Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII – Traditional Quilts

DSC02755 Quilt 1502 Inspiration Draws from Nature's Art by Patricia Delaney
Quilt #1502: “Inspiration Draws from Nature’s Art” 80” x 80”
Abington, MA.
World Quilt Competition: Best Machine Workmanship – Traditional.

Oma and I went on our annual pilgrimage to the Pacific International Quilt Festival this week.You can read about our trip to last year’s festival here and see the 2008 quilt competition winners here. This show is the largest and highest quality quilt extravaganza on the West Coast. It features over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art, and over 300 merchant booths. If that’s not enough, you can attend any of the 60 or so workshops and lectures offered by world-renowned textile artists.

Here are some examples of the traditional quilts. I spent a lot of time studying Patricia Delaney’s red and white quilt. It certainly is no surprise that she won the ribbon for Best Machine Workmanship in the World Quilt Competition.

DSC02754 Quilt 1502 Inspiration Draws from Nature's Art by Patricia Delaney
Quilt #1502 detail: “Inspiration Draws from Nature’s Art” 80” x 80”
Abington, MA.
World Quilt Competition: Best Machine Workmanship – Traditional.

But it was more than the machine workmanship that set this quilt apart from others, there was something else. Then a fellow admirer pointed out Delaney’s description:
“As my morning walks allow me to escape everyday concerns, so does the time spent at my sewing machine. One of these walks inspired the flowing drawings of woodland ferns. I found each frond to be unique and perfect in its imperfection. The quilting and eight shades of thread reflect this variety. Just as the dappled light is reflected on the forest floor, so, too, the ten red, twenty-five whites and trapunto add shadow and depth to this quilt.”
Imagine twenty-five shades of white and ten shades red fabric plus eight shades of thread! The subtle shift of colors gave this quilt truly an organic feel to it.

Even though Vicki Slawson’s design of this eight-point star and checkerboard border is very intricate, the simple blue and white color scheme keeps the design strong and crisp:

DSC02710 Quilt 2117 I Know Thy Works by Vicki Slawson
Quilt #2117: “I Know Thy Works”
Vicki Slawson
Brentwood, CA

I regret that I can not give proper attribution for this next masterpiece because my photo was too fuzzy to read the tag. Thanks to Robbie Marie (see comment below) for recognizing this quilt! The quilt is called "Majestic Bugs"

DSC02682 Traditional Red Pink and White stars
"Majestic Bugs", 104" x 107", double batting
Irena Bluhm

The workmanship is world class – the surface was painted after all the quilting was complete.  112 bugs have been quilted into the background design. Here you can see a couple:

DSC02684 Traditional Quilt Red Pink and White Stars detail

With use of ethnic fabrics, Linda Hibbert gives a new perspective to the traditional quilt:

DSC02720 Quilt Kaleidostar 3 by Linda Hibbert
“Kaleidostar 3”
Linda Hibbert

To see the superb machine quilting of this quilt, click here.

There’s nothing like a white-on-white quilt to show off someone’s workmanship.

DSC02758 Quilt 1508 Irish Cream by Linda M Roy
Quilt #1508 “Irish Cream”, 84” x 84”
Linda M. Roy
Knoxville, TN
Best Hand Workmanship, Traditional – World Quilt Competition

Sandi Lush used colonial knots and glass seed beads to add interest and texture in her hand-quilted beauty named “Crystal Dreams”

DSC02735 Quilt 9507 Crystal Dreams by Sandi Lush
Quilt #9507 “Crystal Dreams”, 86” x 86”
Sandi Lush
United Kingdom
First Place, Traditional –World Quilt Competition

DSC02736 Quilt 9507 Crystal Dreams by Sandi Lush
Quilt #9507 “Crystal Dreams”, 86” x 86”
Sandi Lush
United Kingdom
First Place, Traditional –World Quilt Competition

Heather Harding’s choice of butter yellow fabric is inspired:

DSC02751 Quilt 7503 Welsh Gold by Heather Harding
Quilt #7503 “Welsh Gold”, 56” x 56”
Heather Harding, New Zealand

It’s not often one sees Moorish designs in a traditional quilt.


