Houston Quilt Festival: In the American Tradition: Appliqued

We’ve had so much to write about, I haven’t even finished your tour of the Houston Quilt Festival. However, even though the photos are from 2018, there is a little teaser about 2019 included in the blog too. This week we focus on the section, "In the American Tradition: Appliqued."

Applique quilts seem to be a favorite of our readers, and while we usually focus on antiques, it is always nice to share what current quilt artists are accomplishing in the traditional style. The “Bird of Paradise” quilt by Janet Olmstead (aka Mrs. Sew n’ sew blog) is from Alberta, Canada. Be sure you check out all of the birds, squirrels and horses she included.

Ginger Brant’s quilt is inspired by the Baltimore Album Quilts and more specifically by a later Civil War era quilt. She used the quilt as you go method which allowed her to work individually on each block and then assemble the quilt.

Last year Cynthia Collier got 2 quilts in the Houston show and this year is no different. However, in 2019 she will be exhibiting more than 2 quilts, because she has a special exhibition “Applique: The Timeless Beauty of Broderie Perse.” Ten of the quilts will be by Cynthia Collier, but there will be 28 quilts from 10 artists. Happy dance! As you can tell from these quilts, if you haven’t already made plans to attend the festival in October, this will be a great year to go.