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A.Q. Group~Seasonal Art Quilt

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 A.Q. Group~Seasonal Art Quilt
Group:A.Q.~Artistic Quilters
Swap Coordinator:junemoon (contact)
Swap categories: Quilting 
Number of people in swap:3
Location:International
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.95
Last day to signup/drop:February 21, 2012
Date items must be sent by:March 17, 2012
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

Let's live up to the name Artistic Quilters. If you are unfamiliar with the term "art quilt" this is the perfect time and place to discover what a world of creative possibility exists. If possible, purchase a copy of Quilting Arts Magazine -- at least check it out online. But that is only the beginning of the possibilities. Literally thousands of art quilters have blogs you can read frequently.

For this first art quilt swap you will research the possibilities and then make a uniquely your quiltie expressing something about WINTER. The size will be no smaller than 4x6 and no larger than 12x12. It will be a complete quilt, top, batting and backing. You will find it unless you chose to leave the batting exposed to suggest snow -- yes! That's a possibility for an art quilt. You will have one partner. There will be a generous period before sign ups end so people unfamiliar with this idea can do some research, on line or in book stores, and decide it this is a kind of quilting you wish to do. There will be a generous period also for creating your quilt because it may be new to many.

To references besides Quilting Arts: go to the saqa.com website and watch the slide show on the home page. These are professional art quilters so it's top notch art -- not what we'll aspire to just yet. Check out a book from Lark Press called 12x12 which is generously illustrated with art quilts that are all 12x12 inches, The quilters talk about their methods. If you're near a quilt fabric shop check out their books for art quilts, there will be some but not many.

recap: one 12x12 quilt on the theme of WINTER - your own expression of winter

1 partner

explore the world or art quilting online line to get ideas

Discussion

nanthom 02/ 3/2012 #

This sounds like fun! I'm in!

twobluecrows 02/19/2012 #

I found a definition of Art Quilts on the link above (in the description). It makes for some really interesting possibilities! Are we using this definition?

From the Studio Art Quilt Associates website

"...After surveying SAQA's membership last Spring and after hours of discussion and consideration, SAQA's Board has adopted the following definition of the art quilt:

The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.

The Board sees the revised definition as a visionary statement. The word "references" allows for a broader understanding of the art quilt, thus creating a potential for growth in SAQA membership in terms of numbers and diversity of artists. The revised definition allows for more 3D work and work in media other than fiber/textile/fabric/cloth; it allows for techniques and materials not found in traditional quilting. The revised definition allows for framed, unframed, bound, and unbound work, thereby welcoming growth and development of individual style. ..."

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