Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Piedmont Arts "Art of the Quilt"

Every 2 years for the last 20 years, Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, VA, has mounted a fall quilt exhibit curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler.  Though retired from teaching, Linda is still busy creating and curating this show known as "The Art of the Quilt".  Linda is well known for her thread painted quilts, but in this show her quilts took us back to her piecing roots with a modern feel.  Those of us who have attended this show many times over the years have seen how current trends are reflected in the quilts exhibited.  The opening reception of the show was held on Friday evening of our VCQ weekend meeting.
It was hard to choose quilts to share in this post, so I settled on my favorites.  You'll see that most are more modern than traditional, but that is not to imply that there were no traditional quilts in the show.
Above is Redux XIII: Terra Sienna by Lynne G. Harrill.  This is part of a series in which Lynne is exploring how a traditional block (log cabin in this case) can be modified to appear quite different.
Nightsong by Linda M. Fiedler is one of 3 quilts she has in the show.  The bright colors against the dark background really make it pop, along with her signature black and white borders (you need to enlarge the photo to see them).
Gwen E. Goepel created Let's Dance, which celebrates joy, music and dance.
Another of Linda M. Fiedler's quilts is Colors, created in the modern style with solid and ombre fabrics.  The signature black and white border is noticeable in this photo.
Ellen Guerrant created On the Road to Oblivion which is an example of improvisational piecing.
This eye-catching piece is called Candy Stripes by Constance Norton.
Public Anemone I is by Deb Karakik. She designed the quilt around a fabric line with gradient color.
As I said, the show did include more traditional quilts.  Here is a lovely example by Jackie Perry called Baltimore Album Tribute that includes trapunto, ruched flowers and hand quilting.

The show is open through December 31.  If you are in the Martinsville area it is worth a trip.  Some of the quilts are also for sale.

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