I had to edit like crazy to get this down to 54 photos! And then I ran into an entire group of photos I hadn’t reviewed, but I’m sticking with what I’ve got. Here we go:
Wild Things, Marianne Williamson, capturing the wild flowers that grow along the highway. I love the controlled chaos, lines and beauty of the color.
Hole Cloth, Birgit Schueller, Germany. It’s hard to tell from the photo but there are literal holes in the quilt. It was done so well and hangs beautifully. The quilting really adds to the design.
Playing in the Waterfall, Valeria Cervetto with Aine Stefane de Souza Bugarin, Brazil. This is one of my favorites of the show. I love the movement, the joy and energy that she has captured. She used some digital printing and felting, as well as a variety of non-quilting fabrics to achieve this effect. Brilliant.
Leaf Ballet, Margarita Korioth. Margarita wanted to draw awareness to the use of recycled paper with her work-the leaves are paper! She has developed a method of “infused newsprint cloth” to get this effect.
We All Have a Story to Tell, Neroli Henderson, Australia. This piece is about strength and tenacity in the face of isolation and vulnerability. Among the techniques she used were giclee print on fabric, trapunto and metal foiling. It was a striking and thought-provoking piece.
Autumn on Blueberry Lane, Sarah Ann Smith, depicting blueberry barrens in the autumn. I’d love to see this scene in person; love that color!
Reeds in the Marsh, Sue Colozzi. This reminds me of the Delta of California but it depicts a moment in the salt marsh. It’s a beautiful and quiet piece.
A Bright Idea, Lynn Czaban, created with quilting and watercolor pencil. What a great expression!
Is She Ready Yet?, Heidi Proffetty. This is based on a photo of Heidi pregnant with her second child. Heidi’s mosaic technique uses a digital cutter. How beautifully captured this moment!
Put Up Your Feet and Take It Easy, Cindy Richard, Israel. Oh I love this image! I miss those times when my boys were little.
Twins With Friends, Henry Donges. This is Henry’s first attempt at an art quilt! Are they not adorable?
Celtic Migration, Angela Petrocelli. There are 7,924 Flying Geese blocks in this quilt! Angela says she loves Flying Geese-ya think? It took her two years to complete and it is a masterpiece. The quilting makes the geese look trapunto’d.
Detail. Is this not amazing?
Farm Market Blooms, Nancy Simmons. Nancy loves diamonds and the precision that they require. This is an adaptation of Edyta Sitar’s Flower Box pattern. I love everything about this quilt – the colors, fabrics, pattern, precision and the movement provided by the diamonds.
Polish Pottery, Chieko Shiraishi, Japan. Chieko was inspired to create this pieced and appliqued piece by Polish pottery. It is made from linen and includes lace. It is stunning and a technical masterpiece.
Detail. Those sprays of yellow flowers – those pieces are half the size of your little finger. And there are hundreds, maybe thousand? This piece took my breath away.
Ocean Sunset, Marilyn Lone, from the SAQA Dusk to Dawn exhibit. What an evocative piece. Marilyn says the ocean is a source of nightmares to her. The sun sets on a calm sea, but what is underneath?
Pieces, Petals, Leaves and Eaves: Bala Cynwyd, Anna Chupa, from the SAQA exhibit Metamorphosis. Anna’s piece draws from flowers, vernacular architecture and Islamic tiles.
Transition, Jennifer Landau, from the SAQA Metamorphosis exhibit. This is a felted piece. “Randomness and order hang in the balance, as pigment and shape transition from one state to the other”. A beautiful and thoughtful piece.
NIght Terror, Phyllis Cullen, from the SAQA exhibit Dusk to Dawn. Isn’t this frightening? It references the part of the night where innocents are bought and sold.
Galaxy 6, Dolores Miller, from the SAQA exhibit Dusk to Dawn. The heavenly bodies are always present but only visible in the night. This is based on a Hubble and Webb telescope image. Felting, foiling, beading and embroidery combine with quilting to create this image.
Another Long Night, Lisa Walton, from the SAQA exhibit Dusk to Dawn. Lisa has trouble sleeping. Doesn’t this perfectly capture insomnia? I can so relate.
Moonlit Canyon, Melody Money, SAQA Dusk to Dawn. Oh the texture and color!
Urban Voyeur – Union Station, Jill Kerttula. Jill had a solo exhibit of awesome work. This photo was taken at Union Station in Washington, D.C. I love her aesthetic.
Memory of a Masterpiece, Lisa Bongean, Quilted by Valerie Krueger. This is based on an antique quilt. Lisa could not get the image out of her mind and had to make this quilt. The half-squares must be 3/4″? I just love a red and white quilt!
