The PIECED Quilt Show is Up!

January 22, 2013

We love partnerships. Our Register of Deeds, Drew Reisinger, approached HandMade in America last year to see if we would be interested in installing and maintaining a bi-annual quilt show, and of course, we jumped at the opportunity. What a great way to get craft artists’ work seen by the general public? The Register of Deeds office is full of people all day every day, from all walks of life, and they all see the quilts. The Deeds building has a great open space when you walk in and gets lots of natural light, but the quilts add a vibrant dimension, warming the otherwise bare walls.

The thing I love most about the show is that it puts craft in front of people in unexpected places. I want craft to be so sought after that it would be considered odd for a public building NOT to have work on display created by regional artists. The more we put it out there, the more ‘out there’ wants it!

Here are some photos and descriptions of the quilts that we installed last week. The photos definitely don’t do them justice, though, so please stop by next time you’re driving down Woodfin Ave. to check them out!

(Descriptions are in order from Left to right)
1. Pipe Down
Cotton fabrics, rayon threads
Janice Maddox
Inspired by a group challenge to use green piping and a pipe theme. Machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted

2. Earth, Sun, Sea and Sky
Cotton fabrics, rayon thread
Janice Maddox
This piece utilizes the traditional block “Bright Hopes,” a variation of “Log Cabin.” Graded fabrics help achieve a more contemporary look.

3. Summer Evening
Cotton fabrics, rayon thread
Janice Maddox
Inspired by City Blocks pattern in Better Homes & Garden—Best of Weekend Quilts.” I added Trapunto leaves with embellished machine quilting. Machine pieced and quilted.

4. Somersaults
Cotton fabrics, rayon threads
Janice Maddox
Published in American Quilter’s Society Engagement Calendar 2009. Machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted.

1. Woven Ribbons
Hand-Dyed & commercial cotton fabrics, cotton batting
Julie Dugas
the front of the quilt, I modified a Jinny Beyer design and used over 100 different fabrics in graduations of color and value. For the back of the quilt, I pieced a rail fence design using the same fabrics. The quilt was machine stitched and machine quilted using variegated threads. All layers are cotton.

2. Butterfly Garden Labyrinth
Cotton fabric, poly/cotton batting, metallic thread
Laurel Reinhardt
Pieced and quilted octagonal labyrinth in pink and yellow

3. Magic Dragon Labyrinth
Cotton fabric, poly/cotton thread & batting
Laurel Reinhardt
Pieced and quilted octagonal labyrinth in green and blue. Center images include a castle, children, and dragons

4. Snow Blossoms
Cotton fabrics, rayon thread
Janice Maddox
Inspired by the early Spring snow on newly bloomed crocus and daffodils


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