Thursday, December 29, 2011


And Our Flag Was Still There 

In the whirlwind of the past months, multiple shows (6!), family for holidays, a very Merry Christmas, projects, trips, and work that I love, one of the bright spots was this spectacular quilt at the  International Quilt Market/Festival 2011 in Houston.  It is dedicated by the artist Melinda Bula, to families who have raised proud and devoted young Americans who serve in our military. May God bless them.

The Color of Freedom by Kelly Monroe

 My darling daughter & I popped down to Houston for the Quilt Market.  Our rental car company offered us this sweet little lemon drop for our mission. It was a quick trip, as I had back-to-back art shows to work and sell my wares.  As always, we made sure that we walked and shopped all of the vendor aisles.  Although I wasn't showing this year as an exhibitor, my present pillows were featured at  Fairfield Processing!

ilovefiberart  Present Pillows

pdf available FREE to download from ilovefiberart or at Fairfield  

Fairfield booth- YAY poly-fil!!

 The market did not disappoint as a source of terrific new inspiration and information. As always, the Quilt Exhibits reigned when it came to the "Ahhhh" factor! It never ceases to amaze me what phenomenal creative and technical skills are showcased here; row after row, well-lit, professionally hung and organized, these quilt exhibits rival any fine museum exhibit.  These quilters truly are masters of their medium.  

Composition 1 by Miwako Mogami

Camelot Country by Liz Jones

There is a quiet in these aisles, black backdrops, spot lighting.  The colors of the often larger-than-life images envelope you, as do the stories:  A young Marine's boot camp graduation, a long deceased beloved grandmother, mother or pet, dreams and priceless memories translated and forever memorialized in fiber by countless hours of designing, sewing, piecing, embroidering and finishing.

O Happy Day by Timna Tarr

Reflections by Carol Swinden

Salvaged Words by Jette Clover

Maynard by David Taylor

 There is humor too.  Some of our favorite quilts are the whimsical art quilts!  Then there are the garments, the dolls and more....


*Fun, Fabulous and Exhausting! Can't wait to fly back down to Quilt Market next year!

 **please forgive the quality of my latest photos!  Have been spoiled by the convenience of my iphone camera but plan to return to my trusty little digital camera soon!
 Hope your New Year is JOYOUS!
God Bless and Protect Our Troops! 
May we be thankful for Freedom!

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