DSC02769 Quilt 2010 Gypsy Rosalie by Ronda K Beyer
Ronda K. Beyer
Tualatin, OR
Best Machine Workmanship, Traditional – Pacific International Quilt Competition 2009

The tiny crystal seed beads that Ronda K. Beyer added gave just the right amount of sparkle to this exotic quilt:


DSC02770 Quilt 2010 Gypsy Rosalie by Ronda K Beyer
Quilt #2010 “Gypsy Rosalie”, 64” x 64”
Ronda K. Beyer
Tualatin, OR
Best Machine Workmanship, Traditional – Pacific International Quilt Competition 2009

Margo Hardie's all hand-sewn "Down Under Florabunda" is spectacular. I can spend days birdwatching here.

DSC02727 Quilt 2502 Down Under Florabunda by Margo Hardie
Quilt #2502 "Down Under Florabunda"
Margo Hardie, Australia

There were so many other fantastic traditional quilts. You can see some of them here and here and here. The full Flickr set is here.

Next time I will show you some of the quilts in the innovative category.

9 comments:

A Cuban In London said...

One of the reasons why I loved this psot is because my own duaghter has started sewing and knitting. The patterns on the images you uploaded are so beautiful. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Yoli said...

I am floored by the white on white quilts! Extraordinary!

Vagabonde said...

I was not aware of all the beautiful quilts being created until I went to a quilt show last July in Columbus, Ohio. I wrote a post on it (here it is in case you did not see it: http://avagabonde.blogspot.com/2009/07/quilt-show-in-columbus-ohio.html.) Now I really appreciate all the time, effort and creativity it takes to produce these beautiful quilts which are true art pieces. The example quilts you show are outstanding – what patience it takes to make such fine quilts – they are all lovely.

dutchbaby said...

Dear Cuban,
Lucky you! My daughter has no interest in the needle and thread at all, but she became a fantastic chef.

Dear Yoli,
Those are always the most impressive aren't they?

Dear Vagabonde,
I loved visiting your post about the Ohio quilt show. The first time I ever went to a quilt show, I was bowled over too! In fact, I'm still bowled over every time I see this show.

Ruth said...

Unbelievable, overwhelmingly resplendent. I can't even get my head around it. The beauty of design and craftsmanship is just mind boggling.

I prefer the traditional quilts to the innovative ones. The red masterpiece that you couldn't read the tag, that is just amazing. The colorful ones are gorgeous, and so are the white and tan ones. Wow.

Robbie said...

I recognize the white/rosie quilt that you could not credit. I believe it is called Magistic Bugs Quilt and was made by Irena Bluhm. It is NOT appliqued; the color was applied. It is just amazing!

Here is a link to Irena's Webshot album: http://community.webshots.com/user/liebling112

You can also check out: http://site.irenabluhmscreations.com/index.html

BTW, NO affiliation whatsoever, I just adore and admire her quilting and creativity.

You have a lovely blog,
Robbie Marie :)

dutchbaby said...

Dear Robbie,
Thank you, thank you! I love the internet! I will give attribution right now.

dutchbaby said...

Hello Ruth,
I didn't mean to skip you. I have a hard time choosing between the traditional and innovative one. I just like the gorgeous ones, no matter what category. As you can see, Robbie solved the mystery of the big red masterpiece.

Relyn said...

I thought I had found my favorite in the red quilt. And then I saw the peachy and white one. And then I saw the solid colored ones - especially the white. And then I saw the feathery swirls in magenta fabric. My. Oh my.

Still. Do you know my favorite quilt ever? Oma's label quilt. I mean it. that is the very best I have ever seen.

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