Like many quilt shows, NW Quilting Expo features a variety of special exhibits. These are quilts are not judged and may come from a variety of sources. Here’s a sample from each special exhibit this year.
Three well-known artists from the Pacific Northwest showed some of their best work. The first is Lisa Jenni. I forgot to note the title of this first piece. Jenni clearly enjoys working with dimension in a variety of ways.
Lisa gave credit to fiber artist Susan Else for her inspiration of the following piece. In fact, when I saw it, I thought it actually was created by Else.
Helen Remick created the piece below for American Quilter Society’s annual competition called New Quilts from an Old Tradition. The quilt that year had to be based on Burgoyne Surrounded. I spoke with Helen for several minutes. Although I had never met her, I knew her work. When I was a contributing editor with American Quilter I attended the Paducah show to interview the winners. One activity I looked forward to was seeing the winners of the New Quilts competition. I have always been amazed at what quilters come up with. Helen’s work was often among the finalists. I love the piece below. But Helen explained that she didn’t submit it, because she couldn’t finish in time. She decided her sanity was more important. Understandable. She said she finished about a week after the deadline.
Collen Wise is known for her floating circles, balls, or bubbles.
This quilt came from a special exhibit called “Gravity.”
The Latimer Quilt and Textile Center located in Tillamook, Oregon traditionally features some of their antique and vintage quilts. This year was no exception.
There was an impressive exhibition which I really enjoyed focused on the American Indian of the northwestern United States, honoring their contribution to our part of the country.
The Modern Quilt Guild in Portland created works around this Native American theme. Here are my two favorites.