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Still Crazy: Victorian Crazy Quilts

November 17, 2009 – February 7, 2010
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South First Street, San Jose, California 95113

Still Crazy explores the crazy quilt with a broad survey of the movement, mostly with examples from the Museum’s permanent collection. Crazy quilt making reached fad proportions during the Victorian period of 1876 – 1900. Made of fine dress fabrics like brocades, silks and velvets, and ribbons they were heavily embellished with areas of decorative embroidery or paint or even photographic images on fabric. They were most often made of irregular shapes and sizes, a kind of collage aesthetic, and they were pieced together with an astounding variety of embroidered stitches, in a multitude of colors. At the same time, crazy quilt designs had Asian influences, believed to be inspired by growing interest in the Far East at that time. They are dark, saturated and luxurious in look and feel, and the embroidered details are often nature inspired or symbolic or personal. This exhibit features an unusual variety of the kinds of textiles that were created such as quilts, wall hangings, table covers, comforters, to a one of-a-kind matching pair of Victorian parlor curtains.

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Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII

October 15 – 18, 2009
Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII
Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California
A spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art including a 300 booth Merchants Mall offering everything for the quilter, artist and home sewer.
Featuring:

  • World Quilt Competition: On Tour – Summer 2009
  • New Quilts of Northern California
  • Some of My Favorite Art Quilts – Presented by Priscilla Bianchi, Guatemala
  • Kawaii – Presented by Yoshiko Katagiri, Japan
  • Nine Patch Media Quilts – Presented by Sharon Pederson, Canada
  • Viva Venezia! – Presented by Christine Porter, England
  • ARTifact – Presented by AQuA, the Art Quilt Association
  • Liz Berg – One Woman Show
  • Does Size Matter? A Textile Conversation – Central Coast Textile Artists
  • The Garden Quilts
  • Linda Hibbert: One Woman Show
  • Metamorphosis presented by The Signature Art Quilters
  • Noble Seasons – Spring 2009: Springing Forward
  • Orchids, Orchids, Orchids – Professional Art Quilters Alliance
  • Piecing with Pixels – Sandy Hart and Gudny Campbell
  • Quilters Treasure Challenge 2009
  • Unfettered Letters – Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists
  • Vintage Revisited: Curated by Mary Kerr.
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    Upcoming Quilt Exhibit – Amish Abstractions

    The de Young museum, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
    November 14, 2009 — June 6, 2010
    This exhibition features approximately 48 full-size and crib quilts dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. Quilts made by girls and women of various Amish communities in Pennsylvania and the Midwest are visual distillations of their way of life. The Amish faith embodies the principles of simplicity, humility, discipline, and community, but their quilts are anything but humble. Using a rich color palette and bold patterns, these quilts are truly a unique contribution to American textile history. The quilts highlight the beauty and complexity of the abstract patterns.
    Amish Abstractions quilt
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    Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition is supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc.

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