Sunday, April 15, 2007

Chicago Quilt Festival

Here are a few favorites from the Chicago Quilt Festival.













I seem to prefer blended color effects over strong graphic designs, and do I love the Japanese quilts! Their intricacy, subtlety, and lack of formal balance just knocks me over. The best part of the show was the Husquavarna Challenge exhibit, and another special exhibit called In Fine Focus, consisting of small pieces, less then 10x 12 inches. A great deal of variety of style, technique, and subject was present in these two exhibits. No photographs were allowed in either one of these so I can't share, but if anyone has a chance to see either one, don't pass it up. The $100,000 Challenge winner was also on display in the vendor's area. I was glad of that since the white wholecloth doesn't photograph terribly well. It's a beautiful quilt, and I have no quarrel with it being chosen but I heard some negative comments. I think some people don't appreciate the skill and artistry required in that kind of machine quilting, not to mention the design.

Debbi at Dubiquilts has posted many more photos, complete with information. She's much more organized and patient than I am.

I enjoyed the show more this year than last. Last year included a large exhibit of Amish quilts, which seemed rather ho-hum to me, and decreased the space available for other work. This year seemed to have a good balance of tradition and innovation with something for everyone. And of course, there were vendors, and more vendors, and more vendors...

14 comments:

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

Those are wonderful pictures! It must have been a wonderful show.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I am so sorry we did not meet at the show. I have not been thinking very well the past few months or I would have made plans for us to meet. I too have posted photos.

I was blown away by all the quilts. This is the first year I have seen so many Art Quilts.

The Calico Cat said...

I can admit that I am naysayer re: the $100,000 quilt challenge... I can appreciate what she did - wholecloth quilts just remind me of mattress pads...

Thanks for the pictures - I'm going to post mine from Lancaster later...

Rian said...

WOW! Kinda makes you want to pack it in, huh.

Allison Ann Aller said...

Great selection of quilts here for us to salivate over. You have great taste!

Deb Geyer said...

Lovely, lovely quilts! Thanks for sharing with those of us that could not go!!

Micki said...

Thanks for sharing those wonderful quilts with us.

Deb H said...

Nice pictures. For just a minute, I wished I was living in Michigan again, so I could come see it in person.

diva of quilts said...

Thank you so much for sharing those amazing quilts! Someday I'm going to get out more.

Beth said...

Those are really great shots...I'm so jealous because I wanted to go this year.

goneaussiequilter said...

Wonderful photos, thank you for sharing for all of us who couldn't attend!

Debra Spincic said...

Afew of those quilts look so familiar, I think I saw them in Dallas last month. I'm heading to Denver the first weekend of May for a big show there. This is my year to visit shows! It really gets the creative juices flowing!

I have not seen the $100,000 quilt so may be talking out of turn here but I have to give more credit to someone who does intricate piecing and quilting over someone who only does quilting.

Robin said...

Ooooooh! I like your choices... and there were SOOOOOO many to choose from. I'm featuring some of the fabric postcards and journal quilts on my blog, which were all I had time to study in any depth. Great to see some of the others through your lens! Thanks.

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

I also went to that show and really enjoyed it. You are right, it was a nice balance.