VIRTUAL QUILT FESTIVAL SPECIAL EXHIBITS
List as of 9/22/20. More to be added later.
Ecosystems are Organically Connected (40” x 30”) by Eunhee Lee.
Cloth in Common
Artists in this international group create a new quilt after given a prompt every two months, and the results were shown on the website ClothInCommon.com. The two themes here are “Reflections” and “Ecosystems.” Although the artists’ homelands, experiences, and interpretations of the themes are quite different, they share a reverence and concern for both local and broadly-based communities.
Collective Digital Quilt—Quarantine Quilt Project—Quilting Together to Keep it Together
Curator Clementina Koppmann
Organized by Quilters de Mexico
At the beginning of the quarantine in Argentina, Cecilia Koppmann was inspired to begin creating a quilt made of blocks that would accompany her during isolation and keep at bay the feelings of uncertainty and fear. For 60 days in a row, she shared her project through social media, teaching how to make the blocks, how to join them and finish the quilt. Over 600 people from 26 countries joined her and made their own quilts. What’s more, everyone mailed her a little block house to make a Collective Quarantine Quilt.
New Love Plan #15 (27” x 20”) by Ai Kijima
Colorful Characters, Cultural Collisions
Curated by Teresa Duryea Wong
Japanese-born artist Ai Kijima fuses sweet, iconic cartoon characters with dashing movie heroes and fierce anime/manga superstars. She carefully cuts out the desired images from discarded fabrics and constructs large-scale, quilted collages with hundreds of overlapping images in a mash-up of memories and fantasy. The results touch on pop art, mystery, make-believe, and sweetness.
Federation Gertie (57” x 51”) by Hollis Chatelain.
“Deeds Not Words”: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
Sponsored by eQuilter.com with additional support from Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes
Curated by Dr. Sandra Sider and Pamela Weeks
A touring exhibition of studio art quilts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Twenty-eight award-winning artists from across the United States accepted the invitation to create new works celebrating women’s suffrage, along with one artist whose 1995 quilt on the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments is included.
What Will Be (30” x 39”) by Karol Kusmaul.
This exhibit is a collection of collaged and quilted faces and figures created by artist Karol Kusmaul. Some are imaginary, some are of family or friends, but each one has a story. Karol has been teaching and practicing portraiture for years. Her method is to draw spontaneously with her scissors, and then let the new and recycled fabrics guide her decision making.
Face the World (38” x 42”) by Nate Robbins. Based on a photo from a Puma ad campaign.
Hands All Around
Sponsored by Fabricbeadlady
Artists from around the world incorporate influences from their own cultures into the design and technique of their quilts. The prestigious, long-running international showcase includes a variety of recent quilts from international artists.
East Meets West (36” x 36”) by Sharon Davidson, quilted by Gracie’s Petunias Quilts. Design source: Buzzsaw block from McCallsQuilting.com
I Spy: A Barn Quilt!
Curated by Kathleen Mitchell
“Barn Quilts” are all over the U.S! Take a drive across rural roads and even cities and towns, and you will find quilt blocks painted on barns, silos, homes, fence rows, and other structures in bright, cheery colors…far larger than any stitched blocks! In this exhibit, take a “Sunday drive” with the family, and play your own game of "I Spy."
Izzy’s Lily Pond (36” x 44”) by Kaye Iverson.
In Full Bloom
Flowers remain a popular design source and motif in all artistic media, including quilts. This annual exhibit showcases all floral-themed quilts, created in a variety of styles and using a number of techniques.
Love Always (86” x 86”) by Lorraine Hunter & quilted by Wendy Tomes. Designed by Esther Aliu from the pattern Love Always.
In Love with Appliqué
Lorraine Hunter makes many of her quilts by hand using the old traditional methods of organic appliqué with no glue or paper used. This method of appliqué is not often seen today, especially since these quilts take more than 2,000 hours of handwork each to complete. This collection contains a wide variety of appliqué styles.
