Since this was my first visit to IQF-Long Beach, I was focused on viewing the quilts more than spending time at vendors. Of course since DH was with me, I was careful not to come back to the room with arms full of new stuff (= “expensive” in DH’s mind).
One of the first things I did was look at Ricky Tim’s Songe d’Automne , a spectacular quilt from 2002, considered by most to be his “breakthrough” quilt that vaulted him to fame.Look at the close up below and you will understand how he made the applique/trapunto literally stand out. I love that detail shot-it really shows the dimension of this jaw-dropping quilt. The colors are so spectacular and your eye just keeps moving around the quilt.Now I understand how he got the trapunto/applique to pop-his stitching and trapunto batting run about 1/8″ beyond the applique edge, giving it this incredible dimension. The freemotion work on this was stunning and the embroidery adds so much detail to this beautiful piece. It was one of my favorites. Just look at the detail: This quiet beauty always had someone admiring it. I couldn’t stop looking at this piece. I continued to see interesting details in piecing, fabric choices, color, etc. This was one of two wearable art pieces in the show-I would have loved to have seen more. The embroidery and detail were so delicate and pretty, yet it’s a very wearable piece. Yup, this is how I felt too after working the entire floor-vendors and quilts-POOPED!