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Quilt National ’25

Quilt National aims to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose is to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quiltmaking as what it always has been — an art form. The works in Quilt National display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts. Many of the works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, Quilt National is fueled by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist to make a totally individual statement.

For more on the history on Quilt National, visit Quilt National Archive and History here.

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Meet the Quilt National ’25 Jurors:

Martha Sielman

Martha Sielman is the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing art quilting as a fine art medium. As SAQA’s Executive Director, Martha has witnessed the explosive growth of art quilting, as well as growing interest in art quilts as a legitimate and collectible fine art medium…

Ellen M. Blalock

As a narrative artist and documentarian, Ellen M. Blalock works in several mediums: quilting, photography, film/ video, drawing, and installation.
“I am an artist with a mission. I believe my job is to be a conduit to listen and tell the stories of people that need to be heard and represented; the ones who lives and experiences have been marginalized…

LUKE Haynes

I fell in love with quilting because it represents a greater idea of comfort and utility. To be honest, it took me years to fully understand that idea and the reason why I, as a 36 year old male, find so much of my identity and intrigue behind textiles and tactile art-making. I lived in 15 states and grew up in households without any real family presence…

Scholarship Opportunites:

Quilt National ’25 is thrilled to announce the introduction of the “Artists under 35 Submission Fee Scholarship” as part of our commitment to fostering and supporting emerging talent in the quilting and textile arts community. This initiative is designed to engage and encourage young artists under the age of 35 to actively participate in the Quilt National ’25 Call for Entry.

Quilt National ’25 is committed to aiding international artists in managing the significant shipping costs associated with sending quilts abroad. In line with this commitment, the organization is introducing shipping reimbursement scholarships designed to assist accepted international artists. Applications will be available in September.

Scholarships are made possible by sponsor Marvin Fletcher!

Meet the Quilt National ’25 Committee:

Marvin Fletcher

Marvin Fletcher is a retired History professor and quilt collector. He has been associated with Quilt National from the early 1980s and began collecting in 1985. Among the tasks he has performed for Quilt National are data collector for the QN jury process, volunteer at the desk to greet visitors, and maintainer of the QN section of the Dairy Barn’s website. Marvin has represented Quilt National at numerous events internationally. He has served on the board of Studio Art Quilt Associates and as the Treasurer of the organization. He has continued to purchase art quilts and expand his collection.

Denise A. Harrison

Denise A. Harrison is a professor of English at Kent State University in the Department of Africana Studies, which is a social activist program that interrogates social, racial, gender and class divisions with an eye on the representation and history of people of the African diaspora. Harrison is a social activist quilt artist. She was influenced by the second wave feminist writers of color who inspired her to use art to pursue truth and reflect on current social issues. Her work recognizes oppression and celebrates the beauty of people of the African Diaspora. She acknowledges the artists before her such as Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald, Betye Saar, Kara Walker and the incredible research of quilt activism by Black quilters by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. As she conceives quilts that trouble the viewer, she is reminded of Audre Lorde’s quotes, “We cannot live without our lives and your silence will not protect you.” The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico acquired Harrison’s Harriet Tubman Mask for their permanent collection in 2020. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Akron Art Story, and the Quilt National committee.

Gul Laporte

Gul Laporte developed an interest in patchwork and quilting when she moved to Houston, Texas in 1982. She has taught patchwork and quilting in Europe and in Asia. She speaks French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek fluently, which has helped her create connections around the world. She is currently on the advisory board of the International Quilt Museum and a member of SAQA for over 20 years. She served on the board of directors for SAQA for 6 years and she is still very active in promoting art quilts internationally. Recently she joined the Quilt National Committee. She currently lives in Portugal.

Linda Chang Teufel

Linda Chang Teufel is from Boston and graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. She worked in the NYC garment industry for major designers and companies. After meeting her husband and moving to Columbus, she received her Home Economics teaching degree from The Ohio State University and taught for a few years before opening her own business. Dragon Threads, Ltd. published textile arts books by many award-winning quilters. Linda is also the author of four books and the publisher of the Quilt National ‘13 exhibition catalog. Now retired, Linda is living in Worthington, Ohio with her family and happy to be sharing her expertise on future Quilt National catalogs.

Barbara Lange

Barbara Lange is an internationally recognized artist who has participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide. Her work has been featured in Quilt National and Visions in the USA, along with solo exhibitions in Europe, Russia, South Korea, and China. She was accepted as a juried artist member of SAQA and has curated international art quilt exhibitions with topics ranging from radiation (displayed at the Radiation Protection Convention in Geneva/Switzerland) to political topics such as the division of the two Koreas. She served as president of the board of the Patchwork Guild of Germany for seven years and continues to support the German guild as social media editor.

Ryoko Kobayashi

Ryoko Kobayashi pursued her artistic education at the Fine Art Department of the Cornish Institute of Allied Art in Seattle, focusing on painting. Her experiences encompass approximately 15 years split between the United States and Europe. Royoko also dedicated her skills to the Japan Handi Craft Instructors Association (JHIA), where she served as the leader of the quilts and general crafts division. At present, she successfully owns and manages the Janus Creation Gallery Cafe Studio in Tokyo.

Moreover, Royoko Kobayashi holds the esteemed position of Regional Representative for Japan with Studio Art Quilts Associates and serves as an Advisory Board member at the International Quilts Museum. She is also an Associate Member of the Modern Arts Association in Japan.

Cassandra Beaver

Cassandra is a quilting artist, educator, and pattern designer with a body of work melding classic techniques with abstract and contemporary pictorial aesthetics. She has a BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Connecticut. Cassandra recognizes the historic traditions of quilting, and her art both embraces and questions the traditional structures and processes. Her award-winning quilts have appeared throughout the US and Internationally in over 50 shows and numerous publications, and her work is in the permanent collections of the National Quilt Museum and Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.