I'm back from my wonderful trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. It's very hard to explain the event to a non-quilter or even a quilter who has never been to the show. It is absolutely enormous! It takes up the entire George C. Brown Convention Center, all three floors since there are also classes, lectures and special luncheons going on, too. The quilts take up the whole first floor and there are 28 exhibits within the show. Quilts: A World of Beauty, the juried and judged show, takes up the most space. All of the exhibits are juried or invitational, so the quality of work is outstanding.
You can see all of the top prize winners from the judged show if you go to this website.
I thought I would show you some of the quilts in a special exhibit from Germany called Festival Gallery of Quilt Art: Fabric Forest. There were 35 quilts in this exhibit, all about two feet wide and about 8 to 10 feet tall and they were suspended from the ceiling, which was about three stories high. The quilts were two-sided, so you could walk around them and there was a pile of real logs in the center, looking ready for a fire. They really were amazing. There were labels on the floor beneath each tree telling which tree was being depicted. Of course a lot of artistic license was used. Each picture is click-able to get a bigger view.Here I am standing next to one to give you an idea of how big they were. Boy, do I look fat! But don't these colors look good with my jacket?
This is a detail of the second quilt from the bottom.