Houston Quilt Festival 2016

Well, I’m back and nearly rested from another great trip to the Houston International Quilt Festival! If you missed my Facebook live videos at the show, be sure to check them out on our Facebook page. (And I apologize that the sound on one of them is not so great. Live and learn!)

One of the best parts of seeing quilts in person is that you can really appreciate the details. I took lots of photos, and hope that some of those amazing details come across here.

First up: Obsession by Tonya Littmann. Apparently Tonya’s Golden Retriever, Rusty, is obsessed with tennis balls. Here his portrait is wonderfully embellished with miniature tennis balls hanging from the bottom!

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Obsession ©Tonya Littman
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Obsession ©Tonya Littman

The next quilt attracted quite an admiring crowd at the Winners Circle event. Bug: Trixelated Transportation by Dionne Matthies-Buban and Martha Peterson is entirely pieced from equilateral triangles. It was created for the 2016 EZ Triangle Quilt Challenge. The artists superimposed an equilateral triangle grid onto a photo of a VW Beetle to create a piecing map. They call their method “trixelation”.

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Bug: Trixelated Transportation ©Dionne Matthies-Buban and Martha Peterson
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Bug: Trixelated Transportation ©Dionne Matthies-Buban and Martha Peterson

The striking portrait below is Hope by Kay Donges. She says “This quilt is a portrait of a young man who was growing up surrounded by gang violence. Still he had hope for his future. Hope sometimes is all you have when you have nothing else. If you have it you have everything.” I was particularly struck by the very effective use of yarn to create the subject’s hair. Note also that by using irregular edges on the appliqué pieces on the face that a more realistic effect is achieved.

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Hope ©Kay Donges
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Hope ©Kay Donges

Lily, by Hiroko Miyama, is such a charming piece. The detail and workmanship in this quilt are exquisite. Wow!

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Lily ©Hiroko Miyama
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Lily ©Hiroko Miyama

Lastly, Lepidopteran #4 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. As always, Caryl’s eye for color and wonderful quilting combine to make a winner.

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Lepidopteran #4 ©Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
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Lepidopteran #4 ©Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Check back later this week for more beautiful quilts from this year’s festival.

One Response to Houston Quilt Festival 2016

  1. Enough of this born-free nonsense! I say it depends where you were born. A child born in Alex-Joburg and a child born in Sandton same day, same year (1995) were born free of what? Their parents will probably raise them under the same socio-economic conditions they’ve both inherited. They will be raised under the same influences their parents have brought forth from the apartheid er23#8a&0;.Born free but raised by the same unfree, racist, prejudicial, unchanged bigots! Where’s freedom in that????Xolani Majola (1 June 2012)

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