The 2016 Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show was, as in years past, a great success! Highlights from this year included a National Parks special exhibit representing over 177 quilts inspired by National Parks across the U.S.A., the self portrait quilts and the many vendors offering everything from custom batiks to purse making supplies and vintage trims.
Held at the Dulles Convention Center the Quilters Unlimited show is a great venue to explore the world of textile art. When we hear the word, ‘quilt’ many of us think of a warm blanket, given as a gift or passed down as a family heirloom. What we often forget is that many works of art have been created in addition to quilts, using the quilting medium.
Sometimes we think of art with toddlers to simply be a time filler for the day, or perhaps a way of demonstrating child educational concepts. In the rush and activity of motherhood we often don’t stop to watch and understand the lessons in creativity we could be learning from our babes and their application of finger paints and stickers.
I can still remember the first cut and sew toy that my mother made me as a little girl. She was a pink doll, with a removable skirt. My mother had taken the time to intricately mark the doll’s hair and dress with little painted details. I remember thinking in the world of plastic toys, even as a child, that there was something magical about how a simple piece of fabric could be made into my own doll, and that my mother had made it!