Category Archives: Fabric Art

Thought for Today

Over the Mountains Across the Plains to Grandma's House we Go Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Over the Mountains Across the Plains to Grandma’s House we Go
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

“ Inspiration more often comes during the work than before it, because the largest part of the job of an artist is to listen to the work.” —  – Madeleine L’Engle, Author  [Source:]

It’s National Quilting Day!

Carousel of Time Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins Original quilt based on the song Circle Game
Carousel of Time
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Original quilt based on the song Circle Game

This is the day we celebrate quilts, quilting and quilters.  If you think quilting is something only done by little old ladies think again.  Women and men of all ages are turning to this age-old art form to not only make practical bed coverings but increasingly as a means of self-expression.  From traditional quilting to art quilting/fabric art this art form is still alive and well.

If you live near Lincoln Nebraska Quilting Day activities are being held today at the International Quilt Study Center.  Visit their website for more information.  While you are at the website take a minute to look around to see some beautiful quilts.

Perhaps you have a quilting story of Grandma’s quilting frame, a beloved old family quilt or a story about your own quilting or fabric art activities you would like to share.  Please leave a comment to do so.  Happy Quilting Day!


The World’s Gone Crazy…

… but I’m okay.  That’s the name of this art quilt.

The World's Gone Crazy, but I'm Okay Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
The World’s Gone Crazy, but I’m Okay
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins


I love crazy quilts.  I have made some very “properly Victorian” looking ones, but sometimes I go a little “crazy” pardon the pun.  The crazy quilt is a great vehicle for all kinds of social, political and personal commentary.

If we surround ourselves with the light and protection of God, the world can go crazy all around us while we remain grounded and at peace.

Sometimes Life (and Art) Gets Messy

Quilter's Burn Out Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Quilter’s Burn Out Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

We all want life tied up in a pretty package with a nice bow on it don’t we?  But sometimes life gets messy.  Because art is a reflection of life art sometimes gets messy as well and that makes people uncomfortable.  We would rather look at nice controlled “pretty pictures” than stand face to face with the messiness of life.

In that messiness there is often a lesson, or even a laugh.  Todays art quilt was my answer to feeling used and abused by the art quilt show system.  I was so frustrated I actually burned a quilt.  Well I didn’t actually just set fire to it, the burning was part of the design and was done in the kitchen sink with plenty of water ready.  Burning the quilt didn’t change anything about how shows treat artists, but it did make me feel better.

Solar Storm — A Big Splash of Color


Solar Storm
Copyright 2007 by R.A. Robbins

I like to follow the Daily Post Challenges.  This weeks writing challenge is called A Splash of Color.  Wave color in front of an artist and there is no telling what might happen.

The photo today is of one of my favorite fabric art pieces called Solar Storm.  I could go into great detail about my use of color in this piece and what it means to me — but I don’t do that.  If I tell you what I did and was thinking as I created this work I am telling you to see it the way I do.  You don’t have to do that.  I’m more interested in what the work says to you.

Is Solar Storm whispering anything in your ear, or maybe screaming?  Do you find the color warm and comforting, overwhelming or even threatening?