Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cincinnati glitterati 1

We visited the International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati last week and on the way we agreed that our mission, among others, was to detect trends in the quilt world.  It didn't take too long to identify the big one: glitter and shiny things!  In fact, it became a quest to note how many different ways you could choose to accomplish that end.

metallic thread hand quilting / Rita Summers, doorkeepers (detail)

metallic thread machine quilting / Pam King, Transition (detail)

glitter tulle / Naoko Hirano, Beautiful Japanese Lily (detail)

satin / Amanda Onchulenko, Blossom (detail)

copper lamé / Karen Linduska, Swamp Girl Goes Prada (detail)

blue and green lamé / Anna Faustino, Empire Star (detail)

Too much glitter and gleam for one post -- I'll show you more on another day.  You might want to wear sunglasses.


  1. Hi, Kathleen. Thanks for your reporting! I find it interesting to analyze trends, or at least be aware of them. Glitter....hmmm. I think I can avoid that one, but there are certainly others who use it well.
    best, nadia

  2. Ugg, I saw this in Houston. Lots if Swarovski Crystals too.

  3. Hi Kathleen, I have been following your blog and really enjoy your talent and perspective. As a result I have nominated you for a Liebster award. Here is a link to explain the history of the award.


    Keep up the great posts. Congratulations.

  4. Shiny is fine, WHEN and ONLY WHEN it enhances the design of the quilt. Someone like Pamela Allen might use shiny objects, but they have a purpose in the composition, not just to add bling to what might otherwise be a boring piece, although I am not suggesting any of the pieces in your photos are boring. I did not attend the show, so how would I know?

    At the Houston show, I think this past year, there was an entire exhibit/booth sponsored by Swarovski. I glanced in that direction and walked on by. Too much IS too much sometimes.