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|
|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|
|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!