Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Even at the Olympics!

Are you watching the Olympics in Sochi?

It's been fun to see quilting play a role in this year's games, starting with the Olympic patchwork quilt, developed by the creative department of Bosco, a leading Russian sportswear company, and given to the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. Their reason for choosing a quilt?
..."we settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt."


The pattern appears on jackets the Russian volunteers are wearing at the Games, among other places.

The fabrics used in this quilt represent patterns and motifs from crafts in each of Russia's 89 regions. you can see swatches here.

See some of the traditional crafts these fabrics are based on here.

And don't forget the U.S. snowboarding team jackets, designed by Burton, and based on a quilt:

Where else have you seen quilt-inspired designs?


  1. To me, the Russian volunteer coats and venue flags are a direct nod to Jan Krentz' book Diamond Quilts and Beyond, which is translated into Russian. Check out her Craftsy class learning tips and techniques to create your own pieces! I'll be using a diamond background in one quilt to showcase our new "Imagine This" collection with Fabri-Quilt's Paintbrush Studio this spring. Watch for it here!

    1. You are so right! It does look like Jan's work. CAn't wait to see your new collection!

  2. I love the bright and colorful quilt designs from Bosco, of Russia, but the abominations that are the US snowboard teams are awful. American quilters are much more talented than these jackets represent, and have been for 100 years plus.

    1. Yes, but somehow the outfits the U.S. wears are frequently ugly or strange...not sure how that happens each and every Olympics! Perhaps they should put us in charge! :)

  3. I like the snowboarding jackets! I think they represent the history of our craft... back when scraps of clothing were pieced into something useful and beautiful. Or when a thrifty momma would cut and sew an old quilt into a warm coat for a child, back when you had to be resourceful.