The International Quilt Festival is in full swing! With beautiful quilts:
Best of Show winner Janet Stone with her beautiful quilt "Ewe Are My Sunshine"
More gorgeous quilts
Beautifully handcrafted garments:
And of course, the best part, the doll exhibits!
I have two dolls in the show this year. "In Celebration of the Doll" is an invitational exhibit, with dolls coming from all over the country (and around the world). I feel very fortunate to be included with these wonderful artists. My "Celebration" doll this year is
"Handmaid of the Sacred Heart"
This is my interpretation of a Santos figure, in cloth of course. Her torso, arms and skirt are felted merino wool. Her apron and headpiece are hand dyed velvet, with machine embroidery and beading.
My other doll is in the Texas Association of Original Doll Artists exhibit "Block Party 3". Each doll in this exhibit features a quilt block. The one I chose is the farmer's daughter quilt block, which inspired the piece.
"The Farmer's Daughter"
Her dress and poke bonnet are constructed from a vintage Liberty of London cotton print. Her cotton apron features the farmer's daughter quilt block on the bib. Her hair is Tibetan lambskin. In her arms she holds a basket of hand felted heirloom tomatoes in shades of red, yellow, orange and green merino wool.
It's always an honor to exhibit my dolls at the International Quilt Festival! And I'm so lucky to live in Houston and be able to attend this show every year.