Houston’s Ruby Show: Just a Few More Quilts

This is the last group of quilts that I’d like to show you and they really don’t make a group…

One special exhibit that I very much enjoyed this year were traditional quilts from Australia. These quilts suffer from a bad rap : I was taking some photographs when two ladies buzzed through the area. One said “Oh – traditional quilts – nothing new here.” The comment annoyed me a good deal. I find myself more and more fond of them. Some of them are quite traditional in design but masterfully made. Other traditional quilts have a twist in their pattern or color story. Years ago when I lived in Colorado, the Art Quilters there stated in a show (where I was a docent) that their work had nothing to do with traditional quilts. Really??? Peter and I discussed that comment for a long time. It’s hard to understand why they would need to say that, when we are all so familiar with the quote that nothing is new under the sun. I’m ranting a bit here, but I’ll stop now and show you a few more wonderful quilts.

Back to the Australian quilts! I was looking at the thumbnail of this quilt on my computer and it looks as stunning in a postage stamp size as it does in the full-sized version. This is called Finding the Way and it was made by Victoria Wodonga  Carolyn Konig*. There is just nothing like hundreds of triangles pieced so beautifully to make an impression.

Finding the Way

You don’t need to be a quilter to see that this pattern, called Indiana Rising Sun, would be a doozy to make! Victoria Blackburn, another Aussie quilter created this quilt and was inspired by one made in Indiana in the 1860’s. The color didn’t come out at all well, it wasn’t this muddy brown. It has a bit of an optical illusion to it, when I first looked at it I thought it was a spiral. The design does take your eye around and around.

Indiana Rising Sun

Another of the special exhibits at the show was to raise awareness about animals and shelters. It was called “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs”. This quilt, called Bookends, was designed and made by Kim Kooyers. She is a student of David Taylor‘s and I got to chat with her while she was helping David in a class I had with him. It’s hand appliquéd and machine quilted and features her two cats. Most of the quilts in this exhibit were photographic in nature…


and then I saw this quilt! As you non quilters may imagine, this sort of quilt is called a kaleidoscope. I thought perhaps it was hung in the wrong spot and then I took a closer look.

Canine Kaleidoscope

Here is your close up of Canine Kaleidoscope by Cathy Pfaff. Each slice of the circle is a photograph of her dog Mac, or another of the family pets. In her statement, she said that she used Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 to design this quilt. (They had a booth at the show and it looked quite interesting.) Cathy certainly gets a prize from me for her innovative idea for that category!

Canine Kaleidoscope detail

If you are curious to find out more about the 40th IQA show, you can google it. There are many bloggers who are posting pictures and we have all chosen different quilts for show and tell.

*thanks to Viva for correcting my mistake!

Houston’s Ruby Show: Florals

Flowers… I’m always drawn to them, either in the garden or a convention center. Every year, the floral quilts seem to get better and better. Here are some of my favorites.

Murdererskill Crossing by Janet Atkins was a surprise to me – it is entirely hand made! Generally speaking, the quilts in that category are very traditional in design with subdued color. Janet worked outside the box and everything about this quilt is wonderfully wonky. The color sings because blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel – it’s a pleasing combination but also punchy, because of the intensity of the values she chose. She won a prize for this beauty.

Murdererskill Crossing

Andrea Brokenshire created Yellow Mellow in Paradise. I quote from her description :”hand painted fused appliqué turned edge on a confetti-style background”. That’s a mouthful, but it makes for a stunning quilt. There is something almost etherial about the lemon yellows – you can see this quilt from quite far away. It sings like Fall colored leaves do on a dim and gloomy day.

Yellow Mellow in Paradise

I like Cleomes in my yard and so Spider Lilies appeals to me as well. Carol Morrissey is the maker of this quilt and it is fused and painted appliqué on a whole cloth background. The size of the flowers makes this quite stunning.

Spider Lilies

In Bloom, by Renee Caswell is machine appliquéd and stitched. This design has the feel of a botanical print of old, but has a more contemporary feel to it. As she says in her statement, it’s a flower that won’t fade.

In Bloom

This last quilt is the complete  opposite of the first one I wrote about and I did want to separate them for that reason. Magnolia, by Sylvia Gegaregian, really drew me in. I love the simplicity and stylization of the flower! Sylvia used a variety of techniques to create this piece, all by machine. Do click on the photo to examine the juicy center, which is nicely balanced by the magenta diamonds around the flower. This is one elegant quilt.



Houston’s Ruby Show: Applique’


Ruby Quilt Display

I happily spent most of last week in Houston at the 40th IQA Show. This was what greeted you when you walked in the main entrance! So many lovely red and white quilts, with the large ones arranged like the red and white quilt show in New York City in 2011. It was a spectacular and inspiring collection, with the smaller quilts hung nearby. I took lots of pictures of the quilts and have a few, just a few, to share with you. ;-D

This group is either appliquéd by hand or machine. First up – Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs was inspired to make Tick Tock when she found the funny, retro clock fabric that you can see in many of the background squares. She said in her statement that she made the quilt by hand, without using rulers or templates. It is a charming and happy quilt, as her work always is! She usually uses quirky and unusual fabrics in her work, which cause you take a closer look.

Tick Tock

Karen Buckley and Renae Haddadin again teamed up to create this prize winner! It’s called Majestic Mosaic and is machine appliquéd by Karen and machine quilted by Renae. It is a stunning quilt and I so admire Karen’s skill. I did not count all the circular floral designs that border the quilt, but you can! The colors are striking – the gold, turquoise and pink really sparkle.

Majestic Mosaic

Breezy Garden is an award winning quilt make by Kayoko Hibino. As is typical of Japanese quilters, this entire quilt was made by hand. There is a handmade category in the show, and the Japanese quilters “own” it. I did not count this year, but the last time I did there was only one non-Japanese entry! When I lived in Tokyo, I went to many quilt shows, and was always amazed at the workmanship.

Breezy Gaarden

May Morning was designed by Jane Holihan. Don’t be fooled by the photograph – it is a miniature. I neglected to eyeball it in the show, but I bet it is about 6″ square. The design and coloring make me think of  many Chinese textiles I saw when we lived in Shanghai, and how juicy this combination of colors is!

May Morning

Beneath My Wing was made by the incredible David Taylor. The birds are hand appliquéd and then covered with rows and rows and rows of variegated, machine quilted thread. I took a class with him and was able to “inspect” one of his quilts and I could not see any seams. (It is his intention that you not notice the fabric, but see the piece as a whole.) Do check out his website as his work is amazing!

Beneath My Wing