When at these shows, time is always at a premium, so I prioritized the exhibits that I hoped to see and did my best to get there. Here are a few of the highlights.
The first exhibit we saw were the Canadian quilts. Just as with the Amish quilts, a church acted as the gallery. Churches make great venues for displaying quilts.
|Canadian quilts under the stained glass windows made for an interesting presentation.|
|"Accumulate" by Amanda McGavour, Toronto, Ontario|
|"Triumph of the Hexagon" by Jeannie Jenkins of Toronto, Ontario|
Libby Lehman is very well known throughout the quilt world for her free motion machine quilting and threadwork. As she was the featured artist at this year's show, there was a large retrospective display of her quilts. I am more familiar with her current work, so it was quite a surprise to see her more traditional earlier work. It was a beautiful exhibit.
|"Frenzy" (1990) by Libby Lehman of the U.S.|
|"New Mexico - Pecos Summer" (1983) by Libby Lehman of the U.S.|
|"Watch Your Step 2 - Mushrooms" (2012) by Libby Lehman of the U.S.|
"Quiltmania" a French quilting magazine (available in English in North America), profiles certain quilters each year at their exhibit. Di Ford and Kathy Doughty were 2 of this years artists.
|"Antique Wedding Sampler Revisited" by Di Ford.|
|Di Ford (close - up)|
|"Kaffe Fanfare" by Kathy Doughty|
Japanese quilts are always amazing to see in person. The skill of the artisan and the minute, intricate needlework is often unbelievable. Here is an example. I apologize for not having the name of the quilter.
|Japanese Quilt. Artist is unknown.|
|Japanese quilt close -up. Hand applique as well as hand quilting.|
The French collection had it's own line-up of talented artists. Note the machine threadwork of this wall hanging.
|"Tentation" close - up by Genevieve Attinger of France.|
|"Tentation" close -up by Genevieve Attinger of France.|
|18th Century Boutis Quilt from the collection of Monique Alphand of France.|
|Close - up of the boutis.|