Monday, November 5, 2012

Knitting & Stitching Show: The Quilts

This past weekend myself, Erin and Fiona had a fabulous time visiting the Knitting and Stitching show in Dublin.  We saw lots of friends and had a great time digging through the fabric stalls, but I will tell you all about that in tomorrow's post.

Today I thought we'd instead focus on the quilts.  Each of the quilts shown are somehow related to the Irish Patchwork Society, representing Irish quilters throughout the country.  I would normally view IPS members as traditional quilters (at least in the local branch of the organization)  but I saw a more modern theme in this year's exhibit.  These are my favorites:

My little dorky heart started beating faster seeing strands of DNA in a quilt.  Ah, worlds melting together.  The central theme of the exhibit was "building blocks".  This sure fit.

Life Force: Maureen Kennedy of Co Louth
 This quilt just made me stop and stare.  I love the novel take on quilting here - kind of art quilter meets modern quilter.  It was so pretty!  So pretty I didn't even notice the brown bits.

Driven by Kandinsky by Loretta O'Brien of Co Clare
Really I think it was the hand quilting that grabbed my eye.  Isn't it yummy? It reminded me of work by Susan or Sarah.

The DP blocks here were just stunning.  It was primarily the colors used that caught my eye - a very Amish look with the black background.  Then looking a little closer, I see it was made by Peter, the husband of the woman who gave me my first quilting lessons back in the day.  Well done, Peter!

Drunken Flash of Colour by Peter McMulkin of Co Galway
And then a beautiful quilt using different shades of color to create a 3D effect.  Oh, it was pretty.  Again, this was hand quilted, but it was so much more subtle than the earlier quilt.  The stitching was just exquisite,   winning an award.

Interlocking Cubes by Elizabeth Brennan of Co Dublin

Awarded Excellence in Traditional Hand Quilting

I sadly didn't make a note of the creator behind this stunner.  Look at these New York Beauty blocks.  They were amazing!  I love the border on this quilt.  And the colors were just stunning.

Of course, Cúchulainn made an appearance with his friends.  The Galway branch of the IPS had a chance to re-exhibit our 20 panels of the Cú Na Mara, so we jumped.  This time, though, they were displayed in blocks of 4 so the blocks were intertwined a bit differently.  I liked it - more than when they're all in a straight line.  

There's mine!  There's mine in the upper right hand corner!

Of course I could not record every quilt at the exhibit.  There was so much to internalize in only a few short hours.  My mind became overwhelmed quite quickly.  Maybe next year I need two days at the exhibit.  I better start saving my spending money now!  

Come back tomorrow for the more social side and, of course, the fabric shopping!


Susan Standen said...

Great quilts, and love that you get such a better sense of Cúchulainn in these photos this time round. Looks fabulous and you should be so proud to be a part of it.

Quilterbell said...

Thanks Cindy!!!!, I didn't have a chance to look at the quilts!. By the time I finished shopping I was totally exhausted and decided to call it for a day, knowing that I was missing the best part of the show. I did get to see Cuchulainn though, impressive!.

Patchwork and Play said...

How wonderful to see Cuchulainn in all its glory again! All the modern quilts are wonderful too!

Peggy said...

I was there Saturday and I was admiring your work!! fabulous!

Lynne said...

I agree that it can become overwhelming in a very short space of time. Thanks for sharing with us. It was good to see your quilt as part of the display again!

Leanne said...

Those quilts are all wonderful, it sounds like a great show. I think you have some DNA quilts to dream up.

Cindy Sharp said...

Thanks for sharing the show with us. Beautiful!

Flying Blind... said...

Glad you had a great time and that the mega-Cúchulainn got a second outing xxx

Sarah Ashford said...

It looks like you have had a great weekend, I just love all the quilts, especially the Kandinsky inspired one. Looking forward to seeing your fabric purchases soon!

patchworkdelights said...

Beautiful quilts you highlighted there Cindy! Fi

kat129 said...

Oh man - I love DNA in quilts too. It just makes me happy. Have you heard of the genome quilts? You make HSTs in 4 different colors and assign each color to a nucleotide. Then you put them in order of your gene's sequence. Here is one example:

Happy sewing!

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great day out, and lovely to get Cúchulainn displayed again too! Where does he normally live again?

Archie the wonder dog said...

They all look great!!

Trudi said...

Looks li,e you had a great day out!

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

Oh a great day out indeed. I wish I had bought my camera to get a few shots . Have you recovered?

Katy Cameron said...

Just catching up now I'm home, looks like you've been having loads of fun! How did the comp go in the end?

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