Tradition with a Twist
There’s a certain charm and handmade quality we love about quilts with colorful block-printing. And we’re seeing a wide range of quilted bedding that has hand-blocked patterns with modern appeal—from leafy ginkgo motifs and medallions made up of florals to mesmerizing geometrics. Plus, bold hand-blocked designs make for a nice visual layer on a white quilt with diamond-pattern stitching.
Keeping It Sweet
Words take on a new meaning in these cheery quilts designed by Kerry Larkin of Comma Workshop. Kerry writes out her ideas on large sheets of paper, then brings them to quilters in Colorado who trace out the phrases and hand-sew them onto each quilt. “There’s a connection to the people who have put thought and care into something,” she explains. “When I send the quilts out, I include a card with the quilter’s name.”
Quilting enters new territory (literally) in a series of bedding in which entire city maps are depicted in the stitching, providing a rich textural look. Haptic Lab’s Emily Fischer, an architect by training, takes a scientific approach when creating her map quilts. “The maps are derived from mapping data; I also use satellite imagery and NOAA charts for coastal areas. Each to-scale map is then printed and hand-traced in our Brooklyn studio. The quilts are entirely hand-stitched, using the traced map as a guide.”