Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Highlights of the Pacific International Quilt Festival: Day 1 !

The Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) is the biggest quilt show on the West Coast of the US. We had a great time at the 25th annual show, held last week in Santa Clara, California. There were nearly 1000 quilts on display from around the globe. Here are selected highlights of this year's show!

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David, 76 x 78”, by Gilli Theokritoff (UK)

This quilt is an original design, made from approximately 14,000 small mosaic squares of printed fabric appliqued to a background grid to create the image of Michelangelo’s famous statue David.

Gilli Theokritoff says, "I have always wondered about David’s ambivalent expression and the quilting is my text that explains the history of David and his fall from grace with God." David is hand appliqued and sewing machine quilted. 

Korowai Ma, 57 x 33”, by Annie White (New Zealand)

Annie White says, "Korowai Ma (White Cloak) is a modern interpretation of a Maori cloak, which is traditionally made from finely woven muka (twisted flax fiber). In this modern take, fabric “kete” style weaving anchors a spray of fabric ‘feathers.’ "

Each ‘feather’ is individually made and some are hand-embroidered before being placed on the cloak backing.

Gathered Consciousness, 36 x 36”, by Cindy Watkins (Australia)

Gathered Consciousness was awarded a ribbon of merit from the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ). This original design was machine appliqued and sewing machine quilted using fabrics created by Australian aboriginal artists.

Cindy Watkins says, “The young girl in my quilt was photographed by Robyn Adams at the first revival of the Bunya Dreaming gathering in 2007. This is a celebration to maintain the tradition of the gathering of the Bunya nut. For me she represents the collective consciousness and the future of Australia. My thanks to the aboriginal artists that created the fabric that I have used in my quilt and my respect to the first people for our nation.”

Pink Bird, 50 x 40”, by Judy Coates Perez (California, USA)

Pink Bird won a blue ribbon for Best Sewing Machine Workmanship – Innovative. Judy Coates Perez says, “25 years ago I was making my first art quilts, by appliqueing and piecing commercial fabrics, now I prefer to paint all my fabric. Painting images often inspired by nature, sometimes using photos of real birds and plants as reference for a pose or shape, then altering them graphically. I simplify details, create new patterns and choose different colors to create unique stylized flora and fauna.”

Adorned Elephant, 46 x 64”, by Jane Hopkins (UK).

Jane Hopkins says that the inspiration for Adorned Elephant came from a child’s drawing book. Most of it is machine appliqued, but the hexagons are hand pieced. The fabrics used are hand dyed cottons, silks and parts of saris. The cords and tassels are machine made. The elephant is embellished with beads, sequins and crystals.

Barcelona Sunset, 80 x 80”, by Lisa Walton (Australia)

We loved the gorgeous colors in this quilt, which was inspired by the Modernista tile designs of Barcelona. Lisa Walton's hand dyed fabrics were pieced to make the quilt top. The tile patterns were quilted over the top and then painted. The tile designs were used with permission of The Pepin Press.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2016 Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California.


  1. We are absolutely in awe of these beautiful works of art! Just stunning!

  2. Wow,those are absolutely dazzling.Thanks for sharing photos!

  3. What an amazing variety of quilt art! You attend some fantastic shows. Thanks so much for taking us along. We can see so much more with your eyes on the prize.


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