Today’s curated quilt show theme is ‘Stitchy’. Why? Because when I look at these quilts that’s what I think. (I also call music with a lot of notes are ‘Notey’ – Does anyone else?). There’s no category for ‘stitchyness’ in quilt competitions or festivals normally. But I’m calling it a category here because I think there’s almost as much thread (maybe more) stitched on these quilts as there is fabric underneath.
The craftsmanship in every one of these was extraordinary. I let the ladies with the white gloves handle the quilts, and didn’t touch the quilts but I know for a fact some folks couldn’t resist. I know if one of these quilts were mine, I’d be running my hands all over them as well.
This particular one ‘Holding it Together’ truly had more thread I think than fabric. The artist statement read “Anger and frustration made this piece. 9000 yards of thread ripped from spools and thrown at the fabric. Layered with more threads and hanging with buttons.”
The above quilt’s artist statement said that it came from a personal challenge of “keep it simple”. ‘Really?’ comes to my mind. It’s quilted in concentric circles and below is the reverse side of the quilt.
This one has string appliquéd/couched in parallel rows.