Before I begin I have to say that every single quilt we saw was truly a work of art and although we did not like everything we saw, all was appreciated for the skill and talent that went into each piece. Quilting is such an underrated art.
First Zina and I viewed the faculty quilts - which I have to say I had no idea what that meant until I learned that the faculty were those whom were teaching the classes going on during the show.
Life on Holly Ridge by Nancy Prince. Nancy Prince is a quilter who thread paints her quilts. According to her website, Life On Holly Ridge took her over 1,500 hours to complete. It was so realistic - it looked like a photograph to me.
|Nancy Prince - Life on Holly Ridge 75" x 54"|
|Seeking Balance by Karen Eckmeier 44"x 44"|
This next photo is obviously not of a quilt in the traditional sense but is a sculpture that is "machine-collaged/quilted surface over armature of plastic board, polystyrene foam, steel and fiberfill". The artist, Susan Else - had a large showing of her pieces at Road2CA - please visit her gallery page here to see more of her amazing creations. This one was moving!
|On the Boardwalk by Susan Else|
Oh and then we saw a quilt map...I love maps. The quilt maker, Rachel Wetzler describes on her website that the inspiration for this quilt was antique maps.
|The World by Rachel Wetzler|
The next one I found very interesting as it reminded me of flags all lined up in a row but in this case it was individually made quilt panels that could stand on their own, but when brought together create a lovely image of Humbolt Bay. The description of Eureka!, quilted by Pat Durbin, stated that it was a group planned piece but individually made with each artist using their own technique. Go visit her gallery here for more stunning examples of picture quilts.
|Eureka! by Pat Durbin 104"x 45"|
|Star Struck by Cheryl L See|
|Everlasting Beauty by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally and Cindy Seitz-Krug|
|Standing in front of two $1,000 winners|