… was the topic for quilts for the last annual quilt show of the Austrian Guild. The theme was interpreted in various ways from stories to magical creatures and on to personal impressions of magical things. Here are some of the quilts.
This quilt was actually made of the pillowcase of a set of children bedclothes. With the pillowcase up and damask as backside Daniele Samec quilted all the outlines of the fairy and her surroundings on her longarm quilting machine. Then she turned the whole thing upside down so that the damask was the front and filled in all the forms and did the background quilting. Finally the fairy was decorated with little beads.
The artist tried to capture the magic done by frost on windows during a cold night.
Printing on fabric is always a little bit of magic. What will appear on the fabric, will it be as imagined? Roswitha Schmit printed the circles with a braided-straw coaster and the result is all she wished for. Concentric circles reminding her of circles in the water after a stone was thrown in.
“Sterntaler” is a famous children’s story by the brothers Grimm. It’s about a poor girl who is giving away all her belongings and is rewarded with stars falling down on her and changing into money. If you are interested you can read the whole story here.
Artist’s statement: It’s a rare sight – the Ghost Orchid in the swamps of the Everglades. The delicate flowers and the strong roots, clinging to the tree are opposites that fascinated me.
Lleverackh is my name for the most magical creature I know – the dragon. For me a dragon always is a kind creature not a fierce one.
“Simsalabim” is a magic word used in children stories in German. And – although the artist didn’t state it – I believe that the quilt is about white magic wands.
In a course at the university Claudia Kreindl had to transfer a poem into another medium. She chose the regency ballad “The Lady of Shallott” by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1842). Designed as a story quilt she tried to capture the peaceful mood according to the last three verses of the poem. The patterns for the castle of Camelot, for the Knight Lanzelot and for the face of the Lady of Shalott are drawn after images in medieval scripts from the 14th century.
Is there anything more enchanting than a sunrise (or a sunset)?
That was it for the magical quilts. But thinking of it – aren’t quilts always magical, full of love, comfort and stories?