International Quilt Show hits Houston

I missed going to the Quilt Show with my friends today because I am just too overloaded at work. I'm hoping to squeeze out a few hours tomorrow afternoon, but I have to see how much work I can get done between now and then.

In the Houston Chronicle this morning, the winner of the Best of Show was interviewed and her AMAZING quilt photographed (PHOTO OF HER QUILT: from the main quilt show website). It is called "On the Wings of a Dream" by CARYL BRYER FALLERT of PADUCAH, KENTUCKY. It is a personal quilt that took 15 months to complete, showing the creator herself emerging into a new life after a difficult period in her old life. The woman is all piecework created by a technique made up by Bryer herself, then she stitched the bird in white threads over top. Most of the fabric she hand-dyed. The prize: $10,000.

If you can't make it to see these fabulous quilts, at least browse the winners, HERE where are all posted on the website for the show. They are inspiring and boundary-breaking.

I keep thinking about rug hooking and how I feel somedays stuck in such a traditional craft. There are not very many rug hookers who are pushing the artistic boundaries, pushing the boundaries of what can be done with rugs. How can we as rug hookers push the boundaries of our art, open up the art to new avenues of creative potential? I'm tired of hooking pretty pictures, I'm tired of making coasters and purses. I'm tired of making dolls. How can we use new materials to create new effects? Is there any way to overlay, to hook something over something else? Are there other stitches we can incorporate than just the plain loop? I'm open to ideas if any of you want to share your thoughts.