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The Brightest Quilts

Colorful Quilts

Cinco de Mayo, 2008 – Carolyn Hesser, Texas

My grandma used to sew little pieces of different fabric together and create big bed covers for the winter. I was always amazed of how fast she would finish them. It was nothing fancy or complicated at all, she never used any techniques and or professional expertise that I can remember, I think she never used different color thread. They were just simple squares of random fabric, diverse patterns and many bright colors. They were messy and beautiful!

So I think that was when I fall in love with that textured quilty style. Then I moved to the states to North Carolina, which by the way has lots of quilting shows and exhibitions. I wasn’t impressed. Too many neutrals, blue and red. Where was the color?

Colorful Quilts

Three weeks ago I was walking around downtown San Jose looking for something to do on a not very creative morning, I needed inspiration and I was about to start a surface pattern design class so when I spied the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Design, I went for it.

There were a lot of traditional and conservative pieces but i also found bright, modern and contemporary ones. They filled my day with energy and possibilities, such beautiful colors.

Colorful Quilts

I am considering the idea of making a small quilt and use it as art for the walls, I just don’t know if I would have the patience. I would maybe try to make a design on the computer and attach each piece of fabric with photoshop using digital thread, but well, that wouldn’t quite so awesome. There’s nothing more amazing than handmade, detailed pieces that show the love, patience and passion, I truly admire that.

These are the kinds of colors I’m talking about:

Colorful Quilts Color Palette

Cinco de Mayo, 2008 – Carolyn Hesser, Texas

Colorful Quilts

Cinco de Mayo, 2008 – Carolyn Hesser, Texas

Colorful Quilts Color Palette

New York Beauty, 2010 – Nancy Tanguay, Connecticut

Colorful Quilts Color Palette

For more information about the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles visit their site. Enjoy! – Xo, Elba

2 Responses

  1. Marie Chan says:

    Great site. Love the colors of the quilts!

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