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.
Be Creative! Quilt Challenge
from Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, McCall's Quilting and Keepsake Quilting
The Be Creative! Quilt Challenge tested quiltmakers’ design skills by requiring quilts be made with a specially created bundle of fabrics by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham. The fabric bundle was available exclusively from Keepsake Quilting. Quilters were also allowed to add up to three additional fabrics, and all quilts needed to finish at 56˝-60˝ x 68˝-72˝. The results were impressive. Many quilters stepped outside their comfort zones in terms of color and fabric design to participate in this contest, but they were up to the challenge! quiltersnewsletter.com
Tom Korn: Honoring Military Service
sponsored by Quilters Newsletter
Tom Korn is a U.S. Navy veteran who took up quilting after his distinguished military service and career as an electrical contractor. His service ribbon quilts are replicas of military service ribbons and are simply pieced, each 45 inches long and 15 inches tall. Quilt collector Bill Volckening described the first Tom Korn quilt he saw as "a quintessential expression of patriotism and modernism, elegant and poignant. It was one of the most simple quilts in terms of design, but one of the most complicated in terms of content and meaning." Tom Korn volunteers his services to longarm Quilts of Valor quilts and in 2015 was awarded a Quilt of Valor of his own.
From Tom: I retired from the electrical trade in August 2012 and moved back to Salem, Oregon to be near my eleven siblings. Most of my sisters are quilters and they tried to get me to start quilting, but for a few months I didn't have much direction. One day I was looking at the "Medals of America" website (I'm a Vietnam Vet) and thought it would be cool to do some campaign ribbons as quilts. I figured a good size (40 x larger than the actual ribbon) and scaled the "National defense Service Ribbon","Vietnam Service Ribbon" and the "Vietnam Service Ribbon". I sewed these three together and entered them as one quilt in the Oregon State Fair and won my very first blue ribbon for innovation. I then picked 17 others from various wars and conflicts. The "Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon" I gave to a niece on her return from her deployment. The "Airforce Commendation" went to a brother-in-law. To me these ribbons represent the sacrifices, some the" supreme sacrifice" that men and women paid for this great country.
Redirecting the Ordinary
Exhibit sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc
We live in an environment we take for granted. We often miss the essential and forget that we can make our routines so much more vibrant and interesting. Turning things around, upside down, inside out, backwards or maybe even just a minuscule course correction can charge up the humdrum, turn the common into the uncommon, and make the expected unexpected. SAQA asked their artists to look around their home or neighborhood to pick out an object or a phenomenon, something they see all the time but don’t really notice, and create a work of art with this as the feature.
Alicia Merrett, Juror, described the works: “A wide range of outstanding artworks were submitted, covering a variety of themes and of approaches to a fascinating subject: finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. The unexpected was sometimes clearly visible and other times was subtle and gentle. Compositions varied from the strongly graphic to the intricate textural, and technically from traditional methods through surface design to photographic and digital interpretations.” The artists represented in this exhibition have chosen to interpret forks, scissors, houseflies and pencil shavings, among other day-to-day objects and situations. Each artwork brings us a closer understanding and appreciation of the things that we live with on a daily basis. Each work gives us the opportunity to view the everyday in a new way. saqa.com
The Best of QuiltCon 2016
Modern Quilt Guild
The Modern Quilt Guild presents the Best of QuiltCon 2016, a collection of modern quilts from QuiltCon, the guild’s annual, worldwide conference and show. This inspiring exhibit showcases the best work of modern quilters today and includes the QuiltCon 2016 Best-in-Show winner, My Brother’s Jeans by Melissa Averinos. Graphic and hip, these quilts represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design in today’s modern quilting movement. The MQG developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having, and soon guilds started popping up everywhere. There are now more than 170 guilds around the world with members on six continents. themodernquiltguild.com
All photography by Lauren Hunt
Quilts from Within
F+W Quilt Publication Staff Members
Quilts From Within is a collection of quilts made by staff members of F+W quilt publications. Some were made for publication, some were made to satisfy a creative urge. Whatever the reason for making, these inspirational quilts demonstrate the quiltmaking expertise and design talent of dedicated quilters who get to work with quilts every day!
The Great Tohoku Triple Disaster:
9.0 Earthquake, Massive Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown
by Cynthia Parry
This series is the result of my need to express the profound sympathy and compassion I felt for the people and the country of Japan as they struggled to recover from the horrific triple nightmare of March 11, 2011.
My husband was working in Osaka, Japan when the disaster happened. Though he felt the quake, he wasn’t personally affected. Several friends and family still live in Japan and I think about how it affects their daily lives and future. I am now on a mission to educate the viewers of my pieces about Japan and the triple disaster that continues to affect life there.
This series started out as and was planned as a single piece. Ideas flooded me and kept me up nights. It became what it needed to become: a series of twelve. Fabrics, color and quilt stitches are chosen with great deliberation, striving for the emotive quality that the subject demands.