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So, are you back for more Int’l Quilt Festival beautifulness? Hopefully, you won’t be disappointed!

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We had lunch out on the 2nd level patio on Saturday afternoon (Gerry, Cindy, and Charlotte).

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Jim Shore was one of 3 celebrities I saw at the show (the other 2 being Eleanor Burns and Alex Anderson). Here he is autographing the Mickey figurine that Cindy bought.

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Cindy and Gerry’s names were drawn in Make It University’s lottery for a Saturday afternoon class.

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There were a lot of quilts with faces. Aren’t the colors on this one lovely? It’s called “Lipstick Sunset” by Betty New.

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“Just Sing…Sing a Song” by Tom Russell is just so cute!

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Bert Garino is “Quilting in Perfect Harmony”.

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I believe the name of this quilt is “Puzzled”. This is the artist, Ruth Bloomfield, who is from Australia. The quilt is made from “fabric confetti”…a very cool technique, that I don’t think I have the patience to attempt! It was very neat to be able to hear some of the artists talking about their works.

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A ribbon-winning miniature, “Quilters Utopia: Where Fabric Grows on Trees” by Sharon Schlotzhauer, had a teeny-weeny little quilt on it.

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Twelve square inches! Mission: Impossible2 by Kumiko Frydl has a 128-point compass!

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Judy Coates Perez created a beautiful “Moon Garden” with just one splash of color.

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This group quilt from Japan is called “My Quilt Room” (Yasuko Ito and Oharibako). My favorite part is the little Japanese slippers used as sashing between some of the blocks! Sorry it’s a little blurry.
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The detail is amazing!
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Claudia Pfeil had 55,000 (yes, you read that right!) crystals on “Fire and Ice”.

And, we ended our time in Houston with a stop in front of Minute Maid Park to check out the trainload of pumpkins!
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My friends, Cindy and Gerry, and I left early (early for me!) Friday morning for a weekend in Houston and International Quilt Festival 2009. Here we are outside the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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(Me, Gerry, Cindy)

We spent most of Friday afternoon viewing the quilts, and all of Saturday shopping. The quilts were gorgeous! I was surprised at how many were wall quilts (as opposed to bed-sized), but the artistry was amazing. Some of the quilts attracted me because of their colors, others because of the picture, or subject matter.

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This guy may have been my absolute favorite “quilt”. That’s me behind him. He represents Project Zambia, a global initiative to raise awareness of African children orphaned by AIDS. Mary Fisher is the textile artist whose display this adorable guy was housed. Look at this detail of his eye:

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What else caught my eye, out of the hundreds of beautiful quilts? A few were in the “no photography allowed” areas, but here are some of my photographable favorites.

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“Sultry Shadows” by Linn Shimek

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The Pittsburgh Friendship Quilt – over 32,000 2.25 inch squares in 21 panels stretching 80 feet wide.

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The detail on “Medea Escaping” by Marilyn Belford was amazing. And, the colors! Oh, my heck.

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How freakin’ adorable is this? “African Adventure” by Janneke de Vries-Bodzinga. Love this little guy’s eyes.

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“Clam Session” by Karen Stone. I can only dream of creating a quilt this beautiful.

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“Rose Window” by Kirsten Johnston.

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Kathy Kelley wasn’t satisfied with just a cute quilt top on “Peacock Squawk”. The quilt angel was happy to show us how adorable the back was, too!

There are way more favorites to see…but if I show them all to you tonight, you might not come back tomorrow.

Lori

Park City Girl, Amy, is, again, hosting a virtual quilt festival. THIS was my entry in her Spring Festival. It has taken me a while to decide which quilt I wanted to enter as my favorite. The quilt I wanted to talk about was made by my Great Aunt Ella…and my sister and I liberated it from Mom’s place in the mid-80s and called it “blankie”. However, I can’t find a picture of blankie and, sadly, blankie was so well used and loved and hauled all over the place that the last time it went in the wash, it disintegrated.

From all the quilts I have made over the past 12 years or so, one of my favorites is only 12 x 12 – a Christmas wall hanging that I call “Christmas Beauty”.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog. Now, head on over to Amy’s blog with your favorite beverage, and a snack, and check out the other 500+ quilts on display!


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