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!
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”.
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.
Lily, by Hiroko Miyama, is such a charming piece. The detail and workmanship in this quilt are exquisite. Wow!
Lastly, Lepidopteran #4 by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry. As always, Caryl’s eye for color and wonderful quilting combine to make a winner.
Check back later this week for more beautiful quilts from this year’s festival.