On the whole, fabric art pieces sensational

Rita Faussone of Grand Junction submitted this whole cloth quilt, “Petunia x Hybrida Humongo,” for the recent Singular Sensations exhibit at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, Calif. It is one of 15 art quilts in the exhibit that were made by members of the Art Quilt Association, which is based in Grand Junction.

Patchwork be darned; these women decided to make fabric art pieces from whole cloth. No cutting into small pieces,  then sewing them together in the traditional methods of quilt making.

These rotary cutting rebels, collectively known as the Art Quilt Association (AQuA), set a new standard for themselves with their latest exhibit, “Singular Sensations.”

The group, based in Grand Junction, displayed their work Oct 14-17 at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, Calif.

The whole cloth technique required each entrant to make an art quilt from a single piece of cloth, making sure that 80 percent of that cloth was visible when finished.

No piecing was allowed anywhere on the quilt, and a mere 20 percent of the surface could be covered with design elements.

This proved to be quite a challenge, but the exhibit juror, Melody Randol of Loveland, found the compositions sound and the machine quilting on some of them superb.

Most of the artists “clearly let the cloth suggest the subject or composition, and the results are splendid,” she says.

The work ranges from engagingly complex to elegantly simple, but the “clever and ingenious use of the whole cloth makes the show captivating,” according to Randol.

From a total of 15 art quilts, she selected seven as her juror’s choice:

1. Reap the Whirlwind” by Bev Hart of Spanish Fork, Utah.

2. “Can You See the Forest for the Trees?” by Kathy Schattleitner of Grand Junction. Hers also was deemed AQuA members’ choice.

3. “In Memory” by Eldrid Schafer of Clifton.

4. “Petunia X Hybrida Humongo” by Rita Faussone of Grand Junction.

5. “Petals and Pods” by Nancy Dobson of Grand Junction and Eagle River, Alaska.

6. “Disaster in the Gulf” by Pat Sprague of Austin.

7. “Orange You Glad It’s Plaid” by Carole O’Brien of New Castle.

To view all 15 quilts that were part of the Singular Sensations exhibit, go to http://www.theartquilt association.com.

To learn more about the prize-winning fabric art of juror Melody Randol, go to http://www.melodyquilts.com.

Congratulations to the AQuA members whose work received special mention from the juror.

E-mail Sherida.Warner @gjsentinel.com.


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