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"Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women"​ on Display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum​

From the Smithsonian American Art Museum"Explore the creative practice of Amish quilters in the United States. Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women looks beyond quilting as a utilitarian practice. It reveals historical quilting among the Amish as an aesthetic endeavor that walked a line between cultural and individual expression. The quilts paradoxically twin the plain with the spectacular, tradition with innovation, and a dismissal of personal pride with objects often seen as extraordinary artworks."

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“A New Deal for Quilts”​ Exhibit on Display at the International Quilt Museum

From the International Quilt Museum (IQM)"Have you seen “A New Deal for Quilts” yet? Set aside some time to join us before the exhibition closes on April 20! With quilts from the IQM collection as well as historical photos and documentary sources, this exhibition tells the stories of quiltmakers in the United States and how they coped with the hard times of the Great Depression. It also explores how quiltmaking was used by government agencies as an emblem of American perseverance and frugality, and to promote new vocational and homemaking skills for women."

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Astronaut Karen Nyberg's Exhibition, "The Stars Are Aligned," On Display at The National Quilt Museum

Now through July 30, 2024, the National Quilt Museum is featuring Karen Nyberg's work as part of her exhibition, The Stars Are Aligned, which celebrates her time as an astronaut, living in space, her family, and her interest in Earth conservation. The exhibition also features a set of Astronomical Quilts that were commissioned in 2013 by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to honor Karen's mission on the International Space Station.

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Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction at The National Gallery of Art

From The National Gallery of Art"This transformative exhibition explores how abstract art and woven textiles have intertwined over the past hundred years. In the 20th century, textiles have often been considered lesser—as applied art, women’s work, or domestic craft. Woven Histories challenges the hierarchies that often separate textiles from fine arts. Putting into dialogue some 160 works by more than 50 creators from across generations and continents, the exhibition explores the contributions of weaving and related techniques to abstraction, modernism’s preeminent art form."

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The "Sewn in America" Exhibit at the DAR Museum​ is Now Open

From the Daughters of the American Revolution National Headquarters"This groundbreaking exhibit combines sewn items from all textile sections of the DAR Museum’s collection, including garments, quilts, and embroideries. Textiles from the 18th century to today are juxtaposed to show how women of diverse backgrounds have used their needles to express emotions and identity and as a force for benevolence and justice. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it!"

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Kaye England Quilt Online / Live Auction

From Blue Box Auction"Join us as we unveil the Kaye England Quilt Collection in our Featured Quilt Auction on March 9, 2024 at 12:00pm EST. This exclusive event presents a remarkable selection of 20 antique quilts from Kaye’s collection, and 20 additional quilts created by Kaye in honor of some of the most important women in history including: First Ladies Washington, Taft and Coolidge, and others including Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller and Lucille Ball. The collection also includes photos and autographs of some of the featured women in the collection."

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The International Year of Batik 2024-25 - Upcoming Shows

International batik artists Jonathan and Beth Evans are soon to be featured on The Quilt Show. Their batik paintings are world-class and are wonderful expressions of what is possible with wax resist and painting with dyes. The Quilt Show is also helping to promote the International Year of Batik (2024-25), and has the scoop on several Batik shows you might be interested in seeing.

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PMA x Cloth & Company - Gee's Bend Edition​​

Last week we featured an exhibit of Gee's Bend quilts that were on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the same gallery was a collection of furniture covered with digitally reproduced designs of those quilts. Learn about this exclusive furniture collection celebrating the work of Mary Lee Bendolph, Delia Bennett, Annie E. Pettway, Loretta Petway, and Magdalene Wilson of Gee's Bend.

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"Behind the Seams" Exhibit at AQS QuiltWeek – Branson 2024

The Quilt Show has a special exhibit that will be on display soon at AQS QuiltWeek – Branson from March 13–16, 2024. The "Behind the Seams" Exhibit, curated by TQS's very own Kristin Goedert and Lilo Bowman, was on display last year at Road to California 2023 and features quilts from the past 17 years of the show to create an engaging and interactive collection that supports the quilting community and shares knowledge to help quilters grow their skills. Every quilt in this collection represents the work of a TQS featured artist's technique giving you a glimpse into their process. 

 

The display in Branson is a bit different from the last year's exhibit, but you can click through to learn how the exhibit works from Kristin's Road to California video.

