Category Archives: Exhibitions

Quilt Museum TV

National Quilt Museum TV

National Quilt Museum TV

For those of you who enjoy watching quilt videos (in between quilting…..), then the National Quilt Museum now has a monthly video which covers exhibitions at the museum, and discussions about the work and the artists. It’s not a substitute for actually standing in the museum and looking at the work yourself but it does give you a better idea of how the shows look in each gallery.

 

Might be worth checking out….?

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Fine Art Quilt Masters 2017 – The Festival of Quilts 2017

After a few years of NOT having a specialised art quilt competition (I think there was a lot of grumbling at the first competition) The Festival of Quilts in the UK has another art quilt competition. Have a look at the finalists.

I particularly enjoy the story telling in this piece by Laura Kemshall – In and Out of Love.

In and Out of Love by Laura Kemshall

In and Out of Love by Laura Kemshall

It’s weird – I’m known for not liking realistic or photo transfer quilts but this absolutely draws me in. I think the content is so meaningful, the imagery so beautifully presented and somehow one feels the push, pull of a relationship in the way the portraits are layered, they are looking forward, away and towards each other. This image will probably stay with me for a long time.

H20h! by SAQA – exhibition at the National Quilt Museum

Fishing by Barbara Watler

Fishing by Barbara Watler

Isn’t this lovely. I could definitely have it in my house. And seriously folks, this IS a quilt.

Have a look at the rest of the pieces on the Studio Art Quilt Associates webpage.

The exhibition is all about water – duh. Can’t imagine why an exhibition called H20h! would have anything to do with water….

Past is Present by Linda Colsh

Past is Present by Linda Colsh

Another lovely piece.

Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke

Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke

Even I find this extraordinary – this is a quilt?

New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2017 winners

Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.

Flying Geese block from Craftsy - designed by Rebecca at QuiltingSupport.com

Flying Geese block from Craftsy – designed by Rebecca at QuiltingSupport.com

This year is Flying Geese.

Migration Patterns by Susan Mogan

Migration Patterns by Susan Mogan

At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.

I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.

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Kaffe Fassett Exhibition at the National Quilt Museum

Citrus Zig Zag by Kaffe Fassett

Citrus Zig Zag by Kaffe Fassett

Last chance to see this quilt exhibition at the National Quilt Museum. Kaffe Fassett was inspired by traditional quilts from the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles.

Many years ago I used to knit. (I still can, I just don’t any more due to time and other interests etc…….). A small group of us would gather at Bob Kelly’s shop, which in those days was in Middleburg, Virginia and is now at Hunt Country Yarns in the Plains, Virginia. Kaffe Fassett was originally known for his incredible knitting patterns and Bob worked as his assistant. There were a few fun anecdotes about Kaffe – none of which I will repeat!

I still have a couple of Kaffe’s knitting pattern books which I keep thinking – one day I will make something – at least a knitted vest maybe….

Anyhow – as you can see, colour is very important to Kaffe – and this exhibition highlights his design senses.

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Turmoil and Tranquility – 2016 SAQA Exhibition

The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh

The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh

This caught my eye – The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh. The piece was selected for the Turmoil exhibiton.

The Sentinel by Linda Colsh

The Sentinel by Linda Colsh

And here is the flip side, The Sentinel by Linda Colsh, selected for the Tranquility exhibition.

The show debuted at the International Quilt Show in Houston.

To hear the accompanying artist statment click on the titles above.

To see more of Linda Colsh’s work go to her website – Linda Colsh.

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2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival – La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People's Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew

Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People’s Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew

This is so adorable. I can see this little fairy in my garden – probably in a greenhouse or garden shed so she keeps dry.

To see more of the winning pieces from the 2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival you need to hie yourself to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum where they are displayed until November 20th 2016.

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Fly Me To The Moon quilt exhibition at the International Quilt Festival 2016

Captain James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins

Captain James Arthur “Jim” Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 and man’s first step onto the moon is the subject of a quilt exhibition and book entitled ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. You can read the interview with Susanne Miller Jones who put together the exhibition.

If you are going to the Festival this November then make sure you use Guide by Cell so you can hear the artist explain a bit more about each piece.

Sadly the piece I made for this book didn’t make the cut. You win some, you lose some!

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BeadDreams 2016 contest

Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey

Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey

I was browsing through this year’s BeadDreams winners and was – as per usual – amazed but not drawn by the pieces selected.

I love a good sense of humour and when I saw this amongst the entries for the Objects and Accessories section I fell in love. This is wonderful. And when you read the title you want to meet the designer. You KNOW you’ll have fun if you hung out together.

I’m truly sorry I didn’t spend the time to vote and try and get this little gem into the winner’s circle.

To see the rest of the designs go to the voting page.