Olympic Patchwork Quilt

If you are not typically a fan of televised sporting events then the fact that The Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee has selected a patchwork quilt design to represent them in the upcoming games may persuade you to tune in.


Bosco Sport is the creator of 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics design theme as well as a a sponsor of the Russian Olympic and Paralympic teams; “Every region in the world is proud of its unique origins, and it is no different in Russia. That is why there are so many different local traditions, songs and crafts that highlight the individuality of their creators, each valuable in its own right. Bosco had a wealth of choices to represent Russia’s rich diversity, but in the end we settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt.”

presenting the look

Basically the concept of the design is to represent each of Russia’s 89 regions using famous patterns, motifs and ornaments from various Russian crafts and art forms in the patches.

“The look revolves around “the principle of the ‘patchwork quilt’ — a combination of 16 designs representing the most famous traditional Russian arts and crafts, ranging from Gzhel to Khokhloma.”  ~Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee

For an interesting read and to learn more about the history and details of the individual designs and the artwork of the Olympic patchwork go to the Sochi 2014 Bosco website and click on “Look of the Games”.

banner designs

Yay for us there will be patchwork everywhere!  Along with the official logo, banners and volunteer apparel you’ll expect to see broadcast there will be much more to watch for.  Here is a sampling of some of the things you may not get to see in detail;

Olympic Village

Olympic Village ~ photo via Flickr

Patchwork Airplane

Airplane ~ photo via Flickr

Patchwork Train

Train ~ photo via Flickr

Patchwork Car

Car ~ photo via Flickr

Hockey pucks

Olympic and Paralympic pucks ~ photo via flickr

Gold Medal

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic medal ~ photo via Flickr

Sochi 2014 merchandise

Olympic merchandise ~ http://shop.sochi2014.com/

Let the games begin!

18 thoughts on “Olympic Patchwork Quilt

  1. Erin

    I love this! What beautiful designs! Maybe we will see a Sochi-inspired quilt movement now? I’m tempted to make one myself – I love bold, colourful, modern quilts! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kathy Post author

      Wouldn’t it be great if they came out with a fabric line with each of the prints from the Olympic Patchwork design?

    2. Susan Ramsay

      Me too, me too, me too. I found a pattern on Moda’s site, but it is only for retailers. I can’t imagine why someone didn’t see this trend and whip up a line of patterns and/or fabrics.

    1. Kathy Post author

      Linda, we are not aware of any of this fabric going in print for the consumer or if it ever will. It would be really exciting if some manufacturer were to do it though :)

    2. Susan Ramsay

      I have been looking around on the internet and in local shops outside of St. Louis (30 mi. away) and have found nothing!

  2. Elaine

    WOW! I love the Bright & Bold colors. I would love to sew one for my own bed with matching pattern but different color combination for curtains throught my home!!


    What beautiful photos and spectacular colors. Thanks for posting them. We should write to MODA OR OTHER FABRIC COMPANIES TO PRODUCE FABRICS IN THESE COLORS AND PATTERNS.

  4. Nancy

    It’s nice to see the tradition continue. The quilters of Georgia presented quilts to each flagbearer and Olympic committe at the 1996 Olympcis in Atlanta. Quilts were used in Nagano and the Salt Lake City Para Olympics.

    1. Susan Ramsay

      Oh, I didn’t know about Nagano and Salt Lake city. I would love to see those patterns as well. I have to live to 120 to make all the things I love!

  5. annemarie

    What a beautiful fabric. I like it very much. Is it possible, to buy it anywhere? It is a nice idea to represant the 89 regions of russia in this “quilt look”.

    1. Kathy Post author

      It certainly is lovely Annmaries, unfortunately I don’t believe the fabric is being produced for public purchase.


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