Contemporary quilters look to the past for inspiration
Museum's new exhibit for 2015 showcases
work from the book 500 Traditional Quilts
LA GRANGE, TEXAS – January 8, 2015 – The tried-and-true adage that “everything old is new again” takes on new meaning at the Texas Quilt Museum for winter. “Selections From the Book 500 Traditional Quilts” features 36 works included in the recent release, which was juried by Museum co-founder Karey Bresenhan.
The exhibit will fill all three galleries in the Museum with contemporary quilts featuring traditional patterns, techniques, styles, and quilting methods that harken back to the earliest days of the art form. “Selections From the Book 500 Traditional Quilts” will be on view until March 29.
And there’s no doubt that, even in a
day when art quilts and the 21st-century technology used to make them is exploding in popularity, traditional
quilts – often a quilters first exposure
to and work in the art form – still hold a huge appeal.
“Traditional quilts will always have a place in people’s hearts. Their beauty, their workmanship, their ability to evoke gentler times, the memories that they bring to mind—these are integral to their tremendous appeal,” Bresenhan writes in the book’s introduction. “These quilts are the crème de la crème of traditional quiltmaking today.”
Above: "6 X 6 Comes Up Roses" by Kathleen McCrady
In fact, a larger exhibit of quilts from the book was very well received at
the recent 40th-anniversary edition of International Quilt Festival in Houston.
So much that the Museum store’s stock of the book sold out—twice.
The Museum’s exhibit will feature work by
27 artists, including such notable names as Yukiko Hirano, Carol Staehle, Shirley Stevenson, Hazel Canny, Kumiko Frydl, Kathleen McCrady, Patricia Mayer, Peggy Fetterhoff, and Jerrianne Evans.
To left: "Baltimore Album Quilt IV" by
“If you missed seeing it at International Quilt Festival, then you have another
chance to see many extraordinary selections from this new book,” adds Museum
curator Dr. Sandra Sider. “I can
guarantee you that you will not be disappointed!”
“We love all styles of quilts, but we just adore the traditional ones, because they
can both represent the rich history of quilting and still provide creative venues and challenges for today’s quilters,” Museum co-founder Nancy O’Bryant
“And we are very pleased that Museum visitors will be able to see that blending of the ‘old and the new’ together in one place!”
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