Thursday, November 4, 2010

2010 International Quilt Festival, Part 1

“Ruffled Feathers” by Roxanne Nelson
Viewing the quilts at International Quilt Festival is always a terribly humbling experience. The range of styles, techniques and materials is incredible. The quality of the work is astounding. It truly is an honor just to be accepted into this show. I took these photos of some of my favorites while attending International Quilt Market, since all of the displays are up. It is a great chance to take photos when not very many people are huddled around them, like they are during Festival. (Most of the people who go to Market are either manning their booths, or working their way through and purchasing goods for their shops, and don’t have time to look at all the quilts; such a pity!) While those in this post are all art quilts, I did take photos of pieced traditional quilts and appliqué quilts, too, and will be sharing more photos with you in the next few days.
“Ruffled Feathers” (detail) by Roxanne Nelson
“Ruffled Feathers” (detail) by Roxanne Nelson
“Peony” by Noriko Endo

“Peony” (detail) by Noriko Endo

Read about Noriko Endo’s new book here:
“Group of Pansies” by Melinda Bula
 “Group of Pansies” (detail) by Melinda Bula

See more of Melinda’s work here:
“The Girls of Tyrone Farm” by Beth Miller
See more of Beth Miller’s work here:
“Portugal (Minho region) Fokloric Dancers” by Leslie Gabrielse of The Netherlands

“Portugal (Minho region) Fokloric Dancers” (detail) by Leslie Gabrielse of The Netherlands

See more of Leslie’s work on his website:

“The Geisha and the Serving Girl” by Claudia Clark Myers & Marilyn Badger
Won first place in the Art-Painted Surface category

See more work by Claudia Clark Myers at
Learn more about Marilyn Badger here:
“That’s Graphic!” by Diana Sharkey
Won an Honorable Mention in the Art-Abstract, Small category
“Madonna” by Laurie Tigner
Won an honorable mention in the Art-Painted Surface category
Learn more about Laurie Tigner here:
“Innocence” by Hollis Chatelain
“Innocence” (detail) by Hollis Chatelain
See more of Hollis’ work here:
“Square Dance” by Jamie Fingal
Jamie’s website is:
“Stone II” by Jean Wells Keenan
Won second place in the Art-Abstract, Small category
See more of Jean’s work here:
“Freedom” by Helen Godden
“Freedom” by Helen Godden
See more of Helen’s work here:
”EIEIO” by Nancy Brown
Won an honorable mention in the Art-Pictoral category
Nancy’s website is:
“Port of Cassis” by Lenore Crawford
Won second place in the Art-Pictoral category
Lenore’s website is:
“My Rhino” by Pam Holland
Pam’s website is
“Rare Catch” by Diane Steffen

See more of Diane’s work at
Note: At International Quilt Festival, the photo policy allows viewers to take photos and to share them with friends (which I consider all my viewers to be!) as long as they are identified with the name of the quilt artist and noted to have been taken at Festival. To protect the artists, I also reduce the resolution so that these images are only usable on the internet, and could not be printed on products like t-shirts or coffee mugs. Many of the exhibits at Festival do not permit photography, and I never take photos where it is not permitted.


  1. Wonderful to see these quilts! Thank you for the great photos. BTW, the fabulous Leslie Gabrielese is a "he" not a "she".

  2. Wonderful quilts. Thank you for sharing the photos.

  3. Thanks for letting me know, Terry! I will correct it. I love HIS work. :-)

  4. Oooh thanks so much for sharing the pictures. I hope to attend one of the days, but in the meantime, I'll enjoy it through all the lucky folks who are there.

  5. Thank you for sharing these great quilts. I love looking at them also because I have never been to Houston and don't know if I'll ever be able to go there. Big long trip.
    Greetings from Switzerland

  6. Ruffled Feathers and Freedom just have me totally awed :) The rest are only teeny tiny steps behind though !!!!!
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful quilts. I hope to get to Houston one time.
    These quilters are an inspiration to me.

  8. Ruffled Feathers is just awesome!!

  9. I appreciate all this wonderful work, well, labour of love. Thanks

  10. I always love to see the photos you share when you come home from a show or other "quilty event." I love everything about the IQF, and I particularly love that they allow photos to be taken!

  11. Your photos of the festival are fabulious. Thank you for sharing them with those of us who couldnt attend. I had 2 quilts in the Tactile Architicture exhibit and am hopeing to see some from that exhibit somewhere.
    Thanks againg Regards Sue Smith

  12. For those of you interested, Beth Miller, one of the quilters featured here has just launched a website selling patterns for some of her designs.

    Here is the link if you want to have a look.


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