International Quilt Festival Houston, 2013

The plane ride to Houston was a bit rocky and I had a 2-hour layover in Albuquerque so I was glad to have Linda Lee Peterson’s latest page turner, The Devil’s Interval as my companion. If you enjoy murder mysteries and smart women with real flaws, this book should make its way to your must-read list.

I arrived in Houston in just enough time to empty my suit case and dash to the convention center for the Preview Night opening at 5:00 p.m. — one can manage a lot in the 2 hours before the exhibit is open to the public. My first stop was at the Studio Art Quilt Associates table to eye the foot-square quilts that were still available at their auction. To my amazement and delight, Meta Heemskerk’s Rembrandt to Mondrian was still available. I snatched it up. Meta is a mixed media artist who is completely driven and highly productive. She joined Postmark’d Art a couple of years ago so I can boast a growing collection of her fine work.

Meta Heemskerk, Rembrandt to MondrianI love the crisp, clean lines of this piece: the bold black lines that define shapes, the straight-line quilting that covers the entire work and the ‘license’ she took with the image (downloaded from NGA Images at the National Gallery for Art). I especially like the fact that she has combined a Dutch and American artist in the work and the maker and owner are Dutch and American. I think there was some Kismet working in my favor!

I dallied in the ‘Art: Whimsical’ area of the exhibit next. Four pieces stood out for me. According to artist Pauline Salzman, man’s best friend transcends all political parties. I think her Mt. Ruffmore supports that statement.

Pauline Salzman, Mt. RuffmoreI wish IQA would include the size of the pieces, but they don’t.

I laughed out loud when I stopped at David Charity’s Bit Map, inspired by his knowledge that Basenji dogs have a fetish for paper. Oh my!

David Charity, Bit Map Nemesis III: Elton is Cindy Henneke’s reflection on her garden and the havoc that local armadillos do to it. She shared that during construction, the floral fabric she used reminded her of you-know-who, hence the name.

Cindy Henneke, Nemisis III: Elton Kristen Bryson’s title simply says it all: Does He Make My Butt Look Big?

Kristen Bryson, Does it Make My Butt Look Big?And a detail. . .

Kristen Bryson, detailI will be sharing more wonderful art quilts, new friends and more this week. There’s bound to be something for everyone so stay tuned.

10 replies
  1. Suzanne Kistler
    Suzanne Kistler says:

    Wonderful!! I will stay tuned, believe me!
    Congratulations on your new “Meta” acquisition! I saw that it was sold, and wondered who the lucky buyer was. Glad to hear it stayed in the family, so to speak. 🙂

  2. maureenc
    maureenc says:

    Like Suzanne, I wondered who had become the lucky owner of Meta’s quilt!
    So good that you have kept it “in the family”…I’m sure that Meta is happy knowing it has a home with someone who knows and admires her work.

  3. 379christy
    379christy says:

    Thanks for sharing, Franki. I’m not reading anything now so will check my library for the book recommendation.

    I’m looking forward to seeing more pictures from Houston!

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