Tuesday, April 21, 2009

International Quilt Festival | Chicago

Over the weekend my good friend Caroline and her sweet little girl Beatrice and I spent a few lovely hours at the 2009 International Quilt Festival just outside the city. Whoa, baby. These people were not messing around.

A whole convention room packed full of die-hard quilters is truly a site to behold. I mean really... don't underestimate these ladies. They are serious about their craft and giddy with delight when it comes to all things fabric.

I'd heard of "art quilts" before, but I never imagined how much these would take my breath away. I was stunned beyond belief with some of them. Here are some of my faves...

21 comments:

Becky said...

WOW, I was there and must have missed a row. either that or I was so overwhelmed. Your pictures are great.

Jen said...

Wow, those are amazing!

Michaela said...

I was planning on going, but got overwhelmed with school and realized I really can't afford to lose several hours. Wow, what have I missed. Amazing. I will be definitely for the look out next year.

Jennie said...

The show was really great! I think this must be the day to blog about it- I just posted too! ~ Jennie

KateKwiltz said...

I took a shot of the house one, too...and managed to miss some of your other faves. Maybe it's a two-day venture next year?

Love that Kathy York one -- her work is amazing!

VeggieAmanda said...

The quilts are just beautiful!

Amy and Andrew said...

Wow. You're right. They are not messing around. It's really amazing what people can do with their creativity.

Melissa said...

WOW! Amazing. And yet...I'm not going to lie. If one of yours was hanging there I would've taken a picture of THAT. :)

Mal* said...

I just watched a documentary about art quilts and I had the same reaction. Really neat when people think outside the box.

Alissa said...

Amazing work! Must be so great to see in person...

amylouwho said...

WOW!!! looks like a great time! I love the Klimt one - that's amazing!

Barb Hungerford said...

Glad you got to go to the show. It is inspiring, isn't it! Love your pics.

Always Inspire said...

wow!!! those are unreal!!!

Nancy said...

YIKES!! Where on earth do they get their patterns, or don't they use them?? I can imagine you aspiring to their level of competence. Aunt Nancy

QuiltyGoodness said...

Thanks for sharing. Those are truly amazing and beautiful.

Kira said...

Ooh, sweet! And I'm so glad someone else mentioned the Klimt one because I was like "AAAHHH, I know that's a painting by a famous artist that I just studied but I can't remember who...is it Klimt?" Question answered.

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

What fantastic quilts. It's amazing the art that quilters are able to create.

So inspiring.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I would love to see a full image of that last one... do you know the name of the quilt/artist?

metrosupialdesigns said...

I love the color effect in that last photo.

iknitipurl said...

You weren't kidding! Amazing talent there.

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Thanks for sharing! Love the quilt with the houses. It my favorite!

Rita
Red Pepper Quilts