In this final report back on my long awaited and much enjoyed trip to Houston for International Quilt Market Fall 2012,  I wanted to share some pics of quilts with you. There were 100’s of quilts, actually probably into the 1000’s so it is VERY hard to know which ones to choose. Some exhibits do not allow photography so those are obviously not in contention here. I finally decided that I would feature a bunch of pics of quilts submitted by CANADIANS……..after all if we don’t toot our own horns, who else will?!

So, here goes – in no particular order. I have tried to record correct names & titles of quilts but please send me a comment if I make an error. Apologies in advance if I do.

ANNA HERGERT of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan called her entry “First iceberg off the Bonavista Pensinsula, Newfoundland”. In her description Anna talks of seeking out her first iceberg. She was rewarded in seeing one and made this quilt from her original photograph. 
This stunning quilt “Cottonwood Stand” was made by GAIL HUNT of Gibsons, BC. The whole quilt surface is filled with finely cut confetti from scraps of fabric & then heavily stitched to intensify the colour & add leafy details. Her quilt was inspired by a walk in a cottonwood forest in northern BC near Chetwynd.
PAMELA ALLEN of Kingston, Ontario called this “Fishing Derby, Mesopotamia, 1200BC”. Her inspiration came from an ancient Mesopotamian mosaic and she used big stitch, raw edge applique by hand & machine quilting. 
This quilt is called “Kaui’i Gold” and was made by VIVIAN KAPUSTA of Maple Ridge, BC. Her inspiration was a beautiful sunset on Ke’e Beach on Kaua’i, Hawaii. She used her original photograph printed onto fabric , painted & enhanced with free motion stitching. Vivian is one of the teachers at QUILT BC in Penticton next year : May 2013.
“Blazing Sumac” by MARIANNE PARSONS of Oliver, BC was inspired by Fall Staghorn Sumac trees that light up the arid Okanagan hills each year. She used raw edge applique; thread painting , hand painting and collage piecing.
“Autumn Leaves” by PATT WILSON of Powell River, BC. Patt used a photogrpah of the fall leaves of a smoke bush which grows in her garden. She printed the pic onto fabric and then stitched it.
This quilt is called “Vitamin C” and was made by HELENA SCHEFFER & MARION PERRAULT of Beaconsfield, Quebec. They collaged fabric & dyed yards of fabric to achieve the deeply saturated hue. Tulle covered collage with machine stitching & quilting with 100 weight silk thread.
“In the Pink” by CHER CARTWRIGHT of South Surrey, BC. She made this quilt in the Spring after 9/11 which was a dark time and found that the gloom lifted and she felt “in the pink” again – a return of happiness & hope.
TERRY ASKE of New Westminster, BC next to her quilt “Spring Blossoms” . Her inspiration was local flowering Japanese cherry trees. She grafted together photographs she took to make the large tree. It is a 3rd quilt in her series of tree art quilts celebrating the changing seasons of the West Coast of Canada.

About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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