Quilts inspired by music
by Laura McDowell Hopper


PAINKILLERS

Designed by Laura McDowell Hopper and Mitch Hopper, ongoing
Inspired by the work of 25 varied musicians
Visually inspired by the Depression Era quilt “Prosperity Is Just Around the Corner” by Fannie B. Shaw


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DANCE MUSIC

Designed by Laura McDowell Hopper, patterned by Mitch Hopper, 2017
Inspired by the music of the Mountain Goats


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AIN’T THAT FINE

Designed by Laura McDowell Hopper, patterned by Mitch Hopper, 2017
Inspired by the music of the band I’m With Her
*This quilt has been retitled and was formerly “Little Lies”
MODERN PATCHWORK, MARCH/APRIL 2018
AURIFIL USA HEADQUARTERS OFFICE, 2018


GET HAPPY!!

Designed by Laura McDowell Hopper, patterned by Mitch Hopper, 2017
Inspired by the music of Elvis Costello
AMERICAN QUILTER’S SOCIETY QUILT WEEK GRAND RAPIDS 2017
INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL CHICAGO 2017


THE RIVER

Designed by Laura McDowell Hopper, patterned by Mitch Hopper, 2016
Inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen
”MODERN QUILTS: DESIGNS OF A NEW CENTURY” BOOK
QUILTCON 2017
HARVEST OF QUILTS 2016


PUNCHLINES

Designed by Laura McDowell Hopper, 2016
Inspired by the music of Mates of State


THE BONES OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE

Made by Laura McDowell Hopper, 2016
Based on the album art for Chvrches “The Bones of What You Believe”


BLACKSTAR

Made by Laura McDowell Hopper
In the days following David Bowie’s death, 2016
Based on the album art for David Bowie’s final album ★


COMMUNITY QUILTS


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THE WOMEN IN SCIENCE QUILT

Co-facilitated by Laura McDowell Hopper and Courtney Gallaher, 2017
Designed and made by nearly 40 undergraduate students at Northern Illinois University
Pieced and quilted by Laura McDowell Hopper and Lyndsay Rankin
DISPLAYED AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY
WOMEN AND SCIENCE QUILT PROJECT LECTURE, QUILTCON 2019


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SOCIAL JUSTICE SEWING ACADEMY BLOCKS

Co-facilitated SJSA workshops with Sara Trail and led workshops individually, teaching hundreds of college students at NIU to make activist quilt blocks, 2017-2018
Those quilt blocks were then sent to embroidery volunteers and made into community quilts like this one shown at QuiltCon 2019
Featuring a block made at NIU titled “QTPOC”


FOR FRIENDS


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LOUISIANA - THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ME HERE

Designed by Laura McDowell Hopper, 2018