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!