Looking through blogs, youtube and Facebook pages brings up beautiful quilts, great stories and interesting tutorials. Some of them I will share with you on ‘Favorites Friday’. These are bits and pieces I like, in no special order.
Let’s start with a film concerning the exhibition “Eye on Elegance – Early Quilts of Maryland & Virginia” in the DAR Museum in Washington, DC, USA. The curators will tell you about the quilts, about the ideas behind them and what to expect in the show. You will also get a few glimpses of the quilts. But beware – after this video you will want to go to Washington, DC to see the show.
If you want to visit the museum’s website – it’s www.dar.org/museum
This leads me to another report on a quiltshow. Jenny K. Lyon also known as “quilt skipper” (because sometimes she is so happy about her quilts that she skips around her house) has a blogpost about “Antique and Modern Amish Quilts”, a show at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in California, on her site. Like everyone, I love the original old Amish Quilts but this post shows the “Modern Amish Quilts” better explained as modern quilts inspired by the Amish. Those are beautiful, new quilts with a strong graphic effect, catching the essence of the Amish quilts so well.
I stumbled upon Terry Aske’s blog because of her great tree-quilt and her wonderful use of color. You can see this quilt at http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/2015/01/10/tree-quilt-finished-2015-01-10/.
But then I surfed around her website (quite a long time because it’s so interesting) and I found the story on her “Rainy Day People”. These are beautiful grey “rain-quilts” with colorful people. You know I hate rain but this Canadian quilter from Vancouver knows the rain so well that she can even depict it in stunning quilts. Have a look here http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/gallery/rainy-day-people-the-story-so-far/.
Australian quilter Susan Mathews made a quilt for a SAQA auction called “Coastal Patterns – Banksia”. Banksia is a beautiful and (I think) rather large native Australian flower which Susan took for inspiration. The parts of the quilts were printed and then put together. And Susan let us have a look at the whole process on her blog which is not only very interesting but also very inspirational. http://www.susanmathews.info/blog/
And if you got interested in printing your own fabric I have another great video for you. Lisa Walton, another quilter from Australia, filmed a video explaining the use of compressed sponge in surface design. Well, this is an interesting technique. By the way – if you can’t find compressed sponge you can order it at Lisa’s online shop (Dyed & Gone To Heaven). It is in Australia – but shipping really should not cost too much. But first watch the video.
I hope you liked my ‘Favorites Friday’ and get a lot of inspiration out of it. Have a great weekend!