Art Quilts I am in awe of...

I consider myself an "advanced beginner" art quilter. I've made about 10-12 art quilts, mainly landscape scenes, but I strive to improve and expand my techniques. My favorite magazine, Quilting Arts, always inspires me to try new things, which unfortunately I never seem to have the time for. Things like using Shiva paint sticks, embellishing and dying fabrics to within an inch of their life, and even drooling over the challenges they throw out like "Quilt Around the Clock" and "Let Out Your Inner Animal"

Before I had my daughter, I went to the Houston Quilt Festival almost every year, for about 5-6 years straight. I would spend hundreds of dollars on the latest fabrics, notions, kits, and other miscellaneous quilting/fiber art doodads. But my favorite part of the show was the quilt exhibit, really an art exhibit, for this is where the best of the best come to display their hard work, sweat, tears, and pride of accomplishment. The quilts at Festival are truly individual works of art, and the openness of the show floor, allows you to take your time and study each quilt at your leisure.

Here are a few examples of my favorites over the years. I apologize for not being able to give credit to the actual quilt maker for each quilt, because while I took time to photograph the quilts, I didn't always take a separate photograph of the card plate next to the quilt. Suffice it to say, I am certainly not trying to take credit for any of these gorgeous quilts, just display a few examples of the incredible work of those I admire and who have mastered this craft.

This one I do know the creator: Christine Fries. Amazing work and attention to detail. I was fortunate to take a class from her years ago, and still use the techniques she taught me.

Look at how gorgeous this octopus is! And that clam in the bottom right..

Hollis Chatelain quilt: I bow down to her truly amazing skills.

I love the ruffles used to make the jellyfish "tails"....I even took a closer pic of them

The fabric used to make the water in the waterfall was an iridescent/filmy type of material. And I love how she did the trees in closeup, almost as if they're popping off the canvas.

Hubba, hubba! Who knew quilts could have such sex appeal?
Love the fact this is a "nude" art, done all in fabric!

Well, there you have it, some of my favorites from years past in quilt shows. Again, I apologize for not being able to give appropriate credit to all of the quilts above. I just hope it inspires you to attend your next quilt..no FABRIC ART show, wherever one is in your area. Or even make plans to attend Houston Quilt Festival 2010. Not only will it happily lighten your pocketbook from the hundreds of vendors, you'll be dizzy from all of the gorgeous displays of fabric art. As well as inspired to get back home and create some of your own!


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