I attended the Internatioanl Quilt Festival here in Houston last week. There were about 1,000 vendors showcasing and selling quilting tools, fabrics, machines, books, thread, patterns, storage supplies and a whole lot more. There were 19 aisles chockful of everything imaginable to help quilters creative beautiful art.
Additionally, a main feature of the Quilt Festival are the hundreds of gorgeous quilts on display. I try to attend the festival each year, but am generally on limited time and spend most of my time on the show floor looking for products that might work well in my drapery workroom. I usually don't have much, if any, time to peruse the quilt displays. Boy, have I been missing out!!
The docent showing the quilt said that the creator spend 1,500 hours quilting the piece - not putting it together, but doing the quilting along! Oh my gosh! Here is a close up of the detail work - it is stunning!
There were so many innovative, creative and gorgeous quilts on display. My heart was full and I was smiling as I walked through the exhibit hall with hundreds of other attendees and admired all of the hard work, dedication, patience and skill on display.
One of my favorite quilts was this smaller display quilt showcasing kimonos and decorative knots.
This quilt was about 4 feet x 4 feet, I think. Each smaller kimono was about 8" square. Aren't they wonderful? Each kimono was made in a different fabric and the cording for the knots contrasted with the kimono fabric. They were adorable! And the contrast with the background fabrics was lovely.
The blue kimono below was the centerpiece of the quilt.
I loved the detail work and the addition of the crystal accents.
This jacket and cummerbund caught my eye. Look at the detail work, knots, beading and stitching!