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International Quilt Festival 2012 – Houston, TX

Posted on: November 3, 2012

Warning: Image heavy!!

Today was the day we made our way down to the George R. Brown Convention Center to partake in the shopping and admiring at the International Quilt Festival. Wool seems to be verrrry popular right now. We saw a lot of patterns we liked, but kept our spending to a minimum…a spool of thread to quilt the Christmas Moose, a Buggy Barn pattern book, and a pattern and some yo-yo makers for a gift to be made. We met up with some old friends for lunch, and spent most of the afternoon on the “display” side of the show.

I took pictures of the award winners – and they are all beautiful, worthy of award quilts. But, I figure those quilts are going to be all over the interwebs, so I’m not going to show them here. Instead, I want to show some of the quilts that made me say “Wow”.

I’m sure these pictures don’t do justice to the quilts, but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless.


These first two are quilts made from twist ties…yes, like the little wire/paper things you use on your sandwich bags, or trash bags, or bread bags.
They were both made by Amy Orr…one is called Blind Stitching, Twist Tie Quilt #5; the other is Double Vision, Twist Tie Quilt #6. Interesting.


This is “Miss Bucket” by Ria Varkevisser of The Netherlands.


“The Mending” by Lea McComas
The arms and hands in this quilt look so…..real. Like a photograph.


“Origami Values” by Beatrice Gilbert


“Paul’s Magnificent Treehouse” by Helene Blanchet. All the little faces were made from buttons. And, the little blue robin’s eggs are beads. Too cute!


“Berne House Quilt” was made by members of the Bernese Quilters for an exhibition in Berne, Switzerland. There are 156 different blocks. The second photograph shows the famous clock tower, which is a well-known landmark in the city of Berne.


“Flamenco” by Jin Gook Yang


“The Quilted Yurt in the USA” by Linzi Upton.


“Color My World…With Quilts” by Sharon Schlotzhauer. You know a quilt is small when the ribbon it wins is bigger than the quilt itself! It is a whole cloth painting with quilting.


“Louisiana Bicentennial Quilt” and the Jefferson Parish block.


“Shangri-la” by Mayumi Watanabe


“Natural Wonders” by Kathy McNeil


“Stars for a New Day” by Peggy Richards


“Audubon’s Christmas” by Kathy McNeil


“Dawn Prayers on the Ganges” by Meri Henriques Vahl


“Ocean Blue” by Noriko Sato


“Guitar Blues” by Julie Poirier-Mathur and the Beaconsfield Quilter’s Guild


“Mistaken Identity” by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchinson. This quilt is on a dark grey background…and the colors really, really popped. It’s gorgeous!


“Belief, Intuition, and Faith” by Gail Thomas and Sharon Schamber . That’s Gail standing in front of the quilt telling us the story of the quilt.


“The Garden” by Helia Ricci


“BBK (Bookcase Before Kindles)” by Margaret Kessler

1 Response to "International Quilt Festival 2012 – Houston, TX"

Just visited ur blog and saw ur comment about la bicentennial quilt. I m the designer of the project at LA ST ARCHIVES. This QUILT has a life of its own. I m so proud of its recognition and appeal statewide and at the festival. GEAUX QUILTERS !!!!!

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