Inspired by Ann Loveless (art quilter)

Have you guys heard of this amazing lady?

iphone + fluorescent lights = we looked way cuter in person

iphone + fluorescent lights = we looked way cuter in person

This is Ann Loveless, art quilter. She recently won a huge (HUGE) art contest in my home state (Michigan) called Art Prize. She won (wait for it…..) $200,000! (Let me translate that into a number you can better understand: that’s 20,000 yards of fabric ppl!) Isn’t that better than those absurd Etsy prices?

The amazing thing for the quilting community is that this wasn’t just a “quilt” contest. It was open to any kind of art. And a quilt won!!

Here’s the winning quilt:


And for perspective on how huge it was:

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Now, since I’m fortunate enough to live near where Ann is from, I was invited by a friend (hi Nancy!) to attend the local quilt guild meeting to see Ann and her quilts in person. (Not the winning quilt, unfortunately, since Art Prize now owns it. I guess I’d part with my best quilt for $200,000 too!)

I’ll be honest, my first thought was, “Well, that’s not the kind of quilt I make. I’m not sure it’ll be relevant to me.”

Guys I was so wrong! Ann’s quilts were just beautiful and she was a really interesting and inspiring person.

I love traditional piecing, but she’s really got me thinking about some different techniques. She does this thing she calls the “confetti” method which involves fusing little squares onto muslin.


(I think she’s writing a book about it! I’ll keep you posted.) I could really get excited about trying that with bright colors and a more abstract design. You could really impress your next mini-swap partner with that!

(I’m afraid this is going to take my scrap hoarding to a whole new level.)

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that it’s good to go outside your “quilt zone” and experience what other people are doing. There’s such variety in today’s quilt world, but the internet makes it tempting to surround ourselves with quilters who make quilts that look just like our own. To really grow and be excited and get new ideas we have to be willing to open our minds.

I can’t get this thought out of my head: Ann Loveless confetti method + Anna Maria Horner scraps…

18 thoughts on “Inspired by Ann Loveless (art quilter)

  1. Wow! What an amazing art quilt! I think if I saw this quilt in person I’d spend the day looking at it and admiring it. It does my heart good to know that other kinds of art were there and a quilt was also considered art by other artists. 🙂 I’ve never made an art quilt before and don’t think I would want to (but I’ve learned never to say never.) They are gorgeous quilts and I so admire the talent of the quilters who make them. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hey Sarah! I love Ann’s work. I have one of her small pieces that I bought at Crystal mountain 5 yrs ago. Since then we have bought more of her work for ry and Ambs and ky and Sarah. We all r fans! And have loved seeing her work at Artprize as well. She is so talented! Hugs. Deb cox

  3. Whoa. This is beyond awesomeness. I can’t necessarily see myself making a quilt like this, but it’s really incredible to see. I was able to attend the Pacific International Quilt Fest a couple of years ago, and it was amazing to see all of the different techniques, most of which I’d never tried, nor could see myself trying in the future, but could admire and appreciate just the same. I’d LOVE to see this with AMH scraps. (Yum!)

  4. Just stunning . . . I am completely blown away by this. I wonder how long she worked on this incredible piece of art? Thank you for sharing this with us.

  5. Soooo beautiful I love the piece with the trees it’s just perfect. Can’t imagine how much work must have gone into them…well I can A LOT!! Hoping to try some freestyle quilting next year and see what happens, thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. How exciting! You sound incredibly pumped about the inspiration you experienced from meeting with this quilter. You are sew right about how we tend to gravitate toward quilters with similar styles… And we need to be more open minded about that!

  7. Her work is Ahhhhmazing. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I agree that this new hobby could take your scrap hoarding to a whole new level. I am considering saving everything…I mean EVERYTHING to fill a floor cushion. We’ll see.

  8. Amazing! Everytime I see quilts like this I am so inspired too. I just don’t know If I would even think of how to start that. Love to just stare at it though!

  9. I’m late to this party, but I just wanted to chime in and say thanks for sharing this! That is incredible!!! I’ll admit that it isn’t the type of quilting I thought I’d be interested in, but it’s really sparked my interest! I think it would be SO fun to try!

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