International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, is such a special time. I go to Quilt Market which immediately precedes Quilt Festival. All of the exhibits are in place so I get to see all the spectacular quilts but I don’t know which quilts are prize winners until after I get home.
Quilt Market and Festival are held at the George R. Brown Convention Center so there is plenty of room. And that’s a good thing. This year there were over 40 different exhibits. One of the exhibits was a celebration of the Dear Jane quilts.
Here are four of the quilts from that exhibit.
Then I photographed a handful of quilts from other exhibits.
Old Denim Square had actual parts of jeans like pockets, snaps and zippers incorporated in the quilt.
The colors in African Village were so bright and so vivid.
Tickled Pink was wonderful. I just stared and stared.
And check out Sunshine. The little squares looked to be about 1” x 1”. It has 80,402 pieces.
Erin also has tiny pieces but they are irregular shapes that create a mosaic-type of portrait quilt.
Insanity was based on an antique quilt from the early 1800s. There are 130 2-inch LeMoyne stars.
Suwon Hwasung (Suwon Castle) reminded me of a pencil or ink drawing. It is hand dyed and machine quilted.
And Nancy’s Closet is one of my favorites. Senior designer in our office Kathryn Wright created it. It’s a beautiful quilt made with flying geese units that Kath received in an office block exchange. If you’d like to make a quilt like this one, the pattern is available in the July/August 2016 issue of Quiltmaker or as a digital download.
I always come home from Houston inspired and just aching to get to my sewing room.