GRAND RAPIDS 2017 | Quilt Exhibits


Quilts by Sheila Frampton Cooper

Sheila Frampton Cooper’s art quilts are bold and graphic and bursting with color and movement. She is inspired by her subconscious fantasies and each creation is started with the willingness to let it unfold and reveal itself. She considers each piece as a gift given to her. Intensely bright dynamic designs flow freely from Sheila but she also has a softer side and is awed by the gentle beauty of the natural world. Both sides are reflected in this exhibit.

Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazonas

Freehand Patchwork is a unique textile art made up of hundreds of pieces of colorful fabric that together form an image. Danny creates his works by hand, and chooses each piece of fabric personally.

Australia Wide Five

Australia Wide Five is a juried, touring exhibition showcasing the artwork of members of Ozquilt Network Inc. , Australia’s organization for art quilters. The collection of 39 works reflects contemporary art quilt practices from across Australia. Each work is 16×16 in.

Jane Sassaman’s FreeSpirit Designs

Jane Sassaman is an art quilter and fabric designer. As an art quilter, her designs are always recognizable for their bold color and graphic style. In fact, her quilt, Willow, was named as one of the 100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century. Like her appliqué quilts, her fabrics by FreeSpirit are nature inspired, large scaled and colorfully enthusiastic. This exhibit is a survey of Jane’s FreeSpirit fabric collections through the quilts and clothing she has designed to promote and showcase the fabrics potential. Jane Sassaman will lead Walking Tours of her FreeSpirit Designs exhibit at 1:00 p.m. on WednesdayThursday, and Friday.

SAQA: Made in Europe

Made in Europe showcases 30 art quilts from makers in the Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) European and Middle Eastern Region. The quilts celebrate geographical features of the region – the mountainsides in Italy, England’s green and pleasant land, birds in Sweden, and local flowers in abundance.

Bed Turning by Chris Moline

Booth #1511

Chris Moline, owner of the Jean S. Lyle booth, will emcee a bed turning at AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, telling stories and giving information about her antique quilts. Presentations will be given at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day of the show in Booth #1511. Come see an old-fashioned bed turning!

New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Flying Geese

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.

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. For 2017, each of these quiltmakers met the challenge and created something new with the Flying Geese block.

Hoffman Challenge 2016: Crystalia

This challenge marks the first time Hoffman offered a digitally printed fabric as the challenge fabric, and in two versions – black and white.

AQS Authors’ Showcase

Artistry and craft are blended together in the AQS Authors’ Showcase. AQS provides a platform to view quilts, projects, and demonstrations. The displays feature the latest books from well-known authors. You will find interactive opportunities as AQS authors demonstrate their techniques.

America’s Heritage of Appliqué Quilts from The Christ Collection

This exhibit ranges from the large and elegant red and green floral-inspired designs of the 1850s to the pastel-colored quilts inspired by Marie Webster of the 1920’s. Baltimore Album styles, four-block, rose appliqué patterns, and modern designs of the 1930s and 1940s with the introduction of kit quilts and readily accessible appliqué quilt patterns are included.

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 range from 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.