Saturday, November 26, 2011

International Quilt Festival Houston

How convenient that my dad and step mom live in Houston.  I wanted to visit them and planned my visit while the International Quilt Festival was happening.  Here are some pictures of a few of the bazillion amazing quilts we saw that day.  We gawked and walked until we dropped!

Here's one of the first things we saw.  I think this would be a very fun ottoman.  The pen on the table gives some perspective on the size of this burger.  There was also a "tomato" but it's hidden in this view.

Here's a fun Texas-themed quilt.

This was an awesome fabric village.  This picture doesn't do it justice.

Here's a cool mosaic technique that was on the border of a quilt.  I've got to try this some day.

I've been following PaMdora for awhile and was so excited to turn the corner and run into Tango with a Technopus after seeing it online so many times.  Wild, right?  I love her bright colors and the way she outlines everything in black.  All her quilts are like big cartoons.

These artichokes blew me away!  This is fabric and thread people! Can you believe this!?  There might have been a bit of painting involved too.  I got excited when I saw that it was for sale.  However, I could buy a cheapo long arm sewing machine for the $9000 plus that it was selling for.  Sheesh!

I love the motion in the sky in this one.  I think this artist used the same technique as the mosaic above.

Here's a close up of the sky (wrong orientation - oops).  I'm guessing the quilter used double-sided fusible web to hold all of the little pieces in place.  Then it looks like she put tulle over the pieces before machine quilting them.  I'm guessing that helps to keep the corners and edges down.

Here's a 3D bird's-eye view of Central Park.  The buildings are a crack up.  I think they're fabric-covered foam pieces.  Too funny!

I took this picture for hubby.  It's a fractal quilt and he's obsessed with fractals.  He's a math geek, or should I say guru.

Here's another one that blew me away.  Again, this is fabric and thread people!  This is called Sakura Sakura by Hiroko Miyama.

This is the hand of A Very Stingy Tooth Fairy.  I loved all of the embellishments, but was kind of grossed out by the real molar in her hand.  Eeewww!  Of course, I still have a little box with my eight teeth that got pulled out all at once.  Double eewww!

This one is just fun.  It's called Journeys end in lovers meeting by Bodil Gardner.

Here's another fun one by Bodil called Organic is good for you!  There you have it - a glimpse of an amazing and inspiring event.  I think I'll have to visit my folks every November from now on ;o)


  1. wow! thanks for sharing all this gorgeous art with us... you can be our travelling correspondent anytime!

  2. Very nice, Kathy! I was so sad to have missed it this year. Glad you got to go!

  3. Oooh, can't wait to hear more about it in person :-) What an interesting trip you must have had!