2020 Quilt Show – Art

Category: Art

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.

NYC Skyline on June 25, 2001

Quilted by: Janice Johner
Pieced by: Janice Johner
Design: 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 to me, and I hope someday to return to NYC to see the 9/11 Memorial site.  The process used to create this quilt is called “Snippets,” which I learned in a class taught by Cindy Walter, on a Quilt Seminars at Sea 10-day cruise in November 2019. Going on a quilting cruise was at the top of my bucket list after my retirement on August 30, 2019 (my 68th birthday). I was with my best quilting girlfriend, and I hope to someday be able to take more quilting cruises, since Covid has caused the cancellation of two others which I had planned for 2020-2021.

Friends- Elvira Commerdinger and Bessie Lamont 1929

Pieced and bound by: Tracy Ellyn
Quilted by: Tracy Ellyn
Original Design: Tracy Ellyn

This grandmother passed long before I was born. I love the feel of friendship between these two women. What are they talking about ? Maybe conspiring? Relationships with our women friends are so important.

Welcome to Boulder

Quilted by: Mary Ison
Pieced by: Mary Ison
Design: Mary Ison

When we moved to Boulder from Maryland in June, 2014, the poppies were in full bloom.  We didn’t have these glorious flowers back east, and I immediately fell in love with them.  They seemed to be calling out to me “Welcome to Boulder!”   In 2016 I designed and made this piece to capture their exuberant welcome.

Etsuko Dreams of Cherry Blossoms

Pieced by: Patricia Wick
Quilted by: Patricia Wick
Design: Patricia Wick

I made this quilt for the 2011 Hoffman Challenge, it was the first time I entered a challenge. It did not win any prizes but it was chosen to travel around the U.S. to be displayed at various quilt shows. My concept for this quilt was a Japanese woman in a beautiful kimono, crouching as she is facing into the wind. Her face is covered by a large fan and her hair and kimono are being lifted by the wind.

Colors of My Backyard

Pieced by: Ann Peischel
Quilted by: Ann Peischel
Design: Ann Peischel

This original quilt was inspired by the colors of my backyard in Upstate New York…..
green for the grass and leaves….brown for the tree bark and dirt…red for the strawberries and tomatoes….orange for the carrots….blue for the stream that ran through the property…
We grew a large garden and many colorful flowers…

I used curved piecing and free motion quilting many different designs….
This project was challenging and also lots of fun…it brought up many memories of my life in New York….

Vietnamese Water Carrier

Pieced by: Jane O'Ferrall Moss
Quilted by: Jane O'Ferrall Moss
Design: Jane O'Ferrall Moss

This quilt is derived from a photograph taken on a trip to Thailand and Vietnam. In the series I am using at least one element that is ‘real’ – in this quilt the chains that connect the water buckets to the shoulder carriers.

Ugandan Life

Quilted by Von Yetzer
Pieced by Von Yetzer
Pattern Name: Original Design

A friend of mine visited one of our church missions in Uganda and brought these beautiful images back to me. They are hand painted on pounded bark, so very thin and fragile. After making the quilt to frame them, I carefully hand stitched the images to the background, thus preserving their delicate story.


Pieced by: Patricia Wick
Quilted by: Patricia Wick
Design: Patricia Wick

Honu (Hawaiian for sea turtle) began with a challenge gift. My art quilt group challenged each other by giving a gift of a scrap of material and various embellishments. My gift included the blue fabric at the bottom of the quilt, a silver button, beads and Angelina fibers. The button really reminded me of a shell and I got to thinking about a trip I had to Kauai where I got to snorkel and saw several turtles. I had this hand dyed fat quarter, I used Texture Magic to give it dimension, then I quilted the piece. I added the appliqués on top, along with beads, the Angelina fibers, yarn and dyed disposable face cloths. I drew the turtle on fabric and painted it with Copic markers. I also used polyester felt that wrapped around skewers and heated with my heat tool, they strived up a bit and kept their shape. I ended up backing the quilt with a board because the embellishments are heavy.


Pieced by: Patricia Wick
Quilted by: Patricia Wick
Design: Patricia Wick

This is Max. He was our friend’s beloved Boston Terrier. I took a photo of him later in life. He had lost most of the his teeth, and he had a cataract in one eye. I enlarged the photo and then transferred the outline areas to fabric. I cut the appliqué pieces and fused them on the fabric. I quilted and used Copic markers to complete the quilt.

Monet's Tulip

Pieced by: Jan Timmons
Quilted by: Jan Timmons
Design: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.