This Wall Street Journal article surveys some quilt exhibitions from the North American summer. Click on the "slide show" button for a larger view of 12 quilts, including a quilted skeleton (!) by Susan Else, and some stops along the Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina, featuring barn "quilts".
...... a handful of events gather the best of the traditional plus new quilts as startling and original as the best modern art (and nearly as expensive). The number of quilt makers in the U.S. has doubled in the past decade, as new tools, like quilt-design software, have spread. There has been a corresponding explosion in the number of quilt shows, and they aren’t just for those who stitch or collect. Go and be dazzled.
For a closer view of the quilted skeleton, visit Susan Else's website, http://www.susanelse.com/