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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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Color is a passion for Christine Barnes, a seasoned Sunset Books editor who has devoted herself to fabric art. Last week I went to see her speak at a quilt guild meeting and was astonished by her art.

She first displayed a color wheel made purely of fabrics. Nice idea, since the colors are much more vibrant here than in a typical book about art theory:

 

She shared numerous quilts she has made, and here’s a small sampling. Before you look, see if you can spot some “magic colors” (her term) that seem to jump off the screen. The first one’s called Black Opals & Ribbon Candy–a fun name, isn’t it?

I can picture making the quilt below. You create square blocks and then chop them up and resew. The stripes are subtle but really do add a depth here:

The third quilt, above, conveys a great sense of dimension (apologies for the wavy image; this quilt was displayed on stairs). It’s inspiring, since I’ve been wondering about making 3-D illusion quilts.

This last one showed a good use of ombre fabric. I’ve seen those for sale and generally avoided their graded colors, because I just didn’t know what to do with them. But you can see here how much dimension they, too, can add:

Christine teaches classes and seminars, and I’d like to take one sometime to learn about how exactly she tracks down and auditions these colors. Very precisely, I think!

 

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The PIQF in Santa Clara, CA displayed a remarkable array of every type of quilt and fiber art. It really blew me away to see what people have created. I thought I’d share a handful of photos that I took there–just some highlights of the numerous amazing projects on view. Sorry, most of my photos don’t have attributions for the quilters, but each and every one is really a true work of art.

Look at these colors!

If you can see the quilting stitches here, you’ll notice a man sitting in this tropical scene:

This photo above is a close up of the upper-right corner of this amazing quilt, “What’s Your Dream,” by Penny S. Hanscom of Carmichael, CA. I cannot imagine the time and effort this took. Extraordinary!

The following is an Amish-inspired quilt with gorgeous quilting, which I tried to show in this no-flash photo (too bad it’s a bit dark). I can’t wait to make an Amish-palette quilt sometime soon, and I purchased a few hand-dyed solids at the festival for that very purpose!

This is a close-up of a terrific figurative quilt. I love how these kinds of quilts are really like paintings:

This is a piece by Robbi Joy Eklow of Illinois called “Steampunk.” It took my breath away.

Here is a close-up of the center of the flower:

This really pops and reminds me of the 1960s:

This was displayed with some Rose of Sharon-style quilts. Applique from heaven!

This landscape is so realistic, I can’t believe it’s made of fabric and thread:

Love this Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. I want to make one. Colors here are so bright, so stimulating to my eyes, that it almost brings me to tears! A friend (you know who you are!) has made hundreds of these flowers in various sizes for her awesome quilts.

Another landscape that really shines.

This is a quilt of an image of Lombard Street, San Francisco’s windiest road. So clever. It’s by Susan Lane Coburn of Vallejo, CA.

It’s now one of my dreams to add one of my own works of art to these walls someday…

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