Thursday, June 13, 2013

IQFOI 2013: Pieced Quilts

Pieced quilts are absolutely more my style than art quilts.  Walking around the IQFOI exhibits, I found saturated color to be a rarity but boy when you found it you really found it.  I love the bold use of solid fabric in these quilts, the quilting itself and the attention to detail.  With the exception of one, though, I have absolutely no urge to make something similar to these myself.  I was impressed, but not incredibly inspired to sew.  You'll get the idea, I think....

First up is Dragonfly Dance by Nancy Tracy of Loveland, Colorado.  The center flower is beaded and sparkly surrounded by bright bold solids and incredibly intricate quilting.  There's even a little 3-D dragonfly. Just super.


Next up is Fire and Ice by Claudia Pfeil.  At 235x235 cm it was a whopper, but every bit of it had intricate detail from beading to quilting.  The paper pieced snowflakes were stunning and the flying geese flames just mind boggling.

 

Also by Claudia Pfeil was this piece.  Sadly, there was no label next to the quilt with its name, but again the swirling flying geese stopped me in my tracks.  I also love in both pieces the black and white border and the simple use of bright bold solids.  These stars you or I could make paper piecing, but it's the quilting detail that sets this work apart from anything I could create.  This piece was heavily jewelled, too.  Again, that's not really my interest but I see it took ages and ages for Claudia to create.  Fabulous thought and detail in this quilt.
 


And finally Puzzle Me Not by Nicole Maroon of New York.  Now this makes me want to pull out my Kona stash and get to improv piecing.  Maybe you guys can tell me what it is that strikes me so in this quilt.  I love the stripy yellow space to "rest" your eyes, the tones used and the boldness overall.  Gorgeous make, Nicole.


So those are my favorite pieced quilts of IQFOI 2013.  I hope you found something here that inspires you as well!




8 comments:

Diane-crewe said...

wow! stunning quilts and colours xx

Sandra Sews said...

Thanks for showing us what we've missed last weekend! Hope it was successful for you, too!

Flying Blind... said...

I would say the full 'experience' was worth it for the last one!! It is rather cool, bet all the old ladies were fainting!

Katy Cameron said...

I think these are the sorts of quilts made by people with supreme dedication - either years of nights plodding away after work, or they're lucky enough not to have to work. I'm not sure I'll ever have that much patience!

Tammy said...

What stunning quilts.

diane said...

I am not a fan of art quilts either but I can certainly appreciate the work that goes into them. Give me a good old scrap quilt any day

mammafairy said...

These are all stunningly beautiful, and make me feel so inadequate... but what lovely work.

Lynne said...

Wow! "Puzzle Me not" is a stunning quilt; thanks for sharing it in detail!

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