Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quilt National Stats

I got my Quilt National catalog a couple of weeks ago and I've been studying, pondering and enjoying it. I am a member of a small art quilt group and we are planning to discuss the show at our meeting tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to that.

As I was looking through the collection, I thought it might be fun to pull together some random thoughts in the form of statistics. This is what I came up with. These are just categories that popped into my mind because they focus on techniques or materials or concepts that I use in my own work. Nothing is hard and fast here. I'm not making any claims of accuracy. Just my thoughts from flipping through the book.

Total quilts: 85

Countries represented: USA, UK, Australia, Japan, France, Germany, Canada

Artists I know personally: Naomi Adams, Benedicte Caneill and Katie PM,

Artists I kinda or should know personally: Mary Beth Frezon (we almost connected at the Sacred Threads opening), Judy Kirpich (she lives very nearby), Barbara Lange (she's a member of the same small art quilt group I was a member of in Dallas, but she moved to Germany before I moved to Dallas), Dominie Nash (also lives very close)

Quilts that include digital imagery: 12

Quilts that include images of people: 13

Quilts made with old fabrics: 4

Longest side: 108" (54x108)

Shortest side: 13" (13x48)

Seemingly smallest pieces: 18x18" and 27x27"

Other unusual materials: clothing, mesh fruit bags, chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, maxi-pad wrappers, bed sheets, card board, wool blankets, handkerchief, dish towel, copper wire, copper mesh

Primarily pieced (no surface design or other techniques): 15

Whole cloth: 11 (I'm guessing... or going with quilts that probably could have been whole cloth)

Irregular edges: 17

Main focus is dyed fabrics: 7 (the fabric almost stands on it's own)

Quilts with words on them: 8

Insane amount of hand stitching: 11

I could go on and on coming up with crazy categories, but I'll leave it there for now. Was that as interesting to you as it was to me? (I won't be offended or surprised if you say no.)

Vivien blogged her thoughts about the book here. Linda Teddlie Minton's thoughts here.


deb_of_pixeladies said...

Yes, it was interesting. Don't know what I'll do with that info, but it was interesting.

Kristin L said...

I suppose if you compared those kinds of stats from one year to another it could show trends -- that would be interesting. As an occasional "insane amount of hand stitching" person, I rather liked that stat!

Connie Akers said...

Enjoyed your statistics and went to Amazon to order book based on yours & Linda's review.

Martha Ginn said...

Deb, what an interesting take on a very complicated subject. That "shortest side" of 13" makes me so curious.
Martha Ginn

Wen said...

Great post.
The shortest side, I believe, was Luanne Rimel. She prints on old linens that are sometimes patched. Very cool.
My work was digital but I overlay it with photo's of my painted cloth so there is surface design but not obvious.

EmandaJ said...

I bet if you compared these stats to some from five years ago there would be a marked difference. I am so glad we are working and creating in an age of discovery and experimentation.

I am always inpsired by your blogs, by the way.


Vivian Helena said...

What an interesting way to look through the book...I love looking at the catalog...inspirational.
I love Visions also,since I am in Ca. but now that we moved from the area we seldom get a chance to go.. I have collected the books for the last 20 years or so.. What has fascinated me, is the regularity that some quilters get in even though the judges change.There must be a basic to their design/interpretation that catches the eye of a judge.

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Thanks for including a link to my review, Deb! I've added a link back to you, as well. This was really fascinating ... I can only imagine the hours and hours you must have spent, gathering all this data. Thank you!

Vivien Zepf said...

Yes they are interesting and I've been thinking about these stats quite a bit. Thanks for compiling them.