I've been trying to get time to post for you about the quilts in the Houston show ever since I got back! Unfortunately this is a post that takes some time as I want to label them all properly and not get mixed up.
Can I preface this post by saying that ALL of these pics were taken in the section of the show in which photography is allowed by the organisers of the show, and that I asked and was told that it is fine to share these pictures on a blog so long as they are properly labelled? Contrary so some people's beliefs about quilt show photography on blogs, I am not trying to rip off anyone's design, but to share the experience of the amazing quilts at the show with the people who could not be there. It's a shame that I have to say this before I post, however I have been yelled at prior to this for posting exactly this - quilts from a section of the show in which photography was allowed, and for the press (which, through Sewn, I am), even encouraged. If your quilt is shown here and you would like it removed, please let me know and I will be happy to take it down for you. Right.
I'm starting with my favourite quilt in the show. I thought Keiko Goke was a genuis anyway, but when I saw this quilt it just stopped me in my tracks.
The combination of the beautifully pieces and yet wonky and offset Pickle Dishes, the colours, the embroidery, the scale of the blocks. It just hit me right in the eye.
This beautiful thing is called The White Garden, by Akiko Kawata.
I love the shapes of the flowers and the texture that the quilting has given the background fabrics.
Loving the checked backgrounds, and LOVING hand quilting. There are so few hand quilted quilts in shows at the moment. While I appreciate the skill it takes to machine quilt, I am absolutely a hand quilting girl.
Now I'm not usually one for pictorial quilts very much, but this one really was just astonishing.
OK well I don't know how inspired you are after that but I'm wired, so it's off to the sewing room with me. I will draw the birdie giveaway on Friday so there is still time to enter if you haven't. Have a stitchy day everyone.