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Gee's Bend Quilts from the Collection - Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Quilt Show recently visited Philadelphia and ran across this exhibit featuring the quilts of Gee's Bend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (there through July 7, 2024) that we wanted to share with you. Of the quilts on display, the museum said, "The 13 quilts on view were acquired in 2017 through the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and were selected to tell the history of quilt-making in Gee's Bend (Alabama) from the mid-1920s to 2005. The significance of these quilts to their makers is expressed in the quilters' own words gathered from contemporary interviews."

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Ireland Photography Tour 2024 with Ricky Tims

Embark on a unique and enriching photography tour of Ireland, curated in collaboration with the multi-talented Ricky Tims, musician, contemporary quiltmaker, and photography mentor. This immersive journey combines the beauty of Ireland’s landscapes with the artistry of photography, offering participants the chance to capture the true essence of both Northern and Southern Ireland.

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The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum: Quilts Made by Men - 17th Biennial Men's Exhibit

From Ricky"I'm excited that my quilt One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish will be in the popular biennial men's quilt exhibit at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. If you are in Colorado soon, be sure to check out the exhibit. I'll be at the reception January 19 - maybe see you there!!!"

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New Exhibits Opening at The Texas Quilt Museum in January 2024

Starting 2024 off in a big and bold way, the Texas Quilt Museum has three brand new exhibits opening this month that will be on display from now until April 27, 2024. These include Kaffe Fassett: 85 & Fabulous, celebrating the leading textile designer and practitioner of contemporary crafts, International Quilt Festival Prizewinners 2023, featuring all 18 winners from this year's Houston Quilt Festival, and Prism Play: A Full Spectrum of Art Quilts, allowing "visitors to view a vibrant spectrum of color almost as though they were standing inside a prism." Click through to find out more about these exciting new exhibits.
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The International Year of Batik 2024-25

World-class Batik artists Jonathan Evans, Chairman of the Batik Guild, and his wife Beth welcome you to celebrate the International Year of Batik. What is the Year of Batik you may ask? "It will be a year to promote, publish and legitimize the ancient art of Batik. Exhibitions are planned all over the world—in Italy, Chile, the UK and in the USA where the very first all-American batik show will be staged in Colorado." Find out more about this exciting celebration by clicking through, and to view some of Jonathan and Beth's beautiful Batik art.

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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Has a New Director

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is delighted to announce the appointment of San Jose native and veteran nonprofit leader Kris Jensen.

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A Virtual Walkthrough of "Welcome Home: A Celebration of House Quilts" at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Explore the enchanting world of house quilts in the Iowa Quilt Museum's latest exhibit, Welcome Home: A Celebration of House Quilts. Join curator Julie Silber on a journey through these textile masterpieces that blend art, history, and nostalgia in this virtual walkthrough video.

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Geri Patterson-Kutras' Quilt Is Going to be In a Museum

Geri, who was a recent guest on The Quilt Show, just learned that her quilt, Rainy Day Ballet, has been accepted to be in the de Young Fine Arts Museum’s Open 2023 in San Francisco, CA! Geri says, "I’m so honored and excited to be juried into this prestigious event that celebrates and supports the Bay Area Artists Community." There were 7700 submissions with 900 juried into the final exhibition. Click through to read more about the exhibit which will run September 30, 2023 to January 7, 2024. Congratulations Geri!
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Meet Carol Spencer, Barbie's Fashion Designer

With the release of the brand new Barbie movie, we want to introduce you to the lady who is responsible for making Barbie the fashion icon she is today. Meet Carol Spencer, a "fine arts scholar who answered a newspaper job advertisement in 1963 to become Barbie’s fashion designer — a position she held for 36 years until 1999, making her the figure’s longest serving stylist."

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Okan Arts Visits the 2023 Quilt Festival Long Beach

Victoria Stone of Okan Arts, whose mother and business partner Patricia Belyea was recently a featured guest on The Quilt Show, had the pleasure of visiting the 2023 Quilt Festival Long Beach in sunny Southern California this past week. Take a look at all the wonderful quilts and more that she saw as part of her write-up on the fun-filled event.

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Textiles In The Land of the Rising Sun with Kris Vierra

Join Kris Vierra, Quilter on the Run, for an immersive textile adventure in Japan. This small intimate tour includes hands-on Shibori and Roketsu dyeing workshops, textile museum visits, and plenty of stops at one of a kind quilting and fabric stores. Click through to find out more.

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