Bath Balloon Fiesta (12” x 8”), a contest entry by Miyuki Humphries.
In My Mind
Artists were asked the question, “What’s in your creative mind?” This category provided an opportunity for art quilters to show off quilts that have been created using a variety of techniques.
Brenda’s Halo (98” x 98”) by Brenda Miller & Robin Price/Sweet Home Quilting. Design Inspiration: Sue Garman pattern “Halo Medallion,” a 2017 Block of the Month for The Quilt Show.
In the American Tradition
Contemporary quiltmakers often look to the art form’s rich tradition for inspiration in their own works. This exhibit features recently-made quilts that incorporate traditional blocks, styles, and/or techniques.
Frogmore (92” x 92”) by Zena Thorpe. Photo by Donald Levine
Joy of Handwork
Zena Thorpe makes beautiful quilts by hand. She is an expert of hand appliqué, hand embroidery, and hand quilting. Her quilts have won various major awards, and her Crowned with Glory – Right Royally was recognized as one of the 100 Best American Quilts of the Twentieth Century. See many of her masterful works in this career retrospective exhibit.
Distance (49” x 63”) by Li-Hui Yin. Design source: Photograph by the artist.
From valleys and volcanoes, and mountains to monuments, landscapes often inspire artists. This exhibit showcases newly-made landscape quilts for which artists used a variety of technique and styles: both hand and machine quilted, including appliquéd, pieced, or wholecloth quilts.
Overflow (30” x 26”) by Patricia Marek.
Life in the Bayou City
Curated and Juried by Susie Monday
Houston, Texas is a vibrant and diverse city, full of inspiration for any artist. From street art to natural wonders and from amazing foods to international languages, the fourth largest city in the U.S. defies easy classification. The SAQA Houston Circle called on its members to interpret their home city in an art quilt. The works portray Houston as a resilient, welcoming, modern, and changing metropolis.
Sizzle—Hot! (72” x 72”) by Barbara Black. Design Source: Becky Goldsmith pattern, a 2019 Block of the Month Quilt for The Quilt Show.
My Joyful Journey
A look back (and ahead) at the life and work of quiltmaker Barbara Black. She began in 1985 with simple baby quilts from pre-cut fabric, and today creates challenging quilts filled with small pieces and complex design. This journey shows her progression from new quiltmaker to quilt artist. Precision piecing and beautiful color and design are the hallmarks of Barbara’s passionate quilt journey.
Noah and Matilda Once More (94” x 82”) by Nancy Ratliff
Noah and Matilda Quilt Along – Reproducing an 1851 Antique Treasure
Curated by Dawn Cook Ronningen
The original antique 1851 quilt was sold at auction. It is unique because of the inked family names and dates, appliqué blocks, and detailed border with original embroidered details. The quilt photos and patterns were available on Dawn Cook Ronningen’s blog. They shared their work as it progressed on social media.
Lady Teela, of Amherst (38” x 38”) by Timna Tarr. Design source: Photo by Micheala Tarr.
The Noble Menagerie
Creating portraits of farm animals began as a way for Timna Tarr to explore making photo-realistic quilts. She realized that the images highlight the dignity and individual personalities in each animal. The construction process starts with an enlarged photograph and ends with the piecing of the eye. Timna says she needs to get to know each animal before tackling the “window to the soul.”
The Handi Quilter Best of Show Award, 2015 – Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone
An International Quilt Association Retrospective
Since the “Quilts: A World of Beauty” judged show was postponed for 2020, enjoy this gallery of the Top 8 winners from 2015-2019 in the world’s most prestigious quilt contest. You’ll see how creative and talented IQA members used a wide variety of styles, techniques, and subject matter to win cash, non-purchase prizes that were sponsored by some of the industry’s biggest names.
Germany Divided—Reunited by Erika Beetz
Piece'd - Block'd
This exhibit showcases modern and traditional quilts that commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The personal emotions and experiences of division, travel restrictions, ceasefire agreements, and reunification—as well as the wounds that division has left in some—are represented. Here, 15 leading quilters from South Korea and Germany express these social and political themes.
