If I am able, I like to attend the annual Quiltfest held here in town. Many of the quilts are much more traditional in style than those I typically am interested in making, although they are beautiful in their own way. And I certainly appreciate the work that goes into creating these quilts! Here are a few of my favorites. The photos are blurry because I had a limited amount of time to get through the exhibit, unfortunately!
I love the green background, the bright colors, the obvious influence of Amish quilts and all the solid colors. This quilt reminds me a lot of an updated version of the quilts that would be entered into our county fair or sold at church auctions or the historical society when I was a kid.
I have wanted to make a 60 degree quilt for a long time but my piecing is not good enough yet; I think I would get very frustrated with missing points and so on. Again I love the colors and the use of solids. I also think the quilting is fantastic.
This quilt is made using the Loominous fabric line by Anna Maria Horner, so called because the patterns are yarn-dyed wovens and/or are shot cottons (two different colors of thread for the warp and weft). This process gives the fabric a shimmer that prints don’t have. I think the improvisational log cabin blocks are really wonderful, too.
I have very little interest in ever making an applique quilt of my own, but I do have a fondness for Baltimore Album style quilts and similar. I love the story that is told in these blocks and can’t imagine the patience it took to complete this quilt.
This quilt uses a really interesting applique technique in which the printed motifs from various fabrics are cut out and reassembled to create a new image. In this case individual flowers coalesce to create the sea horse and sea floor. So cool!
I love this one — the movement and the simple geometrics, plus the use of negative space. Probably most similar to what I would make on my own given free reign (and not silly limitations like trying to use the fabric stash I have on hand and/or appealing to the ultimate recipient of the quilt).
You can’t tell, but this quilt glowed. It was really appealing to me and I love the wonky squares that surround the larger squares. I also love the way you get the impression that you are looking through myriad windows.
Another favorite — this quilt was a perfect pairing of pattern, shape, and fabric line. I have the ruler that is used to create these shapes and am inspired to actually make use of it!
There were many, many more wonderful quilts but these stood out to me. Do you have a favorite of the bunch?