My mother and I went to the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara this morning. It is the largest quilt show on the west coast featuring over 800 quilts, wearable art, and textiles. They also have 300 vendors who sell anything having to do with quilting or home sewing. Plus they offer workshops and lectures all weekend long. We spent just under two hours there, but most spend many more hours than that. This was the first quilt that "wowed" me:
When I showed these photos to my fourteen-year-old son, he asked for clarification on the term hand-quilted. "You mean there's no machine involved at all? That's retarded! That doesn't even look like fun". Ah, youth!
I do have to admit, this quilter is scary good. As in, if she was living in Salem three hundred years ago, they might have burned her at the stake.
Here's some examples of some great innovative, non-traditional quilts:
"Moon Garden" by Judy Coates Perez
Judy Coates Perez's quilt "Moon Garden" is the most popular photo of all my Flickr photos. Her blog is here. Her book "Painted Threads, Mixed Media Textile Art", featuring this quilt along with her other textile arts, is available here.
Best of Country Award: "Moonrise", Betty Busby, United States
I have more photos to show you but this is all the time I have for now. If any of you are within striking distance of Santa Clara, California, and you are even remotely interested in quilting or textiles, this show is worth attending. You can find more information here. More photos at Flickr here.