10 Nov

Houston part 2

I did not take any pictures of the big prize winners at Houston. They look like you will expect them to look, and my photos wouldn’t do justice to the intricate and dense machine quilting on them. Better to see the official winner’s pages here at Quilts.com.

What I did take pictures of were quilts that caught my eye, or had a detail I liked, or seemed like something someone I knew would like to see.

Overall, I ┬áliked the honesty of the regular old bed quilts, so I’ll start with those. (Click to see the pics a little bigger)

(I apologize for the wonkiness of many of the photos. They don’t do the quilts justice.)

Earth Trees, Earth Flowers


“Earth Trees, Earth Flowers” by Yuko Kosaka. I liked her colors and whimsical use of fabrics — especially the way the scrolly shapes in the border interact with the text of the same color.

Sparkling Winds


“Sparkling Winds” by Matsea Utsunomiya. Again, interesting colors, and I liked the way the texty fabric affects the leaf shapes. There’s a nice little embroidered detail around the circle shapes too which I liked.

Circular Momentum

“Circular Momentum” by Becky Goldsmith. This one won Judge’s Choice. I think it’s a fun study in dots and it made me happy just to look at it.

Last Chance, Last Dance


“Last Chance, Last Dance’ by Moira Cannata won third place in the Traditional Pieced category. I like scrappy and I like log cabins, and even though this has a bajillion teensy pieces, it looked more joyous than tedious so I really appreciated it’s celebration of a large stash of fabric. It kind of reminds me of Tonya’s Jumbo Margarita quilt.

American Eagle

The simplicity of “American Eagle” by Vicky Quint really sung to me.

Lady Libery Has The Blues, For Mark

“Lady Libery Has The Blues, For Mark” by Diane M. Sehorne. I love a blue quilt. I am un-apologetic in that.

Tie Quilt #2

“Tie Quilt #2” by Lynn Isenberg won Honorable Mention in the Traditional Pieced category. I was attracted by the unusual shape of the Pickle Dish design, and when we realized it was made with ties I was even more impressed — it didn’t have that usual “tie quilt” look.

Sunflower in Love


“Sunflower in Love” by Masako Katase is the wackiest, most unusual New York Beauty I have ever seen. The weird shapes and the plaid fabric really worked for me.

The White Garden


“The White Garden” by Akiko Kawata. Ah, those Japanese ladies and their interesting fabric. I thought the ricrac was used effectively here too. The quilt is bold yet whimsical, and a bit Merimekko too, I think.


I think this was a vintage quilt. It’s certainly a patriotic theme I haven’t seen before. It reminded me of Service Flags.

Crazy in the Garden


Crazy quilts are often too fussy and romantic for my tastes, but you can’t deny that more is always more with crazies, and “Crazy in the Garden” by Allison Aller is not only MORE, but it’s done so well too. I was captivated by the center roses. It won second place in the Embellished category.

The next post will be the art quilts.

8 thoughts on “Houston part 2

  1. Circular Momemtum and the White Garden are my faves shown here and I like was Cannata did with Last Chance, Last Dance.

  2. Love those quilts you pictured, especially the dotty and the greenish/yellowish one. Adorable!
    It must be amazing to see this stage of craftmanship in person! I mean: You ARE a quilting artist, so maybe you look at it with a more professional eye, but most likely I would squeak in front of every quilt just because it’s so very special and beautiful…

  3. Love this quilts Kristin and I love to see the ones that aren’t shown off everywhere (although I’ve enjoyed those too!) The creativity and use of fabric is amazing. tahnks for taking the time to share with us.

  4. This is a fabulous assortment – they make me want to go to Houston more than ever!

    I would never have guessed that the pickle dish quilt was a tie quilt either – most of the tie quilts I have encountered seem to be based around long stringy sections – or cutesy blocks that look like a man’s chest wearing a tie.

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