Art of Quilting Slideshows

Talent and creativity abound in the Art of Quilting feature in Love of Quilting.

Farmland is the essence of the American landscape. It is the mark of pioneers who tilled the earth and created a nation. It is no surprise that farms inspire wonderful quilts, like the five we are featuring for you in these pages. Machine appliquéd silos and pleated furrows, embroidered hills, and beaded trees—enjoy them all.

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The five quilters featured in this issue celebrate the cars, trucks, and motorcycles in their lives. They used photographs and imagination to translate hard, shiny metal objects into works of art on fabric.

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Each of the five quilters featured here has interpreted summer boating in her own way, with inkjet photo images, fusible appliqué, thread painting, beading, tulle overlay, and fabric paint. Each started with a photograph, and let her creative spirit guide her in stitching a fantastic summer scene.

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There is something compelling about the reflection and movement of water. We are drawn to the glint of the sun sparkling on a serene lake and ripples of waves flowing across river rocks and twigs. In this issue, we’re featuring four quilters who have captured lake and river views at their best. Natural scenes come to life with hand-painted and dyed fabric, glittering embellishments, and curved piecing. Spring brings the promise of a new day and your next quilt—take a walk by the water, and inspiration may be around the next bend.

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Quilters are always looking for a new techniques or inspiration to take their textile art to the next level. Our five quilt artists have achieved that in these three-dimensional views, framed with archways, gates, and portals. Their paths have led them across cobblestones, up staircases, and across rivers. Where will your quilting path lead you next?

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All of the quilt artists in this issue hail from west of the Mississippi. They weren't all born there, but perhaps something about the romanticism of the Wild West and the horses that roamed there has drawn them to that area of the country. Summer is a great time of year to get out and explore nature on horseback. The view from atop a saddle might just provide the inspiration for your very own equine quilt.

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This is the season for celebrating, for giving thanks, gathering loved ones together, adn exchanging gifts. It's also time to honor traditions, both cultural and religious. What better way to embrace your heritage, than by creating a quilt? Each of our four quilters has done exactly that, creatively and joyfully celebrating Christian, Jewish, and African holidays in these vibrant and evocative quilts.

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Although each of our five featured artists used the same process to create her mountain quilt, the results are varied. Perhaps this fall you'll be inspired by the natural world around you to make a landscape quilt of your own.

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It's summer, and gardens are bursting with color and variety. The five quilters featured here found their inspiration close at hand, in backyards and along favorite hiking trails Take a look around you—is your garden ready for its creative close up?

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Featured here are four outstanding quilts from the 2007 International Quilt Festival's "The Sky's the Limit" invitational space-themed quilt exhibition. Karey Bressenhan, founder and director of the festival, developed the idea for the contest after seeing quilts based on photographs from the Hubble Telescope. Houston's connection to NASA added to the appeal of the show. Look for more space quilts at the 2008 Houston festival.

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Who can say that dogs are not woman’s best friend, as well as man’s? They come when you call them, give you unconditional love, and are much more fun than diamonds. Inspired by their own dogs and other people’s pets, the five quilters here showcased thirty-three beloved pups, one nonplussed cat, and one grandchild.

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Quilters love cats, and most prefer them to dogs—there are 90 million feline pets in the United States, outnumbering dogs by 13 million. That's a lot of meowing! Our five quilt artists have created a variety of cat portraits for your viewing pleasure.

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At this year's International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, C&T Publishing is celebrating advancements in digital photographic technology and quilting with a new book and an exhibition.

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Read more about Reynola in the July/August 2005 issue of Love of Quilting magazine.

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Read more about JoAnn in the September/October 2005 issue of Love of Quilting magazine.

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Unique pictorial designs set Linda Cantrell apart from other quilt artists. Using every scrap of fabric at her disposal, she lets her sense of humor shine through in her projects.

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Throughout 2006, our Art of Quilting feature will present a different quilt genre in each issue. Our first installment shows portrait quilts by five outstanding quilt artists.

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Many quilters are experts at finding inspiration in the world around them. Animals, exotic or otherwise, are perfect subjects for the artisans featured here. They use hand painted fabrics, photography, and a variety of quilting and appliqué techniques to create quilts as fascinating as a trip to the zoo.

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To celebrate fall, we've chosen vibrant autumn landscape quilts by five talented designers to celebrate fall. Using a palette of rich, warm colors, each drew on memorable encounters with nature to create a work of great beauty. You'll notice a variety of techniques, including traditional sewing, raw edge appliqué, fusible appliqué, embroidery, applied glitter, and other embellishments.

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The year’s coldest season is brought to life in five artists’ depictions of snowy rural landscapes. Perhaps these frosty gems will inspire you to try fabric painting, fusing, or embroidery to enhance your next project.

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Frieda Anderson's nature scenes are made from her own hand-dyed fabrics. Her quilts are fused appliqué with lots of machine quilting. Read more about Frieda in the May/June 2005 issue of Love of Quilting magazine.

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What's more relaxing than a day at the beach? The joys of sun, sand, and water make beaches among the top vacation spots in the world. The designers featured on this slideshow have created beaches you can enjoy any time. Dive in and create your own beach getaway, or sit back and enjoy the ones provided here.

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View these beautiful quilts made by Marianne and Liz in this special slideshow celebrating 25 years of quilting together.

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Feast your eyes on four spectacular album-style quilts inspired by the Baltimore Album beauties of the mid-1800s.

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Snapshots, world travels, and memories inspired the architectural images created by the five art quilters whose work is presented here.

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Ravens, owls, pelicans, and robins are depicted in their native habitats of forests and seashores by the five art quilters featured here. Our artists used a variety of fabrics and techniques to stitch these vivid portraits, including fusing, raw-edge appliqué, photo transfers, hand-painted and hand-dyed fabric, free-motion machine quilting, and padding. We hope you’ll enjoy our spring aviary show.

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A love of art, nature, and gardening unites the five quilt artists showcased on this slideshow. Modern techniques such as hand painting, fusible appliqué, and disperse-dyed synthetics bring to life the giant flora. The quilts are embellished with machine quilting, free-motion embroidery, yarn, beads, and crystals. Let this flower show inspire you to explore your garden for ideas.

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The four quilt artists represented here have masterfully captured the magical properties of the desert landscape and the deep-rooted symbolism of southwestern culture. Using appliqué, fusing, thread painting, ribbon embroidery, and paint, the quilters depict animals, plants, and architecture, which visually pop off the quilted backgrounds.

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