On Saturday my wife and I took my mom to the Marin Quilt Show in San Rafael (Marin County), California. One of the highlights of this show (for me) of is the venue–it’s right across the pond from the Marin Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. (another view)
The featured artist this year was Julie Hirota, especially apropos because her quilting specialty is “art glass”, a medium at which Frank Lloyd Wright excelled. All the work that she had on display was attractive, but the piece that inspired me was “Queen of Hearts” I don’t think I’ll duplicate this piece. I’d rather take the idea and apply the techniques to another subject–perhaps a book cover?
The most impressive quilt I saw this year was a carousel horse. I didn’t note the artist’s name, but I may be able to find it later. The front of the quilt showed “love of craft” and was well-executed, but this isn’t something I would normally like; however, the back of this quilt was incredible! The plain black backing combined with the bright threads used for quilting this piece was extremely bold. It seems to shout, “Check out my quilting prowess!”, rightfully so. Only a master quilter could pull off something like this. Well done, and bonus points for chutzpah!
The show seemed a little “off” this year–fewer quilts, fewer visitors, a couple of vendors that regularly attend were missing. I’m not sure if this was due to the price of fuel, or perhaps because ticket prices have risen a bit, or something else. It was still an excellent show, and I’ll be coming back next year.