Folks here in the U.S. have been all about rivalries this week — Denver v. Carolina, Clinton v. Sanders, Trump v. seemingly everyone — but we have our priorities straight, don’t we? It’s all about the quilting! Now that we’re agreed, let’s dive into this week’s scrap bag.
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum has chosen a late-19th-century Scherenschnitte Applique Quilt from Pennsylvania as their February 2016 Quilt of the Month. Go to their website to learn why it’s possible this quilt was made by Mennonites and almost certainly not made by the Amish.
The New York Times recently published a very nice article with photos about the “Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland” exhibit produced by the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and the quilters themselves. “About six months ago, Ms. Coleman and her guild sisters came up with an elaborate idea: designing narrative quilts that would convey in cloth the personality, history and social complexity of their home ground.”
Very often, patchwork-inspired couture can take a wrong turn, but actress Alicia Vikander has been getting nothing but accolades from fashion bloggers such as Tom & Lorenzo and many others for the sequined Louis Vuitton gown she wore to the Screen Actors Guild Awards last weekend. What do you think, hit or miss?
QN readers may remember a feature article in our April/May 2015 issue about quilting in Mongolia. Nancy Zieman interviewed Maggie Ball, the American quilter who has worked closely with the Mongolian quilters, in a “Nancy’s Corner” segment in which Maggie gave an update on how things have been going. You can view the video for free on the WPT website.
If you like vintage sewing machines, check out this recent Accuquilt blog post about the AllSaints window display in New York City.
Design blog Lonny published an interview with Seattle-based quilt designer Season Evans entitled “Quilts Are Getting a Seriously Cool Makeover.”
Another article that was in our April/May 2015 issue was one on modern artist and textile designer Sonia Delaunay that I had the pleasure of writing. Even though she only made one quilt in her lifetime, I thought she was someone whose influence was far broader than most of us realize and was worth talking about from a quilter’s perspective.
Well, I just learned about another too-often overlooked female artist of the modern era, Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Particularly in light of the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon coming up this month, Taeuber-Arp’s abstract work of the 1930s to 1940s is full of design inspiration for quilters of many styles.
From Huffington Post blogger Kyrié Sue Carpenter come a profile of improvisational art quilter Heidi Parkes entitled “Leave Perfection to Those with Little Imagination.”
And for those of us with more than a few UFOs, WIPs and quilt ideas we’ve put on the back burner, here is an essay about how your imagining your future projects is holding you back. What better incentive do you need to skip The Big Game on Sunday and just get to work?
Don’t forget, our February/March 2016 issue is now on sale, and it’s full of great stuff. Get yours today at your local quilt shop, on newsstands, in bookstores and online!
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