There was certainly some fabulous quilting to be seen.
I, myself, wouldn't spend my time on a rooster quilt, but the use of repros and those one inch squares was incredible. (Aren't repros just the happiest of fabrics - they just make me smile.)
This one was amazing - all about four inch squares reverse appliqued by hand of course. Wowza!
So this quilt (above) was all raw edge applique - sorry it's a little fuzzy. I really have mixed feelings about the whole raw edge thing - in general, I don't like it. I think gluing a quilt together just isn't right. I know I am old fashioned anyways, but I can't help but think - how will it hold up 100 years from now. It is an absolutely stunning quilt. I loooove the design, just not so much the method. Hmmm.
And this one, is sooo a me quilt. It is machine embroidered, but striking to see. I don't know how many of you know, but you should not always fold your quilt in fourths. This quilt is a great example of why not. They become permanent folds after a while. Quilts should be refolded every so often in order to avoid this - or better yet, rolled on a large tube.
This quilt fascinated me. I thought I read that she quilted (whole cloth) then used fabric pastels to paint it. Mr. LB thought it was painted then quilted. Either way, what a work of art.
There were many smaller wall hanging art quilts. I can appreciate the work that went into them, but they are not my thing. There was one piece that was mostly metal with about a 3" square of quilted fabric in it. It was an interesting piece of art, but it was not a quilt. Not sure how I feel on that one. I like the art factor as in the piece above, but it's still a quilt. Even the peacock (above a couple of pix) is clearly a decorative piece, but again - still a quilt. Am I totally off base on this? The face of quilting is changing - "new" "modern" methods that save time are everywhere you look. I find myself clinging to the old "put it in the hoop and quilt it" method. I am nostalgic & romantic perhaps, but even if I only finish one real sized quilt a year, I know those stitches are going to be around for a long time. I like the old slow method. And of course, that is the method that brings me joy - each of us needs to follow our own heart in what we find enriching to our souls. I get and encourage that - art it seems is a fading pastime. Let us keep it alive as it is more than worthy of the time we spend on it.
Until next time,
Nimble Fingers & Even Stitches