16 Nov

Houston 4

There seemed to be a bajillion categories of quilts in Houston, and a half jillion exhibits, so it was sensory overload trying to keep everything straight. It did seem to me though, that most everything was “recognizable.” Lots of landscapes, flowers, portraits and things that looked “quilty” (though they’d never actually be used as quilts, what with all their intense stitching and devices to lay flat).

The following are the rest of those which stood out to me for one reason or another.

I thought this artist captured the light and modeled the parrot exquisitely through her use of batik fabrics.I loved the bit of blue under the beak.

Ruffled Feathers
“Ruffled Feathers” by Roxanne Nelson


More lovely use of color:

Port of Cassis
“Port of Cassis” by Lenore Crawford

Digital Imagery is becoming popular. I only liked one:

Return of the Grackle
“Return of the Grackle” by Diane Rusin Doran. Since the majority of what makes this image work is the work the artist did with Photoshop, I’d be just as happy to see it in photographic print, or blank card form.

There was great emphasis on baroque style stitching. More was definitely seen as more. I thought the use of lots of stitch was appropriate here — it shows speed well:

In a Flash

“In a Flash” by Allison Lawrence.

Simple elegance:
Eye of the Peacock
“Eye of the Peacock” by Judy Kriehn

And more interesting use of stitch (though I think this would be just as lovely as a colored pencil drawing on beautiful paper).


Nice lines!

Seeking Peace
“Seeking Peace” by Pamela Morris

The quilting didn’t wow me but I liked this little abstract bird or leaf.

I really liked this one:

Stone II
“Stone II” by Jean Wells Keenan.

It has such nice colors and lines, and lovely fabrics. There is an intriguing play between the larger fabrics and the areas with small pieced bits and the skinny bits.


Florals were very popular. This one was kind of different:

Schizo Rose
“Schizo Rose” by Judy Robinson Ehrnst.


I liked the graphic quality of this one:

“Crocus” by Maggie Weiss.

I liked that this one was both painterly and “fabric-y:”

Iris in My Garden
“Iris in My Garden” by Maryanne Williamson

There’s a lot of thread in there, but also a lot of recognizable fabric, not just color.

I liked the doodle quality of this one:

Multiple Personalities
“Multiple Personalities” by Cynthia Goodwin.

It was different, and fun to look at. Though, I think that the best stitch that looks like a drawing are “FLK” by Alison Whittemore, and “Dreams” by Faye Anderson, a yearbook page in the form of portraits on little pillows. She also did “Famous Women in Art with Quilting Backgrounds.” I can’t find these on the web, but the first two were in Quilt National several years ago.

And here’s one last, more quilty, one:

That's Graphic!
“That’s Graphic!” by Diana Sharkey.

I thought I was over the selvedge craze. For me, it pretty much begins and ends with Jodie of Ric Rac’s Selvedge Frock. I ‘ll also admit to liking spiderweb quilts that feature selvedges, but they are kind of “seen one, you’ve seen ’em all” and don’t seem so fresh anymore. But, this quilt grabbed me. I liked it’s simplicity. I think what made it attractive to me is the counter balance of the “real” fabrics in the center against the selvedge fabric edges. It respects the fabric.

5 thoughts on “Houston 4

  1. I like your distinction between painterly and quilty quilts. I agree that if we’re working with fabric, it should read as fabric. I quilt because I like to play with fabric and thread. thanks for these pictures.

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