International Quilt Market, Houston 2013 #3

I grabbed time whenever possible to explore the many special exhibits on display. During Market, most attendees are too busy ordering supplies for their stores, so the aisles in the quilt exhibits are blissfully free of people and it is easy to view the diverse array of quilts. What a joy to see the What’s for Dinner exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal of Orange, CA and Leslie Tucker Jenison of San Antonio, CA. Their idea of inviting quilters to make a quilted place setting at a dinner table was brilliant. Many quilters have a passion for food, so setting the table with quilts depicting plates complete with food makes perfect sense!

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Enjoy this selection from the long dinner table. The chicken burger and fries made me laugh out loud – “Dinner at the Coup” by Kathy Collins.

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Here are two sushi plates. “Got Sushi?” by Lee Ann Ferring has wonderful felted morsels tastefully arranged. “Sushi Surprise” by Nancy B Dicky was at the head of the table. I love the squid complete with eyes and her octopus tentacles with button suckers wrapped around the chop sticks.

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“Breakfast for Dinner” by Sue Bleiweiss was bright and graphical. In “Pepperoni, Please!” by Nneka K Gamble the pizza looked a whole lot more appetizing than the salad! In both of these, I like the juxtaposition of the strong geometric shapes of the triangle and circle.

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“I Do It! I’m Two” by Carolyn Goins was a perfect toddler’s mix of food particles spread across the setting. “Nourishment and Tradition” by Leslie Tucker Jenison gives us a healthy fish and greens plate on a mat covered with recipes. This exhibit was such fun and everyone who came to look while I was there was captivated. inspired and amused. Each setting was so creative and entertaining.

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