by Mary Beth Krapil

Autumn is a really busy season for a quilter. Lots of shows and quilting events happen in the Fall before the Holiday Season takes up all our time. I’m done with my travels for 2018, so I finally got time to share some of the quilts I saw at Houston.

These portrait quilts were amazing! And I found it interesting to see the varied techniques used in creating the quilts. This first quilt, Ruby by Roxanne Nelson of Calgary, Alberta Canada was likely my favorite of the entire show. The colors were vibrant and Roxanne captured the inner light of her subject, Ruby.  She used raw edge, fusible applique.

Ruby by Roxanne Nelson of Calgary, Alberta Canada

detail of Ruby

In contrast to the vibrant colors of Ruby, is A Bright Idea by Lynn Czaban of Eugene, Oregon. Lynn expertly used value in this monochromatic quilt that was created with fused applique and enhanced with thread, ink and water color pencil.


A Bright Idea by Lynn Czaban of Eugene Oregon

detail of A Bright Idea

Carol Morrissey of Double Oak, Texas created Kora with fused applique of hand dyed cottons, using simple circles of differing sizes, multiple colors and values. It reminded me of the tests that optometrists use to check for color-blindness, but much more fun!

Kora by Carol Morrissey of Double Oak, Texas

detail of Kora

Our very own Handi Quilter International Ambassador, Helen Godden, created this portrait, Lindsey, completely with couched yarn! Helen developed the couching foot for Handi Quilter. She sure put it to great use stitching the yarn in directional layers as if it were paint for this amazing portrait.

Lindsey by Helen Godden of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

detail of Lindsey

Heidi Proffitty of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, created Is She Ready Yet? with a mosaic technique using a photograph.  There are over 5000 digitally cut and fused pieces on this quilt.

Is She Ready Yet? by Heidi Proffetty of Bridgewater, Massachusetts

detail of Is She Ready Yet?

Portraits don’t always have to be of people. It’s so easy to feel the emotion of Eternal Expectation. Lioudmila used machine applique, paint and thread painting to create the realistic depth in the fur.

Eternal Expectation by Lioudmila Malchow of Fort Laramie, Wyoming

Stay tuned for more quilts from the Houston International Quilt Festival!