31 International Quilt Festival Animal Quilts You’ll Swoon Over

This year at the International Quilt Festival's annual Judged Quilt Show in Houston, Texas, there was a profusion of animal quilts! The quilts in these photos have been enlarged to show detail.

Boyfriend

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By Hiroko Miyama from Azumino Town, Nagano, Japan and quilted by Masanobu Miyana

Techniques: machine-made and quilted; fused applique; hand dyed.

Confabulation

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By Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry of Port Townsend, WA

Techniques: machine appliqued and quilted; hand dyed and painted; digitally printed; professionally printed fabric.

The one that got away

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By Kestrel Michaud from West Melbourne, FL

Techniques: fused applique, digital cutting, machine quilting.

Flock in flowers

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By Xiaping Yuan of Fort Collins, Colorado

Techniques: fused appliqué; painted thread, glued fabric; machine quilted.

Malaki – The apple of my eye

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By Cindy Peterson from Las Cruces, New Mexico

Techniques: applied by hand; machine quilted.

Please don't eat the dahlias

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By Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry of Port Townsend, WA

Techniques: hand dyed and painted; digitally printed; professionally printed fabric; digitally painted; machine quilted.

Bright, flowery eyes

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By Lorraine Turner of Clearwater, Florida

Techniques: hand embellished, painted and embroidered; applied to raw edge; painted thread; Machine embroidered and quilted in free motion.

Xebo

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By Hollis Chatelain of Hillsborough, North Carolina

Techniques: hand painted, machine quilted.

Stargazer

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By Lorraine Turner of Clearwater, Florida

Techniques: machine embellishment, free motion embroidery and quilting; applied to raw edge; felt; painted thread.

In flight

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By Pam Seaberg of Kenmore, Washington

Techniques: applied, dyed and painted by hand; painted thread.

My assistant

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By Pam Seaberg of Kenmore, Washington

Techniques: machine-made and quilted; hand-applied, embroidered, dyed, painted, penciled and beaded; painted thread.

Rise and shine

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By Lorraine Turner of Clearwater, Florida

Techniques: raw edge applique; Machine embroidered and quilted in free motion.

A horse without a name

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By Judith Phelps of Battle Ground, WA

Techniques: hand painted, thread painted, machine quilted.

Sheep in the Cotswolds

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By Miyuki Humphries of Adachi-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Techniques: machine appliqued and quilted; fused applique; hand dyed and painted.

Emma

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By Karen West of Union Hall, Virginia

Techniques: professionally printed fabric; painted thread.

Move with the seasons

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By Lydia Middaugh of Lowville, NY and quilted by Jean Knapp

Techniques: machine-made and quilted; applied, embellished and embroidered by hand; applied merged.

Greeting between the lines

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By Lorraine Turner of Clearwater, Florida

Techniques: machine assembly, embroidery and free-motion quilting; applied to raw edge.

My Australia

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By Helen Godden from Canberra, ACT Australia

Technics: hand painted; Free motion machine quilted.

The parrot is a bird of paradise

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By Galla Grotte de Boussac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

Techniques: machine appliqued and quilted.

Clustered in the cliffs

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By Lorraine Turner of Clearwater, Florida

Techniques: hand embellished and embroidered; machine embellished, raw edge appliqué, free motion embroidered and quilted; painted thread.

Long and tall Sally

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By Susan de Vanny from Greenvale, VIC, Australia

Techniques: machine appliqued, embellished and quilted; hand dyed; glue; painted thread; layer.

Harvest for joy

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By Lorraine Turner of Clearwater, Florida

Techniques: raw edge applique; machine embroidered and free-motion quilted; felt; painted thread.

Muuu…Muuu…!!

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By Esther Troncholi Simo from Javea, Alicante, Spain

Techniques: fused applique; painted thread; intertwined; machine quilted.

Tree Hugger in Red

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By Lorraine Turner of Clearwater, Florida

Techniques: raw edge applique; machine embroidered and free-motion quilted; felt.

Madness becomes eclectic

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By Cindy Cooksey of Irvine, California and quilted by Frances Holliday Alford, Bronwen Burton, Peggy Calvert, Lisa Chin, Joanell Connoly, Jamie Fingal, Vickie Valdez Green, Margrit Hall, Sharla Hicks, Michelle Howe, Stacy Hurt, Jan Kirby, Sherry Kleinman, Joann Sarachman, Julie Schlueter, Sharon Smith, Del Thomas and Kathy York

Techniques: hand appliqued, embellished, embroidered, dyed, printed, quilted and pieced; machine embroidered; professionally printed fabric.

Why did the tiger cross the river?

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By Carla Wolf of Littlerock, California

Techniques: machine applied and embellished; outlined by a thread; applied merged.

In search of strength

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By OV Brantley of Atlanta, GA and quilted by Maxine Moore

Techniques: machine pieced and quilted. Pattern from Violet Craft.

Paycheck the cow

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By Marcia Henry of Dickinson, Texas

Techniques: machine applied, pieced and quilted. Pattern by Laura Heine, machine quilt design by Karlee Porter.

A child's garden of delights

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By Audrey Durnan from Pasadena, California

Techniques: hand dyed and painted; machine quilted.

Garden State Big Bird

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By SuZanne L. Gilbride of Cypress, Texas

Techniques: fused applique; applied with raw edges; thread work; crystal embellishment; machine stitching.

A new start

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By Katherine Dossman of Belton, Texas

Techniques: hand appliqued, embellished, quilted and embroidered; machine applied; sewn and embellished in free motion; handling of the fabric.

The lion's heart

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By Koleen McDowell of Salem, Oregon and quilted by Jefferson Williams.

Techniques: machine pieced and quilted. Pattern from Pride and Joy Quilting.

I think my favorite quilt from this amazing collection of animal quilts is “Blooming Bright Eyes”. She stole my heart!

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