International Quilt Festival 2013, Houston, #3

Snow Buddies by Ruth Powers

Snow Buddies by Ruth Powers

I’ve got enough photos (the edited list!) for at least five separate posts of quilts and blurbs.  I decided that this year I would post both the quilt AND the signage from Festival immediately below it.  I just ADORE Ruth’s shaggy dog!  Good composition with the shepherd behind to set him off from the wintry background.  And notice the successful shadows to anchor the dogs to the earth since the horizon line is somewhat blurred on the left (as happens on a blustery winter day).

IQF signage for Ruth Powers' Snow Buddies

IQF signage for Ruth Powers’ Snow Buddies

Oh I'm SO IRKED!  My friend Franki Kohler made this portrait of her beloved dog, and it is bl blurry AND I forgot to snap a pic of the signage!  But it was too sweet not to share!

Oh I’m SO IRKED! My friend Franki Kohler made this portrait of her beloved dog, and it is blurry AND I forgot to snap a pic of the signage! But it was too sweet not to share!

Kool in Ketchikan by Ingrid Catteneo

Kool in Ketchikan by Ingrid Catteneo.  This is a good sized quilt..maybe 40 inches across.  I totally love the dogs in sunglasses!  Think I’d like their humans, too!

signage for Kool in Ketchikan

signage for Kool in Ketchikan

Watch  Your  Step:  Fall by Libby Lehman

Watch Your Step: Fall by Libby Lehman. 

Many of you have by now heard that back in April Libby suffered a ruptured aneurism followed by two massive strokes, followed by many, many seizures.   It is a miracle Libby survived the aneurism, let alone even one of the strokes.  Clearly, Libby’s indomitable spirit (and perhaps a greater purpose for her to remain with us) have conquered the first obstacles.  After a few difficult weeks in early Autumn, Libby is back in fine form and healing and improving daily.  If you are so inclined, you can follow Libby’s progress thanks to family and friends (known as Team Libby) at Libby’s page at Caring Bridge and can also make donations to help cover the costs of her care (which aren’t covered by insurance).  Here is what her family posted:

If you would like to make a contribution to the “Libby Lehman Medical Fund”, you may use paypal.com.  Just set up an account with paypal.com and donate to libby.medfund@gmail.com,  or send a check to her sister, Cathy Arnold at 2220 Stanmore, Houston, TX 77019 for deposit into a special account at JPMorgan Chase Bank.  For more details, please refer to the [ Caring Bridge ] Journal entry entitled “Contributions – Angels Needed”.

Signage for Libby Lehman's Watch Your Step

Signage for Libby Lehman’s Watch Your Step

I hadn’t seen any of Libby’s recent work, so was thrilled to get to see both old and new pieces on display.  Karey Bresenhan and IQA set up a display of Libby’s quilts in *primo* territory where folks could see Libby’s works (gathered from her holdings and those sold but whose owners lent them for the show), meet Team Libby (I got to meet her son Les and sisters), and make contributions to help Libby.   If you can afford just a few dollars, every little bit helps.  And sending prayers and healing light is free, and I swear it is working.  Libby’s recent improvements began just as things kicked into gear for Market and Festival–she KNOWS we are all out here pulling for her!

 

Jane Sassaman's top prize-winning quilt

Jane Sassaman’s prize-winning quilt, Illinois Album, which garnered the Baby Lock Master Award for Innovative Artistry (on of the BIG prizes!).  The black border kinda disappears next to the drape, but it is stunning.  I got to say hello to Jane, and told her I didn’t know what thrilled me more, that she had won a top prize or that she was entering work again!  

I forgot to snap a picture of the signage (was too busy chatting with Jane and not trying to sound/feel like a dork), but at least I got this close up!

I forgot to snap a picture of the signage (was too busy chatting with Jane and not trying to sound/feel like a dork), but at least I got this close up!

 

And here's to the Maine contingent!  My friend Pat LaPierre McAfee, of Supreme Slider fame, is a top quilter.  She won (another!) first place ribbon for this beautiful work.

And here’s to the Maine contingent! My friend Pat LaPierre McAfee, of Supreme Slider fame, is a top quilter. She won (another!) first place ribbon for this beautiful work, Shades.

Signage for Pat LaPierre's quilt.

Signage for Pat LaPierre’s quilt, Shades.

Quilt by Dianne Hire, quilting by Pat LaPierre and Dianne Hire.   I saw this quilt when it was at the top stage--Dianne had begun work on it well over a decade before I saw it a couple years ago.  It had to get tucked away --work and life happen!   But she brought it out and OH MY!   Wish you could all see this in person.

Adagio by Dianne Hire, quilting by Pat LaPierre and Dianne Hire. I saw this quilt when it was at the top stage–Dianne had begun work on it well over a decade before I saw it a couple years ago. It had to get tucked away –work and life happen! But she brought it out and OH MY! Wish you could all see this in person. The colors and rhythm and designs make my heart sing!

And the signage for Dianne Hire's quilt.

And the signage for Dianne Hire’s quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “International Quilt Festival 2013, Houston, #3”

  1. Donalee Kennedy Says:

    Enjoyed the photos, love the quilts and the insight your comments have brought for me. It’s clear Houston is the place to go! Maybe next time!

  2. Wolfie Says:

    It is simply amazing how you saw things I didn’t. How could I have missed them doggie ones??? I did see others though ;)