Sunday, November 02, 2008

Houston Quilt Festival - some of the winners

Below are some of the pictures I took at International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. There were so many beautiful quilts at the show, so many that I'm glad I wasn't a judge, as it had to have been a very difficult job. I wish they would have had a CD of the entire show, and this year they had two CDs but not one of Quilts: A World of Beauty show - bummer. (My camera kept running the battery down, so I don't have as many as I would have liked.) At any rate, here are a few with notes so you know who created them, and what they won. I'll post more as time permits, and in case you didn't know, you can also go to the Quilts, Inc. website to see official pictures of all the winners (once you enter their website, click on the ruby slippers).

Three Guinea Fowl by Pamela Allen is such a fun quilt. I think the hen bodies are velvet,
and if we would have been able to touch them, they would have probably been touched to the point of being worn and aged by the end of the show. It won an honorable mention in the Art - Whimsical category.
Sharon Schamber's quilt Spirit of Mother Earth, won Best of Show, and is such a gorgeous, detail oriented quilt, and I know I had taken more photos of it, one with her in it, but my old pocket camera must have eaten it, as this is the only one I have.

Twilight by Rita Steffenson, what can I say, but another gorgeous quilt. She has so much threadwork on this quilt to give the flowers dimension and make it explode off the dark background, it is just awesome! It won the Fairfield Master Awardfor Contemporary Artistry.

Sonja Grasvik's embellished quilt is called Praise Ye Now Our Gardens Green, and won first place in the embellished category. I recognized her name, as she is from Seattle, WA, which is not that far from where I live, but had never met her. It was nice to meet her in person, and we were able to have a good chat before it got busy. Maybe I'll be able to take a class from her sometime.

Seasonal Sisters by Gail Thomas, Annette M. Hendricks, and Helen Godden is another gorgeous quilt by this trio. I do have pictures of the quilt by itself, but wanted to post one with them in it. It amazes me how they are able to work on the same quilt when they live so far apart. It won the World of Beauty award.

That's it for now, as I need to unpack so that I can show you more.


TattingChic said...

WOW! All the quilts are lovely, but the one that won the "world of beauty" award is which of the sisters gets the quilt? LOL!

Mai-Britt Axelsen said...

Thank for sharing, nearly like being there. Glad you posted the quilt with the sisters in front, fascinating and beautiful! A picture of the quilt without them will surely make it's way to all the magazines.