Specimens, Barbara Ann McCraw. Based on the Pickle Dish pattern, Barbara added hand-drawn insect images to each center. So unique!
Boot Boutique, Norma Castor. This is computer printed and then appliqued, quilted and embellished. I love this image!
Counsel, Hope Wilmarth. I must have taken a photo of every quilt by Hope in the show – each one attracted me. Imbedded in the quilt are famous phrases by world leaders. It is painted and it is so much better in person.
Exploring Taiwan – A Story of a Metalworker, Hsi-Chen Hsu, Taiwan. This is a portrait of a master metalworker. What a striking image!
Blue Suede Shoes, Joyce Carrier, from the Elvis exhibit. With an obvious design source, I am charmed by Joyce’s interpretation.
Change of Habit, Nancy Adams, from the Elvis exhibit, based on Elvis’ final movie.
Antelope Canyon, Vicki Bohnhoff, from the Landscape exhibit. Vicki asks the viewer to note the pronghorn antelope on the left and the lizard on the right in the clouds.
Montezuma, Brigitte Morgenroth, Germany. I had to control myself from posting lots of photos from this exhibit. I’m pretty sure she had a solo exhibit a few years ago and I remember the fabulous, luminous log cabin quilts that she showed. This was a wow in person and it’s silk!
Yo – Yos a la Mode, Rachaeldaisy Daisy, Australia from the In the American Tradition exhibit. Rachaeldaisy was determined to show that yo – yos are not boring! I think she succeeded.
Chi Rho, Mark Sherman. Mark’s design source was the Book of Kells Folio. What an amazing recreation of this image!
Fleur de Glace, Colette Dumont, Canada. Inspired by an ice flower, Colette’s piece represents ice and cold. It includes LOTS of crystals and beads, applique, digitized embroidery and the stained glass technique among others.
The Space Between Us, Esterita Austin. She says she can relate to the old rusty forms of the cars! This piece used paint and image transfer to create the canvas.
Measure for Measure, Philippa Naylor. This is a mini! The entire quilt is a marvel in design, beauty and technique. This is applique.
Twilight Hours, Ji Yeon Kim, South Korea. Too bad my image is crooked. It was inspired by a painting and used with permission. What a beautiful, haunting image.
Buttermilk and Blue Skies, Daren Grover. This too was one of my favorites. Karen wanted to use denim and applique combined with indigo fabric. She added some vintage shirting. The applique is from Yoko Saito’s Un Jardin Imaginaire.
Jewel Beetel, Esther Tronchoni Simo, Spain. A trained biologist, Esther was fascinated by this image. It is raw edge appliqued.
The next three photos are from my category, Merit Quilting, Stationary Machine.
At Seventeen, Mikyung Jang, South Korea. When Mikyung was seventeen, she went on a trip to a Bulguk Temple. She has pleasant memories of that trip and created this homage to her memory. Look at the detail-it’s all thread with a little bit of paint. No ribbon!
Barcelona, Anna Ordana Pons, Spain. Anna created her piece and used the Art Nouveau style of typography. This won first place in the category.
There were other strong quilts in this category and I was surprised by the judge’s choices. This was my category so I paid particular attention. And no, I did not think my quilt deserved a ribbon against this competition!
Saddles by Cathy Vandiford Wiggins. You’ve probably seen images of these stunning saddles so I won’t include too many here. Her work is unique and ground-breaking. No one thought of working with leather before. Cathy creates these from a saddle form and makes them works of art. There was a huge display of her saddles and it was one of the most popular exhibits on the floor. And she’s a delightful person too!
She puts a lot of thought and detail into each saddle.
Sunday Dresses and Every Day Aprons, Sylvia Weir. This quilt is made from the leftovers of her mother’s aprons. It was such a charming quilt!
Afterglow, Diane Doran, Best of Dinner at 8 exhibit. Diane wrote that she treasures the exquisite moments she spends with nature. This reflects her inner world. OMG those colors!
Pink Oyster Mushrooms, Sarah Ann Smith, Best of Dinner at 8 exhibit. Who’d a thought to make a quilt of these mushrooms? Sarah painted and dyed the fabric to produce this image. What quiet, delicate beauty!
Roxie in the 1997 Halloweenie Parade, Cathie Hoover, Best of Dinner at 8 exhibit. Roxie was memorialized in print and Cathie created this quilt in her honor. It makes me smile.
Clan of Misfits, Libby Williamson. Libby’s quilt is about acceptance into a group. Each individual has traits and idiosyncrasies that can challenge the group. To belong is a gift. Totally charming quilt!
Whew! There is so much more but this is it for Houston this year. I have so many other things waiting to be blogged about! I’ll be linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday-be sure to check out this week’s links!