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.
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.
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.
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!
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!