Quilt shows are an awesome place to get inspiration for all sorts of quilty topics. Color combinations, piecing, applique, borders, new techniques, and my favorite: quilting designs.
Quilt show inspiration for you
It was wonderful to be at a quilt show again! I was able to snap some photos of quilts to share here, just so you could get some quilt show inspiration too. Click on any photo to see the full size image of any of the quilts.
The show had a special exhibit, called Aloft. It is a collection of quilts from SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates.
The sign says:
“See the world from a new perspective! Birds, insects, and even some mammals are able to fly and soar. Plant seeds and kites are carried on the breeze, and the perfect pass can float through the air. Humankind has dreamt of ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of airplanes, satellites, and space exploration. This exhibit provides new perspectives through which to see our world.”
I found it genuinely fascinating to see the unique perspective each of these artists chose. These quilts are delightful, so let’s just jump in.
Raw-edge appliqued, hand dyed, thread painted. Cotton and felt.
Hong Kong Taxi
Painted, machine paper pieced, machine and hand appliqued, inked, machine quilted. Cotton upholstery fabric, paint, ink.
On the Wing
Digitally cut, machine stitched, fused applique. Silk, non-wovens.
This is a close up view of a cicada wing!
Fused, machine pieced, machine quilted. Commercial and hand dyed cotton.
The view from an airplane window during takeoff.
Flight from Portland
Digitally designed, free motion stitched. Cotton sateen.
Fused fabric collage, machine quilted. Cotton.
Ekko, the dog, is totally focused on that treat that’s flying through the air.
Dyed, painted, drawn, screen printed, machine stitched. Cotton and silk, fiber reactive dyes, acrylic paints, markers, paint sticks, assorted thread.
Free motion quilted, fused applique, digitally printed. Cotton, ink, liquid sealant, glue sealant.
Bungee jumping off the side of a steampunk airship with pet owl!
Hand painted, waxed, dyed, machine quilted, embellished. Silk, beads, buttons.
Cut, assembled, overstitched. Fashion and upholstery fabrics, embroidery floss.
The story of Icarus is the mythological story of man’s first flight with wings made from wax and feathers.
Fused applique, thread painted. Variety of fabric, denim, cork.
This little boy is “aloft” in more ways than one.
Milkweed and Hummingbirds
Fused raw edge, machine applique, thread painted, digitally printed, free motion machine embroidered, quilted, inked. Cotton prints and batiks, inks, inkjet printed cotton.
A Perch Above
Raw edge fused applique, thread sketched, free motion stitched. Printed cotton, interfacings, upholstery fabric, fleece, tulle, dupioni silk, acetate, cording, colored pencils, fabric markers, fabric paint, matte medium, fusibles.
The Wind Beneath His Wings
Fused raw edge applique, turned edge applique, digitally printed, image transferred, painted, machine quilted, machine couched. Commercial and hand dyed cotton, cheesecloth, textured glitzy and sheer fabrics, bubble crepe, satin, clear vinyl, transfer paper, paint, gloss coating, gel medium.
It was a fun collection full of inspiration with just the materials used alone. Have you been to a quilt show recently?
by Mary Beth Krapil