In 2012, a group of Southern Colorado artists formed the Colorado Springs Fiber Artists and initiated a collaborative challenge. Several members were inspired by other collaborative projects they had seen and came up with a plan for a project that reflected our connection to Colorado trails. Each participant received a piece of trail fabric to unify the quilts. The size of each numbered quilt was to be 18” x 22”. A trail width was assigned to each side of a quilt so that each quilt’s trail connected smoothly to the next. The position of the trail and all other design decisions were left to the individual artist. Nineteen members completed a quilt for the challenge. The quilts were made in secret and were unveiled in November, 2012. The Along the Trail Challenge was displayed at Stargazer’s Theatre in Colorado Springs for the month of December where it received very positive comments by the viewing public.
Each interpretation of the theme is unique, a vision of the artist. Many use multiple techniques that enhance that vision and may include machine or hand stitching, painting, appliqué, beading, and more. Some are first quilts and some are by experienced quilters. Perhaps among them there is a trail that speaks to you.
“Along the Trail”, a collaborative display created by 19 Southern Colorado fiber artists is on display on April 5 and 6 at the Pueblo Convention Center
For more information about hours and location, use this link: http://quiltandstitchexpo.com/
Thank you to Kathy Genz for writing and submitting this information!