The trend for handmade sewing has brought a new attention to quilting. Whether antique or modern, used traditionally as bedding or hung on the wall, quilts add colour, pattern and a soulful character to rooms that feels exactly of the moment.
Today, textile artists, fabric houses and a new generation of quilters are making modern designs that reference these time-honoured techniques and motifs in bold new ways. At Bowen Island, B.C.’s new Kitoki Inn, custom quilts by Miju Kawai are made in earthy hues to highlight intricate sashiko stitching. In Hamilton, quiltmaker Lindsay Stead nods to classic North American patterns using high-contrast shades to create quilts that read as contemporary art. “There have always been quilters,” says Lindsay. “What we’re seeing now is a small number who are stepping outside of set patterns, doing their own thing and pushing boundaries.”
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