Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2019

Each year, I look forward to the October/November issue of Quilting Arts. Not only do the autumn colors of our New England landscape influence the palette of artwork in the magazine (my heart beats a bit faster every time I see burnt umber maple leaves against a pale blue sky); they also usher in the season of kindness and appreciation.

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This layered wool landscape by cover artist Colleen Ansbaugh reminds me of the New England hills in autumn | Photos by Hornick Rivlin Studio unless otherwise noted

Golden fields of grain are harvested and baked into bread; pumpkins dappled with green and orange become a ripe symbol of plenty; the deep purple of an eggplant inspires a charity quilt. The sights, smells, tastes, and colors of autumn are ingrained in our collective consciousness, and, quite often, reflected in our quilts. And frequently, those quilts are used for good. Keeping this in mind, the editorial team chose “Making the World a Better Place through Art” as the theme for this issue.

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“American Portraits: Loss in the Heartland” by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred | Photo courtesy of the artist

As artists, we feel deeply—whether it is the beauty of a sunrise or the love of our country—and we can choose to use our gifts in many ways: to uplift, to enrich, to console, to examine, and to experience the world around us.

What’s in store

Luckily, we didn’t have to look far to find amazing art quilts, insightful projects, and thoughtful essays about using artwork for ‘good’ to fill these pages. So many of our contributors seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to sharing their work! We know our readers will enjoy browsing this collection. Most exciting to me is the gallery of exquisite art quilts. Within weeks of choosing the theme, we heard about “A Better World,” an exhibit that celebrates heroes, living and dead, who represent the very best of humanity.

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“The Opulent Injustice of Fannie Lou Hamer” • Kimberley Pierce Cartwright • “This quilt is my tribute to civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. She stood up for African-American rights and liberty during the 1960s and 1970s. Her resilience in the movement for equality gave life and a loud voice to disenfranchised women.”

We are thrilled to feature a small sampling of those quilts and encourage you to visit the exhibit which will be premiering at the International Quilt Festival, Houston if you have the opportunity.

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Julie B. Booth’s manipulation of the running stitch shows sublime sophistication

But that’s not all. For those who enjoy the meditative practice of hand stitching, check out Julie B. Booth’s amazing running stitch tutorial.

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Liz Kettle’s Stitch Meditations are beautiful and peaceful ways to relax and calm the soul

It’s a simple stitch that can be manipulated in many ways, adding incredible variety to art quilts of all types. On the contrary, if you want to use art to wind down without a plan in mind, you may find Liz Kettle’s “Stitch Meditations” the perfect fit. We’ve also chosen this technique as our next Reader Challenge to be published in the April/May 2020 issue.

I believe art has the power to change our world for the better. Whether it is on the personal level of helping us examine our thoughts and express our creativity, or on a grand scale by influencing others to open their hearts and minds to new ideas.

I hope your life journey always includes a space for creativity.

Grab your copy of Quilting Arts October/November 2019 today or subscribe to never miss an issue!

Vivika DeNegre, Editor, Quilting Arts

Featured image: Artwork by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Sara Kay Hartmann, and Liz Kettle

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