More IQA/Houston Photos

More IQA show photos from Houston, along with something I have learned from attending for several years now.

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Canopy by Maggie Weiss, Evanston, Illinois

I used to look at the show and be completely blown away by all the talent and skill on exhibit. I’d ask myself, “Why do I even try?”

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Detail of Canopy

But eventually I realized those thoughts were self-defeating and demoralizing.

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Taking Leave by Melanie Borne, Covington, Louisiana

Instead I have learned to be inspired, to greatly appreciate the talent and skill, and to aspire to discover more of my own creative path.

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Detail of Taking Leave

I have learned not to be intimidated by such a show of quilted wonder, but to let it pull me forward into freer thinking, more curiosity and lots of brave exploration. Let the inspiration begin!

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Feelin' Groovy by Candace West, Floral City, Florida

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Detail of Feelin' Groovy

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Detours - Green Shoots by Susan Willen, Redondo Beach, California

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Detail of Detours - Green Shoots

This is an amazing quilt. I love its composition.

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While on the Way to the Sun by Joanell Connolly, Huntington Beach, California

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Detail of While on the Way to the Sun

This quilt inspires me to use some of the gorgeous silk fabrics I’ve bought along the way. The colors in this piece are electric!

More to come!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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One Response to More IQA/Houston Photos

  1. Randi says:

    Well said! It can be intimidating when you see the amazing talent out there….but we all have to find our own path and let the fabric speak to us on our terms! ;-)
    “May the quilting be with you”….;-)

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