QUILT EXHIBITS | Grand Rapids 2018

Life Unfolding

Quilts by Barbara Olson

Barbara’s eight quilts take viewers on her journey to creative contentment. Different styles unfolded along her journey, from City of the Midnight Sun to Sweetness on the Vine. Powerful colors and dramatic movements are consistent on this journey. Enjoy the fun energy.

Quilt Detail: SWEETNESS ON THE VINE by Barbara Olson, AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit

Sweetness on the Vine

Quilt Detail: JUST BREATH by Barbara Olson, AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit

Just Breath

Luke Haynes AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit

City of the Midnight Sun

Quilt Detail: TIME WARP by Barbara Olson, AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exhibit

Time Warp

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: Catching Fireflies by Anne Marnat

Rochester Historic Buildings by Art Quilt Guild Oakland

Art Quilt Guild Oakland, which has met monthly since 2012, develops periodic challenges for its members. One of those challenges was to make buildings that represent the history of downtown Rochester, Michigan, where most of them live. Members of the group took photographs of the historic buildings and determined the amount of road to use for uniformity, and the first member to complete a building provided the overall size to (roughly) match. Any technique was allowed, including photo transfer, embroidery, painting, and more.

Detail: Flowers for Amy by Robin Koenig

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.

The Best of QuiltCon 2018 - Tybee by Staci Meyr

Detail: Tybee by Staci Meyr

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: Growing Continually II by Chuang

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, and individual quilts made by members of TAQS, many of which are hand made. Recurring subjects in the quilts relate to the island of Taiwan – its flowers, trees, and creatures in the ocean.

Detail: Little Red Riding Hood by Claude Pivot-Balluet

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.

AQS QuiltWeek – Grand Rapids 2017 Best of Show
Family Reunion by Barbara Ann McCraw

AQS Grand Rapids
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 $54,000 in cash awards, with the Best of Show receiving $10,000. Quilts include traditional designs that everyone knows, like Lone Star and Log Cabin, as well as Modern and Art quilts that reach outside the box with new designs and techniques.

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.

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 authors of AQS books. You will find interactive opportunities as instructors demonstrate their techniques.

AQS QuiltWeek special quilt exhibit, quilt by Nancy Lambert

Detail: Caribbean Ties by Nancy Lambert

New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Bow Tie

Through its annual New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest, the National Quilt Museum challenges quiltmakers to create an innovative design based on a traditional quilt block. For 2018, the quilt block was Bow Tie.
This exhibit features the top 18 quilts in the contest, ranging from pictorial, landscape, pieced, and modern-style quilts to quilts with miters and circular shapes, as well as quilts that use the color wheel for inspiration.

Detail: The Traces of Past by Misik Kim

SAQA – Korean Quilts Now

The Studio Art Quilt Associates™ of the Republic of Korea was founded in 2010. This exhibit features a variety of art quilt techniques that the group studied over the last several years. Through their artwork, these quilters incorporate unusual and interesting interpretations of the world that surrounds them – sometimes finding joy, and sometimes turmoil.