Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March 2021 Quilt of the Month

Every month, the International Quilt Museum in Nebraska, USA, features a Quilt of the Month. This is a great website and I encourage you to take a look!

This month's quilt is called My Rob Peter to Pay Paul II by Japanese quilt artist Keiko Goke.  Here is the quilt and information from the museum's website.

Keiko Goke

Sendai, Japan
Cotton; machine pieced and quilted
Gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation
IQM 2020.052.0002

Keiko Goke’s meditation on the original Rob Peter to Pay Paul quilt creates an updated, richly-colored and spontaneous version of the traditional pattern.

When Goke first began quiltmaking 50 years ago, she focused on what she calls “picture quilts” made with figurative appliqué because, she says, “I didn’t want my quilts to look similar to other quiltmakers’ work.”

Later, she embraced traditional pieced patterns, but only by approaching them extemporaneously, without templates and by cutting and placing hand-dyed fabrics directly as she works.

This is one of 10 quilts made by leading Japanese artists commissioned by the International Quilt Museum for display in "Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50: Journey to Japan." It is also on the cover of the catalog for "Abstract Design in American Quilts at 50," which is available for purchase in the IQM store and online.

Click here to see the reference quilt, which appeared in "Abstract Design in American Quilts" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1971.


Jeanie said...

This is spectacular! Can you imagine this on a large bed or hanging on a big wall? What beauty.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

I really enjoy Keiko Goke's quilts! Thanks for sharing.

Shami Immanuel said...

quilt looks wonderful. thanks for sharing.

kiwikid said...

That is an interesting quilt.

Queeniepatch said...

Goike's quilts are always spectacular and her booth at the Tokyo Dome and other quilt shows is well visited.

Leonore Winterer said...

It's...interesting for sure. But I think I prefer quilts with a little more symmetry to them. Looking at it for too long might hurt my brain! Haha.