As it’s wintertime, and I’m chilled to the bone and perpetually glued to the chair in front of my heater, I thought it would be a perfect time to learn how to quilt. I went looking for inspiration, and I was so impressed by the range of contemporary quilts that are being produced today that I had to share. Truth be told, the quilts I discovered are almost too beautiful just to snuggle up inside. If I had a large open wall, I would hang one of these in a heartbeat. Either way, I find all of these artful quilts to be the perfect visual antidote for the chill of winter.
These first two AMAZING quilts are made by Kim Eichler-Messmer. A graduate of the University of Kansas with an MFA in textiles, Eichler-Messmer creates her own custom dyes and hand-dyes the cotton for these heirloom-quality quilts. You can check out more of her designs and purchase all of them here on her etsy shop.
For fashion lovers, these quilts from French fashion label A.P.C. may strike your fancy. These limited-edition quilt designs are a collaboration between Jessica Ogden and A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou. Each of the seven designs is pieced together from vintage A.P.C. fabrics and produced in a series of 30. You can see the full collection of beautiful quilts here on the A.P.C. site.
This lovely modern quilt is just one of three that designer Abby Clawson Low made for her baby son last year. When I first stumbled across this quilt, I experienced a severe despair/elation mood swing when first I discovered that it was not for sale, and then found out that the fabric is actually four city scarves available for purchase from MUJI. You should also check out Abby’s blog HI + LOW; it is a constant source of visual nuggets such as these.
Last but not least, these abstract art quilts by British Canadian artist Ian Hundley blow my mind. The incredible patterns remind me of viewing earth from an airplane window, and I love the mix of neutral monochromes and the concentrated patches of bold color and pattern. For inquiries on these pieces, you can contact Hundley via email through his site.