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A Visit to the International Quilt Festival, Houston

A Visit to the International Quilt Festival, Houston

By Janelle Cahoon, Quiltcentric

Wow!  I just got back from an exhilarating, exhausting day at the 2012 International Quilt Festival in Houston, and it was an absolutely incredible experience.  I’m still feeling overwhelmed and visually over-stimulated after experiencing these world-class quilts up close and personal.  This is the first time I’ve attended the IQF, and I have to say that all the good things I’ve heard about it are true!

The inspiration was amazing, not just from the juried quilts but also from those in the other exhibition areas.  I talked to several other quilters who attended and we agreed that the beauty and perfection of these quilts inspires you to push yourself beyond your current boundaries, and makes you want to rush home and start something new and wonderful.

Of course that urge to create something new is still in full spate when you hit the vendor area, leading to lots of impulse buys, but the vendor area was also excellent and I did purchase a few items I hope to review for Quiltcentric over the next few weeks.

The HandiQuilter Best of Show prize went to “America Let It Shine” by Sherry Reynolds of Laramie, WY.   This was a quilt of astonishing beauty and craftsmanship, well deserving of the award.

I had the chance to see the back of the quilt, thanks to one of the white-glove ladies, and I have to say that the back was also a thing of beauty.

 

I also really loved Crème de la Crème, the winner of the Robert S. Cohan Master Award for Traditional Artistry. This beautifully hand-quilted and embellished whole-cloth quilt was by Bonnie Keller, of Chehalis, WA, who told us that it took about 3 years to complete and that she regards it as her “swan song” since she’s now having arthritis trouble with her hands and doubts she would be able to do anything similar in the future.

If you’d like to see photos of the other winners, they’re now online on the official website.

 

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