Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Traditional Quilting

The quilt of Lynn Thompson and Pat Hershock
I recently introduced a client to some contemporary textile art and she said, "These look like quilts!" Technically they are, as a quilt is 3 layers connected by stitches. The traditional quilt above is made from a pattern and stitched by hand. The value of the quilt is influenced by the quality of the work (which is the lack of stitches showing in the construction of the quilt) and the precision and size of the quilting stitch. The stitches should be the same size on the front as they are on the back, and that only comes from years of experience. Today, it is getting more and more difficult to find hand quilters. Jean Judd is one of the few artists who creates contemporary art quilts that are hand quilted.

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