Here we go, Houston 2022 quilts!! This year was especially challenging, as I had extremely limited time on the show floor. So I ran around and took photos without the joy of lingering in front of them, drinking in their beauty and detail.
Also, please note, there are NOTEABLE quilts that I don’t have photos of. If a lingering group was in front of a quilt I wanted to photograph, I just couldn’t wait until they left. I have no photos of some of the most remarkable quilts. And many times I do not post my photos of the big prize winners. Excellent photos of them are everywhere.
My “Much in Common” was on display and I was pleasantly surprised that when I first visited her, she had a group in front of her, enjoying the details and discussing her. That was cool! Honestly, in a sea of spectacular, I am thrilled that anyone stopped to enjoy my work. And look who she was next to – a very deserving award winner.
I have a philosophy about showing my work. Generally, I only show my work where I am teaching. The level of competition is so high that I know I will not ribbon, which is fine. Competition for me sucks the joy right out of quilting. If I’m trying for a ribbon, every. detail. matters. Ugh. I like to show where I’m teaching and that’s it. Others find joy in competition, I do not. Of course, if by some wild chance I ribboned, YES, I would be thrilled! But I don’t want to endanger the joy of creating.
Oddly enough, I found myself drawn to generally more traditional quilts this year. I am very careful to acknowledge the maker and quilter, but signage was sometimes confusing. If I have an error, please write me and I will fix right away. BTW, if you see my finger in front of a quilt for scale, I was NOT touching the quilt.
I will comment only on a few quilts as I go:
The details on this quilt were divine; enjoy:
Amy Pabst work is stunning. This is a small quilt, note the ribbon’s size next to it. See below for how teeny tiny those seams are. Imagine the accuracy!
A new look for Paula Nadelstern’s iconic kaleidoscope quilts.
There was lots of bling on this one!
I am a long time admirer of Diane’s work. She frequently uses some sort of sheer fabric that will cast shadow on the wall. This quilt cast a beautiful shadow.
I love how she capture the essence and freedom of “boy”.
“Photographic elements on canvas” created a remarkable piece. You HAD to draw in and look at it. I wish I had details shots to share with you. It was an amazing piece in person.
Hand pieced and quilted based on Persian carpets. What a magnificent piece!
This was one of my favorites. Look at that border!
I love everything Jane creates. This piece is so exuberant and colorful.
Incredible use of commercial ombre fabric.
Now you know I love a whole cloth! This was so beautifully designed and quilted. It just glowed!
Oh my, the hand workmanship!
I love Jane’s work and this quilt hung in the hand stitched category along with with the exquisite, detailed hand work like the quilt above. I loved that! Jane’s work is beautiful and whimsical, a delightful departure from the more detailed work.
I got a chance to talk with Sue; I appreciated the fact that her message was subtle. Her statement says that the animals are expressing their feelings about humans’ empty words about addressing habitat loss and climate change. She quilted her message into the top of the quilt. Sorry I didn’t get a good photo of you Sue!
I’ve got more next week. I may also be able to get to the River City Show too – I haven’t forgotten! It takes quite an effort to crop, adjust color and resize each image. I am running as fast as I can!
I’ll share at: