Inspiring ‘Road to California’ Quilt Show

A few weekends ago on January 26th,  I had the surprising pleasure of attending the ‘Road to California’ Quilt Show in Ontario, California. I never thought I would be the type of person to go to a quilt show, as my previous judgement of them was akin to “Grandma’s traditional quilted blanket”. Little did I realize how much of a fine art bent quilting is showcasing lately!

Recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to the textile art scene by artist Sheila Frampton Cooper, whose stunning abstracts quilts immediately smashed any precognitions I’d had about fabric art. She told me about this show, and about how much generous support and accolades she’s received from the quilting community.

I’ve started the slideshow here with Sheila’s joyous abstracts: I may have been biased because seeing her work to begin with got me to the show itself, but her’s was my favorite piece. Bursting with exciting jostling shapes that burst out singing loud with vibrating colors, this piece reflects upon a rich inner world of meaning and movement. Next you see her in front of the exciting exhibition she personally curated, featuring a bevvy of cutting-edge quilts that all reflected the theme of “Maps” or places seen from above.

Before I stepped into the show I was expecting mainly the traditional symmetrical quilts, and there was a lot of that too, but in many of the curated quilt exhibits, I was continually blown away at the quality and depth of work I saw there. There was quite a lot of very artistic stylized, picturesque, and abstract art molded into fabric form, often appearing as a new fusion of painting + quilting.

Above are all of my very favorite quilts that elevated the traditional quilt medium into the arena of high art. A lot of these quilts and many more like them won totals of  $1000s in prize money. I found this personally very inspiring & even bought a sewing machine so I can try my hand at it myself!

So take a look at these and and get your mind stretched today.
Opinions always welcome!

 


One Response to “Inspiring ‘Road to California’ Quilt Show”

  1. Sheila says:

    Great post Tiffany! Thank you so much for your kind words about my work! I knew you would be surprised by the work, as was I went first introduced a few years ago. I look forward to seeing what you create with your new machine! :)

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