"That's Not A Real Quilt?" Exhibit

(aka - "TNARQ?")

Coordinated by Rachel Roggel

Premiered in Quilt Expo V, Lyon, France, May 16, 1996
Sponsored by Art/Quilt Magazine

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Thirty-two quilt artists have answered the challenge to make a work that satisfies the strict definition of ''quilt'' despite first appearances. The only restriction imposed was the size (minimum of 12" x 12", maximum of 24" x 24"). These quilts can be seen in a traveling exhibit titled "That's Not A Real Quilt?"

These talented and published artists from four continents are all members of the Internet group NOTRAD-L (nontraditional quilter). The Internet, the postal service of the computer world, allows the group to share knowledge and discuss ideas in a fast and inexpensive way. This computer connection made it possible for the coordinator of the TNARQ? exhibit to live in Israel and still have daily contact with the entire group.

So what IS a real quilt? The most common answer to this question would be "a bed coverlet of two layers of cloth filled with wool, cotton, or down and held in place by stitched designs." Within the NOTRAD group, definitions ranged from "at least three layers held together with stitching" through "two layers held together somehow" to "it's a quilt because I say so!"

Random House College Dictionary, Merrian Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary , and Webster's Dictionary were checked to find out whether these 3 elements (fabric, batting, stitching) are definitely required in order to make a real quilt.

TNARQ? includes work made from material such as window screen, transparent fabrics, plastic, bubbled air and paper as well as the more commonly used cotton and silk. Works are quilted with paper fastners, electric resistors and other unusual materials besides the more traditional thread. Some quilts in this exhibit are 3-dimensional and there is one quilt which never ends.

Maybe you'd like to go and see if you think they are quilts.

Traveling Exhibit Schedule:

"Roads to Jerusalem"

24"(w) x 24(h)" 1996 Rachel Roggel
Photos by Reuven Milon

This is a dictionary quilt with four pages. Each page answers one quilt definition, using materials/articles that describe one way to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It is part of That's Not A Real Quilt exhibit.

Page 1 - The mail way Page 1 - The media way Page 1 - The Internet way Page 1 - The physical way

Page 1:
The Mail Way

Page 2:
The Media Way

Page 3:
The Internet Way

Page 4:
The Physical Way

TNARQ? Exhibit

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Photographs by Michael Falk

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"Mysterious Pinwheels"
Sue Arnold

"This Is Not A Real Quilt"
Elizabeth Barton

"Shadow Artist at the Office"
Mary Beth Bellah

Linda Martire Bollenbach

"Days and Nights"
Brienne Brown

"Bramble Unending"
Kate Childers

"Seattle Summers"
Luanne Seymour Cohen

"Not a Quilt for Miss Sarajevo"
Claudia Comay


"Silk is Busting Our All Over"
Susan Druding

"Doorways I"
Cathy Fabiszak

Darcy Falk

"Off Center"
Mary Schoenfelt Fallert

"Icon/No Beads"
Donna Fleming

"TNARQ! TAMBB! That's not a real quilt!"
Martha Gilbert

Mona Lindsay Gollan

"One Day Wonder"
Cathy Kleeman

Jaye Lapachet

Katy O'Meara Magnuson

"Stratifications IV: Rousseau"
Marie-Christine Mahe

"Glitter, Glamour and Glitz"
Michele Merges Martens

"Examine Your Values"
Vicki Neff

Elizabeth J. Poole

"Une Abecedaire"
Diane Halas Routt

"Stream of Consciousness IV, Cuttings from my Grandmother's Flower Garden"
Marina Salume

Linda Schiffer

"Ruffles and Flourishes"
Bev Schmidt

"Tea Narque"
Diane Rode Schneck

"Bottled Rainbow"
Anneke Schoone

"What's A Quilt?"
Linda Schiffer

Carol Vasenko

"Photo Album: What's Missing?"
Caroline Wooden

"Reading in Bed"
Carolyn Ybarra