Quilt National 2017

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I had an unanticipated flash back through my quilting career traveling on Sunday last minute to see Quilt National at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio. At the same time QN was celebrating 40 years of exhibitions (being a biennial), I was acknowledging my thirtieth anniversary of participation. The last time I was at the Dairy Barn was in 1987 celebrating my first acceptance into this prestigious exhibition.

The exhibition is an impressive collection in mastery of what we in the field have labeled The Art Quilt. There are no nameable traditional patterns, no standard bed sizes, no recognizable commercial prints. There are unique sizes and shapes, intricate piecing and application, massive amounts of tiny intricate hand stitching and machine quilting, beautiful one-of-a kind- hand-dyed materials. If you like fiber art- you will love Quilt National.

I began my exploration of the quilt as part of my feminist search wondering, exploring, seeking a functional meaningful place in American society. Thirty years later- I wonder about the role that Quilt National played.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Congrats! I wanna go!

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