Exhibition: Jane Dunnewold | Crazy Quilts, Crazy Stories

Catch a gorgeous new exhibit opening in April at Mockingbird Handprints, right here at Blue Star.


Traditional crazy quilts were made from scraps of cloth; leftovers from other quilt projects. The random placement of the pieces, often enhanced with hand embroidery, created a nonsensical pattern while making the most of bits and pieces that weren’t large enough to use another way.


“When I began collaging single, and mismatched vintage quilt blocks, my husband commented that I was completing a story begun by an unknown maker. We wondered why blocks never made it into a quilt? What happened to the woman who probably started in earnest, but never followed through by finishing the quilt?

These unanswerable questions led to imagining untold stories as I worked on this series. The random stack of blocks turned into crazy quilts in the best sense of exploding color and pattern. If only they could speak, what crazy stories would they tell?” – Jane Dunnewold.


More about Jane – Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous one-person exhibitions, including Inspired by the Masters (Visions Quilt Museum 2016). Her work won Best of Show in the exhibition Timeless Meditations (Tubac Art Center/2013). She is a recipient of the Quilt Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegu (Korea) International Textile Exhibition.
Dunnewold has authored numerous books, including the classic, Complex Cloth (1996). Interweave Press published Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design on Fabric (2010).



While her most recent book, Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius was written to help artists find deeper joy in creating, her strategies apply to anyone seeking a more creative and boldly authentic life. Jane lectures and leads workshops that honor the human desire to create.
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