I’ve been paying attention to quilts recently and paying even more attention to the quilts in our linen closet – the ones made by our grandmothers. The patterns, color arrangement and stitching.
I’m attracted to the beauty of quilts because of the underlying combination of mathematics (geometry) and art. There is an unstarted paper project in my future that involves the bottom portion of the antique door I used in a previous artful project and as I work through the design in my head, I’m turning to quilts for inspiration.
Ann Williams, the author of Hill Country House, recently shared this photograph of a room interior of her friend’s home. The beauty of this quilt (to me) surpasses even the beauty of the room’s other truly fabulous appointments.
It’s something about the quilting heritage that resonates. Memories of chilly nights and piles of quilts on the bed. The faint fragrance of the cedar trunk. The loving fingerprints from generations past that pieced and sewed.
Lately I learned about barn quilts. I realize it’s not a new concept, just new to me. This project of adorning barns with traditional quilt patterns is a beautiful way to honor the art of quilting and the historical and architectural significance of barns dotting the landscape of rural America. This image is from barnquilts.com (alternatively, click on the photo).
In the process of learning more about quilts, I’ve found some awesome quilting bloggers whose accomplishments with textiles are absolutely gorgeous.
1) Faith, who authors Fresh Lemons Quilts. Her blog is full of remarkable projects and collaborations.
3) the Purl bee (an awesome collection of all sorts of handmade crafts)
Finally, I discovered a treasure trove. Via the magic of internet, the work of Anna Velez appeared. She makes quilts from paper. They are beautiful works of fine art and I’m completely speechless. It is as if the angels above are breaking into a joyful chorus.
I’m not really any closer to the goal of solidifying this targeted project of mine, but the sources of inspiration are abundant. Too abundant not to share.
Enjoy – and thank you for dropping by 🙂