Author Archive | Quilt National Artists

Welcome All Quilt National Artists!

QuiltNationallogo_allinoneplaceStarting today, you can find a list of every Quilt National artist included in the Quilt National artist A-Z section of our website.

That’s right!  Every one, from the very beginning — all in one place.

Providing a one-stop-shopping opportunity for anyone interested in the artwork of the Quilt National artists community was our first priority, and now we are well on our way.

Click on the “LEARN ABOUT THE ARTISTS” tab on the menu bar above and have a look for yourself.  The new table contains 745 listings of artists and jurors from every Quilt National exhibition.  In addition, each artist listing shows the names of the Quilts exhibited, and the years they were shown.  Links to artists websites have been included  for every artist who has provided this information to  We are currently reaching out to all Quilt National artists in order to increase the number of websites in the directory listing.

If you are a Quilt National artist with a website that you wish linked in the directory, please let us know by using the website contact form.


How did we do it?

For many years collector Marvin Fletcher has maintained an archive of every artist, every quilt and every award winner associated with Quilt National.  When we contacted him, he generously offered to help us in developing our own sortable table of information.  Kathleen Dawson at the Dairy Barn provided us access to the Dairy Barn website and permission to use the information on

Other website enhancements

Based upon user feedback we have simplified the events calendar to be more readable at a glance.  Changing the calendar format also helps to make the website run faster.  Making the website easy to navigate and pleasant to use has been a design goal from the beginning. After changing the calendar and adding the new, expanded artists table, the site was further optimized to enhance performance and improve search engine rankings.

Up next for the website

The Quilt National Artists Community Gallery is a somewhat ambitious feature for a website run by volunteers.  Still, we want to make a place for every quilt national artist to show their stuff.  We are in the process of designing the gallery feature for the website in such a way that it is simple for an artist to submit their personal gallery page information through an online form, and also make it easy for us to put up individual gallery pages without a lot of manual intervention.  Pretty soon we will be quietly beta testing the galleries on the website.

So check back soon.

Let us know how we are doing.  Leave a comment telling us what you think of the expanded A-Z quilt national artists feature.





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Art & Antiques magazine features Quilt National artists

Brooke Atherton's Quilt SpringField

“SpringField” by Brooke Atherton

Now available on-line, Art & Antiques Magazine’s article, Fiber Optics, provides an in-depth look at quilts as fine art, and emphasizes the import of Quilt National as a “major proving ground for quilt art”.  Author Barbara Wysocki  interviewed art historians, museum curators, gallery owners, collectors, jurors and artists to document the rising acceptance of quilts as fine art.

With new techniques and materials available, quilters are creating ambitious fabric art works that can hang next to any painting.

An abundance of Quilt National artists are featured in the article including Nancy Crow, Michael James, Miriam Nathan-Roberts, Caryl Bryer Faller-GentryMarilyn HenrionBrooke Atherton and many others.

Two large works currently on view in Quilt National 2013, Katherine Knaur’s Solar and Mary Ann Tipple’s The Conversation, are featured in the article’s photo gallery.

Today a widening circle of viewers celebrate quilts as art.

Also available in the September 2013 issue of Art and Antiques magazine, Wysoki’s article makes a strong case for the value of art quilts as collectables as well as providing a window into the current ecosystem of this vital emerging art form.

Read the full article on the Art & Antiques website .

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Sara Impey’s Book,Text in Textile Art, Published

Impey_960Quilt National artist, Sara Impey‘s book Text in Textile Art is now available in the UK.  This book includes work by other Quilt National artists including Susan Shie and Robin Schwalb.

The book is a practical and inspirational book about the use of text in textile art, illustrated with work from some of the world’s leading textile artists. The publishers are Anova Books Company Limited.

Text in Textile Art is available now online in the UK from BookFellas, and will soon be available from in the U.S. You can pre-order Sara’s book from Amazon by following the links below.

Text in Textile Art
by Sara Impey
List Price: $29.95
Price: $18.68
You Save: $11.27 (38%)

Available for Pre-order

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