Dramatize A Focal Wall With Modern Quilt Wall Hangings

Several years ago, I lived in Mount Dora. Every year, this tiny town in Central Florida hosts a street art show that attracts 300,000 plus people.  Artists and art seekers come from all over the U.S., even from places in Europe.  It was at that art festival that I saw my first modern quilt wall hanging.  I remember standing in front of the quilt awe struck by intricate design and exquisite needlework.  This wasn't my grandma's quilt of patchwork, I thought!  Before you dismiss the idea of a quilt hanging on your wall, let me introduce you to a few of them:

The color-rich quilt below is called London Tube, a Zen Chic pattern and is available for quilters.  Contact Bridgette Heitland for more information.  .

Discovered on Pinterest

Discovered on Pinterest

Discovered on Dragon Thread Open Book blogspot

Discovered on Dragon Thread Open Book blogspot

Here is a description of this extraordinary piece of fabric art :

Leonie Castelino, American Fiber Artist from Mahwah, New Jersey, who is showing her Contemporary Pojagi: ‘Homage to Klee’ in the European Patchwork Meeting Show in Alsace, France. Her work will be published in the Catalog that includes the International Artists for the ‘Pojagi & Beyond 2010’.

‘Homage to Klee’, 24” wide by 60” long, is pieced in one of the traditional pojagi seams – marubekki – which is a fell seam or a double seam. The material used is silk organza from Korea and India. Organza from each country is unique in its weight, weave and ‘hand’ or feel. All the colored squares and rectangles in are Korean silk organza.
— Linda C. Teufel

The above quilt image was found on Pinterest.  However, it was created by Victoria Gertenbach which she calls "Barn Door," a modern improvised Art Quilt.  Read her full story on her blog The Silly Boo Dilly.

Discovered on ArtfulHome, this fiber wall art is created by Tim Harding.

Discovered on ArtfulHome, this fiber wall art is created by Tim Harding.

The lovely modern quilt wall hanging above is called City Grid III, found in a Carnegie Center exhibit.  The work is by Valarie Goodwin of Tallahassee, Florida.

This next example of a modern quilt wall hanging is by Marianne from the blog The Quilting Edge.  She assigns most of her work to beds and sofas.  But I would protest and say they deserve to be hung on a wall where her beautiful art work can be best appreciated.

A few notes on quilts as wall hangings:

  • Fabric will of course fade or wear thin when exposed to the UV rays of the sun over a period of time. You'll need to take this into account when selecting the best place in your home or apartment. 
  • If you have low or very little lighting in your home, a color-rich modern quilt wall hanging will give you the greatest impact and drama.
  • Modern quilt wall hangings will cozy up a room.  In a very large room, it will really bring the furnishings and adjoining walls together in a more cohesive way.
  • For a contemporary appeal, such as the first photo, abstract designs are more complementary.
  • Of course, for a cottage or beach style, go for representational designs, such as landscapes.
  • There's a great tutorial on How To hang A Quilt at Amy A La Mode blog.

If you're looking to add interest, drama and something out of the ordinary, then do take a look at modern quilt wall hangings.  For more ideas on adding interest and drama to your walls, read my post on Why Are You Looking At Boring White Walls!

Do you already have a modern quilt hanging on your wall? 
Thinking about it?  Oh please, do tell!

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