Quiltfolk magazine - Issue 28: Colorado
Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado is a captivating state known for its breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. For Quiltfolk's photography team, it was endless, sweeping landscapes; stunning views; oh … and a tornado. If you saw the news in June 2023 about the abnormal hailstorms that took Coloradans by surprise, Melanie and Kimberlee were in all that. Don’t worry—they found a nice Starbucks in Parker to hunker down in until it passed by!
When there aren’t unexpected storms, Colorado boasts a wide range of scenery that spans from towering mountain peaks to expansive high plains. With a mix of bustling cities like Denver and charming mountain towns like Boulder, Colorado strikes a harmonious balance between urban living and the serenity of the great outdoors. The Centennial State offers a unique and dynamic experience for residents and visitors alike.
The diverse beauty of the state finds its way into the intricate patterns and colors of Colorado quilts. Quilting holds a special place in the hearts of Coloradans, as it connects generations and cultures through the language of fabric and thread. These makers celebrate both the history of quilting and its ever-evolving nature, as quilters embrace new materials and styles while preserving traditional methods.
Whether crafting quilts to adorn their homes, creating meaningful gifts, or contributing to charitable causes, quilters in Colorado help enrich a vibrant and supportive creative community. Their work not only warms, but also nurtures the bonds of friendship and shared passion. In the state where the natural world is a constant source of inspiration, Colorado quilters add their own thread to the rich fabric of the region’s cultural heritage. Get ready to be awed by some magnificent makers whose stitched work compares impressively to the wonder of Colorado’s landscapes!
Writers for this issue: Mel Burke, Rebecca Bratburd, Meg Cox, Aleeda Crawley, Frances O’Roark Dowell, Kestrel Michaud, Diane L. Murtha, Sharbreon Plummer, Carmen Schell and Teresa Duryea Wong
Photographer for this issue: Melanie Zacek
Photo Stylist: Kimberlee Zacek
Guest Photographer: Bookend Photography