PIQF 2014-the rest of the story
I’ll have one more post about PIQF so come back-it will be a surprise. But today’s post includes stunning traditional, portraiture, landscape and wearables. I have many photos that did not make it as my battery ran low and they were too fuzzy to print. Enjoy!
Is this not stunning? Ann Marie wrote that she had purposefully taken classes over the last 4 years from some of the top instructors in quilting. This quilt contains all of her quilt educational experiences in one quilt-wow!
My photo of the card was fuzzy so I don’t have the specifics on this one, but I know Jennifer is an accomplished photographer. She takes her photos and prints them on fabric and then uses an insane number of thread colors to create her realistic work-I think this is one of her best.
What attitude and personality Kay Donges has captured! Don’t you want to know Ruby? I can’t read my photo of the information card but as I recall, Kay has done a series of portrait quilts, capturing the essence of the person. She includes jewelry and other dimension items in her portraits.
Sadly I cannot make any words out from the photo I took of the card. Just love this scene and how beautifully she has captured the faces and feeling of this scene.
I had the chance to meet the maker, Jan Hollins, in one of those happenstance meetings that occur at quilt shows. Jan tried to realistically capture the mindset of days gone by. It’s actually a dimensional quilt with the quilt on the porch being a separate quilt added to the top-very cool.
Sheryl fell in love with the border fabric and worked backwards from there. I love this quilt for its visual impact. I am not drawn to the border fabric on its own but this quilt really sings.
Diane used hand dyed cottons, a quilt design by Sharon Schamber and inspiration from a visit to a museum in Lancaster, Pa to create this stunning quilt. Oh my-the colors, the quilting, the visual impact-I couldn’t pass this quilt without lingering.
Another fuzzy card photo so I don’t have any information, but I love the simplicity and composition of this piece. And the handwork is exquisite:
I didn’t even get a photo of the card on this piece which got the “Best Wall Quilt” award. This is a beautiful quilt, one which draws you in from afar and then rewards you with rich detail up close. You really get a feeling of “end of the line” from this piece.
There were so many lovely details, this is just a small portion. I liked that she used so many techniques to achieve her look-isn’t this incredible?
This stunning silk quilt was made to celebrate the beauty of the Pennsylvania fall’s flora and fauna. The details were fabulous:
What’s not to love about that? Expert quilting and a charming design.
I saw Linda’s work in the local Gold Bug quilt show and loved it. I find her depictions of the Delta spot on, capturing the beauty and peacefulness.
I can’t read the card on this one either, but it’s the most clever group quilt I’ve seen! What a great idea and a fabulous quilt.
How can you resist a quilt with that title-you KNOW there’s a story there! Financial troubles and a divorce after 21 years of marriage left Judy starting over at 50. Judy writes that she has planted a bountiful garden fertilized with the dung from previous years!
Again, I can’t read the information card but I know this is an original design and Joanie quilts on a regular domestic machine-this piece was gorgeous!
Rachel and her good friend Gwen Maxwell-Williams are long time friends who live far away from each other. This year they put together a show of Gwen’s quilts and Rachel’s coats called “Quilting Sistahs”. None of my photos of Gwen’s quilts turned out but I am able to include a photo of 2 of Rachel’s coats. I loved this one which to me is very representative of Rachel’s colorful style.
This was my favorite of the bunch-um, I could wear this one a lot Rachel, hint, hint!
I didn’t get a photo of the card so I don’t have any information about this piece. Yes, I KNOW the photo is terrible, but I wanted you to get a feel for how gorgeous this piece was before you saw the shot below.
This is the lining!! Isn’t that fabulous? Can you tell how huge the hemline is? Can you imagine twirling in this? Oh it must be glorious to wear this piece. Ever since I modeled for Rachel Clark when she spoke at my guild, I have come to love a beautiful lining.
Okay, I am not in love with the aesthetics of this one, but hear the story: Valerie asks the question, do you ever want to hide in your sewing room for days? If so, then this is the perfect garment-guaranteed to keep you camouflaged for days! Isn’t that a hoot?
I still have much to post about Houston, one more post about PIQF and lots of other happenings so come back and visit! I’ll post this to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday later in the day.
Love it! And you know what’s so fascinating to me? I was at PIQF, and thought I had looked THOROUGHLY at all the quilts there, and most of these I don’t recognize at all! I am especially interested in Jennifer Day’s quilt and wish I could have studied it in person. Thanks for taking the time to share!
You’re welcome Debby-thanks for the comment. It’s the same with everyone. I’ll see someone else’s post and wonder if we were at the same show!
Donna Brennan says
I’m grateful for the vicarious trip to shows. Can’t wait for your Houston stories and photos to roll in (no hurry!). A couple of things in this group from PIQF struck me:
1. Jennifer Day’s lantern image is so precious. I’ll go look her up to see what kind of fabric she prints on. Or I may eventually get brave and do what you’ve suggested: just print on whatever fabric you want. I’ve had trouble quilting the pre-packaged fabrics for photo printing. I was also struck by the almost traditional quilting Jennifer used. Bubbles and feathers, etc.
2. Bethune Nemesh and Joanie Poole took trapunto to a new high, showing very strong pictorials. Wow, that owl.
3. Is there a name for the style of composition used in the collaborative piece by Fiber Art Friends? I’ll research that too.
Glad you enjoy them Donna! Let me answer some questions:
Jennifer Day-she states on her blog somewhere what fabric she uses-I forget. She says that the fabric makes a difference. Sorry, I know I’m no help.
2. Both Bethane and Joanie usually do not trapunto. They both typically use wool batting, maybe even 2 layers. By quilting the background heavily you get a trapunoted effect on the unquilted areas.
3. I don’t know but isn’t that the coolest collaborative piece? It looked like they were permanently (?) hooked together.
And I agree about your assessment of the collaborative piece-no real focal point yet there are enough “threads” of interest to keep my eye moving and enough “solid” items to keep me from feeling unanchored.
Donna Brennan says
Okay, more on #3. Without a single focus, the piece still demonstrates unity, balance, movement, contrast, rhythm, an overall unified structure, and things in proportion to one another. A great example to prove that having a single, strong focal point (balanced, of course) is not all there is to composition.