Tuesday, November 17, 2009

World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach

My husband Andy and I drove a couple of hours down to this new show last Saturday and it was definitely worth it. There were 400 quilts on display and some 80 vendors, a nice diversity on both counts. The West Palm convention center is very easy to get in and out of and is quite an attractive building. Plus it’s right across the road from City Place, a lovely collection of shops and restaurants. Another plus was that it wasn’t freezing inside from excessive air conditioning, so yay! My only complaint is that the lighting wasn’t the greatest, which is typical of so many similar venues.
On to the the quilts— these are a few of the many nice pieces that caught my eye. Below is Parasol by Liz Jones (United Kingdom). She must have visited Florida at some point, or do palmettos grow in many locations? I have no idea.
Here is a close-up of the wonderful free motion stitching.
Midsummer Melody is by Jane Rollason (United Kingdom).
Next is Little Bit of Sunshine, by Cynthia Wismann. This was part of an exhibit by Art Quilters Unlimited, a group based in Ft. Myers.
Here is a detail from Little Bit of Sunshine, which was whole cloth painted with fabric dyes (as well as some other techniques.)
Below is Morris in the Garden is by Sue Reich (Connecticut). The way the cat was depicted with outline stitching is what intrigued me about this one.
The Birder by Cheryl Costley is also part of the Art Quilters Unlimited exhibit. He’s wearing a real hat and his camera and binoculars are 3-dimensional. There weren’t very many depictions of people in the overall show, we noticed.
The next two photos are details from Down Under Florabunda by Margo Hardie (Australia). This quilt was just covered with beautiful birds and flowers. It must have taken ages to create.
To finish up the birding theme, here is a detail from Fantasy Flock by Sheena Norquay (United Kingdom). She used her own doodles as the design inspiration.
To prove that most quilt shows have something for everyone, here is a quilt that my husband Andy was enthused about. This detail of Leaves on the Ground by Helen Richards (Australia) shows leaves she drew on fabric from her photographs. My plant pathologist hubby got a kick out of the holes eaten by insects, galls, spots, and other evidence of apparent plant diseases.
There were quite a few nice quilts from Japan and other countries, too. The vendors were from all over the U.S... nice to see some new faces with interesting merchandise. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing a small excerpt of this large show.


Beena said...

Thanks so much for posting! I don't get to go to many shows, so I'm always extra happy when fellow bloggers post pics!

I had entertained the idea of attending this one, but it didn't happen. Sounds like it was great, though, and maybe I'll make it next time around.

Glad you enjoyed it! And thanks again for posting about it.

JYA Fiberarts said...

Thanks, Loreen. I enjoyed the pictures. I wanted to get to this show, but didn't make it.

Diane J. Evans said...

Thanks for sharing the photos, Loreen -- we don't get many grand quilt shows in my neck of the woods, so I felt as if I was right there with you. Great quilts!


flspirit said...

Thanks for posting these photos. The qshow was great, and hopefully attendance was good enough to keep them in W. Palm more than 2 years.

One interesting comment about the flower one from UK : the flowers are done with "flower pounding"... the artist picked the blossoms and leaves from her yard & using a hammer, pounded their natural dye into the fabric. It was quite impressive.

Loreen Leedy said...

flspirit, thanks for mentioning the flower pounding process, I forgot to write about that.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

My artist friend who lives in Naples told me about this exhibit ...can anyone participate? I would love to receive more information. JoAnn Carlson called me and told me about your incredible exhibit and I do so appreciate you sharing the photos. I love artists inspired by Mother Nature. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Loreen Leedy said...

Hi Mary, it's a Mancuso show. There's a link at the beginning of the post, or go to www.quiltfest.com and look for World Quilt Show-Florida.

Susan Miller said...

Those are beautiful, I especially loved the one with the embroidery. Looks like a great show, I would love to see one up here in Orlando.