Friday, January 24, 2014

A Brief View - World Quilt Show Florida 2013/2014

Where's Mickey - Gabriele DiTota - World Quilt Show Florida 2013 - Jan 2014 

Confusingly, Mancuso's World Quilt Show Florida 2013 was held in West Palm Beach in January 2014. Previous years this was a November show - typically right after The Big One in Houston.

Taweekaachee - Linn Shimek -World Quilt Show Florida 2013 - Jan 2014

Probably my fourth year visiting this show, this time it seemed smaller and less diverse. My perception may be off though, it was held in a different part of the convention center and in a different layout.

Spiders In The Night Exchanging Glances - Carol Churchhill - Magnified View exhibit - Quilts on the Wall at World Quilt Show Fl

As always, I'm drawn to the details of quilts regardless of which exhibit they're displayed in. You can see more pictures and full views in my flickr set album. Click here.

With the low light at the venue I had few stellar photos this time!

My Favorite Flower Basket - Karen McTavish quilter - Quilt as Desired vintage 1940s top - World Quilt Show Florida 2013

I did enjoy the Quilt as Desired exhibit - where pieced tops from the 30's and 40's were completed by top long-arm quilters of today. My favorite was that one above with Karen McTavish me it had just the right amount of detail and big flourish quilting.

Equus - Sandy Monk - Martin County Quilters Black and White Challenge World Quilt Show Florida 2013 - Jan 2014 

At the entrance to the convention hall was the Black and White challenge quilts from the Martin County Quilters - this thread painted zebra won several ribbons.

Mozart - Barbara Stewart -World Quilt Show Florida 2013 - Jan 2014

Taken from the side - this portrait of Mozart has quite a saucy glance! A ribbon winner from the Florida quilts challenge.

In the World Quilts section I was enamored of numerous entries - none of which I captured well in photos! These included Laura Kemshall's 'Don't Go', Annabel Rainbow's 'Life-1, Measures of Time' which I'd seen on blogs as they developed and delighted examining them in reality.

In general, I'm experiencing a bit of fatigue viewing certain styles of quilts. I'm going off heavy machine quilting, instead preferring quilts with more dynamic texture. I'm looking for variety, whether through hand and machine stitch combinations, or those with variable stitch density. Regardless, I appreciate the work that all these quilts need to complete!

And I leave you with this simple gem: A Christmas in Kindergarten - quilt created from kid's art:

Christmas in Kindergarten - Jenny Shirley artwork interpreted as quilt - World Quilt Show Florida 2013 - Jan 2014 

As always  - thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thank you for showing some beautiful quilts. I have to agree with you about heavy machine quilting- I much prefer a more traditional approach. I do love Spiders in the Night!

  2. Thanks for sharing your photos, I really like your close-ups, you do a great job with the camera! It will interesting to see where the trends go with quilting, as I'm sure many others may be leaning away from the heavy machine quilting. I really like the quilt you chose to end your post with!

  3. These are awesome!! Inspiring too!

  4. Wow! I can see I better stay away from quilt shows -- would make me feel woefully inadequate!


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