IQF 2006November 6, 2006
I just got back from International Quilt Festival in Houston last night and I have to share with you my favorite quilt… OK, one of my favorites… Ok, they were all my favorites. I’ll share with you one that stands out in my mind; Renoir Reassembled.
Six ladies from Heathsville, Virginia took Renoir’s The Boating Party and rendered it in fabric. They sliced a photo of the painting into 8 pieces and each took a piece to complete. They could use any technique that they wanted but they were not allowed to show their work or consult with each other until the final reveal. Seven months later the pieces were assembled for display at their guild’s annual show.
Why does this one stand out in my mind over hundreds of others? Partly because I have always loved Renoir’s paintings, The Boating Party especially. But I also think that these ladies have done a wonderful job of rendering the party. Even though 8 different women worked on this without even consulting each other they were able to assemble it and have the pieces flow together nicely. And I like how they have added little 3-D touches to the painting. The rose on the lady’s hat is 3-D, as are the lace and scarf around her neck. Throughout the quilt they had little touches like that. I think that is why this is a special quilt to me.