Monday, April 1, 2013

Anna Williams Quilt at the Brooklyn Museum!


A big highlight of my trip to NYC was seeing a quilt by Anna Williams at the Brooklyn Museum.

There's a show there called "Workt by Hand, Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts."
There are many incredible quilts from the museum's collection.
You can see more photos at Helen's and Victoria's blogs.




It was Anna William's quilt that really captivated me.  




Made in 1995, it seemed to vibrate with joy and energy.




So many little pieces.







So many "ugly" fabrics--including sparkles!




I never thought I'd actually get to see one of her quilts up close.




Proof that there is "no scrap too small," and "no wish too big!"



30 comments:

Janet said...

So much to look at in that amazing quilt, so many fabrics to check out and lots of stitching. How lucky you are to have seen it in the flesh.

Pam said...

I could look at her quilts all day. So glad you got to see it at the exhibit.

Tonya Ricucci said...

yay! man, it would take me a lot of nerve to use sequined fabric. but it really does make this quilt more fun. hurrah for Anna Williams!

pat sloan said...

She is incredible ..inspired me over 15 yrs ago when I first heard of her work. Do you have the book of her quilts?

audrey said...

Very incredible quilt. Love how she used every color of fabric, the improv. piecing and esp. the way she combined prints with solids to give the eye a place to 'land'. I'm sure it practically vibrates when you see it in person.:)

Sharon said...

Oh, this is an amazing quilt. No wonder it captured your eye! Lucky you to get to see it!

It's fun to look at all those fabrics AW used. Sad to say, I think I have some of those ugly fabrics circa 199something. Now if I could just make something as wonderful.

Jan said...

Wow, those detail pics were a treat to see. Anna William's quilts have long intrigued me. I was sorry to read that she had passed away, though.

Karen said...

No wonder this captivated you! Bet it was beautiful in person.

Cathy said...

Wow, wow, wow, I have long been a fan of Anna Williams, and this quilt is incredible!! Thanks for showing so much detail. xoxo

fiberchick said...

Thank you so much for posting this. She is my favorite quilter EVER...

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

Incredible quilt! I am going to be in NYC later this month - can't wait to see this exhibit!

liz said...

So excited. I am also going to NYC and will be putting this exhibition at the top of my list of to dos. Any other quilty suggestions?

Michele said...

Glorious! I could look at this quilt all day long.

Anita Grossman Solomon said...

I gave the Anna Williams quilt from my collection to the Brooklyn Museum. I got great pleasure seeing it in my home almost daily since 1996. My intention was to memorialize my husband who was once involved with the Museum while making the piece available to a greater audience. I'm glad you included an image of the 'wall label.'
-Anita

Heidi said...

what an awesome quilt ! Looks like I'm lucky and may be able to see this in person too...I'll come to NYC in May and this exhibition will be on my list :-)

smazoochie said...

Thanks for sharing! It looks like a fabulous exhibit. There's a catalog available, do you think it's worthwhile? I won't be seeing it in person.

Kathy said...

Love it!!! Is the exhibiting going to be traveling anywhere else?

patty a. said...

Fabulous quilt!

Bonnie Hull said...

Thanks for including the label...I was so happy to see that she was "discovered" and her work was revered in her own life time...doesn't happen to a lot of us. Oops...just threw away some tiny little pieces...for shame!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Incredible - I found myself holding my breath just looking at the photos. Can't imagine what it would have been like to be standing right there WITH the quilt!

meli B said...

You are so right about so many ugly fabrics. The skill though, is in the putting together. This quilt works so beautifully in its lines and structure. The white patches seem to ground you. This is not just a scrappy quilt. Those ugly pieces have been laid out masterfully. Thank you for introducing me to her work.

Selvage Quilter said...

Thanks so much for showing Anna Williams' quilt! I may have to go there to visit with it in person.

Great posts about NYC. The photo of the W.R. Grace building made me chuckle. I never saw it that way, but I will from now on.

Kathie said...

just beautiful I may just have to go into brooklyn and see this quilt in person. WOW
Kathie

Mary Keasler said...

Wow and Wow again! Dreams do come true. I have 3 very large tubs ( and more) of tiny scraps that I have been contemplating tossing into the trash. Well, now, I just can't do it. Let me know if I should box them up and send them your way.
Or better yet, let's plan a Anna Williams retreat.

Rachaeldaisy said...

That is a truly beautiful and inspiring quilt!

Terry said...

A wonderful reflection of a quilters spirit. Thank yoy for the wonderful detailed pictures. Inspiring.

Sujata Shah said...

LeeAnn,
What a treat to be seeing this beauty in person. Her work inspires me over and over again. I want to drop everything and start digging into my scrap pile.
Thanks for loads of pictures.

Mego said...

I have been looking at this quilt over and over...I have clearing the cutting table and pulled out every little scrap I couldn't bear to part with and have been sewing them together. Ugly or not. LOVE this!

Magpie Sue said...

Ever since I learned about Anna Williams' quilts from Nancy Crow I've wanted to see them in person. Lucky you!

Sherri ~ daintytime said...

Ain't that somethin' !