Lola Jenkins has brought a unique vision to the public through her incredible art quilts. Her quilts will be on display until September 18 at The National Quilt Museum (NQM). Jenkin’s quilts display the joy and freedom she has found while pursuing her passion. Without any background in sewing, art, perspective, or drawing, she developed a unique style. Through her courage and fearless approach in creating art quilts she has evolved to master-quilter status. 

Jenkins has won numerous first place ribbons, best of show, judge’s choice award, and best use of color.  She has appeared in magazines, been the featured artist at numerous events, appeared on the Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims “The Quilt Show”.

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Jenkins has a free spirit approach to fabric art using raw edge appliqué to create her beautifully crafted fabric portraits. She starts with an enlarged photo or sketch, and uses small pieces of fabric and free-motion, thread painting, or random quilting to bring it to life. Jenkkins fuses abstract and folk art into creatively crafted, award-winning portrait quilts.

"I didn't know the rules, so I couldn't break the rules of quilting," Jenkins told me. My work demonstrates this constant evolution of evaluating myself and watching people from afar then transforming this information using photos, collages, and illustrations. The opposition of the real and unreal images, collision of realities and simulations, memory and hyper-reality are the main themes that define my voice as an artist.”

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“Reality is not simple and sometimes is not even real when home seems to be fragmented images of past, present, and future events, and life is a foreign country. My own memories look like borrowed dreams from other people - the line is blurred.

Using fabric as paint helps me to understand and express my feelings and opens my heart to love the growth given by difficult past and present relationships, but most importantly, helps to make me feel whole.” To see more of Lola’s quilts, visit lolasdesignerquilts.net.

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National Quilt Museum

Museum in-facility and touring exhibits are annually viewed by over 115,000 quilt and art enthusiasts. The museum is a global destination welcoming visitors from all 50 US states and over 40 foreign countries each year. Visitors experience three galleries of extraordinary quilt and fiber art rotated 7 - 8 times per year so there is always something new to see.

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The museum is among the highest rated tourism destinations on TripAdvisor, having won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence four consecutive years.

The museum’s touring exhibits can be seen at museums and galleries nationwide. Recent travelling exhibits have been seen in the Shafer Memorial Art Gallery, the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, and the Branigan Cultural Center, among others.

Visit quiltmuseum.org for more information and for a schedule of current and upcoming exhibitions.