Paula Nadelstern

Lancaster 2019

The word “kaleidoscope” promises surprise, magic, change, and chance, and Paula Nadelstern infuses that promise into every quilt she makes. Paula harmoniously integrates the idea of a kaleidoscope with the techniques and materials of quiltmaking, and she has achieved international recognition for her innovative and complex kaleidoscope-inspired designs. Honored in The Twentieth Century’s Best American Quilts, her designs have inspired products including the vast carpet in the Hilton Americas hotel in Houston, Texas. Her work has also been showcased in the American Folk Art Museum’s first one-person exhibition highlighting the work of a contemporary quilt artist (2009).

In addition to numerous awards, Paula was a recipient of a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is a 2018 recipient of a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) from The Bronx Council on the Arts. Her books include Kaleidoscopes & Quilts; Snowflakes & Quilts; Puzzle Quilts: Simple Blocks, Complex Fabric; Kaleidoscope Quilts: An Artist’s Journey Continues; Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Workbook; and Fantastical Designs, a coloring book with selections from her fabric collections designed exclusively for Benartex, Inc. Paula makes quilts on the same block in the Bronx where she grew up, thus bringing quilting, with its traditional, rural origins, into a complex urban space. Visit her website at
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