Monday, November 8, 2010

My Day At International Quilt Festival

We just returned home from 10 wonderful days in Oklahoma and Texas. One day was dedicated to the International Quilt Festival and I have lots to share but I thought I would start with a few pictures from the Kaffe Fassett exhibit. The exhibit (and his lunch lecture that I was able to attend) was entitled Simple Shapes and the quilts in the exhibit were made from squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. I have mentioned in a previous post that I was not a fan of the fabrics when they first started showing up in the quilt stores but then the right quilt (Roseville Album) came along and I was hooked. I have looked at these quilts in the last couple of books by Kaffe Fassett but when I saw them in person the thoughts that kept coming to my mind were how warm and vibrant these quilts are. The pictures I tried to take to show this areall close ups, not the quilt as a whole but that feeling of being absorbed into these colors.

Congratulations also to Founders Award Winner Nancy Kern's and her spectacular Mary Simon Rediscovered. I happened to catch Nancy sitting by her quilt and answering questions about the quilt and her quilt making process.

Another favorite of mine was Pat Holly's quilt Paisley Peacock. What I like about this quilt is that Pat's applique method is raw edge fused and a small machine blanket stitch.I have Pat's (and her sister Sue Nichols) book, Raw Edge Applique, and use their methods when I machine applique, I was happy she won a major award at the show using this technique.

There was also a variation of the Civil War Bride in the show. This quilt was made by Marion Woods, she did some wonderful Broderie Perse applique and I loved the owl face fabric she managed to find for her quilt.

I will save the shopping side of my day at the quilt festival for another post.

Happy Stitching,


  1. Wow! What an array of wonderful quilts you were able to see. Thanks for the virtual show!!

  2. Wow beautiful quilts. I have the Mary Simon pattern on my to do list and after seeing this one I may have to move it up in the que.