The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (RMQM) has two exciting exhibits for its next series, including quilts using reproduction Civil War Era fabrics and paper quilt pieces from Golden artist Jane Mathews. RMQM Fabric Challenge and Quilting in Paper—The Art of Jane Mathews will be on display October 22 through January 19, 2019.
The RMQM Fabric Challenge is a juried show that encouraged quilters to use Civil War Era reproduction fabrics from the Museum’s own fabric line to craft quilts. Quilts could be modern or incorporate traditional quilting patterns but all quilts must include 60% or more of the reproduction fabric lines. Four fabric lines inspired from quilts from the mid-1800s use madder browns, cheddar yellows, poison greens, reds, indigos, and soft pinks in plaids, checks, and prints. Twenty-three artists beautifully brought these colors to life in intricate patterns and unique styles that show reproduction fabrics in a modern light. The original inspiration quilts, including a spectacular Lone Star Variation and a Sawtooth Star, hang alongside the winning quilts. This is a great display of traditional American textiles and how history continuously melds with modern craft.
Shown in the Museum’s smaller gallery is a solo show by Golden artist Jane Mathews. Jane is a multimedia artist who combines and transforms materials into her quilted works. Inspired by her father who taught her to draw and paint and her mother who taught her to sew, Jane combines these skills and her desire to use and reuse materials in new and interesting ways. Working with paper of all mediums, Jane uses her textile studies, Fine Arts background, love of international travel, and inspiration gleamed from her local environment to create paper quilts that show printer paper, junk mail, magazines, and other paper in colorful new light. Some of Jane’s quilts resemble mosque floor designs and prayer carpets, while others use thin dressmakers pattern paper as layers. Chocolate candy wrappers and paper from China and India bring shine and color to the pieces, where no two are the same. This is an inspirational show for all quilters and multimedia artists alike.