Today I'm going to start sharing some of the quilts from the special exhibits with you. There are even more special exhibit quilts than there are contest quilts, so I'll only be sharing a sampling. But it'll give you a good idea of just how many quilts you get to see during the Houston festival!
Specimens by Susan Carlson
The special exhibit I was most looking forward to was the Specimens exhibit. I love Susan's quilts and read her blog each week, so I was really looking forward to seeing some of these quilts in person. They are incredible!
This is my favorite of Susan's quilts and is the one that brought her work to my attention:
|Tickled Pink by Susan Carlson|
|Golden Temple of the Good Girls by Susan Carlson|
|Kaloli Moondance by Susan Carlson|
|Crocodylus Smylus by Susan Carlson|
The Twisted exhibit was really cool! For this exhibit, Mary Kerr took pieces of antique quilts and made modern tops out of them, then gave them to different quilters to be quilted. These quilts were incredible and inspiring!
|Dahlias in the Snow by Mary Kerr, quilted by JoAnne Blade and Kim Diamond|
|Flower Power by Mary Kerr, quilted by Linda Thielfoldt|
|Pumpkin Harvest by Mary Kerr, quilted by Gina Perkes|
|Homespun by Mary Kerr, quilted by Donna Ferrill James|
|Let Me Count the Ways by Mary Kerr, quilted by Debbie Kauffman|
The Millefiori Quilts
I had never thought about making a Millefiori quilt until I saw this exhibit in person. These quilts are incredible! But a lot of work!
|Tulafiori by Gisele Therezien|
|Star Gazing by Claudia Menzia|
|Ballet Avec Kaffe Fassett by Brigitte Jouve|
|Polychromatic Medley by Christina Belding|
|Passacaglia in Blues by Asa Holmer|
|My Butterfly Garden by Dawn Monk|
|Good Day Mr. Penrose by Karen Tripp, quilted by Sue Fox|