International Quilt Feast . . . I mean . . . Festival!

Posted: November 5, 2015 in Art, Art Quilts, Events, Learning, Uncategorized
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I accepted an invitation to attend this year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston, the 41st in its history. Studio Art Quilts Associated (SAQA) invited artists with a piece in either of the two SAQA shows on display at IQF to come to speak about their works.

“Sure!” I said. I had never attended IQF, and couldn’t quite picture exactly what it was, or how all of the exhibitions I saw on their website fit together.

I wandered the immense George R Brown Convention Center in a daze, along with some 60,000 other attendees (over the course of a week). There were some 45 special exhibits.  Some were categories, like Traditional Pieced, Traditional Applique, Small Abstract, Art — Painted Surface, Art — People and Figures, or Art — Whimsical.  Other shows were themed: Affinity, Viewpoint, Digital Alchemy or National Parks. My one piece was in the SAQA show Wild Fabrications, but many women had pieces in several shows.

Traditional Quilts and Modern Art Quilts co-existed in apparent harmony. I read this bit written by Mary Fons last year, which seemed to describe the relationship:

“The biggest trend of late is seeing the modern and traditional worlds blending, maybe in the nick of time. For some years, we had a bit of a standoff between the two groups, which was a shame, but probably only natural. It was like the Protestant Reformation!” she continues, “But traditional quilters can’t help but love beautiful quilts of any kind, and a lot of modern quilters are obsessed with [some traditional methods.]  If people are making quilts, that’s good. Period.”

I agree.

Oh, did I mention there were 1000 vendors booths? It was very hard not to load myself down with the beautiful fabrics and threads so that I couldn’t walk!

I joined the International Quilt Association, so that I will be more on top of the entries to IQF next year.

Enjoy these pictures. 

Cuban Ballerina, Jennifer Day, 38 x 36. Thread painted.

Cuban Ballerina, Jennifer Day, 38 x 36. Thread painted.

Not a City, Betty Hahn, AZ, 52 x 28.

Not a City, Betty Hahn, AZ, 52 x 28.

Vermeer Meets Fassett, Lynn Czaban, OR, 19 x 30

Vermeer Meets Fassett, Lynn Czaban, OR, 19 x 30

Ewe Are My Sunshine, Janet Stone, 63 x 72. This was selected Best in Show, for a $10,000 award. The richness, originality and workmanship cannot be captured in a photo.

Ewe Are My Sunshine, Janet Stone, 63 x 72. This was selected Best in Show, for a $10,000 award. The richness, originality and workmanship cannot be captured in a photo.

Breaking Wind, Peggy Kragnes, MN 80 x 55

Breaking Wind, Peggy Kragnes, MN 80 x 55

Technicolor Deco Shirley Gisi 35

Technicolor Deco,Shirley Desi, CO

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Comments
  1. Daren says:

    Hi Martha,
    Thank you for sharing the IQF this year. I am so glad to hear you were invited (what an honor) and got to experience the “feastival”.

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