The latest exhibits from textile artists around the country are on display. Let your mind wander as your feet take you past art and traditional quilts and more.
Treasures from the Trunk
As a child I slept under a wonderful Double Wedding Ring quilt that was made during the 1930s by my great-grandmother, Catherine Ellen Fowler Clark Carty. So I fell in love with 30s quilts at an early age. For many years I've enjoyed collecting vintage quilts. I love the thrill of finding an old quilt and, over the years, collecting quilts from the 30s has become a passion. I adore the cheerful fabrics and appreciate the creative talents of quilters from this difficult period. Vintage quilts have been the single greatest influence on my quilting journey; not only have they influenced my own quilts and colors. Quilts from the 1930s have been the inspiration for eight 30s reproduction fabric collections. I also collect patterns and newspaper clippings from the 30s which have been the resource and inspiration for three of my books, as well as many quilts.
Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy
Mary Kerr is proud to present a collection of 32 art quilts that reflect individual expressions of dance and joy. Artists were challenged to create an 18” x 30” inch quilt that reflected the theme, “Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy.” Each created their own personal version that told their own unique story. Some quilters found joy in those happy memories with family. Some expressed their joy in overcoming steep obstacles. Others created a quilt to express support for social causes. Still others simply wanted to share the joy they feel when dancing. Each has a story to tell. The quilts in this exhibit, plus more, are included in Mary’s new book, Dare to Dance Art Quilts
Quilting Arts Magazine Presents: Breast Pockets
Small Gifts from the Heart
Made as part of a Quilting Arts Magazine Reader Challenge honoring our sisters with breast cancer.
Inspired by a project from artist, contributor, and breast cancer survivor Melanie, Quilting Arts
challenged their readers to design and create a small “breast pocket” embellished to honor someone touched by breast cancer. The response was overwhelming and reflects not only the scope and magnitude of this disease, but also the heartfelt passion with which their readers rely on the healing powers of both community and creative arts to deal with hardship and grieving. Submissions ranged from quilt groups and individuals to kids with glue guns, and from novices to professionals—everyone was happy to share their stories and donate their creations. In all, over 250 submissions were received. You will enjoy this gallery of gifts from the heart—and maybe they might offer some of their healing love to others.
Along the Spice Route
Curated by Ann Reardon and Paula Golden
Returning crusader knights brought with them treasure chests not filled with jewels, but cinnamon, ginger, and peppercorns. The story of spices, some 5000 years old, is also the history of trade and commerce. The American continent would not have been discovered as early had it not been for the European desire to break the Arab traders' spice monopoly.
“Along the Spice Route” features 41 wall quilts depicting artistic interpretations of spices that refine modern cuisine. The exhibit offers an opportunity to discover the spices’ countries of origin, the importance of ancient trade routes, and the lasting connections between the world’s cultural heritages.
Text Messages – SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)
Juror: Lesley Riley; Managing Curator: Georgianne (Gigi) Kandler
Text messages have fast become one of the most popular methods of communication. For this exhibition, artists had free rein to explore the many facets of what ‘text messages’ means -- from the obvious connection to modern technology to works comprised solely of actual or implied writing.
Fall Leaves Quilt Challenge
Courtesy of Quilt Expo, produced by Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman in Madison, Wisconsin
Open to all quilters, regardless of style or aesthetic and after being juried, judged by NQA certified judges, the challenge is to use the colors of Fall in Wisconsin.
Animals We Love, the 9th Annual Quilt Alliance Contest
A contest for all quilters! The Quilt Alliance encouraged everyone who makes quilts to enter this annual contest, regardless of their style (traditional, modern art) or technique (longarm, hand quilted, applique, pieced). This year’s theme celebrates the animals we love. As usual, any quilt which addresses the theme was eligible, as long as it finished at 16” x 16”, and is a quilt (three layers stitched together).
All entries became donations to the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and after a national exhibition tour, will be auctioned to benefit the mission of the organization. All entries will be documented and shared in The Quilt Index (www.QuiltIndex.org
See 96 fun, fanciful and touching quilts at Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg. We predict you can’t choose a favorite! (But you may want to bid on some during the E-bay auction in November.)
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