World Quilt Show Opens Thursday in West Palm Beach

The quilts of two Atlanta quilters will be part of the World Quilt Show when it opens Thursday, November 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida. They are Nina Moore and Marva Swanson. Nina will exhibit  In the Tall Grass, and Marva will exhibit Tumbling in Space.

The show will feature over 450 quilts from 10 countries. It will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  For more information, visit the show’s  website.

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

One of the quilts that will be part of the Georgia Quilt Show which opens October 20th is Tumbling in Space. It was created by Marva Swanson. 

Marva Swanson

Tumbling in Space was part of the International Quilt Festival in Houston last year. It has now returned home so that Georgians can enjoy its beauty. This quilt takes a traditional block to another level by placing it on a black background with thousands of crystals to provide starlight.

This quilt was also part of the 2009 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

The featured quilt of the week in the October 31, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Tumbling in Space, and it was made by Marva Swanson. This striking quilt made its debut at the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show in 2009. Now, after being juried into the exhibit,  it is representing Atlanta at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas which opens Wednesday. Marva’s quilt will be featured in an exhibit entitled “In the American Tradition.”

Marva Swanson

This quilt creates an optical illusion by the color choices and the placement of the blocks. They appear to be tumbling in space. Marva added to the illusion of space theme by adding thousands of crystals on the black fabric that is the background of the quilt.

I know this quilt will wow all those who see it in Houston. Congratulations, Marva!

Swanson’s Tumbling in Space Juried into International Quilt Festival

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Marva Swanson’s quilt Tumbling In Space has been selected for inclusion in the special exhibit In the American Tradition 2010 at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston October 30, 2010 – November 7, 2010.  From many exceptional entries for this edition of the exhibit,  only  39 quilts were chosen, and Tumbling in Space was one of them.  The exhibit will also travel in 2011 to various International Quilt Festival and Market sponsored shows.  

Marva Swanson

Tumbling in Space made its debut at the Brown Sugar Stitchers 2009 Quilt Show. It is currently part of the Sewjourners Quilt Show at Southwest Arts Center until May 31, 2010.

Marva is the Program Director for the Clara Ford Foundation, and is curating the Foundation’s first Atlanta Quilt Festival A Legacy of Quilting — Look What Big Mama Started. The Atlanta Quilt Festival  will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center August 1 -13, 2010.   We can’t wait to see what amazing quilt Marva debuts at the Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Congratulations!

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

 Tumbling In Space  was featured in the August 30, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Marva Swanson. This quilt was also recently featured in the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show where it was voted first place in the large quilt category by the viewers.

 Tumbling in Space  is an optical illusion quilt. The effect is created by using three shades of the same color fabric. All of the fabrics in Marva’s quilt were hand dyed. Not satisfied with the spectacular fabrics, Marva embellished her quilt with over 1000 crystals to give the quilt its “tumbling in space” effect.

Marva Swanson

Marva Swanson

The blocks in Tumbling in Space were machine pieced by Marva, then hand appliqued on a black background. It was machine quilted by Regina Carter.

Tumbling in Space  measures 72 x 80 inches. Marva finished it in 2009 after the technique was learned in a class taught by Maxine Moore.

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