Tuesday, November 03, 2015

International Quilt Festival: Part Two

This year, we decided to attend lectures and demos instead of having to do all the planning and prep for classes. They were all excellent, but two of them stood out.

Kaffe Fassett has done a new series of quilts that are modern riffs on traditional, historic quilts. It was very interesting to hear about his background and his process. I have always been a big fan of his use of color, no matter the medium. The exhibit showcased his modern versions hung next to the traditional ones, but photography was not permitted. You can see the modern ones at http://www.kaffefassett.com/Patchwork.html, click on the Heritage Quilts book. This one is my favorite:
Autumn Crosses, copyright Kaffe Fassett

It was thrilling to hear Georgia Bonesteel reminisce about what she has learned during her long career. I loved to watch her on PBS back in the day (http://www.georgiabonesteel.com/tv.php). She gave each lecture attendee a DVD about the history of quilting in the US. Hope to watch it soon.

Janet Stone won Best of Show for a quilt in her alphabet series named "Ewe are My Sunshine". The real quilters around the show said that the quilting on it was "over the top" and "beyond awesome". She said that this quilt taught her that "Red is a neutral."
Ewe are My Sunshine, copyright Janet Stone

This talented woman had another quilt in the show that ribboned (I don't remember the name of this one):
Copyright Janet Stone

AND she has won in the Houston show in past years.

A Letter Bit of Baaltimore, copyright Janet Stone

Can you imagine?

Sunday, November 01, 2015

International Quilt Festival 2015: Part One

We always love attending the luncheon where the winners in each category discuss their quilts. This year's winners is an especially international group, but there was a Lone Star winner!

Melissa Sobotka, the winner in the Contemporary Art division for her beautiful "End of the Spin" quilt was familiar to us because she won Best of Show in 2013 for what remains one of my all-time favorite quilts, "Chihuly's Gondola".

"End of the Spin" copyright Melissa Sobotka

"Chihuly's Gondola" copyright Melissa Sobotka

The most exciting part of the luncheon, by far, was meeting a group of women from Japan. One relative and one friend won their divisions and three other women had quilts hanging in the show. Our table-mate, Sachiko Chiba, won two ribbons! This one is my favorite:

"Pride" copyright Sachiko Chiba