything like it!

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  39. Color Comes to the Back of Beyond - to me it is so creative and different. Love the perspective!

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  40. I'm sure you are relieved to be done uploading all these wonderful photos for us, but I find myself sad. I am loving them!! Thank you so much, Susan, for taking the time to share a wonderful experience! You've inspired me to get back in my studio and create.

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  41. It's hard to choose as there are so many lovely quilts in your post... but I think I would vote for tidepools..

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  42. "Multiple Personalities"
    I really like that uneven 4 patch.
    I think I need to make one.

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  43. Loved the blog, I especially loved Sarah Smith's COOkie Pleeze quilt. She is a very talented and encouraging person. Her book is on my XMAS list. thanks for posting it. joanne gledhill

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  44. It is hard to choose just one, but I love Color Comes to the Back of Beyond, with all the amazing figures and the quilt show coming to town.

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  45. I love Multiple Personalities. SO much to discover in this one!

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  46. Sheer Whim is delightful. Thank you for sharing with us. I love the Lazy bag too.

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  47. Cookie wins by a nose. I love how A Sarah has made the little pooch look so happy and friendly.


    Audrey

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  48. Not fair. It's hard to choose just one quilt in this post, but I'll try. I guess, after viewing them yet again, I would have to say "Sheer Whim." I think it's the techniques she used to capture the effect that I like. Subtle and yet, not.

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  49. The crow quilt is really interesting. A person thinks of crows as black, but the blues and purples in the quilt in your previous post really work with the design.

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! Congrats on being named Aurifil featured artist for January 2011. Perhaps you would like to create a creative prompt response that I can feature? ;-)
    Jaye
    http://artquiltmaker.com/blog

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  50. Love your blog, especially your recent posts about the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I have posted about your blog and the show on aboutquilts.wordpress.com
    Caryl

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  51. Susan,
    Thank you again for sharing your pictures of the festival with us. All of your posts were my favorite. I do like Sarah Ann Smiths pug, just so cute and the tree frogs. I love all tree frogs!

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  52. Oh I'm SO tickled you liked my Pigwidgeon portrait! I have to admit I missed him and would wander by the quilt while at Festival just so that face would make me smile! Thank you for including him! (and as much as ALL the quilts are wonderful I guess I have to say I like him best!!!! But since it isn't cool to vote for your own, I ADORED the quilt of the ladies from the Outback!)

    Your coverage of Market has been great...we really are going to have to be in the same place at the same time one of these years!!!!
    Cheers, Sarah

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  53. Jaye,
    Sure; I'd love to do a creative prompt response... let me know what you need.

    Caryl,
    Thanks for the shout out on your blog! :-)

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  54. Love the bright colors in the tree frogs.

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  55. Tidepools grabs me since it is so realistic and one of my creative passions is photography. Wow, Susan, you really got around during Market! I did not see a fraction of what you did. Thanks for sharing

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  56. I'd have to give "Color come the the Back of they Beyond" as my favorite, I love the people moving from the black area into the color.

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  57. I like the “Let’s All Spring Forward” frog quilt. The frogs look like they're ready to jump. I'd love to be able to go to a quilt show & see all the beautiful quilts.

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  58. “Color Comes to the Back of Beyond” is my favorite! I love quilts that tell a story, draw me in and let me stay a while. Thanks for the posts on Houston...I have a trip to the quilt show there on my bucket list!

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  59. Without a doubt the quilt I really liked was "Tidepools" because it was IMNSHO a 21st Century quilt utilizing very up-to-date techniques. Additionally I thought it was a wonderful combination of art and quilting all in one piece.
    Dean Robinson, St. Petersburg, FL

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