a few weeks ago i attended the international quilt festival in houston and promised to show you some of the amazing quilts i photographed there. as usual, i found myself drawn to quilts that depicted elements found in nature. so come and take a stroll with me through the iqf garden… (all images are credited with the artist’s name and title).
let’s start with the handi quilter best of show award (and $10,000) winning quilt:
check out the quilting detail:
winner of the world of beauty award (and $7,500) went to this magnificent baltimore album quilt:
the future of quilting award ($1000) went to this lovely:
this quilt won honorable mention in the handmade category:
i loved the simple fabric selection in noriko’s depiction of a traditional grandmother’s garden quilt (above). the next quilt won the handmade category ($1000):
loved the hawaiian-inspired applique on this quilt:
this quilt won the art-abstract, small category award ($1000):
according to the artist’s statement, the quilt above is a comment on the beauty of modern urban architecture, but also on its underlying population and consumption issues. in it i saw plan views of both buildings and parterre gardens.
the quilt above was AMAZING! according to the artists’ statement (a wife and husband team), the appliqued design was based on a woodcut that appeared in Flammarions Book on Astronomy, first published in the late 1800’s. here’s a detailed image:
another blazing beauty:
the following quilt was inspired by a cross-sectional cut of a tree:
this quilt was just too funny, and as neon as it looks in the picture:
this one was long and lean:
the next quilt was INCREDIBLE! i loved the multiple perspective points along the split rail and field rows:
you can’t really tell from the photos, but the multiple angles of the barn vignettes made the entire piece look like siding on an old barn. here’s a detail:
i fell in love with this one:
the artist used rust-dyed fabrics to realistically depict the owl’s feathers. it.was.STUNNING. here are some details:
the following whole-cloth quilt won the superior threads master award for thread artistry ($5000):
yes, the ENTIRE image is made with thread…!
the following quilt won the traditional pieced category award ($1000):
i really liked its color palette:
this quilt won honorable mention in the traditional applique category:
every good quilt garden needs a classical reference or two:
and a way to mark time:
zodiac was pretty amazing. the image above was at the center and was surrounded by the artist’s interpretation of the astrological signs. here’s a detail of leo:
the show’s youngest white-glove curator (or so her mom told us) saw us looking at the quilt, and showed us its inspiration, which was stitched on the back of the quilt:
this next quilt was absolutely STUNNING:
great color gradations throughout, accentuated by tone-on-tone quilting:
and the bubbles even looked like water:
the quilt below had lovely applique work and won first place in the mixed technique category ($1000).
note 3/24/10: i previously misidentified this quilt, but paula byrd brought it to my attention – my apologies to ms. jones, and thank you ms. byrd!
this one was a pretty view:
a moon garden:
this quilt won first place in the minature quilt category:
just look at the size comparison between the quilt and the blue ribbon! its a teeny tiny 128 point mariner’s compass…! proof nothing’s impossible for kumiko:
this quilt won honorable mention in the art-painted surface category:
the colors and lines on this quilt were quite nice:
i REALLY liked this one:
and last, but certainly not least, we pass through the fabric forest:
there were many trees of fabric suspended from the ceiling. you could walk around them to observe how different artists interpreted their favorite trees. the aspen was my favorite:
it was quite an inspiration, walking by all those quilts. if you have any interest in design, regardless of your choice of media, i highly recommend making a trek to this show. it will surely inspire you too.
if you want more information, or to see entire images of the winning quilts, click here.