Patchwork and Quilting are arts that can be traced back to 3400 BC, and they have remained a staple across many cultures, countries and traditions. The web is therefore packed with artists, makers and DIYers eager to demonstrate their talents – some of which started quilting to have a more fulfilled life and achieve mindfulness. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite current artists that really have the ability to inspire.
Also in this series: Inspiring Knit and Crochet Artists you HAVE to follow and Hand Embroidery Artists you HAVE to follow.
1. Teresa Silva
Teresa Silva is a longarm quilter extraordinaire and author of the new Longarm Quilting Workbook. She has quilted for Moda Fabrics, Hoffman Fabrics, Tula Pink, Jaybird Quilts, and more!
We just love her style, use of colour and following her latest creations.
Facebook: Happy Apple Quilts
2. Bisa Butler
Bisa Butler is a phenomenal fibre artist, specialising in quilted portraits. Her key signature is her use of vibrant colours, and subjects that span various points of history and countries. This is a great example of stories being told through the fabric.
Facebook: Bisa Butler Fine Art
Website: Hi Fructose
3. Ann Harwell
Ann creates quilts that ‘tell stories, express feelings and communicate ideas’. At the centre of her work is a desire to create perfection. Often created from hundreds of tiny pieces of jewel-colored and patterned fabrics, her quilts include works based on outer space, astral phenomena and landscapes inspired by gardens and arboretums.
Facebook: Ann Harwell Art
5. Mathew Boudreaux (AKA Mister Domestic)
After taking a few local sewing classes Mathew has, over only a matter of years, built a huge social media following. If you take a look at his work you’ll see why. From his website he sells his own patterns and continually wow us with his creations. Please check him out.
Follow Mister Domestic
Facebook: Mister Domestic
6. Alyson Vega
Roberta Smith from the New York Times, once reviewed Alyson’s work, paying particular attention to her quiltlike patchwork of fabric pieces strung to a wire frame. “What holds them together is unclear,” she said, “which has a magical effect.” We think so too!
7. Paula Cochrane
Paula is a lover of antique quilts. She loves fussy cutting, intricate piecing and the wonderful secondary patterns it can yield. All of her work focuses on colours, patterns and designs from the late 1700’s to mid 1800’s. If you want quilts that remind you of yesteryear then make sure you follow Paula Cochrane.
Facebook: Olde Patch Art
9. Timna Tarr
Timna is an award-winning exhibiting artist, designing and making quilts for private and corporate collections. She is an in-demand speaker and has been featured in many books and magazines. We just love her use of colour and attention to detail.
Facebook: Timna Tarr Quilts
If you’d like to share an artist with us then please feel free to leave a comment below. Next time we’ll be taking a look at embroidery artists that inspire us. So, stay tuned or subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates. If you’re feeling inspired, then why not begin your own creative journey with our online beginners course.