It is once again time for the Houston International Quilt Festival. I have gone for the past several years, though I do not quilt, I go to be awed by the wonderful creations. This year I am happy to say I know an artist with two modern quilts on exhibition! I apologize for the quality of the photos, they were taken on my phone. The subjects are so wonderful, I hope you will be able to appreciate them nonetheless.
Let's start with the quilts I came to see. Hillary of Entropy Always Wins has made this bit of wonderfulness with her Life in the ER Quilt
The links above will take you to her posts about these profound and meaningful quilts. I cannot do her meaning justice. I was hoping to meet Hillary in person at the festival this year. Life interrupted and she was unable to attend. In absence of her, I promised to "meet her quilts" instead. Her I am with one of them and my little quilt show buddy.
While were we posing for this photo, I overhead other attendees discussing Hillary's quilt. I was so pleased to hear good words on her work I did the unthinkable, I introduced myself. I said "I know the artist and she is great." The response was, "I know Hillary too!" Turns out, I was chatting with Stephanie of Spontaneous Threads, and Kathryn of Upitis Quilts. These are people I am familiar with through Instagram posts involving Hillary. Recognizing the serendipity of the moment, we immediately decided to take a photo to commemorate our meeting.
Here we are in front of Stephanie's (next to me) quilt. The quilt is made with a photo reflective fabric that illuminates when exposed to the light of the flash. It is pretty amazing to look at the quilt in real life then see the lit areas exposed.
After those thrills, Little Miss and I took advantage of the light crowds of the preview night to see more quilts. We did not get through all of them, but we had a good time. Did you know a quilt show is an awesome place to play "I Spy"? Little Miss was the only child I saw and she got really excited about the shapes, colors and textures of the quilts.
I love that she wanted to come to her conclusions about the quilt, then she would read the artists' thoughts. The quilt she is reading about is made with many circles of fabric. It wasn't until I looked at the photo at home did I see the word "dot" in the design.
The quilt above is made using fabric yo-yos!
Look at the scale of that quilted mural!
This quilt makes me rethink my stack of old denim!