The 2014 Winter Olympics ended on Sunday but their impact on the quilting world continues to reverberate thanks to the patchwork-inspired, rainbow-colored official posters and banners designed for the games by Russian fashion group Bosco.
While there are those who question the reasoning behind the use of patchwork/quilting imagery typically associated with the U.S. and U.K. to brand the Russian games, there is no doubt the motifs used as the fabric prints come from traditional Russian folk crafts. On her blog graphicart-news, Maria Papaefstathiou offers a breakdown of the different motifs shown in each diamond alongside the crafts that inspired them.
Michele Bilyeu, on her blog With Heart and Hands, offered some ideas for how you might make your own Sochi quilt. Click here to read more.
Meanwhile, Hoffman Fabrics came up with a free quilt pattern inspired by the Sochi quilt, When Bali Met Sochi.
And over at the Play Crafts blog, Anne Sullivan was inspired to raid her stash to find prints that would work in her own Sochi-inspired quilt. You can see what she chose here.
What about you? If you found any special quilt inspiration from the Winter Olympics we’d love to hear about it in the comments.
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