First, Tree of Life, by Judy Coates Perez, which was part of the Pressing Matters II exhibit at the Greater Chicago Quilt Exposition.
Next, Arbol De Vida, by the same artist, from the Art-Painted Surface category of Quilts: A World of Beauty at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. The artist statement said it was the second in the series of Tree of Life quilts. How interesting for me to see them both within a week of one another.
This morning on the forum on quilting.about.com someone asked if I thought if these painted quilts were, in a way, cheating. I suppose someone will always ask that question. Personally, I enjoyed seeing these quilts as a category within the art quilts in Houston and appreciated the direction some of the artists have taken with this medium.
Here are some of the detail photos I took of the Art- Painted Surface quilts. Be sure to click-click-click for larger images, titles and information about the artists and check out the photos tagged Painted Surface on flickr for all my photos of this category.