Not all of the categories caught my attention. Seven of the categories (Abstract Small, Applique Large, Applique Small, Group, Merit Quilting - Hand, Naturescape, Pieced Small) were completely missing from my photographs. It clearly shows I have a penchant for the large quilts apart from the Miniature category which always amazes me with its skill and detail.
Be warned there are thirty-nine quilts featured in this post so a packed lunch may be needed whilst you read this. Although if you aren't interested in the artist statements flicking through the pictures should be pretty quick.
It takes quite a while to transcribe all of the artist statements from my average (and sometimes quite out of focus) photographs of the exhibition labels onto the quilt photograph and then into this blog post so I hope these are of interest to you. I do this because I find it personally disappointing when you can't learn more about the art you are viewing. Even the International Quilt Association don't provide the artist statements for the prize winning quilts featured on their website.
There were many quilts in the 2018 show that were extremely blingy. Some quilts had a complete over abundance of them which actually made me feel slightly sick. The best of show (Eternal Beauty by Sherry Reynolds) and Fractal by Claudia Pfeil (abstract large) were for me on the border of good taste.
For this trip the quilts that attracted me the most were the ones with a story but I didn't find one absolute favourite like I did in 2016 where The Unknown Man by Marina Landi and Maria Lucia Azara of Sao Paulo, Brazil drew me back every time I ventured near the exhibition hall.
My favourites were Silent Canary by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA (award winning quilt) and After the Last Sky by Jennifer Bowker of Garran, ACT, Australia (People, Portrait and Figures).
I also found the technique mastery of two other award winning quilts (Blue Anemone by Andrea Brokenshire of Round Rock, Texas, USA and Hope by Ximo Navarro Sirera of Canals, Valencia, Spain) to be superb and the quilts absolutely exquisite.
The standard of exhibits at International Quilt Festival is extremely high and just scrolling through these pictures reminds me of the numerous quilts that were inspiring for one reason or another - anything with machine quilting just love it (The Jump by Cristina Arcenegul Bono was quirky too), Roaming Free by Sophie Standing for the stand out machine embroidery and Keith and Mick by Carol Morrissey for the creative use of circles to create a picture (both in the Animal Kingdom section) and then there was.... so the list goes on.
The Award Winning Quilts
|A sparkly Sherry by her sparkly quilt on opening night|
|A close-up view|
|The detail on the back complete with quilt label|
|Andrea with her exquisite quilt, showing the back detail|
|Ximo and his truly amazing wholecloth quilt on opening night|
|Patricia and her quilt on opening night|
Balanced Piecing and Applique
Fantasy / Whimsy
|Flower Rondo by Chinami Terai of Abiko, Chiba, Japan|
First place, sponsored by Martingale & Company
Merit Quilting - Machine Frame
Merit Quilting - Machine Stationary
People, Portrait and Figures
|After the Last Sky by Jennifer Bowker of Garran, ACT, Australia|
Second place sponsored by The Grace Company, Fine Quilting Frames
Design source: photograph by Mosa’ab Elshamy