Blogger’s Quilt Festival

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Sheer Whim by Maria Elkins ©2010
Sheer Whim
The International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas begins this week. This is one of my favorite shows to attend. It’s huge! It draws people from around the world. There are so many things to see that you can walk down the same aisle several times and see something new each time. You can see the quilts in the competition, you can take classes and, of course, you can shop! Sadly, no Houston for me this year. I think 2006 is the last time I attended. That’s when Redeeming Fragments won a first place ribbon. This year Sheer Whim and Captivated are both attending the show in my stead.

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

For everyone staying home, the Blogger’s Quilt Festival has emerged and I’m participating! This way we can all still see loads of terrific quilts, even if we’re not in Houston right now.

In honor of the BQF, I’m sharing Sheer Whim with a whole new group of friends (Hi, everyone!). I made this quilt as an experiment. I love incorporating portraits on my quilts, but sometimes just a simple portrait seems boring. This time I decided to take a hand-drawn portrait and overlay it with sheer fabrics. I like how it partially obscures and partially reveals different parts of the face. I also like the hide-and-seek grid that is created. Usually, when I quilt a portrait, I follow the contours of the face, trying to increase the three-dimensional quality. This time I decided to completely ignore that. Instead, I quilted a series of fantasy feathers, creating another layer.

I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to visit all those other beautiful quilts at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, too.

16 Responses

  1. Sandra Starley

    Love this quilt-it has your stamp all over it. Your portrait quilts are so well done. Can’t wait to see what prize(s) you win this year.

    Come see my 1890 antique schoolhouse quilt and
    black/white/pink scrappy miniature (journal quilt)
    Sandra from QuiltArt

  2. chris hudson

    Hello~Your quilt really stood out to me – it is wonderful! Thanks for much for sharing! I hope to add one of my quilts to the show, if it’s not too late, and I can figure out how to do it! (not a big techie) Happy quilting! Chris

  3. Elizabeth

    Wow. That is very dynamic. The quilting is amazing as is the quilt itself. Thanks for sharing.

    xo -El

  4. Nancy Rose

    I think Sheer Whim is fantastic! It makes you want to look at it for a long time to see all the different whimsical qualities!

  5. carol fun

    Your quilts are always stunning and this one is no exception. Hope you get back to Houston someday. I know it is on my bucket list!

  6. Liz

    I think your quilt is amazing. A real piece of art, no wonder it is going to Houston. Congratulations.

  7. Vicki

    Your quilt is so interesting! I saw Captivated at the Paducah show and it was one of my favorites. Amazing!

  8. Kaye

    I love the quilting in this quilt! It makes you feel like you know the person behind the face.

  9. Charity

    How many ways can you say beautiful! I find this absolutely…well I just that you know what I think. My quilts are strickly traditional, but I have great appreachation for those who can take it further. You did a wonderfu job.

  10. Charity

    Sorry about my spelling mistakes. I should really have my glasses on, before I go typing.

    • Maria

      Only 90 miles? I’m SO jealous!!! If I lived 90 miles away, there would NEVER be a question on whether I would go or not. I would go every day, every year! YES! You must go and think of me the whole time 🙂