This past weekend, my boyfriend and I finally found time to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. After wandering through a few hallways occupied by contemplating Roman gods made of cool marble and archaic jade figurines from China, we found ourselves at a dead end between two exhibits. To the left of us was a collection of portraits from the impressionism period, to the right was the modern art exhibit featuring local artists’ newest work.
As I started to turn towards the renowned works of Monet and Degas, I realized my boyfriend was already staring at what looked like a line of broken Christmas lights in the modern art wing.
We ended up humoring each other and visited both exhibits, but our difference in preference made me wonder — could classic and modern artistic styles be applied to art quilts as well?
Luckily, FaveQuilts has a wide collection of diverse art quilts to choose from; many of which combine different fiber art techniques, including piecework, fabric painting, applique, and embroidery. Whichever your preferred style of art, you’re sure to enjoy these surprisingly easy tutorials for intriguing mixed media art quilt designs.
Classic Nature-Inspired Art Quilts
Call me old fashioned, but I am a huge fan of art quilts that feature animals, landscapes, and other beautiful scenes from nature. For example, the tutorial on how to Paint a Fall Scene on a Quilted Tote features a lovely autumn foliage design that is perfect for a DIY Halloween candy bag. For a springtime art quilt, the Painted Pansy Quilt incorporates flower quilt patterns and gorgeous purple paint. My favorite kind of art quilt is one that showcases cute little creatures, like this Natural Bird Design (shown), which adds just the perfect amount of dainty detail for a larger quilt pattern.
For those of you that love making artistic creations that have a contemporary vibe, you’ll love art quilt patterns such as the retro-looking Eye Candy Quilt Art Tutorial (show). In addition, the vivid tree appliques, and bright watercolor background of the Aprons on Clothesline Wall Hanging art quilt truly look like a painting. If you are a beginner quilter, than you can easily learn how to make a quick and easy art quilt design with this tutorial for the funky Free-Form Patchwork Mini Art Quilt.
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Do you prefer classic-looking art quilts or modern art quilts?