Innovative Pieced Quilts

by Cynthia England

Picture Piecing is a unique piecing technique that Cynthia England developed to achieve detailed imagery in quilts. It is a form of paper/foundation piecing, but Cynthia has taken out the frustration and fabric waste: there’s no picking out stitches, and you can reuse the pattern. Cynthia’s quilts have won many awards, and her quilt PIECE AND QUIET was distinguished as one of the 20th Century’s Best Quilts.

Reflections of Cape Town

Open Season

One Fine Day


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Detail: X-Effect Quilt by Kaffe Fassett

Bold by Design: Kaffe Fassett

Kaffe Fassett has dedicated the last 50 years of his life to the world of knitting, needlepoint, and patchwork, promoting these crafts through his own work and encouraging others to find their own creativity. It was 1988, when Kaffe became the first living textile artist to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, that set the stage for hisworldwide popularity. A large part of Kaffe’s output is now an expanding range of fabric prints for the patchwork market, along with his Indian striped fabric and shot cotton fabric, which are distributed worldwide by Westminster Fibers, USA and Rowan, UK. He teaches individuals all over the world to work with color in an instinctive way. Kaffe’s unique sense of color, drive to create, and desire to encourage others has led to his reputation as a guru in the world of color and textiles.

Detail: KATY AND HOWARD by Michelle Basten

International Miniature
Quilt Exchange sponsored a quilt exchange between U.S. and international quiltmakers. The goal of the project was to connect quiltmakers to learn about each other – to show that we are more alike than different. The teams were paired on a first-come basis; they developed a pen-pal-like relationship to learn about each other and their quiltmaking styles and to develop friendships. The only criteria was that the quilts needed to be a maximum of 24” and a minimum of 18”. From the 300 quilts (150 teams), 24 teams (48 mini quilts) were selected for this traveling exhibit based on their stories.

Quilt Show Exhibit, Quilts of Valor – A 50 State Salute
Quilts of Valor –
A 50 State Salute

Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) presents quilts representing 24 states that will be awarded to Veterans and military who have been touched by war. The “50 State Salute” exhibit” features quilts made in patriotic designs from the simple to the complex. Members of QOVF range from young beginning quilters in the ”Under Our Wings” program to experienced members who have been making QOV for 15 years. These quilts are meant to inspire all levels of quiltmakers and showcase the many possibilities for expressing gratitude to our military through quilts.
“A 50 State Salute” will be displayed at AQS QuiltWeek events throughout 2019. After its last stop at The National Quilt Museum from November 2019 to February 2020, the quilts will be awarded to veterans and military in Paducah, Kentucky. Stop at the Quilts of Valor booth for more quilts, the exhibit book, and information about the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

Detail: Corona II: Solar Eclipse by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – AQS Best of Show

AQS Best of Show Winners
Through the Years

This exhibition showcases previous Best of Show-winning quilts at AQS QuiltWeek Shows, which are on loan from the National Quilt Museum’s permanent collection.

Janome America Best of Show #1413 ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, Kathy McNeil Tulalip, WA

AQS QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah 2017 Janome America Best of Show

AQS Fall Paducah
Contest Quilts

The international quilt contest sponsored by AQS presents quilts showcasing 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.

Detail: New Beginnings by Devon Pfeif

The PRINCE Cherrywood Challenge 2018

What happens when you give artists the same fabric, same color, and same inspiration? The result is an amazing variety of ideas! All the pieces in this collection are created with Cherrywood Hand-Dyed Fabric. Artists took inspiration from Prince, the late musician from Minnesota (also home of Cherrywood). Because of the cohesive nature of the quilts, the exhibit makes a huge visual impact.

AQS QuiltWeek Quilt Exbhit Chris Moline – Folk Art Four Block

Detail: Folk Art Four Clock by Susan Smith, CA 1840

From Hands Alone: Selected Quilts from the Collection of Chris Moline

The quilts included in this exhibit are selected from the collection of Chris Moline and represent items that display the artistry and innovation of quilts made by hand.

Quilt Detail: HARU by Maria Shell

Detail: HARU by Maria Shell

SAQA: Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis generates transformative change in shape, nature, or structure. Animals physically develop and change from birth to maturity. Concepts and ideas morph and change over time. Even the earth’s landscape progresses through many geological and ecological stages.

Change may be positive, negative, frightening, or enlightening. The pieces in this exhibition demonstrate the inevitability of change—physical, philosophical, or personal — and the results of such transformations, no matter how subtle.

Detail: Boho Medallion by Diane Kay Evans

New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Oak Leaf and Reel

The National Quilt Museum holds an annual contest and exhibit called New Quilts from an Old Favorite. Created to acknowledge our quiltmaking heritage and to recognize innovation, creativity, and excellence, the contest challenges today’s quiltmakers to interpret a single traditional quilt block in a work of their own design. The Oak Leaf and Reel is the featured block for 2019. The Oak Leaf pattern, also called Oak Leaf and Reel, combines patchwork with appliqué. Traditionally, red and white fabric was often used to make this pattern. The Reel is
one of the first block patterns with curves.

Dij Pacarro

The Dirty Dozen: Provence to Paris

The Photo Challenge completed in 2017, “Welcome to Provence,” was based on a photo of the courtyard of a 700-year-old farmhouse in Provence, France by The Dirty Dozen Fiber Artist Kathryn Robinson. The photo was selected because it had an array of elements in it that could be used as inspiration. The finished size of each of these pieces is 36” high by 24” wide.