2014 International Quilt Festival

On Halloween, I took the day off work, and drove myself down to Houston so I could check out the International Quilt Festival!

Ruby Jubilee quilt display

I spent about 6 hours at the festival, and quickly learned that only one day spent there is not nearly enough time to see everything!

I spent most of my time just walking around and seeing the beautiful quilts, and checking out the many, many (as in, over 1,000) vendors selling all sorts of quilty things.

I couldn’t resist buying some fabric:
Fat Quarters from the International Quilt Festival
Fat quarters from Web Fabrics.

Half Yards from the International Quilt Festival
Half yard cuts from Heartway International.

owl stamp
And this cute owl stamp from Country Keepsakes.

I had also heard some great things on Molli Sparkle’s blog about Bloc Loc rulers, so I was excited to come across their booth…but unfortunately they were all sold out of the two sizes I was considering! I think I may have to order one online. I often find myself needing to square up blocks, and this seems like the perfect tool!

Now, let’s move on to the amazing quilts! I’ll just jump right into it with the photos. I picked a few of my favorites, and listed them under their specific categories.

Ruby Jubilee: A 40-Year Celebration

This is a special exhibit to celebrate the festival’s 40th year. The photo at the top of this post shows how they were beautifully displayed. I couldn’t see the quilt labels for these, so I’m not able to credit the artists.

Ruby Jubilee Quilt 5Ruby Jubilee Quilt 2

Ruby Jubilee Quilt 6
Ruby Jubilee Quilt 1
Ruby Jubilee Quilt 4
Ruby Jubilee Quilt 4 Detail
Ruby Jubilee Quilt 3

Art-Abstract, Large

Gratitude, by Pat Budge

Gratitude, by Pat Budge

Art-Abstract, Small

Canola Fields, by Leah Gravells

Canola Fields, by Leah Gravells

detail of Canola Fields

Fireball, by Candice Phelan

Yellow Sky, by Shirley Gisi

Yellow Sky, by Shirley Gisi

Art-Pictoral

Three Brains, by Laura Espenscheid

Three Brains, by Laura Espenscheid

Art-Miniature

Making Waves, by Pat Hilderbrand

Making Waves, by Pat Hilderbrand

Identity, by Linda Postlethwait

Identity, by Linda Postlethwait

Art-Naturescapes

Cherry Blossoms at Night, by Makiko Aoki

Cherry Blossoms at Night, by Makiko Aoki

The Frozen Waterfall, by Yoshiko Miyamoto

The Frozen Waterfall, by Yoshiko Miyamoto

Fuji and Sakura, by Masako Sakagami

Fuji and Sakura, by Masako Sakagami

detail of Fuji and Sakura

Art-People, Portraits, and Figures

I Want to Ride my Bicycle, by Melissa Burdon

I Want to Ride my Bicycle, by Melissa Burdon

Embellished

After Hadrian, by Sue McCarty

After Hadrian, by Sue McCarty

detail of After Hadrian

The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase

Funky Junk, by Renee Tallman

Funky Junk, by Renee Tallman

Disruption, by Barbara Lockwood

Disruption, by Barbara Lockwood

detail of Disruption

Broken Bars, by Rebecca Roach

Broken Bars, by Rebecca Roach

Pick up Sticks, by Becky Goldsmith

Pick up Sticks, by Becky Goldsmith

Grand Canal, by Casey York

Grand Canal, by Casey York

Celebrating Farm to Fabric: American Made Challenge

Star Spangled, by Toby Lischko

Star Spangled, by Toby Lischko

The Fifty Color Kaleidoscope, by June Nyvall

The Fifty Color Kaleidoscope, by June Nyvall

Retrospective: Work by Jewel Patterson Scholarship Winners

Tessellating Wings, by Wendy Butler Berns

Tessellating Wings, by Wendy Butler Berns

Reflections, Presented by Dinner at Eight Artists

Waning Crescent Meditation, by Deborah Boschert

Waning Crescent Meditation, by Deborah Boschert

Innovative Pieced

Communion, by Martha Kinman

Communion, by Martha Kinman

detail of Communion

And that’s it! These were just a tiny sample of the quilts on display.

I know this post is photo-overload, but I loved these quilts so much, I had to share. Hope you found a little inspiration like I did!

 

 

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