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Inspired by The Beatles - An Art Quilt Challenge
Donna DeSoto, passionate quilter in Fairfax, Virginia, loves The Beatles and their music. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the United States she announced an art quilt challenge on making quilts according to the individual songs. This idea turned out to become an amazing and extensive adventure!
On February 9, 1964 The Beatles had their first appearance in the USA at the Ed Sullivan Show. Two days later they performed the legendary first concert at the Washington Coliseum. These 35 (!) minutes changed the US world of music abruptly!
150 artists chose a different Beatles song to portray as a 60 x 60cm fibre art quilt. These quilts will be on exhibition tour across the United States for two years. The grand opening was at the famous Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, at the end of October 2014. We are all honored!
Here you can find the current list of exhibitions and more information about a new upcoming project.
But there is more: Donna DeSoto was impressed by the vast array of quilts and wrote a book about them. It is published by Schiffer Publishing.
My Quilt: Rock And Roll Music
See the video and listen to the original song here. Sorry, the image quality was pretty bad in former times!
The Song originates from Chuck Berry who performed it in 1957. The lyrics talk about the love for Rock'n Roll music, especially "if you wanna dance with me". That was my cue.
I created my quilt with a little help from Uschi's pretty legs and the handkerchief lace from Karin. Petticoats haven't been fashionable anymore in the sixties. But as I like them I dressed my dancer in a wide petticoat skirt: an artist's freedom. Television was black and white at that time so this made my color choice. Added is the fiery red of Rock'n Roll music!
See pictures from my quilt in the Gallery.
On her website Inspired Quilts Donna DeSoto briefly presents her projects. She has already successfully launched several quilt projects and published them as books. I participated in Inspired by the National Parks and Inspired by Endangered Species.
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Last update: 23.01.2020