From Floor Tiles to the Garden – Quilts by Christine Porter, England
A selection of my quilts inspired by my favorite things - Medieval floor tiles, my love of gardening and bright colors. Most of these quilts have featured in my books including: Sensational Circle Quilts (eBook) and Viva Venezia!, (C&T Publishing). ‘Iris: Memories of the Field House’ has been featured in Joen Wofrom’s book, Visual Coloring (C&T Publishing).
Challenges – International Threads
International Threads is a group of international textile artists from several countries. Internationally known artists Katleen Loomis (US), Barbara Lange (Germany), Gillian Travis (UK), Bella Kaplan and Eti David (both Israel) and Uta Lenk (Germany) have been working to group challenges posed by a member of the group, limited to one size. They started exhibiting together a few years ago. This exhibition is a small selection from the output of this endeavor.
Crossings – Quilts on the Wall
Life is full of moments that suggest the concept of Crossings. We may experience new life, a new state, or a new attitude. Our paths may intersect with rail lines, cross walks, river crossings or highways. We may have a family history of crossings to Ellis Island, Polynesia, or our own continent. Visual and conceptual crossings are everywhere. Quilts on the Wall is presenting a juried exhibit with unique interpretations of the word Crossings. Pictured: Big Crossing for a Little Girl by Carolyn Villars.
Dream Big! – Stretching Art and Tradition 18
Dream Big: Dream house, dream job, dream body, dream quilt - if dreams were reality, what dream would you have come true? Participants created a quilt using any technique they chose to represent their dream. As always, participants were challenged to honor SAT’s origins by identifying an area or technique of fiber arts that they would like to explore and then incorporate that in their piece. If you would like to join SAT, please join its Yahoo group!
Fly Me to the Moon
Artists from 8 countries have created art quilts celebrating Man’s First Walk on the Moon. This multifaceted collection includes quilts that commemorate the iconic images from the news; recall personal memories of July 20, 1969; honor all of the Apollo Missions; recognize all of the Apollo Astronauts; investigate scientific moon images; examine NASA’s cool tools; explain myths associated with the moon; define moon idioms; replay the music inspired by the moon; visit pop culture icons; and make us fall in love again under the romantic moon. Although the quilts are varied in style, the theme is always the same, the moon. These art quilts tell the story of our fascination with the moon from the dawn of time through the Apollo moon walks and beyond. Well-known and fairly new fiber artists have stretched their creative muscles to draw the viewer in to the world of science, romance, history and fantasy. This exhibit has something for everyone.
The Hoffman Challenge
For nearly 30 years, the Hoffman Challenge has been accepting entries and putting the winners on the road. This exhibit marks the first time Hoffman is offering a digitally printed fabric, Crystalia. Renewed, refreshed, reinvented ... Hoffman Fabrics is excited to announce that we are bringing the Hoffman Challenge home with some exciting updates. The Quilts: Designs are chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric. The Clothing: The clothing shows the versatility of stitchers. New this year - Home Decor: The theme for the Crystalia Home Decor Challenge is Tabletop & Kitchen.
Inspired by the National Parks
This special exhibit features 60 quilts from the collection of quilts created to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. The quilts for this project feature landscapes, flora and fauna from a broad range of National Parks. Discover a wide range of depictions and interpretations from a broad variety of fiber artists. Maybe you will remember special places you’ve been to, or places you would still like to visit. Be involved in the stewardship of these special treasures - as the song goes, “this land is your land, this land is my land.” This challenge was organized by Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto of Fairfax, Virginia, the author of the book on this project, published by Schiffer Publishing, Inspired by the National Parks: Their Landscapes and Wildlife in Fabric Perspectives. The book contains color images of all 177 quilts, accompanied by narratives from National Park Rangers and personnel from all 59 Parks. A percentage of sales from this book is being donated to the National Park Service. For more information on this project, upcoming exhibit venues, or for contact information, visit www.npscentennialquilts.com. Pictured: Arches by Etta McFarland.
