10/18/11

MQX West Quilts--Last Batch

Here are the last of the quilts from the Machine Quilting Exposition that I attended last Thursday.  This batch has some of my favorites. 

I wasn't as taken with this quilt as with some of the others, but I loved the way the binding was done--sort of a take on prairie points.  There was one other quilt at the show with this kind of work.  I don't know how it's done.



This next one was my favorite for the texture in the quilting.  I just loved all the details.  This one was called Montezuma's Castle, but it reminded me of Mesa Verde National Park.






This next one is called E-I-E-I-O.  The quilting was so cute in all its detail.  I like the threadwork with the carrots, and especially the split hoof prints from the pig's feet in the last image.





The next one was like a photograph.  The buckle on her overalls was an actual buckle.  So cute.



The next several were just so precious for their subject matter and for the details in the quilting.  I really came away from this show with a new appreciation for the artistry in machine quilting.










This one had actual peacock feathers stitched onto it.



I wish every quilter could see this next one in person.  I had seen pictures of it in one of my magazines, but really, you could stand for an hour looking at it and not run out of things to see.  The details were absolutely amazing.  Just thinking of all the potential details required a lot of thought and talent.  It's a quilt show in miniature.  The quilt was about six feet wide and maybe two feet high.  The little mini quilts had all the detail of any individual quilt in and of itself. 


The fabric in the bags the women are carrying was three dimensional.  Oh yes, and look at the man about one-third of the way from the right in the image above.  He's looking at his watch, as if he's ready to leave!  So clever.

The crazy quilt had all the detailing, bead work, and embroidery of it's full-sized counterpart.


In the lower right of this image, you can see a woman taking a picture of the quilt with the fish . . . 


Now look at the screen on her camera.  Incredible!  Who would think of such a thing, and then go to the effort to make it into a reality?


Even the little ribbons and tags were done with exquisite detail.


The sleeve on her coat was three dimensional.


See the pin holding the tag on this quilt?  I was just blown away looking at this.


This next one is a quilt made by Sharon Schamber.  I'm not certain, but I think it won best of show at one of the recent Houston International Quilt Festivals and a $10,000 prize.  It wasn't on display, but instead, was hanging as a background decoration at one of the vendor's booths.  It actually had stuff stacked up against it and covering it up.  I couldn't believe such a priceless quilt was treated so shabbily.  In any case, look at her black thread quilting on white fabric.  Anyone brave enough to try that?  And there is also some more of the knot work on the edges and interior border of the quilt.  Very pretty.  I wish I could have seen the whole thing!




Finally, this is the quilt that won best of show.  I thought there were better quilts, but that's just my opinion.  It was just darling in all its detail.


See the little teapot on the left side of the frame?


There were little seeds or something inside the teabags.




The rick rack detailing and little yo-yo in the corner were so cute.


So that's it!  I hope you enjoyed this virtual quilt show.

11 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Wow, Barb, incredible works of art... left me speechless with fascination and admiration.

and the word verification is “yousho”

Do you think sometimes the WV knows what it’s V’ing ?~!

Happy Turtle said...

Wow! they're absolutely amazing!!!! Thanks for the post.
carol

Sarah said...

Wow - I just don't know what to say as they were all stunning. Wish I could accomplish something half as stunning. Love the knot work.

Jen said...

Thanks for the show! All your posts were wonderful to see. I felt like I was there. I've never been to a big show like that. Thanks for sharing!

Stray Stitches said...

What amazing creations!! Makes me feel like I'm still a beginner. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Loretta said...

I'm in awe! What incredible creations...works of art! Thanks forr sharing them. Love you!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

WAY beyond my abilities. Nice quilts!

Dana Gaffney said...

Again, all awesome. That quilt show quilt was really amazing. I would love to see it in person.

Margaret said...

As another fellow maker of show quilts, these represent an enormous committment of the maker's time. What I love most about shows, which is represented in your assortment of pictures, is that there will always be a wide variety of styles. I always leave the show with a renewed interest in a style I may have previously thought not of my liking. Thanks for posting-
Margaret
www.quitsoflove.blogspot.com

free indeed said...

I enjoy the virtual quilt show especially since I"ve never been to a real one. I know I'd be so overwhelmed that I wouldn't see a thing..I tend to blank out or something ;) Loved seeing your detail and the great inspiration that is out there!

quiltzyx said...

Whew! I made it through another big quilt show & my feet don't hurt at all!!

Thanks for the trip around this fabulous creations. I'm not even going to try to pick a favorite. I think I'll go back & look at the pictures again instead!