Hello StitchyMites and happy Wednesday to you all. Are you ready for another load of beautiful quilts from the International Quilt Show?
After our vibrant red and green Scherenschnitte last week, we’re going monochrome with this quilt - however it’s still a paper cut. The navy fabric on this quilt has a teeny little white polka dot on it that gives it all a little extra fizz, and the hand quilting is just how I like it - tight geometric fill behind organic applique.
I think these blocks are just fantastic, there’s something about them that makes me want to cut them out right away and start stitching. Maybe we need a Sarah Fielke paper cut BOM down the line… what do you think??
Quilt number two this week is completely different, however it was still a part of the Quilt Study Group’s exhibition. It’s believed to be an African American quilt made sometime between 1950 and 1975. It has Gees Bend vibes but was made in Petaluma, California. The fabrics are bright and cheerful cottons, and the back is feedsacks…. You’ll need to watch the video to find out why I was laughing though.
As a little bonus extra this week - and because I realised I shot a lot of these videos for you - here’s another one. This is a look around the Colour in Context: Red exhibition, which was is a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibition. If you don’t know about SAQA (which is usually referred to by its acronym, and pronounced sack-wa), I encourage you to check out their website. It’s a treasure trove of beautiful exhibitions to explore, you can find out more about their organisation and the branches near you, and also find out how to become a member and participate in their challenges and exhibitions yourself! You can find all the info here https://www.saqa.com/
The exhibition began as a call for entries from SAQA members, to make quilts that explored the colour red and what it represents. The entry info states:
Ever since our earliest ancestors began applying iron oxide to cave walls and their bodies, the color red has played a major role in art, rituals, and spirituality. The use of red can evoke excitement, danger, anger or love in the West. The color red is associated with purity in India, and in China it traditionally symbolizes luck. Red is also a primary color, crucial to the creation of other hues.
There was no minimum size for the quilts, and maximum allowed was 96” square, and the pieces could be 2D or 3D.
This video is just a little tour of the quilts in the exhibition that I found inspiring - you can view the entire catalog here at the SAQA website. https://www.saqa.com/art/exhibitions/color-context-red-saqa-global-exhibition
Thanks for tuning in this week - for those who asked to see the videos I did with Tula, I’m just working out how to save them from my insta to load them here for you, so Damo will put them up here for you as soon as I’ve mastered that bit of computer wisdom. See you all next week - we’re coming to the end of the quilt show videos but I do still have a few beauties up my sleeve to show you. More modern ones this time! Happy Stitching to all.