by Mary Beth Krapil
I was at the Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase in January and of course I enjoyed looking at all the spectacular quilts. As is usually the case, something about the quilts grabs my attention and this time the show was all eyes. Many of the quilts were looking back at me! Of course I have to share that unique experience with you.
This quilt by Inger Blood of Camino California was the one that started the adventure. Inger really captured those pleading eyes in fabric.
Here is another sweet pooch, with eyes that cannot be denied.
The intense colors of this quilt are amazing. Roxanne thought the expression of the parrot seems to say, “Can we talk?”. That intense eye surely captivates your attention.
This grey wolf was watching me! Christina says OR-7 is the first confirmed grey wolf in Oregon since 1947. He left his pack wondering into California, the first since 1924. He found his mate and settled in southern Oregon.
I only have eyes for you! This great raw edge applique collage quilt really depicts the affection of these two Asian elephants.
This beautiful bird was watching me too, and he looks like he’s saying “I’m trying to take a nap here”.
All these eyes are a great reminder to look both ways!
So many animal eyes! But, there were some human eyes as well. At least I think this one is human? Ann created this for the theme of Silence in her art group. Ann says, “What speaks more to silence than a librarian? With a finger to the lips and a soulful stare, this well known figure shushes all who dare to break her rules.” This just made me smile.
And part of the Cherrywood Challenge quilts, these eyes are just intense. It always amazes me how quilters can convey emotion with simple pieces of fabric. And the quilted rain! Perfect!
So the eyes have it.