Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from Houston

Welcome to the Houston International Quilt Festival, everyone !

The Toad Collector by Deborah Quinn Hensel 

Quilt Inspiration is thrilled to be in Houston, Texas for the biggest and best known quilt show in the entire world.  As part of the doll display here, "The Toad Collector" by Deborah Quinn Hensel from the  Material Girls Cloth Doll Club wishes everyone a very Happy Halloween ! ( Check out the little frog that she's cuddling on her lap)

Let's get right down to business !  We know you're waiting to see the award winners !

Chihuly's Gondola by Melissa Sobotka, Richardson, Texas

$10,000.00 Best of Show Award goes to Melissa Sobotka for this resplendent, stunning quilt depicting the glass art of Dale Chihuly.  Melissa says, "Art reflecting art. This is my interpretation of a photograph I took as the sun set on a reflecting pond at the Dallas Arboretum." The gondola of glass balls was part of the installation exhibit  Garden and Glass by Dale Chihuly, sponsored by Cirro Energy.

Close-up, Chihuly's Gondola by Melissa Sobotka

We were delighted to meet and chat with Melissa, who has a degree in Fine Arts and who enjoyed a successful career as a graphic designer. Her extraordinary work is an original design, done in batik fabrics and Tsukineko inks, with raw edge applique and machine quilting.

We'll be adding more photos soon !  Stay tuned.

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