Tuesday, October 16, 2012


The Pacific International Quilt Show was held in Santa Clara, Calif. last weekend and I was lucky enough to be able to take the time from babysitting and make a trip down. I was amazed at the diversity that I found there. Yet, being and international show, that is what one would expect. From this quilt about fish

to this quilt about shirts


to a quilt that looks as if it is folded but it wasn't...it was just the way the lights and shadows were interpreted in the fabrics 

This quilt (sorry about the sideways display, I couldn't get Blogger to post it properly) was made entirely of cheesecloth and mounted on black fabric. Talk about ingenuity!

There were quilts that were so colorful and contemporary too. This quilt was just so happy. 

City scapes

Leaves of every color.

And a quilt that looked tribal from far away and when I got up close:

I could see it wasn't fabric at all but some sort of embroidery technique that made the different patterns on the background fabrics.


And what would you do with that stash of old buttons? Well, make a sunflower quilt, of course! 

The day was fun. It had just rained the night before and was actually still drizzling in the Bay Area when I arrived. But it was such a nice change to smell the moisture in the air, to see the Autumn colors beginning to take over on the hillsides all the way there. Things looked and smelled and felt fresh. It was nice to see something different for a change. I think that it gave me the necessary boost to my creative spirit that I needed. I'm off to explore and create. How about you?


  1. wow some of these are just absolutely amazing...love all the color and design in them....some true artistry at work there...the one that looks like a fold but isnt....very cool...

  2. Oh my, these are really beautiful. Thanks for the photos. I had no idea that quilts were such an art form. Amazing.
    Drizzling in the Bay Area... why did I ever leave?

  3. These are just beautiful quilts. Love them and their colors and the designs, especially the sunflower. Thanks for sharing.

  4. If my budget would allow for it, I'm afraid I could go crazy with quilt collecting. Beautiful representations here. I have no patience, however, for doing handiwork. Wish I did. Maybe there's hope for me yet.