6/23/12

Leftover Images from Ireland: Part Six (Quilt Show)

This is a picture-heavy post showing you a good number of the quilts I photographed at the 2012 International Quilt Festival of Ireland.  I'll say at the outset, that I enjoyed the quilts very much.  A few were outstanding, but most were nothing special.  (I include my own quilt in the latter part of that description.)  The quilts were often poorly lit, which made them difficult to photograph.  Also, when I went through the exhibits on the first day, none of them had been labeled either.  I found that disappointing as a viewer and as a person with a quilt in the show.

Despite all of my complaining about the organization of the show, I still enjoyed it, and I'm glad I went to Ireland to see it.  Here is a link to the winning quilts in the various categories, and I still have more pictures of quilts to post.  This is what I have for today, however.  Most need no explanation, and so I'll keep my commentary to a minimum and let you enjoy them.

This first one was hanging beside mine in the Quilted Garden exhibit.  It wasn't a difficult quilt to make, but I thought the colors were pretty.



The quilt below is the winner of the Quilted Garden exhibit.  Very pretty.


Detail:



Detail from the quilt above.


This was a very small quilt, but I loved the thread work.


Detail:






Detail of the quilting on the quilt above.


The one below was one of my favorites.  Just look at the thread work on the tree in the image following.




Detail from the quilt above.


This being a "Quilted Garden" exhibit, some of the entries were of quilted flowers.  The flowers were to be donated to charity after the show.



The next one was one of my favorite quilts.  The bead work was really incredible.  Someone spent a lot of time on it . . . someone with more patience than I have.  It's a small quilt . . . perhaps 36 x 36 inches.







As an "international" quilt festival, participants were invited to make round robin quilts representing their countries.  The quilt below was Team Ireland's quilt.  I loved the images from Ireland quilted into the corners of the center medallion panel.


Remember the beehive huts from the Dingle Peninsula?


And the thatched roofs?


The next one was also from Ireland.


I loved the Celtic Knot border.


The next one was from Team Africa.


These little ladies were three dimensional.  Notice the child she has on her back.




That's all I have for you today.  I'll have more quilts from the quilt show for you tomorrow or the next day.

The Key Lime Smackdown begins tonight!  Yesterday I made the tarts.  Tonight we will devour them.  A distinguished panel of taste testers will descend on the household tonight and render their verdict.  I know you're sitting on the edge of your seats.  

11 comments from clever and witty friends:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Lovely quilts. I really love the small crazy quilt with all it's embroidery and the teapot quilt.

WoolenSails said...

A lot of beautiful quilts and art work on them, fun to see quilts from different parts of the world.

Debbie

gpc said...

The quilts are interesting, but I am most envying those pies! :)

Cheryl said...

Oh My Goodness!! such beautiful art quilts! I love the Hydranga flower one, the very first one and the crazy quilt too, all of them are wonderful , Ireland must be a great place to visit too.

Debbie said...

Wonderful quilts...thank you for sharing. The stitching on them is beautiful, and I can't even pick a favorite. Too bad they did not include details and labels on them.

Diane Wild said...

Didn't you come away feeling like you don't know how to quilt? After I visited the Minn. Quilt Show I felt like I knew nothing. All beautiful.

Judee said...

Great pictures. I love all the thread painting.

sandyb said...

I could barely catch my breath looking at these quilts while ooh and ahhing. I just cannot imagine knowing how to do these wonderful quilts. Seeing them up close and personal must have been such a treat.

Have a wonderful day.

Dana Gaffney said...

Beautiful, thanks for the detail pictures, they really showed the quality of the quilting. I went and looked at the winners, that mini log cabin was amazing, I would be screaming by the end of making it, but my favorite was the back cover, no explanation of what that was, but soooo pretty.

desertskyquilts said...

Love the crazy quilt combining machine and hand stitching!

quiltzyx said...

We have a lighting problem at our show venue too, as well as it being in a pretty tight area. A few quilts I had to stand outside & shoot them thru' the glass doors. But you still got some nice pics! Love all those bright colors. :D