QUILT EXHIBITS | Fall Paducah 2018

The Log Cabins of Donald Judd

LUKE Haynes

This is an exhibition of textiles taking conceptual themes inspired by the work of minimalist artist Donald Judd’s installation, “100 untitled works in mill aluminum, 1982-1986” in Marfa at the Chinati Foundation.

LUKE’s basic idea was to make 50 quilt iterations of the Log Cabin, all 90 inches square. Each quilt has a color scheme of primarily white, black, and red. The scale of materials used to make these quilts varies widely. Each quilt is made out of used textiles, such as pants and shirts from Goodwill. Subverting the traditional quilting form by integrating modern concepts, his art transforms the comfortably familiar into the visually evocative.

AQS QuiltWeek quilt exhibit: Tula in Stitches, quilts by Tula Punk
Tula in Stitches

Tula Pink is an illustrator, quilter, and author who is probably best known for her work as a fabric designer. Currently, Tula works with Free Spirit Fabrics to develop multiple fabric collections every year.

The exhibit includes a collection of quilts that showcase an impressive array of colorful and cheerful fabric designed by Tula. As you admire the quilts and the fabric, your eyes will also land on an animal or two creeping along the quilt blocks. In many of her signature quilts, Tula likes to hide animals in her designs.

Tula graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, and she worked briefly as an exhibit designer for museums in Southern California where she grew up. Her signature designs have been adapted to fabrics, woven ribbons, paper products, needlepoint kits, embroidery patterns, etc., and can be found in independent fabric shops and retailers all over the world.

AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah 2017 Janome Best of Show

AQS Fall Paducah
Contest Quilts

The international quilt contest sponsored by AQS presents quilts using a wide variety of techniques that quiltmakers around the world are using today. Quilters will vie for $121,250 in cash awards, with the Janome Best of Show receiving $20,000. Quilts range from traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, to Modern and Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques.

The Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge – The Dutch Gallery

Detail: Painting the Church at Auvers by Carole Nicholas

The Van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge – The Dutch Gallery

Vincent van Gogh is one of the world’s most beloved artists. The participants in this challenge were inspired by his work and life to create their own small masterpieces. The quilts are made entirely from hand-dyed suede-look cotton from Cherrywood Fabrics. The strong visual impact of this exhibit is due to the cohesive color, size, and fabric of the quilts. “The Dutch Gallery” represents a wide range of subject matter and beautiful quilting techniques in 80 quilts.

Detail: Eureka by Marilyn Badger

Journey of a Longarm
Pioneer: Marilyn Badger

This exhibit features quilts that represent Marilyn Badger’s 27-year career in longarm quilting. The quilts range from the first longarm quilt to be featured on the cover of a quilt magazine in 1996 to the competition pieces of today. Included in this special exhibit are several collaborative pieces with Claudia Clark Myers as well as Marilyn’s own solo creations. See the many changes in Marilyn’s quilting that have taken place over the last 27 years.

Detail: Jimmy’s Dazzling World by Hsiu-Hsing Chang

Taiwan Art Quilt Society

Taiwan Art Quilt Society (TAQS) is a non-profit organization that promotes quilt art in Taiwan. This exhibit includes several large collaborative quilts based on natural and environmental themes made entirely by hand, as well as individual quilts made by members of TAQS, many of which are handmade. Recurring subjects in the quilts relate to the island of Taiwan – its flowers, trees, and creatures in the ocean.

Detail: Hansel and Gretel by Ginny Stellar

World Fairy Tale Quilts

Ninety quilters developed quilts depicting fairy tales from around the world. Quilters from Japan, France, and the United States participated in this World Fairy Tale Quilt Challenge. This traveling exhibition will be displayed in all three countries.

Quilt Exhibit New Ideas Quilt Challenge

Detail: Weeping Willow IV by Julia Graber

Fresh Faces, New Ideas
Quilt Challenge

PAAQT sponsored the Fresh Faces, New Ideas challenge to continue support of The National Quilt Museum, and to showcase new and upcoming talent within the quilt world. This year’s theme is thread embellishment. These quilts will travel for a year and will be auctioned at The National Quilt Museum’s auction at the AQS QuiltWeek – Spring Paducah 2019.

Quilt Detail: Angel's Share by MJ Kinman

Detail: Angel’s Share by MJ Kinman

Bourbon in the Bluegrass: The Bourbon Diamond Quilts of MJ Kinman

The “Bourbon Diamond” series celebrates Kentucky’s iconic spirit through quiltmaking, one of our Commonwealth’s most beloved arts. Each quilt is inspired by a specific Kentucky bourbon maker.

Quilt Show Exhibit, The Best of QuiltCon 2018 BROADCAST by Brigit Dermott

Detail: Broadcast by Brigit Dermott

The Best of QuiltCon 2018

The Modern Quilt Guild presents the Best of QuiltCon 2018, a collection of modern quilts from QuiltCon, the guild’s annual worldwide conference and show. This inspiring exhibit showcases the best work of modern quilters today. Graphic and hip, these quilts represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and design in today’s modern quilting movement.

Detail: Just Passing Through by Karen Hansen

SAQA: Passages

This exhibit features work by artists from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and California who are members of Nebraska Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). “Passages” premiered in April 2017 at the International Quilt Study Center Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska during the SAQA International Conference. “Passages” explores the concept of a moment captured in time. The artists were given the freedom to conceive work that can be representational or abstract.

AQS QuiltWeek exhibit detail: Playtime by Judi Madsen

Detail: Playtime by Judi Madsen

AQS iquilt and Author Showcase

Artistry and craft are blended together in the AQS iquilt & Author Showcase. AQS provides a platform to view quilts, projects, and demonstrations. The displays feature quilts from well-known instructors for iquilt online classes and AQS books. You will find interactive opportunities as instructors demonstrate their techniques.