Bead Quilts: Share Your Work

The $100 Dollar Beaded Quilt

"It's only money."

Do you believe that?

Take a look at a recent piece by Robin Atkins, who writes the Beadlust blog and who developed the "bead journal" project. She used a REAL $100 bill in her beaded journal page for the month of August. I thought that was an incredibly brave artistic decision. It's also a decision I don't think I could ever personally replicate. Just writing about it is making me break out in a sweat!

Bead Quilts and Beaded Quilts

What's the difference between a "bead quilt" and a "beaded quilt"? Is there a difference? This is how I see it:

A bead quilt is made entirely of beads. Robin Atkins has a wonderful overview of bead quilts (including lots of photos).

A beaded quilt suggests a traditional cloth quilt that has been embellished with beads. "Water World" (pictured at left) is a bead-embellished piece from the book, Beading on Fabric by Larkin Jean Van Horn.

Sharing Your Work

Whether you make "bead quilts" or "beaded quilts," here are a few opportunities you'll want to check out: 

  • The Upper Midwest Bead Society and The Textile Center are presenting a juried show titled "Beads of Whimsy." There are several categories for both wearable and non-wearable items. Deadline: November 30, 2007.
  • Quilting Arts magazine is looking for "square, embellished art quilts" based on the theme of "Celebrating Home" for their 2009 calendar. (See the 2008 calendar as an example.) Deadline: March 7, 2008.
  • Beading Daily reader Jeanette Shanigan is accepting rose-related bead squares for the "Bead-It-Forward" project that raises money for breast cancer awareness. (See the 2007 butterfly quilts as an example.) Deadline: April 1, 2008.
  • Find more opportunities for bead-embellished quilts on the "Competitions and Opportunities" page maintained by Fiberarts magazine.

Beaded Rose Quilt Block
by Jeanette Shanigan

Do you make beaded or bead quilts? I'd love to share a gallery of work by Beading Daily readers–please send me links to your website or blog showing your bead or beaded quilts by Friday, October 19.

 Have you voted yet?

Do you work on your beading at your kitchen or dining room table?
Poll ended Wednesday, October 17, 2007.

This week on Beading Daily: This week's featured project, Ballpoint Earrings by Karen Tihor, was featured in Easy Wire magazine. It's so named because it uses a ballpoint pen to make the curves of the earrings. I'll also have more free projects from Step by Step Wire Jewelry, bead embellishment tips, and beading for a cause.

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She hasn't given in to the urge to start making bead-embellished quilts . . . yet.

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