One of my favorite things about Quilt Festival is the exhibit space. It’s not often that people recognize the artistry of quilts, but at this show, that’s on full – and quite glorious! – display. I love spending time wandering the exhibit space, studying the quilts in person, and gathering inspiration. There are just some things that photos can’t capture – and it was lovely to be able to meet some of the artists in person. This year at Festival, we had two special exhibits displaying work from recent art quilting books.
First was the Twelve by Twelve exhibit – how fabulous it to see the collections all together! The collection featured the work from the themes and from the second round of challenges focusing on color. Here’s a group shot of the chairs – one of my favorite themes from the book.
Here’s the orange collection from the color challenge – what an excellent opportunity to try out colors that you don’t normally use. I’ve been thinking a lot about color recently and actually took a class on it at Festival – more on that soon!
SAQA pulled together an exhibit to celebrate the work in Masters Art Quilts, Vol. 2. It’s so interesting to have a picture in your head of what a quilt looks like – and how big it is! – based on a photo and then to see it in real life. The exhibit was stunning! Here I am under the bulkhead…
There was also a fabulous collection of doll quilts – on little beds and often with matching dolls. This one caught my eye – it’s called Rabbit in the Flowerbed by Samantha Nixon. Take a peek on her blog for more fabulous photos of both the doll and the doll quilt.