Sunday, 18 November 2012

Houston International Quilt Festival, on last look.

There was a lovely display of French quilts at the show.  They were reproductions of antique quilts and all were hand quilted.  This first one is called Poison by Agnes Carretier based on a circa 1880 quilt bought at an antique shop.
 The Life of Phoebe Cook, Jocelyn Picot depicting life in a small town in Ohio in 1972.
 Traboutis by Penelope Roger, personal design featuring trapunto and boutis provencal.
 Corner detail.
 Traboutis[Meli-Melo] Penelope Rogers, another example of boutis and trapunto.
 A closer look.
 Double Feathered Star, Gabrielle Paquin.
 I like how the blocks dance with the gingham and plaid fabrics.
 Ephemeral Elegance, Deborah Grifka, original design, machine appliqued and machine quilted.
 Mable-1952 Reo, Susan Cane, based on a photo taken by her husband of the first antique fire truck they bought together.
 Beautiful machine quilting.
 Jerusalem Shadows, Aniko Ferer,  based on a photograph by the quilter.  Notice the figures in the building on the left. An old man saying his prayers and two German soldiers smiling behind him.
 The turquoise sky behind them represents the hope that the Holocaust will not happen again.
 Vitamin Quilt by Hiromi Suzuki.  Tropical flowers with bright colours make people happy, like vitamins supplements do.
 Beautiful detailed work.
 A long shop of one of the no photo displays.
 Aura, Annette Valtl.
 Names of flowers and flower designs stitched into the eclipse shapes.
 Downtown, Marion Coleman part of A New Legacy; African-American Quilts.
 Ebony and Ivory: A Remembrance, Carol Beck.
 Detail of Elephant and trunk.
 Machine quilting on the ivories.
 Details about the ivory trade.
 Egugun, Linda Gray, inspiration came from an African ceremonial costume seen at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
 Lovely African fabrics.
An Afternoon with the Girls, Linda Gray. From the Women of Substance series.
 Lovely machine quilting.
 Dizzy:Bopped out of South Carolina. Marlene Linton O'Bryant-Seabrook.
 Original design showing how his music extended beyond the borders of South Carolina, he was the first jazz musician to be named a United States Cultural Ambassador in the 1950's
 Rhythm-A-Ning, Carole Harris, original design inspired by the music of Thelonius Monk.
 Afro Blue, Myra Brown Green, inspired by music, dance and her son Talu.
Mae's Dance, Carolyn Crump  a generous friend Mae Jones passed away and her family gifted her with a Bernina sewing machine, fabric and quilting tools.
 Miss Bucket, Ria Varkveisser 3rd place for the Open European Challenge Novice.  Based on the Artichoke technique that she learned in 2011 at the quilting fair in Haarlemmermeer.
 Stokerozen, Ans Schipper-Vermeiren, Best of Show and First Place-Public Choice.
 My maternal great-grandmother was Dutch and loved Hollyhocks, notice the brick quilting on the cream background.
 Aeki, Tineke van Heuvelen, First place Novice.
Inspiration from reversed Ikea flowers, flowers, birds and stones, are symbols of my hobbies, gardening and travel.
 Another detail.
 Colourplay by Ines Klingebiel.
 Traditional monkey wrench in modern colours, black and variegated black threads in machine quilting.
 Canon, Keiko Hasegawa. One in a series of hexagon quilts.
 She had a daughter in 2011 and listened to music, canons, and sang along while making this quilt.
 Hexagons are about thumb nail size.
 If you rub a magic lamp...Itsuko Kimata
 Applique, reverse applique, Celtic applique, quilted by hand.
 Amazing little stars and embellishments.
 Camels coming through the dunes.
 You want to reach out and rub the lamp.  Definitely a show stopper for me.
 Outside it was blue skies and mid 80's.  Looking along the street with the convention centre to your right.
 Across the street looking a one of the doors to come through and buy your tick.
 Whimsical art on the street.
 It was a whirly gig that rotated around.
 One last look at a tall building.
 Back at home the next day, sunshine with clouds, about 30 degrees F cooler.
I hope you enjoyed my view of the Houston International Quilt Festival.  If you've never been I suggest you try and go one year.