PIQF Quilt Show 2011 part 2 – Fabulous Fauna


Green Stag detail

Green Stag detail

I love to share wonderful quilts with you, dear readers.

This post is tardy, but I know you’ll love seeing the amazing animals that inhabited the Pacific International Quilt Show, which was held in Santa Clara last October.

Green Stag was created by Daniel Rouse, of Oakland, California.

I was absolutely captivated with this simple yet stunning creature. The calm background and the simple shape work together to make the deer enchanting.

Green Stag by Daniel Rouse

Green Stag by Daniel Rouse

The deer is almost life sized. Look closely and you’ll see the flecks of orange and black, which create interest and dimension. It’s a must-see!

Liberace - Night of the Chameleon by Cathy Stone; 38" x 39"

Liberace - Night of the Chameleon by Cathy Stone; 38" x 39"

Cathy Stone of Grass Valley, California, showed this art quilt. It was created with raw-edge collage that is covered in tulle. The dimensional leaves were added later and it is finished with a jagged bottom edge.

Liberace - Night of the Chameleon detail

Liberace - Night of the Chameleon detail

The colors, fabrics, and the quilting are all exquisite. The attention to detail, from the shape of each wrinkle on the chameleon to the way the light shines off its back, make this so real and so appealing. I absolutely love the leaves with the holes in them, as well. And the eye! Wonderful!

Ancient Echoes detail of (Juan) Iguana

Ancient Echoes detail of (Juan) Iguana

Also from Grass Valley is Jan Reed’s masterful art quilt called Ancient Echoes.

Looking at this photo it is hard to believe it is made of fabric! The artist identified that she used both regular and reverse applique techniques as well as hand beading, colored pencils, fabric paint and metallic threads.

Ancient Echoes by Jan Reed; 40 1/2" x 34"

Ancient Echoes by Jan Reed; 40 1/2" x 34"

The three-dimensional leaves and the rock are fabulous. And the detail of the tail poking out of the frame is great!

Ancient Echoes detail of Mayan face

Ancient Echoes detail of Mayan face

I didn’t actually see the face in the background of the piece until I had taken the other two photographs. The way it changes color on the outer part of the frame is so clever and the whole piece is completely compelling.

Looking at it one feels unworthy!

Gung Hay Fat Choy by Linda Gavin and the Bulbs 18" x 56"

Gung Hay Fat Choy by Linda Gavin and the BULBS; 18" x 56"

I loved this group project presented by San Francisco’s Linda Gavin and her applique group, the BULBS. The group is based on the applique work of Nancy S. Brown and was started by eight years ago. Each panel was made by a different member and is made in each of the artists’ own working style.

Detail of Gung Hay Fat Choy

Detail of Gung Hay Fat Choy

Look at the interesting backgrounds and the people running under the dragon! I wish I had made more photos of this wonderful piece, but it was hung on the wall way too high for short little ol’ me!

Fish Kabobs by Mickey Depre; 49" x 69"

Fish Kabobs by Mickey Depre; 49" x 69"

This playful applique quilt comes from Illinois and is made by Mickey Depre. Most of my favorite fabrics have faces on it, but these fun fish have faces plus attitude!

Fish Kabobs detail

Fish Kabobs detail

I mean, look at this character!

As you can see, the machine quilting is excellent. And the background and border blocks, along with the delightful bubbles are fabulous!

Sheep Wannabees by Debora Konchinsky; 69" x 69"

Sheep Wannabees by Debora Konchinsky; 69" x 69"

There is no way I can do justice to Debora Konchinsky’s award-winning quilt by showing it in this small photo, but at least I can get you started exploring it. I know it is so special that it will be famous before the year is out!

Detail of Sheep Wannabees

Detail of Sheep Wannabees

I was lucky enough to visit Debora Konchinsky at her Critter Pattern Works booth at the quilt show. Along with her husband Paul, Debora designs and sells a large variety of wonderful animal applique quilt patterns.

She was very busy, but I was able to see some of her work in progress. She creates each section separately, creating the animals by needle-felting wool. Then she does detailed embroidery of plants and flowers.

Llamas detail from Sheep Wannabees

Llamas detail from Sheep Wannabees

To see more photos of this quilt, including the piece in progress, you can check out Debora’s Picasa site and Critterpat’s Flicker site. You’ll be amazed!

So dearests, that’s all for the fauna part of the show, but flora is still to come. Now you see why I rarely go to quilt shows – it takes me a year to review them for you!!!

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