Saturday, April 28, 2012

IQA quilt show in Cincinnati: part two

Here are a few more pictures from the International Quilting Association show in Cincinnati. These are details, not the full quilts. If anyone objects to an image of their quilt being shown, I will remove it.

Every year this juried exhibit is debuted at the IQA show in Houston, Texas

detail: Austintatious (Barb Forrister)
What a year for 3-D flowers! If you missed the giant Passion Flowers, check yesterday's blog.

detail: Hill Country (Betty Busby)
I can't resist an armadillo on a quilt! There were actually several in the you think it had something to do with so many Texas quilts? This is a small corner of Betty Busby's quilt. There are plenty of flowers in the rest!

This exhibit is another annual one, featuring quilts made that are "clearly based on a documented 20th century or earlier American design or pattern".

detail: Gone to Texas (Ardie L. Skjod, quilted by Debbie Blair)
My list of favorite quilt types is getting long, but the "pink & brown" quilt has been a standard. Of course, to be successful they must have other colors mixed in, but the first impression should always be "pink & brown". This is a classic color combo for any pre-1900 quilt.

Just as a landscape is a natural for pictorial quilting, a cityscape or building inspires a quilter with lines and geometric shapes.

detail: Central Park  (Kathy York)
This is even more amazing than the 3-D flowers! Central Park in New York City is depicted in fabric and surrounded by buildings! Each one is about 2--3" tall. What could have been just a trick really is a beautiful piece of is another detail of the park's interior:
detail: Central Park (Kathy York)
Speaking of 3-D, how about this's the Artist Village!
Artist Village (York, Davilla, Perez, Jenison, Fingal, Hudson, McCauley, Forrister, Adams, Wasilowski, Anderson, Testa, Alford, Call, Allen and Hallmark)
The houses are 1--2' tall, and there are trees and other items, too. I do hope a magazine does an article on this whimsical collaboration so you can get a close up of all the details and clever ideas!
And then there's:
detail: Answering Nature's Call  (Kathy Augar Smith, quilted by Wilma Cogliantry)
Many people do appreciate the picturesque "little old shack out back" and this quilt is just beautifully done in it's attention to details and fabric selections.

Run out and buy a copy of the book (same title) so you can read about the quiltmakers working with a theme each month....they couldn't stop and went on for two years! Each quilt is a little jewel.
Just 4 of the 24 theme "mosaics" in the Twelve By Twelve exhibit
There were many more exhibits, such as the Hoffman Challenge; Text on Textiles; Greater Cincinnati Landmarks Quilt Project; O Canada, and two from SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association).
A different exhibit, Eyes of the Quilter: Friendship, invited quilters to share photography and hiaku poems. I was happy to see the photography that inspired Jars of Clay by Judy Momenzadeh.

Oh, yes...there was a vendors mall, of course. A giant one. I found it interesting that the vendors were referred to as "exhibitors", but then we all know who is really paying for the space to hang the quilts! There was plenty to buy, but I didn't have my purse opened too often.

IQA and the Duke Energy Convention Center did a good job of providing on-site food and all the other amenities for a big show. It was not hard to find downtown parking within a block of the show. If you can't get to the Houston show, this is a fair alternative, and if you are within driving distance it's a Must See Show for the second week in April!

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