A little eye candy from PIQF 2019

Last weekend I was able to attend PIQF 2019 (Pacific International Quilt Festival) and I thought I would share some eye candy with you. I didn’t get to all of the exhibits and quilts, but here’s a small sampling of both.

The Best of World honor goes to this beautiful quilt, “Family Reunion”, which took over three years to complete. It’s hand appliquéd, machine pieced and machine quilted by Barbara McCraw of Denton, Texas.

Family Reunion by Barbara McCraw won Best of World at PIQF 2019.  Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Family Reunion” by Barbara McCraw
Best of World, PIQF
Close up of “Family Reunion” by Barbara McCraw
Best of World, PIQF

The Judge’s choice award goes to “Shwe Cool” which is a combination of appliqué, embroidery and piecing. This lovely quilt was made by Judy Powell of Lander, WY.

Shwe Cool by Judy Powell won Judges choice at PIQF 2019. Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Shwe Cool” by Judy Powell
Judge’s Choice, PIQF
Close up of “Shwe Cool” by Judy Powell
Judges Choice, PIQF

I loved the free motion quilting of “Lanterns” made by Ramona Frys of Cliffside Park, NJ. She won Best Sewing Machine Workmanship in the Innovative category.

Lanterns by Ramona Frys won Best Sewing Machine Workmanship, Innovative at PIQF 2019.  Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Lanterns” made by Ramona Frys
Best Sewing Machine Workmanship, Innovative, PIQF

I’m all about bright colors, appliqué and gorgeous quilting which were all evident in “Wonderland” made by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley. They won 1st place, Traditional for this lovely quilt.

Wonderland by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley won 1st place, traditional at PIQF 2019.  Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Wonderland” by Renae Haddadin & Karen Kay Buckley
1st Place, Traditional, PIQF

I’m amazed at the hand quilting and design of this next quilt, “Square Dance” made by Barbara Clem of Rockford, IL. She won an Honorable Mention in the traditional category.

Square Dance by Barbara Clem won honorable mention at PIQF 2019. Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Square Dance” made by Barbara Clem
Honorable Mention, Traditional, PIQF

The detail that went into “Little Blue Bird” made by Alexandra Hindrischedt of Germany Won her a 1st Place, Traditional World category.

Little Blue Bird by Alexandra Hindrischedt won 1st place Traditional World at PIQG, 2019.  Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Little Blue Bird” made by Alexandra Hindrischedt
1st Place, Traditional World, PIQF
Close up of “Little Blue Bird” by Alexandra Hindrischedt

The beauty of “Feathers and Frost” by Joanne Baeth of Bonanza, OR, was awarded 1st Runner Up for Best Sewing Machine Workmanship. It’s a show stopper.

Feathers and Frost by Joanne Baeth won 1st Runner up at PIQF 2019.  Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Feathers and Frost” made by Joanne Baeth
1st Runner up, Best Sewing Machine Workmanship, PIQF

Another show stopper was “Celebrate” made by Clementine Buzick and Beth Nufer of Harwood, ND. I love the color and center optical illusion of this one.

Celebrate by Clementine Buzick and Beth Nufer at PIQF 2019. Photo by Julie Cefalu at The Crafty Quilter.
“Celebrate” made by Clementine Buzick & Beth Nufer

There were quite a few special exhibits at PIQF 2019. The first one that caught my attention was the Prince Cherrywood Challenge. “Participants were asked to use Prince’s music as inspiration to push themselves creatively, think outside the box, and create new fiber art. The contest was open to anyone and we received entries from several countries. All the quilts are the same color, fabric, size and theme.“

You know I love mini quilts, and I was tickled to see “Works of Art” from local artist Barbara Lockwood. “She trades these miniature postcards representing a great variety of techniques, styles, and themes with quilters and crafters from around the world. In the last four years, Barbara has made and exchanged over 400 of these fabric wonders!”

Works Of Art from Barbara Lockwood

Not only were the quilts spectacular, but there were lots of vendors to visit. I didn’t go too crazy, but I did come home with some new thread, a book from Edyta Sitar, a charm pack of Kona solids, a new pattern and some fat quarters. I forgot to take pictures of my wares, but I can share more about those laters.

On the home front, it’s been more busy than usual for October. We’ve had out of town visitors, minor surgery (for Mr. Crafty Quilter), a wedding, the passing of a lovely friend, and travel to Texas to babysit the grandkids (which is where I am now). And when we flip the calendar, we’ll be at the gateway to the holidays.

Amelia & Clara ready for the rain storm

That’s the ebb and flow of life after all, and it’s ever changing. I’m blessed to be right where I am on this journey and I can’t complain.

This Sunday is the scheduled link up for October’s UFO & WIP Challenge. It’s going to be posted late Sunday or early Monday, and I’ll keep it open an extra day. Thanks for your patience and for taking the time to follow along. I hope your day is full of good things and positive vibes!

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  1. I love to piece and quilt generously sized lap quilts. Anything larger and I get burned out before it is complete.

  2. Wow…Wow…Wow! The quilts are just beautiful Julie as are those two babies! It is always amazing to see such creativity. So sorry to hear your hubby was ill and hope he is on the mend!

  3. thanks for sharing the pics of PIQF: I wasn’t able to go this year, so I really appreciate being able to see some of the beauties! And speaking of beauties, your grandkids sure are beauties too! Hugs, H

  4. All those FABULOUS quilts are almost unreal! The talent and time it took to create such workmanship is amazing! My words don’t do justice!
    Thank you for sharing these quilts.
    Your sweeties are so cute. I know you’re having fun. Best wishes to Mr. Crafty Quilter for a speedy recovery.
    We are getting cooler here in TN. Enjoy your purchases.

  5. So wonderful to see the beautiful quilts at PIQF! They are outstanding. Don’t get blown away by this windy day… enjoy your stay in Austin with you adorable grands!

  6. The quilts are exquisite and amazing. I can’t imagine taking three years to complete a quilt – such patience!
    Hope “Mr. Crafty Quilter’s” surgery was successful and that he’s healed/healing well.
    All of the quilt photos are beautiful, but the one of your “munchkins” is my favorite. Those little girls are beyond cute and make me remember when my granddaughter was that age. Now she’s all grown up and has a little daughter of her own. Where does the time go?

  7. Amazing talent! Thanks for sharing. That Prince one blows me away.
    Your little girls are just so cute!! Beautiful granddaughters indeed.

  8. Thank you for the lovely virtual visit to the PIQF. Amazing works. Enjoy your stay with the grands, they grow up too fast.

  9. Thank you for sharing the amazing quilts. They are truly works of art. The best of life is loving and caring for grandkids. You are blessed. Enjoy making memories.

  10. Thank U for those beautiful shots of the fabulous quilts. But… the one from the 2 little princesses is the best. God bless them both.

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