9/25/15

Northwest Quilting Expo

This is Day One of several. I told myself going in that I wouldn't take pictures of everything I saw, but I have almost no self-restraint when it comes to quilts and quilt shows. Still, I'm going to try to keep the number of pictures to a dull roar. Even at that, it's going to take a few days to share my favorites.

I'll try to keep my personal comments to a minimum and let the quilts and accompanying narrative tell their own story. I apologize for the blur in some of these. Sometimes I get the camera a little too close for it to focus, but I still think you'll be able to make out the details. There was some beautiful quilting in yesterday's show...tiny, detailed stuff... and that impressed me most of all. So let's get started.



Those shimmery black strips were done with tulle, and it was quilted with metallic thread.


I loved the texture and detail in these next two quilts.



How did the quilter achieve this texture? It looks like reverse applique, and then top-stitched for more "poof".





The show seemed divided up by theme and by the type of quilt (art quilt, traditional, etc.). Here is one of the first themes...the Red Dot quilts. I think red, black, and white is my favorite color combination.





The black circle was three dimensional, although it doesn't show up well in this image.


My apologies to this next quiltmaker, but there was no accompanying identifying sheet with this quilt.


I think this kind of quilt is my favorite. I'm always drawn most to them at any show.





This next one was a first place winner in the small quilts division. It was a small wall-hanging, maybe 24 x 24 inches.





Notice that this next quilt has no binding. I really like that, and the colors are amazing.



This next quilt caught my attention because I swear that I have photographed this same tree. See what you think.



Here is my photograph. And I've seen this field in blooming red clover.


I wish there had been more detail in the descriptive sheet. I couldn't tell if the tree was stamped onto the fabric or whether the quilter had somehow painted or drawn it there. In any case, the quilting is only a small part of the tree detail.


For the last quilt today, I was sure I'd seen this next quilt online, and then I noticed the name of the quiltmaker, who should be familiar to some of you.



Okay...that's it for today. I'll have more for you tomorrow.

12 comments from clever and witty friends:

gpc said...

It really is amazingly beautiful stuff. Waaaaaay out of my league! :)

Kate said...

Gorgeous, beautiful and then some is the only description for those quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Arlene Adams said...

Stunning quilts! Wish I could see them in person.

maria demina said...

These works are amazing! Like they came from outerspace - I can't believe they are made by human-quilters :)

Dana Gaffney said...

Wonderful, thank you. The diatom and fish skin quilts are wonderfully weird, the quilter has such a unique answer to the "where do you get your inspiration" question.

Claire said...

Amazing, your recognizing the tree and then having a photo from almost the same spot. Reminds me of a friend's comment on my photo of a Japanese temple: "There must be a spot marked 'Stand here to take photo.'" She had one identical to mine. Loved the red dot series too.And, and, and....

Lyndsey said...

Beautiful quilts. I really like the red dot ones and the tree with the red clover but they are all fabulous.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Thanks Barb for these photos. I especially love the last one.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Amazing quilts! The tree looks painted with that close up. Love the houses made with the ice dyed fabrics and such detail into creating the architecture.

quiltzyx said...

Incredible details! The Diatom 7 looks like they made the smallest reverse applique circles first & quilted them, then added two more layers on top...or something...! And you're right, my feet don't hurt at all after looking at them all.

beaquilter said...

these quilts are just stunning

Junebug613 said...

Amazing quilts. I can only dream of having a tiny bit of the talent these quilters have.