Since its inception in 1982, the Israel Quilters’ Association (IQA) has played a major role in the promotion of patchwork and quilting in Israel. The IQA’s extensive efforts and activities over the last two decades, coupled with growing Israeli Interest in the textile arts have firmly placed this traditional art form on the country’s artistic and cultural radar.

  The IQA has 300 registered members, from dedicated veterans for whom quilting has been a lifetime hobby to avid newcomers who are eagerly discovering the magical world of fabric, colors and quilt designs. In addition, a number of IQA members are artists who have turned their passion for patchwork and quilting into a full time profession.

   The IQA offers its members a wide range of activities, including inspirational workshops and stimulating lectures by Israeli and international quilting experts, and IQA-sponsored exhibitions, which have sparked interest and enthusiasm in Israeli art circles and attracted wide audiences from all over the country. The IQA’s semi-annual magazine, Bad Be’Vad, features the work and activities of Israeli quilters, and together with the IQA monthly newsletters, serves to connect, educate and inform the quilting community in Israel.

   In the best of quilting tradition, Israeli quilters also meet in intimate groups in their communities to exchange information and ideas, share tips, and socialize. Community and charity projects often ensue, as group members pool their energies, talents and resources for the benefit of others.

  Many Israeli quilters travel abroad regularly to participate in international workshops and exhibitions, enhance their own personal skills and share their creative talents with other artists, and as a result have forged close personal and professional bonds with quilters all over the world.

  Drawing from rich traditions and ancient heritages as well as the bold innovation and vibrancy of contemporary Israeli life, Israeli quilting artists have formulated their own unique narrative through fabric, composition and color. Their achievements have garnered awards and reaped rave reviews from artists, curators and collectors in the international quilting community.

  The IQA is proud to continue its efforts in honor of these gifted artists and all our dedicated Israeli quilters whose enthusiasm, talent and energies know no bounds.

Written by: Elise Shazar

Exhibitions of the Israel Quilters’ Association
1.   Flashes – Joint Israeli-German exhibition –  Cultural Center, Kfar Saba. Israel, 1998
                                                     Grobenzell, Germany, 1998
                                                     Quilt Expo, Lyon, France, 1998
2.   Our Israel in Patchwork –         Western Galilee College, Israel 1999
                                                       Community Center, Kiryat Haim, Israel, 1999
                                                       Community Center, Raanana, Israel, 1999
                                                       Community Center, Beer Sheva, Israel, 2000
3.   Log Cabin                               Tel Aviv University (Mexico Bldg.), Israel, 2000
4.   Quilt Art                                 Cultural Center, Nesher, Israel, 2000
5.   Markets                                  Binyaney Hauma Convention Center, Jerusalem, Israel, 2001
6.   We Will Not Stop Singing…       Meir Nitzav Cultural Center, Rishon Lezion, Israel, 2004
      We Will Not Stop Singing         J.C.C. Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2005
7.   Spring Scents                          Castra Gallery, Haifa,Israel,  2005
9.   All the World is a Stage             Meir Nitzav Cultural Center, Rishon Lezion, Israel, 2006
10. All the World is a Stage             J.C.C. Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2007
11.  Peace and Brotherhood            “Sacred Threads” – Ohio, USA, 2007
12.   Tradition                                Gan Shmuel Gallery, Israel, 2007
13.   Gesture to Tel Aviv                  Shalom Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel 2009
14.   Spring                                    Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel, 2009
15.   100 Years of the Kibbutz          Bet Gabriel on The Kinneret, Israel, 2011
16.  100 Years of the Kibbutz           Meir Nitzav Cultural Center, Rishon Lezion, Israel, 2012
17. Memories                                  Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel, 2012
18. The many Faces of Jerusalem     Mormon Universty, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel, 2012
19. 100 Years of the Kibbutz            Festival of quilts, Brimingham, England,  2012
20.  100 Years of the Kibbutz           USA– San Fransico/ France-Beaujolais, Villfrenche-sur-Saone, 2013
21.  Quilting in Israel                        Alisa Craig, Ontario, Canada, 2013
22.  Memories                                  Veldhoven. The Nederlands, 2013
23. Traditional Quilting Patterns        Meir Nitzav Cultural Center, Rishon Lezion, Israel, 2013
24.  The many Faces of Jerusalem     USA , 2014
25   Memories                                  Meir Nitzav Cultural Center, Rishon Lezion, Israel, 2014
26. My Color Palette                          Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel, 2014
27.  My Color Palette                         Bet Gabriel on The Kinneret, Israel 2014
28.  Opposites                                   Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel, 2015
29. Opposites                                    Bet Gabriel on The Kinneret, Israel 2015