The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge 2016
Cherrywood’s luscious hand-dyed fabric was the inspiration for quilters to take a challenge fit for a king! Participants were inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors and exhilarating choreography of Broadway’s award-winning Best Musical, the Lion King. Over 300 entries were received and 120 were selected for the traveling exhibit. The quilts represented a wide variety of techniques, interpretations and skill levels - all held together by the cohesive color, size and suede texture of the fabric!
One Woman Show: Barbara Barrick McKie
Barbara Barrick McKie has been fascinated with sewing, nature, and photography since high school. Her first original art quilt was created in 1971. In 1994, she created her first digital quilt and have been doing so ever since, printing her own fabric. Many of Barbara’s quilts are inspired by her trips around the world, and the animals and plants on her property. She photographs animals and nature, uses free-motion applique and quilting, and often uses trapunto & thread painting. Pictured: Machu Picchu Visitor (yes, this really is a quilt!)
Put a Bird On It! – Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists
The Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists (beyondtheedgefiberartists.blogspot.com) are pleased to present their latest exhibit entitled “Put A Bird On It!” While the theme may conjure avian images in the mind of the viewer, the amazingly original art work provides an insight into each artist’s individual vision and their interpretations of the subject. The diversity of their dreams is truly a gift.
The QUILTBEAST exhibit is an art quilt chimera, showcasing the distinct signature styles of three California quilt artists, Phyllis Binkley, Marion Coleman, and Allyson Allen. The exhibit premiered at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and features a variety of textile art techniques including bold, two-color portraits, exquisite thread painted landscapes, and dimensionally embellished pieces. Pictured: Octopoda
Quilters Treasure Challenge 2017
The Challenge theme for 2017 is Going Green; entrants used the challenge fabric “Forever Irish” from Quilters Treasure. The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s annual Challenges are announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Sponsors for the Quilters Treasure Challenge include Singer Sewing Machine, YLI Threads, Quilters Rule, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Barb’s Original, Morgan Products, and Colonial Needle. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for more information.
Rhapsody in Blue – Artrageous
These quilts were made by a group of artists in Columbia, Missouri known as Artrageous. We’re all different, but share being creative. The title Rhapsody in Blue was chosen because George Gershwin wrote it to represent different facets of America. Some suggested it is a series of songs strung together that can easily be broken up. This is how we see our quilts – elements of coordination but all different – appropriate displayed together or independently. Quilt pictured is by Becky Paneck.
Urban Graffiti – Quilts on the Wall
Graffiti has evolved over the past generation from gangs, hostility and violence to its own unique art form seen in many venues in many cities. It might be on bridges, underpasses, walls in center city as murals, paintings on trucks traveling our highways, even as tattoos. QOTW will have a juried exhibition depicting the varied ways graffiti is part of our everyday lives in the 21st century. Pictured: Beyond the Grasp of Many by David Charity.
Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the lives of Women and Girls Around the World – Quilt for Change
Water is Life: Clean Water and Its Impact on the lives of Women and Girls Around the World is comprised of forty-one quilts made by artists from Europe and North America. The exhibit, which highlights the crucial need for access to clean water for women and their families, opened at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to commemorate World Water Day 2016. “Water is Life” is a joint effort of Quilt for Change (www.quiltforchange.org), a Rhode Island non-profit project dedicated to using quilting to raise awareness of issues important to women, and American Exchange Rome (www.american-exchange-rome.org). Pictured: The Burden by Mary Sawich
Wicked Good Art Quilts – SAQA Vermont-New Hampshire-Maine
New Englanders describe things as wicked, whether they are very good or very bewitching. New England SAQA artists were invited to create an art quilt displaying their finest – or rather – their wicked good art quilts. The exhibit showcases the diversity of style and techniques used by New England SAQA artists. Pictured: Birds Relaxing Badly by Stephanye Schuyler