Country Wedding (62” x 62”), a contest entry by Judy Gray.
Pieces of Tradition
Quilts in this category are pieced or appliquéd and based on traditional style patterns and sets.
There Was One Left (27” x 28.5”) by Patti Louise Pasteur.
Quarantine Quilts–Creativity in the Midst of Chaos
Juried by Dr. Sandra Sider (Curator of the Texas Quilt Museum and Editor of SAQA’s Art Quilt Quarterly)
Organized by Quilters de Mexico
Many quilters in self-quarantine have turned to…making more quilts! Art quilt historian/scholar Dr. Sandra Sider has collected quilts inspired by or made during the pandemic, which show how artists saved their sanity in these uncertain times. Each artist addresses the quarantine/isolation experience and its effects on their creative thinking. Dr. Sider’s book (Schiffer) about quarantine quilts with a catalog of this exhibit, will be available in June. Contact her at sandrasider.com
Black Tie Optional (69” x 56”), a contest entry by Susan Morgan
Bold colors and prints combined with improvisational piecing and creative use of negative space are just a few of the characteristics of the Modern quilt category.
Fuzzy Mall (38.5” x 33”) by Bryna Flowers.
SAQA: Beyond the Mirror
In this digital age, we cannot escape our own images, whether taken as a selfie or found on social media. Does our image reflect our individual identity or do we see what we are conditioned by society to see? Works in this exhibit look beyond the mirror to see our strength of character, intelligence, creativity, skills, and our potential to be even more than what can be reflected.
State of the Union (35” x 29”) by Mary Kay Fosnacht.
SAQA Ebb & Flow
Tides are not the only things to ebb and flow. Many things in life and history demonstrate a recurring pattern of cycles and change, of growth, and decline. From movements in history to the phases of our lives, the seasons, the position of the stars and planets, conversations, even the progression of a piece of music or literature, artists here explored the meaning of ebb and flow.
Ava’s Dream Quilt (52” x 42”), a contest entry by Ava Barratt. Design Source: Gyleen X. Fitzgerald`s book, The Dream.
Stars of Tomorrow
Young quilters ages 7 to 15 entered their works into this call. All styles of quilting were welcome – pieced, appliquéd, painted, embellished, and even colored with crayons.
Push-Pull (70” x 65”), a contest entry by Yvonne Fuchs
Stitching It Together
Hand and machine quilting were the focal point of the quilts in this category. Machine quilting was completed on both domestic and longarm machines.
Austin Nights: A Symphony of Sound and Light Waves (40” x 40”) by Nancy Woods. Design Source: Silk Sky is a Laura Wasilowski hand-dyed piece.
Buildings have a long history of inspiring the creative designs of quiltmakers. In the 19th century, American quilters developed classic architectural patterns such as Log Cabin, Schoolhouse, and Brick Wall. This annual juried exhibit challenges quiltmakers to create works based on architectural themes and inspirations.
Black Heritage (44” x 41”) by Peggy Fetterhoff.
A Tribute to Women in Fabric
This exhibit highlights the portrayal of female images printed on fabric. Peggy Fetterhoff was fascinated by the choices textile manufacturers have used when depicting females. The customers in the quilting industry were usually women who made coverlets for their families. Today, fiber artists have gained prominence for their wall art, and had a major influence on what type of fabric is produced.
Whizz Bang! (75” x 75”) by Rachaeldaisy Dodd. Design source credit: Center of one circle is from Parterre Garden pattern by Janet Sansom.
Whizz Bang! Adventures with Folded Fabric Quilts
Whizz Bang is an exhibit of Rachaeldaisey’s exciting quilts that presents traditional folded fabric blocks, the Pine Burr and the Amish Star, plus new variations in a fresh contemporary way. These are fun and versatile quilts, some are featured in her book Whizz Bang! Adventures with Folded Fabric Quilts.