Ten quilt makers share their stories about life and love in the Midwest.

Essays of the American Midwest: The Quilt Maker's Story

Quilt made by Jamie Lyn Kara, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Fiber Art Almanac: Essays From the American Midwest has its own website now!

To see the online exhibit with large images and quilt details, book excerpts, planned events and to order the book; go to www.fiberartalmanac.com

In this inaugural online exhibit series of Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest, ten regional and national stage quilt makers add their voice to the collective narrative about textiles in the Midwest today. Their quilt making is the visual paradigm through which they tell their stories. They share their journeys, connections to their childhoods, and influences from their contemporaries, fans, and travels. From heartbreaking loss and grief, finding oneself amidst the rubble, and reflecting on the joy of family memories.

What’s new in quilting arts today? The momentum of change continues as more people enter the quilting arena with completely new and diverse ideas and methods of creating compelling art. The quilts in this book offer a window to techniques that include imprinting and dyeing on fabric with botanicals, painting whole cloth, raw edge appliqué, improvisational piecing and hand stitching, multi-media, playing with color, texture and more!

Since 2010, Wildwood Press has featured over 150 fiber artists, businesses and organizations. In 2014, Wildwood Press founded Midwest Fiber Arts Trails and currently there are three local, community-based Fiber Arts Trail destinations! Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail is located in Cedarburg-Grafton-Thiensville, Wisconsin, the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail is located in the Bemidji, Minnesota area, Minnesota and Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail is in Baraboo-Portage-Lodi, Wisconsin. Members include fiber artists, businesses and non-profit organizations.


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