2021 Quilt Show – Art

Category:Art Quilts - Two Dimensional

What is an art quilt? Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international organization of art quilters, defines an art quilt as ‘a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.’ A very inclusive definition, indeed, and it gives art quilters a large palette of ways to create an object.

Sometimes we use commercial fabrics, and sometimes we design and make our own by dyeing, painting, stamping, fusing, etc. on muslin or another substrate. Often there will be embellishments such as beading, embroidery and other hand stitching, free motion quilting, and just about anything that can be attached to the surface since the quilts frequently are wall hangings, and sometimes they morph into 3D form, come off the wall and become sculptures. Like other artists, fabric artists may interpret a feeling, create a personal rendition of a remembered landscape, tell a story about their in your life, or illustrate a concept or belief or vision.

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See Through the Rain

Pieced By     Carla Javornik

Quilted By   Carla Javornik


When taking a color class this summer one lesson was how to make objects look translucent using color: Treat each “parent” color separately; where the objects overlap, use a “child” color, or a product of the two parents. Our task was to apply the lesson to a quilt, and we were challenged to do something we hadn’t done before. I sketched umbrellas and where the umbrellas overlapped, I created the translucent effect. I had no real pattern (which is unusual for me), and I cut random pieces of fabric to make the rain effect of the background.

The Wright View

Pieced By     Ruth A. Lindhagen

Quilted By   Ruth A. Lindhagen


I made this quilt for my grandson, Noah, whose bedroom décor is mid-century modern. I was inspired by a picture of a stained-glass window designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I used a whole cloth background of white cotton and fused geometric shapes of fabric onto the background. The homemade black bias tape represents the lead in the stained glass and adds a stark contrast in color.


Vietnamese Water Carrier, Vietnamese Paddler, Vietnamese Vendor


Pieced By     Jane Moss

Quilted By   Jane Moss

On a trip a few years ago, I made many photos of Vietnamese people as they engaged in their daily work. They are so graceful, bending to their tasks and balancing the load, and always wear the straw conical hats that protect them from the sun and rain and ventilate them from the intense heat. It was a joy to see the remarkable economic recovery since the long war that ravaged their country.

This elderly Vietnamese woman had paddled and poled through city canals to reach the dock where we stood. I could tell by her age that she had lived through the Vietnam War. I wondered what she thought of us, American tourists, wandering around her country.

Hanoi, Vietnam, city streets were filled with women and their produce, who gathered at local street markets to sell to the local inhabitants. This quilt is based on a photo made while in Vietnam a few years ago. This lady was dressed in a lovely black silk shirt that glimmered in the sunshine.


Tumbling Stars

Pieced By    Sara L. Broers Brown

Quilted By   Sara L. Broers Brown


Antique stores are full of treasures. Quilt orphans are treasures hidden in the cabinets. The orphans are pieces of an unfinished quilt that have been abandoned. Through the years, I have collected bags of pieces, blocks, and partial quilt tops and found ways to give them life in a contemporary manner. Discovering the Star Blocks, dating late 1940’s, have a hexagonal edge, I paired them with the Tumbling Block pattern and created my own way of piecing the blocks together by hand and domestic sewing machine. The color scheme stays vaguely in the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue.


  Pieced By     Ruth A. Lindhagen

Quilted By    Debbie Morneau


I made this quilt for my granddaughter, Bella, for her bedroom which is decorated with an Audrey Hepburn and Parisian theme. I downloaded pictures of Audrey from the internet and printed them on white cotton fabric. I chose pink, black and Tiffaney blue as the main color scheme. The name “Sabrina” comes from the 1954 Romantic Comedy staring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden.

Colors of My Backyard

Pieced By     Ann Peischel

Quilted By   Ann Peischel


I lived in New York on a beautiful piece of property…the colors in this quilt are the colors on my backyard, green for the grass and leaves, red for the apple trees, blue for the stream running through, yellow for the dandelions, and an abundance of colorful flowers…

Covid Chaos/Light at the End of the Tunnel

Pieced By     Ann Peischel

Quilted By   Ann Peischel


This quilt represents the turmoil, confusion and misinformation we all have experienced all these months…and it’s not over…

Broken Ladder

Pieced By     Heather Lundquist

Quilted By   Heather Lundquist


Broken Ladder is the final product of a class with Pat Pauli. The design is an evolution of stitching, cutting and restitching two different fabrics multiple times. The final layout is then quilted and embellished. The image of the title is reminiscent of my fall from a ladder.

We are all paper-dolls of gender assignment.

                 Pieced By     Sara L. Broers Brown

                 Quilted By   Sara L. Broers Brown


“We are all paper-dolls to gender assignment” is a creative outcome from the prompt of a fiber art show, “Diversity Now.” The paper-doll print i purchased fifteen years ago and created fabric dolls for my then toddler. Each doll has its own chosen outfits which inspired me to ponder the systematic dress-code based on gender. I collected quotes from associates on social media to finish as a child: I wish I could…. These short quotes are included throughout the quilt. The lines and shapes of the blocks are awkward and nonconforming just as the subject of gender dressing social rules.

Trying to Keep the Pieces Together

Pieced By     Pat Wick

Quilted By   Pat Wick


This quilt is a diary of sorts. I began stitching it March 2020 as the pandemic began and completed it in March of 2021 when I received my final dose of a COVID vaccine. I included many items and stitches that represented my experience. Some examples include; 3 hearts for my grandchildren, the stitched hand (nurses, first responders, doctors etc), the safety pins (for the vaccine shots), the tattered flag for the 1/6/21 insurrection at the Capitol, stitched “our Story” for my husband, the COVID virus, the wildfires, BLM, masks, the election and RBG.


Pieced By     Becky O’Rourke

Quilted By   Becky O’Rourke


Emily Taylor’s YouTube videos of collage quilts captured my imagination and I wanted to try one myself. Since I always prefer to use my own patterns and designs I blew up a picture of some hollyhocks I’d taken at the Denver Botanic Gardens and used that as a pattern following Emily’s method. I really enjoyed the improvisational nature of creating the flowers which is unlike anything I’ve done before. I quilted it on my 9″ Juki on a Little Gracie Frame. I had a few arguments with the thread but still had fun with the quilting


NYC Skyline on June 25, 2001

Pieced By     Janice Johner

Quilted By   Janice Johner


This quilt was inspired by a photo I took of the NYC skyline on June 25, 2001, from Liberty Island. I was on a trip with a girlfriend to celebrate my 50th birthday, and we were on a sightseeing tour. The events of 9/11/2001 made the photo a treasure, and I hope to someday return to NYC to see the 9/11 Memorial. The technique used is from the book “Snippet Sensations” by Cindy Walter. I learned it on a “Quilt Seminars at Sea” 10-day Cruise which I took in November 2019 to celebrate my retirement at age 68.

Monet's Tulip

Pieced by: Jan Timmons
Quilted by: Jan Timmons


While in France, I took a picture of this tulip in Monet’s garden at Giverny.  As a gardener and lover of flowers, this unusual tulip inspired me to make a quilt. I used many of the techniques taught by Indrani Gunawardana. I also used ink tense pencils and thread painting to develop depth in both the center and between the petals. I used a variety of stitches and threads to create the texture on the leaves.