In the Runway Re-View, artists from around the country reused, recycled, and reclaimed materials to create a garment for a small dress form. Artists incorporated at least 80% of their materials from recycled goods, and a limit of $20 could be used on purchased supplies. The variety of “looks” illustrates the endless variety of objects and inspiration that spurred the creativity of this group of artists. From beads to lace to vintage clothes and old shoes, you’ll see ordinary objects transformed in this exhibit!
Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends: Vinescapes
FA@LE (Fiber Artists at Loose Ends) responded to an invitational exhibit at a Virginia winery by creating Vinescapes - landscape quilts featuring the fruit of the vine. Artists were inspired by the scenic environs of Virginia's beautiful wineries. Each artist responded to the challenge and interpreted the theme by including a vine somewhere in the quilt. Vinescapes has been featured at several wineries in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild instigated a challenge to create mini quilts inspired by other works of art. Each participating member prepared a package including a photo of an inspirational work of art, details about themselves and their quilting style and a small piece of fabric they felt represented them. Packages were exchanged. Over the next two months, participants used their partner’s pieces of inspiration to create a mini quilt that could range in size from 9” x 9” to 20” x 20” – or anything in between. See how these talented quilters interpreted someone else’s inspiration in this unique challenge. Maybe your guild wants to try a something similar…
15 Minutes of Play
Victoria Findlay Wolfe, author of the new book 15 Minutes of Play from C & T Publishing, encourages quilters to take 15 minutes per day, for "Made-Fabric" PLAY! Taking time to PLAY, allows you to explore new ideas, sewing techniques and to find fabulous color combinations you might not have been inclined to try before. Let inspiration happen organically and build your quilting confidence! Victoria makes her quilts from scrap fabric, sewing pieces together to build her own "made-fabric" -- her quilts are bright, bold and original. As president of the NYC Mod Quilt Guild with a blog/website at Bumble Beans Inc., Victoria has collected some of the quilts from her book to show quilters the amazing results play brings about. www.bumblebeansinc.com
Quilts and Kimonos
by June Colburn
The love of Japanese and Asian art and culture are a continuing inspiration for designer June Colburn, whose textile works feature traditional motifs, often thousands of years old. She infuses her quilts and clothing with the joyful appreciation of the old, while employing new artful techniques and fabrics.
Explore the artistry in longarm quilting. With seemingly endless possibilities, longarm machines are capable of creating stunning quilts. See the variety and skill from several longarm artists who stretch the limits of quiltmaking today.
See amazing quilts from Original Sewing & Quilt Expo faculty. Coming together from across the U.S., these quilts form a picture of innovation, creativity and the artistic instincts of talented quilters who are happy to share their experiences with us all.
Quilts from the Pages of Quilty
Check out some of the latest quilts from Quilty magazine! This fun quilt, Goose Chase, by Mark Lipinski is in the July/August issue of Quilty.