Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Browsing the Quilts...

We are so lucky to have a great quilt store here in town, Grinnell Fiberworks. Normally my taste in quilts is pretty traditional. Old fashioned patterns. Simple color schemes. I'm especially drawn to 30s reproduction fabrics and scrap quilts.

Grinnell Fiberworks is not one of those stores. Not traditional. Which is maybe why I love it so much. It makes me step out of my normal comfort zone and think about ALL the possibilities when it comes to fabric and quilting. Their selection of batiks...amazing. Plus they offer imported Asian and African (to name just two) that are simply gorgeous. Walking through gives me inspiration to keep dreaming that one day I will have more time to quilt!

Currently on display down at the shop is a gallery show celebrating Iowa art quilters. (Not that there's not always beautiful quilts on display there!) Last Friday the girls and I were chillin' out and so we decided to stop by the quilt store for a browse. (It helps that the shop has a play corner which can keep them occupied for 20 minutes or better depending on the day!)

I had a hard time choosing just a few of the beauties to snap pictures of to share here. (I hope the artists don't mind that I'm sharing their work.) I should have written down quilt and artist's names, but I didn't. (Sorry artists!)

First, one was of my favorites. This picture doesn't do the strength of the colors justice. A little inspiration by Van Gogh's Starry Night. A painting to which I've always been drawn. I think additionally it's the little buildings that speak to me. I've always loved the school house and saltbox style blocks.

One of the things I really enjoy about art quilts is their use of texture. This fall tree is fabulously colored, though I do feel the use of bright colors in the "background" somewhat took away from the POP of color that the tree offered.

Regardless, I loved how the tree had a very "leafy" feel offered by the raw edge applique that was used in it's construction.

This beautiful picture quilt is the first thing that catches your eye as you walk into the back room to check out the exhibit. I am amazed by the ability of those very talented artists who are able to take a photo (this was patterned off a real life photo) and reproduce the image in fabric. I love the pop of the green hedge balls, the details in the rake and shadows...

and of course the artist didn't miss the chance to let her quilting offer up some texture. A great attention to detail that really made the piece special for me.

If you're ever in the Grinnell area, and appreciate a good quilt store, I highly suggest you make time for a stop. I promise you won't be disappointed!


1 comment:

JenB said...

Someday I will visit this shop with you! Sounds like an inspirational place. A day of shopping and a stop at the coffee house, what a treat.:) Jen