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posted by netbros (11 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Neat. It seems like Hawai'ian quilts got shoehorned into "medallion or framed center" when I'd think they'd be a separate category, but maybe it's just because there aren't many examples yet.
posted by BrotherCaine at 11:20 PM on March 6, 2009

thanks. Someone I know is going to be really interested in this.
posted by nicolin at 2:07 AM on March 7, 2009

I am! This is awesome!
posted by pokeedog at 6:44 AM on March 7, 2009

Wow. I'm not into quilts or quilting, but I certainly respect it as a medium. It's an art form, really. People — usually women — have always made quilts even when blankets were readily available because it's a form of expression and an outlet for creativity. And it's a real passion for those who are into it. I used to volunteer with a woman who from Toronto to West Virginia just to look at a exhibition quilt. So I like to see quilting being taken seriously enough that there's a resource and reference tool like this site.
posted by orange swan at 6:53 AM on March 7, 2009

"a woman who drove from Toronto to West Virginia".
posted by orange swan at 6:55 AM on March 7, 2009

I spent most of my adult life in West Virginia. There was always a large quilt display at the Cultural Center in the state capitol. Very beautiful art indeed.
posted by netbros at 7:10 AM on March 7, 2009

Very, very cool- I'm going to pass this on to all the quilters I know. I especially love this one.
posted by Mouse Army at 8:31 AM on March 7, 2009

Even though I haven't made a quilt in over 10 years, I still have my stash of fat quarters. Maybe looking at this web site will inspire me. I've never been a fan of the old-fashioned pieced together type (too country for me) but the last 30 years has seen a very exciting revolution in the use of form and color. This, for example strikes me as being a beautiful update to the Icon. The colors on this stained glass window quilt are sumptuous.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:32 AM on March 7, 2009

Fascinating! I wish my grandma were more computer savvy. She'd love this! I'll have to show her next time I visit!
posted by SaharaRose at 8:34 AM on March 7, 2009

oh I wish the photos were bigger.

Worth it if only for the topical sadism of "The Sun Sets on Sunflower Sue"

Quilters can be a delightfully twisted bunch!
posted by Lou Stuells at 8:51 AM on March 7, 2009

Thanks! I shared this with a quilter who got a real kick out of it.
posted by tyrantkitty at 10:58 AM on March 8, 2009

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