I’m not crazy…

detail of Quilt for the Latest Sexagenarian, by Mike McNamara

detail of Quilt for the Latest Sexagenarian, by Mike McNamara

I’m not crazy. Really!

But there were some really crazy (in an awesome way) quilts at Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara this weekend.

I was excited to see so many dynamic and interesting quilts this year.

Three of the more compelling works were part of an exhibit titled I’m Not Crazy, compiled by the Studio Art Quilters Association, or SAQA.

Insane Asylum, by Silvia M. Weir

Insane Asylum, by Silvia M. Weir

detail of Insane Asylum, by Silvia M. Weir

detail of Insane Asylum, by Silvia M. Weir

Held Together by a Thread, by Susan Lenz

Held Together by a Thread, by Susan Lenz

detail of Held Together by a Thread, by Susan Lenz

detail of Held Together by a Thread, by Susan Lenz

Another Panic Attack, by Jane P. Broaddus

Another Panic Attack, by Jane P. Broaddus

detail of Another Panic Attack, by Jane P. Broaddus

detail of Another Panic Attack, by Jane P. Broaddus

As many of you know, I have a real inability to sit through the creation and execution of any hand work at all. With that being the case, I am ever impressed and amazed at other’s ABILITY to do so. At PIQF there were so many quilts with an incredible amount of work completed by hand.

detail of Red Sunflower, by Susan Bianchi

detail of Red Sunflower, by Susan Bianchi

Working on THIS would make me crazy! But I love it!

It won the ribbon for Best of Embellishment!

Red Sunflower, by Susan Bianchi

Red Sunflower, by Susan Bianchi

Red Sunflower, by Susan Bianchi
Red Sunflower, by Susan Bianchi

detail of Glorious Autumn, by Frieda Oxenham
detail of Glorious Autumn, by Frieda Oxenham

So picture this. A bead at each corner and in between every half-inch wide quilt piece. Each block is made of four squares so that’s a lot of beads!

detail of Glorious Autumn, by Frieda Oxenham

detail of Glorious Autumn, by Frieda Oxenham

Multiply that by ten blocks wide…

Glorious Autumn, by Frieda Oxenham

Glorious Autumn, by Frieda Oxenham

And twenty blocks long! Are you kidding me?

Speaking of hand work, these little circles were very intriguing!

detail of Three Views, by Carolyn Sullivan

detail of Three Views, by Carolyn Sullivan

I was able to get a view of the back of the quilt.

back detail of Three Views, by Carolyn Sullivan

back detail of Three Views, by Carolyn Sullivan

Three Views, by Carolyn Sullivan

Three Views, by Carolyn Sullivan

I wouldn’t survive!

detail of Quilt for the Latest Sexagenarian, by Mike McNamara

detail of Quilt for the Latest Sexagenarian, by Mike McNamara

Now here’s my favorite (not) crazy part, these two remarkable large pieces made by San Francisco quilter Mike McNamara.

Quilt for the Latest Sexagenarian, by Mike McNamara

Quilt for the Latest Sexagenarian, by Mike McNamara

I’m enthralled by the fabrics used in these quilts and the exuberant way they were pieced together. I’ve got to meet this person!

Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

Look at these detail photos.

detail of Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

detail of Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

detail of Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

detail of Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

detail of Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

detail of Ashburnham, by Mike McNamara

I love it!

More quilts to come…

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