Friday, November 11, 2011

Houston International Quilt Festival Part 5

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The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, is the world's largest quilt show, with a seemingly endless array of beautiful quilts. Attended by 60,000 quilt lovers, it is truly a quilter's dream.   This is Part 5 of 5, so join us as we take a final look at an assortment of fascinating work.

The Secret Life of Dancing Tulips by Jeanne Brenner, Tallahassee, Florida

This lovely paper-pieced, hand-appliqued, and free-motion quilted work was inspired by Elsie M. Campbell's Star Flower.  Jeanne says, "Put together two friends who sharea love of bright colors and happy quilts and this is the result. The title refers to the dancing tulips subtly quilted into the border.

Buenos Aires. Villa 31.  by Cecilia Koppmann at Patchwork y Cia (Argentina)

Of her intriguing machine pieced, machine appliqued, machine embroidered and machine quilted work, Cecilia writes, "Since 1930 in a central and fashionable area of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, a shantytown called Villa 31 has been growing. Every day, local and foreign migrant workers climb over fences and hastily put up fragile, new walls, or add a precarious additional floor level to constructions that are already shoddily built.  One day as I was sewing, I realized that I was constructing something much in the same haphazard way in which people were building their houses in the Villa 31, by improvising and using leftovers.

Close-up of Buenos Aires. Villa 31

Cecilia has quilted the background of this quilt in patterns which remind one of the tall skyscrapers, with their long straight strands.

My Family Tree of Life, by Ita Ziv, Pardes Hanaa, Israel

Some of the techniques used by Ita are:  freehand cut, fused, and free-motion quilted. Ita Ziv says about the original applique work,  "The names of my family inspired me when making this quilt.  My husband and my parents, children and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, are what makes up My Family Tree of Life.

Close-up of My Family Tree of Life

Through the use of soft, muted Bali batik colors, the artist makes it seem as if the members of her family are continually walking into or coming out of a surreal, misty, almost supernatural world of the eternities. Notice the elegant parallel quilting lines, which seem to point the way into another dimension.

Courthouse Raising by Kathleen Tillman and the members of the Quilter's Guild of Parker County, Texas

Kathleen notes that this hand-appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted work is a log cabin pattern in the beloved barn-raising setting......."inspired by Nadine Murphree of Weatherford, Texas. She wanted a Courthouse quilt. Members of our quilters guild were asked to make the 10" blocks depicting buildings from around Parker County. The seven small blocks were also made by members of the guild."

Close-up of Courthouse Raising

Kathleen herself hand-appliqued the 19 inch Courthouse block in the center of the quilt, then she designed the setting and put the quilt together.   The quilt was quilted by Jo Lynn O'Neil.

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