OK, last post about the quilts on display at the National Quilt Museum. After the excitement of a holiday weekend in the US and Canada, you might think “oh, yay, another quilting post” and move on. You can, but you’ll miss puffins and blocks and a wooden quilt if you skip this post…
Look at those puffin faces! They’re adorable! I just loved this quilt so much for the way the artist captured the whimsy of these little birds. And that machine quilting on the background does look like fractured ice, so the puffins are clearly in their element.
Now that you’ve seen the details, here’s the whole quilt. She made so many puffins!
The classic block design works with color to bring a 3-D look to a 2-D artform (yes, quilts are three-dimensional but they are usually so thin that they appear flat). This artist did something a little different.
But before we get to the quilt photo, look again at the quilting of the block squares. Wow, tiny little quilting designs done by machine. I don’t have near enough the dexerity to think about doing something like that with a sewing machine!
Here’s the whole quilt. The artist has let her sense of humor show, making the top block be tumbling over, rather than just lined up like the rest of them. And you can see that she put each sech of three colored blocks as one side of a larger black-and-white block. Very clever and it makes for a fun and colorful display.
A Wooden Quilt?
This quilt, at the entrance to the exhibits, is actually way more amazing than a two-dimensional photo can show. It’s made of wood. Someone made a quilt out of wood. Now that is creativity at its finest, using a new medium in an old format.
The artist carved out of pieces of basswod that are painted, and took several months to make. I wish I’d taken a side-on view, because then you’d see how the surface ripples and flows, rather than laying flat like a fabric quilt would.
So there you have it, amazing creations from very talented people.
Visiting the National Quilt Museum inspired me to start two projects, one a colorful four-patch bed quilt (which will take me months and months) and the other a smaller (and faster) wall hanging that I’m using to practice my four-patch sewing and then try out some hand quilting patterns. (Thanks to my quilting yoda, Peg, for creating the four-patch quilt pattern I’m using and for the encouragement to go wilder than my usual with colors.)