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Here it is, the IQA's Winners Circle 2013.  These are the top award-winners from the Houston show just as they were announced on awards night.  Some of the winners still look pretty stunned at having won.

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Japanese Quilts - Modern Day was a special exhibit at PIQF 2013, curated by Yoshiko Katagiri, here is what she had to say about the exhibit, 

"An amazing quilt show was held in Japan in 1976 - “Abstract Art in American Quilts.” The same exhibit was shown in New York in 1971. Since then, quilt makers and quilt fans in Japan have been increasing in number year after year. They all have the love of fabric in common. Yoshiko will show you Japanese quilts “of this moment” through this exhibition. I hope you will be happy to see them."

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Here are just a few of the innovative, lovely, and just plain silly garments on exhibit at the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2013.

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A River of Quilts was a special exhibit at the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2013.  It was a challenge to the Quilter's 'Sew-Ciety' of Redding.  The challenge was to create a landscape quilt depicting one of the twenty-five designated locations identified along the Sacramento River.  Learn more as you watch the slideshow.

Let's float on down, shall we?

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Come enjoy the splendor of Caryl Bryer Fallert's quilts.  The best part is that you can visit her website and see her design process for each quilt.  Click here to go to her gallery.

Watch Caryl in Episode 1308: Techniques, Tips...and a Very Special Tour for Quilters.

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Two great new fall exhibits are opening Oct. 3 at the Texas Quilt Museum.  "My Stars! A Constellation of Star Quilts, 1845-1993," and "Land of Enchantment: Art Quilts from New Mexico." The museum has been kind enough to offer our TQS member a sneak peek of both exhibits.

The Museum's consulting curator, Sandra Sider, of New York, curated "My Stars!" and noted, "Quilt makers in the United States were captivated by star quilts in the early 19th century.  Their passion for working with these challenging, kaleidoscopic patterns continued into the 20th century, ranging from monumental Lone Star quilts to block quilts constructed in precise, repetitive grids that tested the skills of the most talented makers.  We invite you to savor the explosions of color and texture in this exhibition, which might just leave you "starry eyed!"

 

Betty Busby, of New Mexico, curated "Land of Enchantment," which contains 14 quilts created by fiber artists from that state.  All of the artists are also members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates.  Many of the themes and images in their quilts, which include both representational and abstract art, are reflective of the diverse aspects of New Mexico.

The fall exhibits will run through Dec. 22, when the Museum will close for the holidays, reopening on January 9 with its winter exhibits.

The museum is located at 140 W Colorado St, La Grange, TX 78945. If you are going to IQF Houston, it is about 1 1/2 drive to the museum.

 

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