This was one of my favorites in the South African section of the World exhibit.
JennidotL commented on flickr that this is a Mola. I had to google "mola" because I was ignorant of the term. It refers to the applique technique used for the bird at the center of the quilt. I also loved the hand quilted swirls and brilliant colors the quilter used.
The quilter noted that she started out making Dear Jane blocks with the intention of making the entire Dear Jane quilt but at some point stalled out on the project and found a new way to make incorporate the blocks she had completed into a new and original design.
The quilt above won "Best World" and is by Meri Henriques Vahl from Santa Cruz . My sister who is also from Santa Cruz is an acquaintance, she recalls Meri telling that could never seem to follow the instructions in a quilting class - she always had her own vision of what she wanted to do. We attended the Santa Cruz guild show last year where she had some really stunning quilts on display.
I have more to share, but that's all for today.
I apologize for the poor quality of my photos which cannot do justice to these quilts, but I wanted to focus on enjoying the quilts on exhibit and not on taking good photos. I've also not included attributions, however, if you're interested, more info info is available at www.quiltfest.com and clicking on the Pacific Quilt show link.