Winter Wonders

In the U.S. winter isn’t coming, it’s here! My first instinct in frigid weather is to stay inside and hopefully quilt, preferably something involving riotous color. I try to take pictures of the snow covered landscape but never seem to create something with much visual interest.

These artists, however, have managed to create beautiful works that evoke the nuances of the season. I admire all of them for both noticing the beauty around them and capturing it in a variety of ways.

Susan Brubaker Knapp is know for her ability to paint just about anything on fabric, then thread paint and quilt it to add detail and emphasis. I love how she captured her daughters’ joy at catching the first snowflakes of the season in First Snow.

First Snow ©Susan Brubaker Knapp shown in our March/April 2015 issue of MQU

Charlotte Warr Andersen illustrates the melancholy feel of walking through the snow to symbolize those who are on the path of Alzheimer’s and the people who love and care for them. This is a whisper of spring from the Alzeimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, published in our January/February 2014 issue.

a whisper of spring ©Charlotte Warr Andersen

Linda Colsh is a master of monochromatic imagery. In Pack Up the Moon, shown in our January/February 2016 issue, Linda utilized computer imagery, screen printing, discharging, and machine work to tell the story of a lone woman she saw on the snowy streets of Warsaw.

Pack Up The Moon ©Linda Colsh

Finally, one of my favorite winter scenes of all, Sandra Leichner’s Unexpected Beauty. Sandra pulled out the stops, including a wide variety of quilting motifs as well as luscious hand embroidery in the center of the Hellebores.

Unexpected Beauty ©Sanra Leichner

Whether you choose to stay inside and quilt, or brave the outdoors to appreciate the beauty of the season, I hope that this winter treats you well.

Stay tuned! Later this week I’ll be posting more quilts from our 10th Anniversary 10″ x 10″ challenge.

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