Houston ’22 Quilts: the Miniatures

So… after years of attending quilt shows, I find that its the “miniatures” and the “art quilts” that I find the most fascinating. And this year’s group of “miniatures” and “art quilts” may quite possibly be the most inspiring to date!

As a matter of fact, I find them SO inspiring that as I contemplate that time of my life when I stop designing bag patterns and finally retire from the show circuit, I’d love to think that I could spend the rest of my life pouring my creative energy into projects like this! At any rate… I hope you find these projects as inspiring as I did!

“Stained Glass” by Any Pabst
Amy said she tried to give this quilt “window proportions” because she was inspired by old stained glass windows. There are 9780 pieces. (I was MOST impressed with the thin line of black fabric in between each color!)
“Self” by Amy Pabst
For this quilt Amy decided to challenge herself to see exactly how small a pineapple block could be. These blocks finish at (an unbelievable) 1/2″ square and each block has 34 pieces, making these blocks DIFFICULT to piece and join.
“Gilded Matrix En Taupe” by Karen Grace Fisher
This is the latest version of her own Matrix design. The clumns and rows of colors vary from light to dark and back again and follow a basic color wheel order. It is her most planned and complex Matrix to date!
“Heat Lightning” by Amy Pabst
This piece was foundation pieced on a 1947 Singer featherweight machine. There are 9696 pieces!

So do stay tuned for the next post in our Houston series
when I’ll share my favorite art quilts!

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  1. Denise on November 18, 2022 at 11:25 am

    Wow. I can’t believe the number of pieces in these quilts. I like miniatures but don’t think I would have patience to do blocks that measure that small and have so many pieces. Beautiful quilts though.

    • Kat on November 18, 2022 at 7:34 pm

      I actually heard one of the quilt monitors say that the grand prize winning quilt weighed over 30 pounds.