I went to opening day of the Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center yesterday. So much eye candy! So much fun!

Here are a few of the art quilts that stopped me in my tracks. I’m sorry I cut off the top edge of this charming quilt by Jenny Lyon. Love the stripes. Love the setting. And lest you think this is just a little trifle,

look closer for the ‘wow factor.’

This second quilt by Jenny received a ribbon as runner-up to Best of Show.

And a detail.

From the SAQA exhibit I’m Not Crazy, two quilts in particular had me lingering. The horizontal design using yellow and blue is wonderful.

And the strips of pieced fabric include silk from men’s ties.

Her simple statement about this quilt was perfect.

Karen Musgrave’s entry was in a corner which was dark, a bit of irony for this lovely piece.

I have long admired Linda Cline’s work. Her fabric, thread and paint layering create a unique, sophisticated look that I never tire of.

Here is another artist who approaches her work in layers. A simple design element, repeated in dye and fabric with a riveting result.

Oh boy! I wanna know Linda.

The color choices for this quilt were spot on and the workmanship is impeccable.  I love the way the umbrella nudges the boundary of the quilt reminding the viewer of the tight boundary that these three children have under its protection.

I’m not usually tempted by ‘cute’ quilts, however, this one charmed me. I like the balance and whimsy of the design and the words drew me in. Using words can be a very tricky thing. I think that Joyce used them well here.

Here are two of the truths that Joyce shares with us.

After the work of walking, navigating the crowd and doing my best to get good photographs, I needed a little retail therapy reward. Mama Shaman had a booth and these shoes had my name all over them.

Naturally, a photograph will not give you all the information there is to an art quilt. If you’re able, get on over to the show. It is open through this Sunday and it is well worth the effort.

15 replies
  1. jennyklyon
    jennyklyon says:

    I love to see what others admire at show-thank you for sharing! Love those shoes-so happy! And thank you for featuring my quilts-glad you enjoyed them.

  2. Linda Cline
    Linda Cline says:

    Hi Franki, I Googled my name yesterday and found your blog. I missed seeing you yesterday. I loved that dog quilt also. She did a great job of combining the artistic with just the right amount of “cute factor.” It looks like you saw some quilts that I managed to miss. It’s too much to see in one day. Love your new shoes. You’ve got me thinking about my scrap pile, and what I might do with it after seeing your sunflower scrap quilts.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Linda! How nice to hear from you. With all the folks that I ran into on Thursday, I’m surprised we didn’t see one another. And I’m sure I missed some quilts that you saw — you are right, it’s a lot to take in on one visit. Wow, to inspire you in your art. . . how exciting! Be sure to share what you do with me.

  3. maureenc
    maureenc says:

    Franki I had already seen some of the quilts via the Quilt Inspiration newsletter. Quilts that also appealed to me were Four Voice Choir with Soloists by Annette Bamberger of Germany; Colors on the Run by Caroline Wilkinson of UK; and Color Study by Donna Deaver. Karen’s Dark Angel and her synopsis rang chords in my heart. Thank you for sharing

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