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. 

2010 International Quilt Festival, Part 4

“Return of the Grackle” by Diane Rusin Doran
won third place in the Digital Imagery category
http://www.dianedoran.com/
“Return of the Grackle” was perhaps my favorite piece at Festival this year. It is very magical looking, and creates such a wonderful, mysterious mood. I love the colors, especially the little bits of pinky-purple in the grackle’s wing. There is a lot of movement in this piece, too, from the branches that arc diagonally across the piece, and from the angle of the bird and the way he is looking up and over to the upper left corner. Up close, there is a lot of texture, too. Here is a detail shot:
“Return of the Grackle” by Diane Rusin Doran


“Drifting Currents” by Leslie Rego
http://www.leslierego.com
“Hanging by a Thread” by Nadine Sanders
and the Hanging By a Thread Quilt Group
won first place in the Group category
“Leafing Large” by Laura Wasilowski
http://www.artfabrik.com/
“Feel the Chill” by Nancy Sterett Martin
http://www.quilt-patches.com
“Adobe Shadow Dance” by Michelle M. Jackson
http://quiltfashions.com/fibar-art-gallery/
“Long Road Home” by Peggy Parrott
http://www.peggyparrott.com
“Wrapped In Gentleness” by Hiromi Yokota won second place
in the Merit Quilting, Hand category
“Wrapped In Gentleness” (detail) by Hiromi Yokota
“Daffodils” by Barbara Holtzman
“Backgammon” by Liza Prior Lucy
and Kaffe Fassett, quilted by Judy Irish
http://www.gloriouscolor.com/
http://www.kaffefassett.com
“Spring Revival” by Deborah Kemball
“Spring Revival” (detail) by Deborah Kemball
“Doors Across Austin” by Kathy York
http://aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com/
“Visions of Fairy Tales Danced in My Head”
by Margery Hedges http://www.hedgesstuff.com

GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment on this post before noon EST on Monday, November 15. Tell me which of the quilts in this post you liked best, and why. I'll pull one name at random and send that person this HandiQuilter tote bag, and a DVD from their “Quilter's Academy” series called “Longarm Basics: Series One – Crosshatching” (26 minutes).

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! Laura T. won the tote bag and DVD.