Mariner’s Compass Quilt, c.1850, hand pieced, hand quilted, 86 inches x 92 inches, cotton. This mid-Nineteenth Century quilt reads red, white and blue in coloration. This pattern was popular among quiltmakers in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions. It is set off with a swag and tassel border. This quilt was found in Connecticut.
World Painters Challenge
In 1995, a group of twelve patchwork lovers in various regions of Japan formed the Nihon Heritage Quilters Guild. This group participates in an annual quilt challenge, and every few years, the challenge is extended to include other nations. The World Painters Challenge began in 2013. A list of 30 world-famous painters was chosen, and that list was given to a group of quilters from Japan, France, and the U.S. One painter was assigned to each of 30 quilters in each nation, and each quilter was challenged to design and execute a piece of fiber art either representing a work of their painter or making a design of their choice in the style of that painter. This exhibit is designed to compare the techniques and styles between the nations in representing the work of each famous painter. This exhibit will be touring the AQS QuiltWeek events in 2016. Linda Steller and her sister, Ginny Steller, became the US coordinators of the World Painters challenge in 2013.
The quilts debuted at the Yokohama International Quilt Festival in November of 2013, where they won the prize for best group quilts. They then traveled on to Tokyo International Quilt Festival, and then spent 2014 and early 2015 touring France. They returned to the USA in late 2015.
Izumi Takamori, the woman who organizes most of these challenges, is the owner of The Pin Cushion, a fabric and craft shop in Tokyo, Japan. In 1993 Sue Cutsogeorge, a quilter from Eugene, Oregon, traveled to Japan on a Quilters’ Express tour. One of the activities was to have a homestay night with a Japanese quilter. Sue was paired with Izumi, due to their mutual love of cats. The two women have been friends ever since. In 2003, Izumi contacted Sue to have US quilters participate in the first of a series of exchanges among nations. That challenge was based on letters of the alphabet and included quilts by 26 quilters from Japan, France, and the US. Since that time, we’ve had several other challenges:
-World Currency in 2005 (US, New Zealand, Japan)
-World Festivals in 2008 (US, France, Japan)
-World Painters in 2013 (US, France, Japan)
A new challenge, based on World Fairy Tales (US, France, Japan) has just left the country to debut in Japan this fall. Sadly, the Yokohama International Quilt Festival has been cancelled this year, but there will be several other showings there.
Linda Steller and her sister, Ginny, became the US coordinators of the World Painters challenge in 2013, when Sue Cutsogeorge assumed a new job and was unable to coordinate that challenge. Sue has resumed the helm of these challenges with the 2015 Fairy Tale challenge.
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