Category: Interactive Play Quilts

“Celebration of the Hand” Kickstarter Video

The Celebration of the Hand Kickstarter Video is up.  You can view it here.

A quilt is meant to be touched and used, not just looked at.  That’s why I think my modern interactive quilt will be perfect for the “Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.”  My piece is basically going to be an interactive, modern quilt. It will be interactive in the sense that it has pockets so that passersby can insert notes, photos, tickets, basically things from the city and their community. I think it will be neat to see what gets put in the pockets overtime.

When I first heard about The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, I wanted my piece to not only interact with the public aesthetically, but also in a physical sense. I wanted it to be touched, thought about, manipulated, revisited in a respectful way. And when I heard about the theme “Celebration of the Hand”, I immediately thought about everything I do with my hands: sewing, designing, gardening, collecting eggs, holding my children, writing letters, taking photos, etc.  Then I got to thinking about how hands are used everyday in the city: to type, to cook, to serve a meal, etc.

I imagine this piece becoming a mini-time capsule. An opportunity for people in the community to express and interact with the art, and to express what it is that they do with their hands everyday.

I’ve been trying to get a book published over the past few years. My first book idea was on interactive quilts for kids. Lately though, I’ve been creating art that reflects more of my style, and has less of a childlike feel –art that is more modern, geometric, and full of color.  That being said, ironically my daughter, and my first book idea, still influenced me when I was thinking up this design.  Monet, my daughter, using her hands to collect treasures is a perfect example of what the pockets in this quilt could be used for.

I hope in reading this post, you can see the heart and creativity that I will be putting into my Plakat piece for the Celebration of the Hand Exhibit.

Please, take a moment to watch the video and donate today.  Thanks.

Angela Flicker

Last Bunch of Interactive Play Quilts

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I’ve been working around the clock these days, trying to finish up the nine interactive play quilts I was commissioned to make.  I’m happy to report that I finally finished the last bunch.  As of Saturday, they are in the mail.  Would you like to see?

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The bugs in this piece are interactive and there is a hidden pocket behind one of the grasses.

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This interactive play quilt is a map of downtown D.C. –all the vehicles are interactive and stick to the road.

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There is a hidden pocket, to hold the play patches, behind the water.

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This piece has play patches of apples and birds and the pocket is hidden in the apple basket.

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They also wanted one of my tic-tac-toe quilts, with a pocket and play patches of X’s and O’s.

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The very last piece I made was an applique scene of a library, meant to hang in their reading area.

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I’m happy to be finished with this order so that I can finish up two other custom quilts this month, and then finally, hopefully I’ll be able to do some nesting and get ready for the baby boy who is growing rapidly in my stomach and kicking me constantly.  I have his quilt completely planned out, and I can’t wait to start on it!

Interactive Play Quilts x 2

Interactive Play QuiltsI’ve been busy working on the custom interactive play quilts I mentioned to you earlier this week.  I just finished an additional two.  This first one, of the record player, is for the medical facility’s music room.  It comes with felt records that can be placed on the record player –I still need to finish hand embroidering those.  The record player is also a hidden pocket so that the extra records can be held out of sight.  Go ahead, turn it on…

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interactive play quiltsTwo more down, and only 5 more to go –I’m almost half done.  I hope your sewing machine is getting as much action as mine is these days.  Happy sewing!

More Interactive Play Quilts

interactive play quiltsI’m currently working on a large custom order –nine interactive play quilts that will be displayed in a medical facility for adults with disabilities.  Today, I’m going to share two of the pieces with you.  This first piece is for the facility’s entertainment room.

interactive play quiltsAnd this second piece is meant to represent the Potomic River, since the facility is near Washington D.C.


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The bridge in this piece is actually a pocket, and the sails on the sailboats are removable and interactive in nature.  My client really wanted the pieces to be bright, inviting, touchable, and interactive, so that the residents could do more than just look at them.

Only seven more pieces to finish.  I better get back to work!

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Spring 2011


Blogger's Quilt FestivalLast week I shared a personal story with the blogosphere and I was touched by all the warm and encouraging comments I got both on my blog and on my Oh my! Handmade Goodness feature.  So for today’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I though I would share a more in depth story behind one of those quilts that was featured.

I made a series of Interactive Play Quilts and the Americana Appliqué Scenes was by far my favorite.  I was born in 1980, and the baby blanket I had was made up of bold primary colors, no pastels: red, blue, navy, white, yellow, and green made up the quilt.  These colors were very popular in my childhood, and I find myself still loving them today.  Along with that, the applique scenes in this quilt were also inspired from my childhood.    My favorite memories inspired the scenes in this quilt:  playing in the front yard, going to the zoo, playing “school” with my sister, along with all the other toys we had.  When making this quilt, really it was just a walk through my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

The idea behind this quilt was that kids could take a visit to a few classic locations and create their own stories with movable play patches.  Each Americana applique scene is a pocket, and each pocket is full of patches that can be moved from one scene to the next, making this quilt interactive and fun to play with.

Here are the Americana applique scenes/pockets with the patches:

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And here is what they look like without the patches:

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All in all, I really love this quilt, and all the memories it brings back from my childhood.

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

Interactive Play Quilt for Kids - Americana Appliqué Scenes

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