Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 International Quilt Invitation Exhibition in Brigham City, Utah

The 2016 International Quilt Invitational Exhibition  in Brigham City, Utah, contained so many gorgeous art quilts. Come along with us on our road trip, as we show you some highlights !

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Wind, Moon, and Sun by Marcia Eygabroat, New York

Ivey Hayes, a famous regional artist, contacted Marcia Eygabroat and ask if she would select, then re-create exactly some of his paintings in fabric. The quilter was drawn to the painting Wind, Moon, and Sun because of its vibrant colors.

Close-up, Wind, Moon, and Sun
Marcia explains that the challenge was to find fabric to match every color of the original painting. This entire quilt is pieced. We love the dynamic spirit and energy expressed by this work. 

Autumn Reflections by Gloria Loughman, Australia

The months of March to May are the height of Australia's autumn season. Unfortunately, you won't see masses of colorful foliage in most Australian cities, except perhaps in Canberra, where large numbers of trees lose their leaves and exhibit dramatic seasonal changes.

Close-up, Autumn Reflections
Speaking about Canberra, Australia, Gloria says that the town boasts spectacular promenades of trees that change the skyline to all shades of red, orange, and gold before falling to the footpaths. We think that Gloria has done a very creative job in designing these tree branches so that they very much give the beautiful effect of looking at a stained glass window.

My Deer by Molly Y. Hamilton-McNally, California

Because she was born in China, Molly had no exposure to quilts until 1999 when she attended a small guild show in Tehachapi, California, and immediately fell in love with quilts. She was amazed by the variety of patterns and designs. She especially liked the appliqued quilts. She began designing her own quilts, drawing on her Chinese heritage. Molly discovered that the black edging, which she now uses, helps separate the fabric colors and allow each to stand out individually, without clashing with the others. She says tha a piece of her heart goes into every quilt she makes. We admire the very graceful, lyrical qualities of this lovely pattern.

Spiral Rose Garden by Ann Fahl , Wisconsin

This quilt is the culmination of two years' experimentation with the fused, spiral-rose motif. The garden is set on a background of 20- inch squares, graduating from bright white to darkest black at the lower edge.

Close-up, Spiral Rose Garden
Each rose is machine- embroidered in a zig zag pattern, covering the spiral with matching metallic thread.  The leaves and stems are covered with green holographic thread which adds a subtle sparkle to the plant life growing in this garden. Anne's experimentation with the spiral rose motif has resulted in a very successful, refreshing, contemporary touch to roses which are usually formal, traditional flowers.

Aurora Diamond Landscape by Jan P. Krentz, California

This quilt was inspired by the Aurora Borealis, or the North and South polar lights that are seen in the sky at the higher latitudes of the earth. Jan has cleverly placed the silhouette of a mountain range at the bottom of the quilt, so that the viewer can gain a perspective of the enormity of this stunning light show in the evening sky.

Close-up, Aurora Diamond Landscape

This composition features tone-on-tone batik and hand-dyed fabrics arranged in a painterly impressionist design. The vertical rows of diamonds and partial diamonds are cut to simulate movement.


  1. Wow! another amazing smush of inspiration!

  2. Thanks for the wonderful pics (and detail shots!) as well as the description(s)! So very nice of you...for those of us who can't travel! thanks again!

  3. That must have been quite a show. The pictorial quilts are really stunning.

  4. I haven't stopped by for quite awhile and look at what I've been missing. Spectacular quilts, all of them!

  5. Love them all, but especially Ann Fahl's! Yum!

  6. All beautiful in different than. They explode of creativity. Wonderful inspiration and a very good way to start into the day.
    Thank you so much for sharing.


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