A great annual event almost in my back yard here in Portland, OR. I hadn’t entered any quilts this year, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying what was entered!
I focused on art quilts, prize winners, and dense quilting this year. Or at least those were the items that pulled my camera out of its case.
SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association) had its Bridges exhibition hanging. I’d seen it before in Beaverton, but some that I remembered weren’t here and there were some I’d not remembered. So I’m guessing both exhibits were partial. (No possibility of memory failure, of course.) While I enjoyed them all, only one brought the camera out.
Linking Europe to Asia Anne Doughaty
Some of the quilts were, like this one, bridges over water; other meanings were also represented: bridge, the card game, bridges supporting strings in musical instrument, and from the Beaverton show I remember one of the bridge of the nose.
I think I remember this one was in small quilts, but I thought it should have been in art quilts. (If that isn’t true of this one, there were several I thought could have been better placed, but I think the quilter makes that decision.)
Dashes and Dots Tami Graeber
Besides the visual impact, this one sported dense quilting design.
This next one was among the Art, non-representational category.
The Value of Value Sheila Staers
The above one interested me visually, but also because I think value doesn’t get enough attention, generally.
I carefully photographed ribbons so I’d remember which prize a quilt won; however, the print didn’t show up on the photo for most of them. I’ll try harder next year. I did remember a couple. This one took first place in Art, non-representational.
Klimpt in Blue Penny Hanscom
I’ll have to go check out Klimpt paintings to understand the inspiration noted in the title.
Next, the best of show.
My Secret Garden Margaret Solomon Gunn
I don’t always agree with the judges, but this year I did. I liked the design, the color choice, the workmanship in the applique and the quilting. Here’s a sample.
This next first was, I think, in the large quilt category.
Colorful Colorado Medallion Sharon Engel
Not only do I love medallion quilts, but the color progression appealed to me as did the tiny triangles. And the quilting.
I think I’d better stop and eat lunch; I’ll post a few more photos in a couple days.
What is your focus when you go to quilt shows? Is it always the same or does it vary with the show?