Alex Anderson – Through the Years (June 20 – July 31, 2012)
Alex Anderson’s ‘Through the Years’ quilt collection is the first-ever exhibit at the AccuQuilt Gallery. The exhibit features 12 of Alex Anderson’s quilts that she has created through the last three decades. Two of these quilts include her Pomegranates and Grape Escape displays that inspired the GO! Pomegranate and GO! Grapes of Wrath die designs.
Alex Anderson’s love of quilting began in 1978 when she completed her Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt as part of her work towards her degree in art from San Francisco State University. Over the years her central focus has been to understand fabric relationships and an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.
Alex is the author of 30 books in four languages selling nearly a million copies worldwide. Her quilt and instruction tips have also appeared in numerous magazines. She is the National Spokesperson for Bernina of America, a promotional partner for AccuQuilt, as well as a designer of her own line of fabrics with P&B Textiles, and threads with Superior Threads. For 11 years, she served as host of “Simply Quilts” on HGTV. Alex continues to be one of the most sought after instructors and lecturers in the international quilting and sewing industry.
Alex is the founding partner of TheQuiltShow.com and The Quilt Life magazine (publisher AQS) with Ricky Tims. TheQuiltShow.com is the world’s first full-service interactive online video/web TV created just for quilters worldwide. With over 100,000+ registered members in over 100 countries, TheQuiltShow.com’s mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, connect and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive, and interactive environment. The Quilt Life magazine celebrates the lifestyle of today’s quiltmaker in a fresh and beautiful format.
Alex was chosen as the 2008 Silver Star Award given annually by the International Quilt Festival to “whose work and influence has made—and continues to make—a sizable and positive impact on the quilting industry and community.” Alex was chosen by the readers of Quilter’s Newsletter magazine (Feb. 2009) as “The Most Influential Person in The Quilting Industry” (in a three-way tie with Ricky Tims and Karey Bresenhan of Quilts, Inc.)
Alex’s personal mission is not only to share her love of quilting with anyone who will listen, but to educate and encourage those interested in quilting as clearly and simply as possible, so quilting can continue to be handed down from generation to generation. Alex has two children and lives in Northern California with her husband.
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Sticks and Stones (44" x 46") Alex Anderson
This quilt was inspired after Alex co-taught a workshop with Jean Wells. The workshop took her down a road of creativity personally uncharted.
1875 Nine Patch (44" x 50") Alex Anderson
This quilt is all machine quilted with a free motion foot. At this point Alex realized that she had nailed the process of machine quilting. Quilt is highlighted in the book, Machine Quilting with Alex Anderson.
Daisy Chain (50" x 50") Alex Anderson
Celebrates Alex’s love of neutral fabrics and her ever expanding collection of neutral fabrics.
Grape Escape (50" x 50") Alex Anderson
One of the first quilts made for The Quilt Life magazine by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. The GO!® Grapes of Wrath die design was inspired by this quilt.
Pomegranates (54" x 54") Alex Anderson
Cover quilt for book, Machine and Hand Appliqué Machine by Alex Anderson. The GO!® Pomegranate die design was inspired by this quilt.
It’s in the Stars (56" x 56") Alex Anderson
An early quilt dedicated to Alex and John Anderson’s friend—the late, John Lorenzini—who lost his battle with AIDS.
Kaffe’s Kaleidoscopes (50" x 56") Alex Anderson
This quilt was Alex’s introduction to paper piecing resulting in the book, Paper Piecing with Alex Anderson.
Made in America (63" x 76") Alex Anderson
Quilt was started in Charlotte Warr Andersen’s class and finished a few years later when the concept of the quilt came into focus.
Cherry Baskets (53" x 53") Alex Anderson
Inspired by fond memories of Alex’s childhood summers in Door County, Wisconsin. Alex and her family would pick cherries by the basketful and feed greedy tummies.
Postage Stamp Basket (58" x 58") Alex Anderson
Cover quilts of Alex’s first book, Quilts for Fabric Lovers. This quilt celebrates the vastness of her private fabric collection