Pacific International Quilt Festival 2008

There were alot of Celtic quilts at this year's show in Santa Clara, California. Please be patient as the pictures load.

Celtic Fantasy by Diane Abram of England.

Celtic Fantasy by Diane Abram of England

85.5" x 61"

This quilt won first place for England in the World Quilt & Textile Competition. It was shown at PIQF as part of the tour for the World Quilt entries. The eight block designs are from Philomena Durcan's books, Celtic Quilt Designs and Children of Lir. The designs in the top and bottom borders are adapted from Gail Lawther's book, Celtic Quilting. Diane drafted the designs in the triangles herself. The serpents in the side borders are from designs she found on a painted archway in Norway. All the designs are couched in gold thread.

Closeup of a block from Children of Lir.

Here's a closeup of one of the blocks, this one is from Children of Lir.

Border designs of Celtic Fantasy.

The designs in the top and bottom borders are adapted from Gail Lawther's book, Celtic Quilting. Diane drafted the designs in the triangles herself. The serpents in the side borders are from designs she found on a painted archway in Norway. All the designs are couched in gold thread.

Not Quite Centered by Diane Loomis.

Not Quite Centered by Diane Loomis of Sudbury, Massachusetts

25" square

Awarded Best Machine Workmanship in the Small Quilts Competition of PIQF.

Scarlett's Fabric Collections in her Spoonflower Shop

Illuminated Alphabet by Zena Thorpe.

Illuminated Alphabet by Zena Thorpe of Chatsworth, California

Closeup of a block in Zena's quilt.

Here's a closeup of the letter "R" in Zena's quilt.

Closeup of another letter from Zena's quilt.

Here's the letter "B" from Zena's quilt.

Celtic Migration by Joyce Watson.

Celtic Migration by Joyce Watson of England

56" square

Closeup of Celtic Migration.

Here's a closeup showing the stitching around the applique knotwork.

Celtic Cameos by Joyce Dawe.

Celtic Cameos by Joyce Dawe of England

86" square

Closeup of the Celtic Cameos.

Here's one of the blocks from Celtic Cameos.

Woods by Reiko Fukuda of Japan.

Woods by Reiko Fukuda of Japan

72.8" x 72.8"

Entered in the traditional category at PIQF.

A Bridge Between Japan and the USA by Kohko Sakamaki.

A Bridge Between Japan and the USA by Kohko Sakamaki of Japan

Shown in the Currency Exchange special exhibit

Celtic Melody by Nancy Kibbey.

Celtic Melody by Nancy Kibbey of Eugene, Oregon

Scarlett's Fabric Collections in her Spoonflower Shop

Sun In Splendor by Chris Keppe.

Sun in Splendor by Chris Keppe of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Entered in the Innovative category at PIQF.

Impossible Walknut by Fritz Kuhn & Theo C. Schafke.

Impossible Walknut by Fritz Kuhn & Theo C. Schafke of Brazil

50" square

Hearts and Flowers by Lana LaPlante.

Hearts and Flowers by Lana LaPlante of Roseville, California

57" x 72"

One of several quilts that used Celtic designs for borders or as quilting motifs. This quilt was entered in the Innovative category at PIQF.

Wedding Huppa by Laura Fraga.

Wedding Huppa by Laura Fraga of San Ramon, California

58.5" square, traditional category

The pattern for this quilt is by Karen Braswell and was in the book, Great American Quilts 1994.

Scarlett's Fabric Collections in her Spoonflower Shop

Forget Me Knot ensemble by Summerset Banks.

Forget Me Knot by Summerset Banks of Northfield, New Hampshire

This complete ensemble won first place at PIQF.

Closeup of Forget Me Knot.

Here's a closeup of the machine stitched quilting.

50th Anniversary quilt by Elaine Hanley.

50th Anniversary Quilt by Elaine Hanley & Melodee Wade

65.5" x 54.5" and entered in the traditional category.

Closeup of 50th Anniversary quilt block.

Here's a closeup of the Celtic block in this anniversary quilt.

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