Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Paducah Quilt Show 2016

After being so disappointed with the vendors at the Chicago Quilt Show, I was REALLY hoping the vendors at Paducah would be better--I was not disappointed. Here are my purchases.

I bought $5 AQS books, fabric, a stencil, some thread, a magazine, a VERY small cutting mat (to use with my 365 Challenge blocks), and some miscellaneous items. My best buys were the $5 books and the $3 a yard fabric (the black and white with the lime stack in the left corner of the pic). I bought a jellyroll and two charm packs of Grunge from Moda. I just love that fabric. I was glad to find various reds and oranges for a project I'll be working on soon. I also bought a couple of tops, a vest, and two pairs of shoes. I have a little bitty Tutto coming where I will house my Featherweight. Obviously, I found the vendors to be much better (for me) than those at Chicago.

I enjoyed the quilts here, but I think Chicago was better for me for several reasons.

  • the ease with which I could view and photograph the quilts
  • there were more "art" quilts
  • the quilt "stories" were displayed

I do want to share a few of the quilts I liked in Paducah. (This show is a REALLY difficult one to photograph. There is NO way to get a good picture of the quilts on the sides of the three-sided display nooks. That is where all the quilts are located when you see a picture that is very wonky.)

I just love black and white quilts. These were my favs. (Top-Untamed Symphony by Sheila Frampton-Cooper, Bottom Left-Black & White Crayons by Lynne Tyler, Bottom Right-Can You See (M)E Now?)

People grouping--(Left-Summer Wind by Marina Landi, Middle-Life's Journey by Devon W. Pfeif, Right-Le Reve (The Dream) After Pablo Picasso by Lynn Isenberg)

Nature grouping--(Top Left to Right--Out on a Limb by Thelma V. Bearden and Desert Moon by Judy Beskow; Bottom Left to Right--Singing Bird by Sumie Nishimura and Sunkissed by Theresa Olson)
Linear/Geometric grouping--(Top Left to Right--Dog Walks Girl by Pam Beal and Blueberry Green Teas by Marcia DeCamp; Bottom Left to Right--Las Ventanas by Kristin Shields and Bohemian by Judi Madsen)

Circle-themed quilts--(Top Left to Right-Life by Yoshiko Katagiri and Pompom Mum by Reiko Naganuma; Bottom-R.E.M. Rapid Eye Movement by Sonia Grasvik)

From my pictures, I guess you can tell I'm a modern/art quilt lovin' gal.

Some friends and I met up at Flamingo Row for a great meal and some visiting.

All in all it was a really fun trip.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

More from the Chicago Quilt Show 2016

The In Full Bloom exhibit is always a favorite of mine. This one really looked like cherry blossoms; I guess that is why it is called Cherry Blossoms at Night (by Makiko Aoki).

Foliage (Gabriele DiTota) has three dimensional blooms. I thought it was interesting that she quilted the piece and then monoprinted it.
I love Susan Brubaker Knapp's Old Red Door. I really needed a closer look at this one. It truly looked like a weathered door; the texture was SO realistic. This is a whole-cloth painted quilt.

Affinity for Improve & Love of the Line (Leslie Tucker Jenison) really drew me in. I find very geometric designs SO appealing. I like the colors, movement, and repetitive nature of this quilt.

It took me a minute to see the word in this quilt. Do you see it? The maker, Kathy York, says, "As I get older, I find that I am increasingly attracted to the idea of repetition. I find a peaceful meditative quality in repetitive tasks. These are represented abstractly in Dot." I find that to be true for me too.

Survivor, by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan, affected me more than any other quilt in the show. She says, "At some point in life, most people live through a terrible event. In my case, I struggled to label myself, but neither survivor nor victim felt completely right; although, I felt much closer to the victim side. This quilt represents the shift I've experienced over many years along the continuum toward the survivor side, while the victim label has faded into the background." I found it very powerful and thought provoking.

There are many other quilts from this show I really liked--WAY too many to show you. I just got back from the Paducah quilt show and have a few of those quilts to share later this week.