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Ludmila Uspenskaya was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has been working in textiles since graduating from The Mukhina Art School in St. Petersburg in 1967. She enjoyed wide recognition in Russia for her original fabric collages, theatre curtains, large-scale hand-painted textiles, and tapestries prior to being introduced to quiltmaking for the first time in 1989. She was not exposed to Western quilt art until just before she moved to the United States in 1994.

Uspenskaya’s award-winning works have been included in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in the US. Europe, and Japan, and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, and the All-Russia Museum of Decorative Applied & Folk Art in Moscow. She continues her creative work in textiles today, serving as a costumer for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and making her elegant and innovative hand painted quilts.

63 JOURNEYS AT SUNRISE is an extraordinary landscape quilt made up of sixty-three small landscapes, nine in each of its seven vertical panels. The entire composition is arranged so that it too suggests an abstract landscape. The quilt won the 1993 National Patchwork Association Championship in England, where Uspenskaya also won the Bernina Sewing Machine Award for most innovative design and the Quilters Guild trophy for most striking use of color. This quilt was made the year before Uspenskaya moved to the United States and before she first encountered Western quilts.

Ludmila Uspenskaya accepting waard for he r championship quilt
Ludmila Uspenskaya being congratulated by Christopher Thomson of Bernina on her award winning quilt 63 Journeys Before Sunrise, seen in the background.


More quilts by Ludmila Uspenskaya

63 Journeys Before Sunrise by Lumila Uspenskaya

Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade