Most quilt shows have specific rules about photography of the quilts. Typically, you can take all the photos you like, but only for your own personal use. Personal use does not include publishing the photos anywhere to the Internet, either on your site or any photo storage site like Flickr, without the express permission of the artist and the quilt show producers. For some special exhibits, taking photos is prohibited, but for those where it is allowed, remember to keep those photos on your hard drive for inspiration purposes only, and snap a picture of the signage on the quilt, so you’ll know who the artist is.
In 2003, the Quilting in America Survey reported 21 million quilters in America, which grew to over 27 million in 2007. Even at just one quilt a month per quilter on average, that’s an incredible number of quilts per year! And think about the amount of fabric in our stashes! WOW!
Caryl Bryer Fallert’s quilt Corona #2: Solar Eclipse won the $10,000 Best of Show award at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky in 1989. It was the first time a completely machine stitched quilt won this prestigious award. At that time, traditionalists often rejected machine quilting, and the award caused quite a furor! Today, 20 years later, there is a $12,000 award for machine workmanship at the AQS Quilt Show.
Caryl’s quilts are stunning marriages of beautiful design and fine craftsmanship, and have always been at the forefront of experimental design and construction methods. Her website is a treasure trove of beautiful quilts, their stories and construction details, information about Caryl, and a vast collection of free tips and techniques. Visit Caryl’s BryerPatch Studio in Paducah, Kentucky, to see some of her work in person, take workshops with Caryl, or shop for her fabric, patterns and other products.
Photo: Corona #2: Solar Eclipse (detail), courtesy of and © Caryl Bryer Fallert