Thursday, June 14, 2012

Inspiration and Appreciation

WARNING -- lots of pictures -- few words!  While cleaning up my iPhoto files, I came across a lot of pictures from quilt shows and I just love the variety of quilts and techniques.  Since I don't have a lot of progress to show from this week, I thought I'd share some quilts that I think are lovely -- and that provide inspiration to me.

Check out the first quilt.  If this doesn't prove that all kinds of disparate fabrics can be used to create a spectacular quilt -- I don't know what does!  There are calicos, florals, lame', plaids, etc.  And the design works -- at least for me.

Striking!!!!  Colors, design, values all work.

I hope you can see a close of up this quilt.  It was amazing.  I would never ever consider undertaking a piece like this - but I can certainly admire it!
This was a close up of the trapunto and quilting.  Check out the threads used for the quilting as well as the embroidery that was used to enhance it.
Hollis Chatelain.   Need I say more?
Loved the quilting on this one.  Check out that detail...
Just loved this one!  Process is not hard -- but the choice of fabrics is spectacular.  Notice how the motifs flow from one block to the other in a positive-negative way.
Beautiful, right?  Guess what...it's the BACK to the quilt below.....
Jaw-dropping!
These little babies finished at 1.5", I think.  Isn't this something?  I know some of you have made this or a similar quilt before.  Kudos to you!!!
Same here.  Different quilt -- different year.  Same amount of detail....  Wow!
I couldn't leave this quilt when I saw it.  These little logs are satin and finish at 1/2" each.  This is from the late 1800's I think (won't bet my first born on that) and had been put up and was perfectly preserved.  The light just shimmered off these fabrics.  I can't tell you how many times I kept coming back to this.  I bow to this quilt maker.
I loved this.  I keep thinking about what I want to do with my ethnic (particularly African) fabrics and I keep coming back to this.  I think the string blocks were brilliant and a great counterbalance to the ovals.
Just love it.

This was a striking quilt.  From a distance, it appeared to be simply a blue/white quilt.  But up close, the "blues" were all over the place and they worked.  This is definitely on my "to do" list.

I love quilt shows. I like the samples.  I love the vendors!  I like seeing the "in" techniques/colors/fabrics (can you tell that small intricate pieced quilts were vogue one year?).  But I get most of my inspiration from walking around the exhibits and marveling at the creativity, patience, color sense, and talent of quilters when I see the finished product.  As you can imagine, this is just a little sampling of pictures I've taken -- and doesn't include all those wonderful quilts where photos aren't allowed.

What about you - what do you enjoy most at quilt shows?  I hope this has been a week of great inspiration for you!

16 comments:

Kathy said...

Thanks for sharing, it's so wonderful and inspiring to see the work of others :)

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P. said...

Awesome quilts, thanks for sharing! The first one just takes my breath away.

Fabrics N Quilts said...

Beautiful show!

Sue Daurio said...

Wow, thanks for taking us along to the quilt show, it sure was fun :)

Jill said...

Oh wow! Some amazing quilts there - thanks for sharing!

Just wanted to let you know that I featured one of your quilts on my round tuit post this week!
Round Tuit 106
Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Jill said...

Thanks for linking this to a Round Tuit too!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

JAKandGEEGEE said...

What great inspiration, a lovely selection of photos.

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

Quilt shows are awesome! That last one you pictured, the blue and white Burgoyne Surrounded, is one of my favorite patterns.

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Hard to choose my favorite. On the first quilt, I do find it interesting that from a distance the little slice of black on each circle does give the quilt a 3D effect. Thanks for sharing. Found you today on "Creative Itch" but I do check out your blog a lot.

Connie said...

Beautiful quilts and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!
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Rebecca Lynne said...

Thanks for linking to Thursday Think Tank. These photos are great...wonderful inspiration.

Claire Jain said...

These are beautiful! I wondered if that was one of Hollis's quilts. Her style is so characteristic. I'm with you on the intense quilting, too. I think I'll just admire and appreciate the beautiful work of others ;-) Thanks for sharing :-D

Mary @ Sea Quilts said...

Thanks for the peek! All the visual beauty of a quilt show ... and my feet aren't even sore.

Thanks so much,
Mary

Melissa Corry said...

Those are amazing!!

Bunny said...

Thanks for the quilt show amazing photos.