Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Festival of Quilts :: The Quilts

In looking at the photographs I took at the Festival Of Quilt exhibits, there are clearly three different topics that took my fancy: circular themes, detailed quilting and (of course) those that incorporated biology.  Clearly there were many other quilts at the festival that were incredibly beautiful...but not all of the pretties can fit in one blog post!

Circles
Oh, New York Beauty.  Boy, did you shine at the festival.  How have I not tried to make one yet?  The NYB quilts exhibited would inspire anyone to start piecing!

By the London Modern Quilt Quild (50x50 inches)
Traditional NYB by Amy of Crafty Shenanigans (20x20 inches)

I really loved this foundation pieced star, too!  Paper piecing and stars...they get me every time!

What a Gem by Jane Sully entered into the Miniature Quilts category.
 I liked how scrappy this quilt was, but that you could still clearly see several concentric circles in each block.  I wonder how this was pieced.  Has anyone tried one like this before?

I forgot to take a photo of the label!  I'm sorry, quilt maker!

Quilting
My oh my there were some very talented quilters showing off their skills!  Trudi's work was popping up all over - it always makes me smile.  Two of my other favorites are below: Big Bang and Stack.  Although I'm not gone on the fabric choices (a jelly roll and solids?) or the design in either quilt, the quilting draws my eye immediately.  

Big Bang by C.A. Sanchez and S.G. Medina in the Two Person Quilt category.
The background fabric is white/cream - the lighting in the exhibit was pretty awful.
Can you see how the background sections are each quilted uniquely?  Loops, swirls and clamshells really keep you interested, drawing you closer.
Detail of Big Bang.
Now, this concentric square design in Stacks gets my quilting juices flowing for a few of my current quilts.  I love how it take a solid background fabric and makes it incredibly interesting.

Stack by M. Munroe and R. Dorr, again in the Two Person Quilts category.
Each building block in the stack is then individually quilted again in loops and swirls.  That must have taken forever!
Detail of Stack.

Biology
Of course, anything with a bit of biology always catches my attention.  To my delight, there were a few quilts that incorporated orthopaedics!  It's funny.  This past spring my building at the university held an art exhibit where anyone could enter if your work had a scientific theme.  Nothing beyond those old ball and stick chemical structures came to mind, so I couldn't be bothered.  Now, something like these would have been lots of fun!

By Wendy Kennard called The Lost Synapse (Fragments of Memory).
 This quilt represents an x-ray of the quilter's daughter's spine, showing a clear curvature (scolosis).  The background fabric was hand dyed, then stencilled.  It was really beautifully quilted, too.
By Liz Smithbone called Scoliosis
 Ah, brown.  We are not best friends.  I don't know why you'd ever use brown here when you could use a funky funky color.  That said, I love the clarity of the bones in the piecing.  The background was screen printed and the rest appliquĂ©d on top.  It was machine quilted giving the illusion of additional seams around the screen printed sections.
By Sonia Crabb called Them Bones.
All in all, the quilt exhibits had a little something for everyone.  Some quilts I wondered how they were ever accepted for exhibit, others blew my mind with detail.  There were modern ones, super traditional quilts, whole cloth quilts and even a quilted grandfather clock.  Yep - something for everyone.  In the end, we could each take away a bit of inspiration.  I see a NYB or two in my future!

15 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree- I am a long time fan of the NYB! That first quilt is amazing!

Ruth said...

Stack and the skeleton bones would be my picks! Haven't made a NYB either!

pennydog said...

I now want to quilt everything with concentric squares!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Oh thank you for including my NTB mini quilt!!!

Flying Blind... said...

Lovely selection, glad you had a fab weekend xxx

Rachaeldaisy said...

Awesome quilts!! I love how you found a biology theme appearing. There's a pattern called Everyday Best by Piece O' Cake designs that shows how to piece those concentric circles.

QuiltCandy said...

So many gorgeous quilts and so much inspiration! I was gutted not to be there this year, so thank you for sharing!

Canadian Abroad said...

You got some excellent photos. I failed miserably on that front.

Katy Cameron said...

Thanks for the tour :o)

Leanne said...

I love love love that quilt with the solid squares and then all the quilted squares! Thank you for the photos!

Sarah said...

interesting picks, really loving the stacks one!

leanne said...

oh so many gorgeous quilts ! love the quilting of stack - wow ! I recently finished a mini with one of those concentric blocks (I posted it on IG) and it was very easy to make - Rachel has already mentioned the pattern - everyday best !

Karen Gamble said...

Wow my favorites are the big bang and the stack, just a shame we dont all own a long arm quilter, but may have to start trying out more ways to quilt myself! Kx

tomomi mcelwee said...

I love your choices hare. so different. glad not to see those amazing art quilts;) My favourite is the miniature one as always.

Nicky said...

Great choices - looks like I missed some of these and we were going round together!?

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