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I brought back a bunch of photos to share from last month’s PIQF in Santa Clara, CA. Such a wide range of beautiful creations and award-winning quilts. It’s quite overwhelming as you walk through the displays. I captured images of some of my favorite pieces. Enjoy this taste of the show – in no particular order! Hats off to these terrific fabric artists.

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Quilts were on walls everywhere throughout the convention center.

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Hi there! Sorry I haven’t posted anything since August. The past few months have been a challenge–we moved houses, and despite the fact that we were moving within the same city, the process took much more work, energy, and time than I’d anticipated! Now I’m finally trying to get back in the saddle with some creative projects. More on that soon, but in the meantime, I did find time to attend the Pacific International Quilt Festival held in Santa Clara, CA, in October. As I have for the past few years, I took some photos that I’d like to share here. This time, no credits on specific images–just enjoy the colors, patterns, and incredible artistry of some of the most innovative and meticulous quilters out there.

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I’d like to take one more chance to document the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) 2012. There were a couple of remarkable special exhibitions, and this one was my favorite:

These quilts were featured in a special exhibition called “Life,” by Yoshiko Katagiri of Japan. Absolutely ethereal in person. She used a handful of bright traditional Japanese fabrics against pale solid lights and rich dark blacks and navies. It really blew me away. This is the quilt I first noticed, an image of the iconic Mount Fuji:

There’s a light touch in these pieces I really admire, and they combine creativity and tradition in a unique way. I’ve always liked Japanese textiles and design style, and these are fine example of the uses of both.

Another exhibition that caught my attention was called “From Marble to Marvelous,” featuring 20 quilts inspired by marble tile floors in European cathedrals. This one was gorgeous:

I took a close look at a few by Christine Porter of the UK. I own a couple of her books, and though I have not had the chance to make one of her patterns yet, I’m hoping to do so one of these days. Her quilts are beautifully pieced.

Here is a photo of an image of the original marble tiling that this quilt is based on:

And finally, I liked this very modern take on a tile-based design:

One more quilt to share with you. I took a look at the international quilt exhibition during my last few minutes at the festival. This quilt from Israel made me stop in my tracks. It’s called “The Dead Sea,” by Gisha Wogier:

The use of the log cabin blocks for the water here was so clever and the artist chose the perfect colors:

On that note, I’ll leave you, I hope feeling inspired and not too intimidated to go create something spectacular… or just plain fun.

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You didn’t think I was done talking about the Pacific International Quilt Festival yet, did you? I have lots more photos to share. I was very intrigued by quilts that incorporated traditional patchwork with innovative or modern techniques. These are the kinds of pieces that I aspire to do someday. Here are a few I thought you might like to see. I’ll put the artist’s name under the quilts here.

Jaye Lapachet

Gail E. Abeloe

Jan Soules

Vicki Thompson

Debra Blake

Pamela Rocco

Pamela Rocco

Marcia DeCamp

Giny Dixon

Pam Larcher, Kathy Seely, Nancy Samples, Jackie Pavlicek

Tracey Barber

Karen Springsteen

Sandy Curran

My friend Atsuko and I paused to admire quite a lot of the quilts we saw. One of the pieces that really caught our eyes was this one by Marion L. Speers of Honolulu:

I took the photo at an angle to show the remarkable “trapunto” technique used here–the quiltmaker stuffed these pieces full, to give them great depth. Here’a a closeup of the Fleur-de-Lys and of one of the crazy-patch marquise-shaped pods:

Another unusual piece that caught my fancy was this heavily beaded wall quilt by Janeene Herchold of Redding, CA:

Up close, the bead work is stunning. Since my younger daughter is a huge frog fan, I captured this image for her:

I have a few more photos to share from the festival’s special exhibitions, including images of quilts by some of the festival’s instructors… Next time…

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I spent much of this weekend at this year’s Pacific International Quilt Festival held in Santa Clara, CA. It’s an annual mecca of quilters and fabric artists, displaying over 800 quilts and quilted art objects. The sheer volume of materials both in the competition and for sale is overwhelming and it took me two trips to see most, but not all, of what PIQF had to offer.

I’ll spend a couple blog posts on this because I’d love to show you samples of how awesome the quilts on display were! First off, a quilt designed and made by the husband of one of my daughter’s terrific teachers, Miss Sue. His name is Bret Young and this is called “Meta” – I think it was inspired by “QR codes” that have been popping up on ads everywhere, which can be read by smartphones:

Of course there’s a huge range in the quilts on display from traditional, to modern, to innovative, to really cool figurative work. I’ll focus here on some of those landscape and figurative art quilts and save the rest for another post.

One of the most interesting pieces to me was a four-piece quilted version of a Wayne Thiebaud painting, “River and Farms,” which I recall seeing in a local museum. This work by Donna Brennan, Jenny K. Lyon, Anita Marshall, and Margo Wilson is stunning– it captures the colors and landscape view very well, and also employs three-dimensional yarns, threads and pieces that leap off the surface:

I saw several great ocean quilts. I enjoyed this one, Turtle Sea by Rusty Brockman (a closeup of the turtle too!):

And here are a sampling of a few other figurative art quilts that I admired:

“Here’s Looking at You,” Elizabeth T. Ward

“Hippo Love,” Janet Fogg

“Brian the Basilisk,” Jane Haworth

“Flooded,” Tanya Brown

“Mermaid Magic,” Donna Blum

“Down and Away Below,” Ruth De Bord (close-up)

“The World,” Rachel Wetzler

close-up from “The World”

“Stripe,” Janet Fogg

“At First Light,” 6-panel image of Portland by Tigard, OR, quilters

“If I Had a Princess,” Alexandra Von Burg

“Great Blue Herons,” Joanne Baeth

And finally here, I will share with you a work I’ve been admiring in book form for a while, which I got to see in person: Kay Mackenzie’s “Lollipop Grove”:

A tree close-up:

So very charming. I’ve been working with her book to make some crazy-patched hearts for applique…

So you can see that PIQF offered lots of inspiration and truly fantastic quilt art. More photos coming soon!

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