Monday, October 17, 2011

Quilt Show Road Trip !

Welcome to the Pacific International Quilt Festival in California, the biggest quilt show on the west coast of the U.S.A.

This quilt show also includes a traveling exhibit of the winners of the World Quilt Show, held last August in New Hampshire, U.SA.  Join us for a look at some of the finest quilts on earth !

Please note:  We strictly obey all rules regarding photography in quilt shows. We take photos only where they are permitted, and we always provide attribution for each work. 

Mighty Departures, 88.6 x 68.9, by Sadako Negishi, Japan

Since we have recently featured a series of article on quilts made from recycled fabrics, we were especially captivated by this lovely work.  It is made from pieces of recycled materials donated to the quilter. She writes, "Japan suffered from an unexpected natural disaster ( the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011). We all need to quickly rise up and face the disaster. I place my hope in the Whooper Swans, flapping their wings in the splashing water. This expresses dreams, hopes, and courage."

Close-up of Mighty Departures by Sadako Negishi

Sadako used only recycled materials such as cotton-silk, pure silk, braids, beads, and netting.  Here you can see how she fashioned the white tulle netting into rounded blossoms and pleated triangular shapes, and appliqued it onto the top of the quilt. Underneath the tulle on the background, she has attached hundreds of white pearl beads.  For her magnificent work, Sadako won the blue ribbon first place award for "Best of Country", meaning that it was judged the best out of all quilts entered from Japan.

Once Loros de Panama,  72 x65, by Carol L. Smith, California

The Spanish name of this quilt translates to "Eleven Parrots of Panama." ( We believe that the quilter is referring to two additional parrots in the border fabric designed by Ellen Edith).   Carol says, "Imagine yourself in a garden in Panama. Through the windows in the garden wall, you can see brightly colored parrots enjoying the flowers and sunshine."  This quilter has used a unique setting of traditional attic windows blocks to showcase the very tropical-looking  parrots. Carol's work is machine-pieced, and machine quilted by herself.

Close-up of Once Loros de Panama by Carol L. Smith

 Molas are brightly colored, embroidered, and reverse- appliqued geometric designs made famous by the talented Kuna tribe, indigenous to Panama.  The molas used in this quilt  were made by unknown artists and purchased in Panama.  Traditionally, molas have used geometric non-objective designs, but in recent times, molas have incorporated objects of nature, such as animals, birds, flowers, and trees. 

Chevron Global AIDS Memorial Quilt 2009 by various unlisted artists

This 2009 album quilt is one of eleven AIDS quilts produced by the employees of Chevron, a large energy company, with offices around the world.  Employees from many different countries constructed these blocks in honor of their friends or loved ones who were lost to AIDS or HIV. On  this somber but very touching quilt, the description  reads, " Empowering individuals and communities to respond to HIV/ a critical and fundamental part of respecting their human rights."  The blocks here come from Africa, Mexico,South American, Kazakhstan, and Southeast Asia.  Volunteers from Chevron's corporate headquarters in San Ramon, California, have carefully stitched the blocks together and constructed the red ribbon border.

Close-up of Chevron Global AIDS Memorial Quilt 2009

At the bottom of this beautiful appliqued block with trapunto elephants in silver fabric with gold accents,  you can see the names of those honored here.  As noted in the description, "The guardian elephants from Asia represent royalty, power, wisdom, and longevity. In eastern religious art, the elephant often represents Ganesha, the great Hindu god, which is celebrated in festivals yearly."

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