I love making quilts as much as I love making lace. This day I saw a lot of pieces of art ... textile art ... a level I unfortunately will never reach ... but that is o.k. I am happy with what I am doing.
This is the BEST OF SHOW 2012.
The designer/maker of this quilt. A very nice lady. We had a lovely talk. $20,000 richer - - if she gives her quilt up to the museum. I am sure happy that I don't have to make that decision. Could I part with it if I had worked so hard to make it? It's like giving birth. Can you give up a child?
Here is a very nice interview with the winner Sue McCarty
The design is full of symbolism. The goat is her husband, ha-ha.
This is the back-side of it.
The second place winner: $12,000
I noticed that many of the quilts where done in a new technique. This quilt was ONE cloth = black. The colors and the design are all from the very dense quilting with color thread.
You can see it better in this close-up. The Best Of Show Quilt was done in the same technique. One big red cloth with a big round black insert in the middle and a black edge all around. The rest is quilting thread.
I am not sure about it though. I really think there is nothing like handmade lace.
Following are just a few of the MANY photos I took of quilts which teach me something. Things I want to try or learn. I could have taken MANY MANY more but I only had three little snippets of time for the quilts. My main reason for coming to Paducah were my lace friends and the lace exhibition.
I did manage though to spent money. Helen and I really like batiks. This vendor offered 'kits' to dye 30 fat quarter (and some) in a grading shown on the back-wall.
Oh, yes, when I had arrived in town on Wednesday I had a brief stop downtown to check out the fabrics here. I did find something but I didn't really see any bargains.