“Fantastic Fibers” Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky, through June 4, 2016

April 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Fantastic Fibers is be at Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky, through June 4, 2016

Gerrie Congdon – “XXOO”

Tiziana Tateo – “River Pearls”

This annual international competitive exhibition  showcases a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium  and is my favorite exhibit while in Paducah for the AQS Show.


Yeiser Art Center

“The Jury is In” Visions Art Museum, San Diego, California, through July 3, 2016

April 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

The Jury is In will be at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California, through July 3, 2016

Judith Content – “Mariposa”

This exhibition features award-winning artists who have juried the prestigious Quilt Visions biennial in past years. Each artist has been the subject of numerous solo shows, invitational exhibitions, and juried competitions, garnering accolades from around the globe.


Visions Art Museum

“Symphony of Colors, AQS Phoenix Show 2016

April 16, 2016 § Leave a comment

This Smilebox slide show presented by TheQuiltShow is of  Symphony of Colors, a Japanese exhibit, at the AQS Phoenix, Arizona, Show 2016.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Lesson on Creative Process by Caryl Fallert-Gentry

April 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

Caryl Fallert-Gentry has graciously given us a tutorial of Fossil Fantasy #1  a complete lesson on the creative process:


“Gwen Marston: Abstract Quilts in Solids ” Online Slide Show

April 3, 2016 § Leave a comment


Another special exhibit at QuiltCon West 2016 was Gwen Marston: Abstract Quilts in Solids featuring the contemporary abstract work of pioneering quilter, Gwen Marston. This is a Smilebox slide show presented by TheQuiltShow.

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“A Stitch in Time” Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, April 2 – 30, 2016

March 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

A Stitch in Time is at Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity in Kingston, Ontario, Canada from April 2 – 30, 2016

Bethany Garner – “Turning Point”

This exhibition features new work by the Kingston Fibre Artists, who have been creating contemporary textile art and exhibiting together for the past 19 years.


Tett Centre for Learning and Creativity

QuiltCon West 2016

March 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

There was also handwork at QuiltCon West 2016 You can see some of those quilts in this Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show.


“Blended Threads” Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, New York, through March 30, 2016

February 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

Blended Threads is at Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, New York, through March 30, 2016

Nelda Warkentin – “Spring” (detail)

This exhibition features  fiber artists Jane Bartlett, Betty Busby, Anne M. Fischer, Valerie Goodwin, Susan Martin Maffei and Nelda Warkentin.


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Kirkland Art Center

Remembering Yvonne Porcella

February 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Remembering Yvonne Porcella 

It is with great sadness that the quilt world has learned of the death last week of Yvonne Porcella, the founder and first president of SAQA. Remembrances about Yvonne to share here and with her family are here. Yvonne touched so many and will be deeply missed. View Tributes »

Yvonne’s vision to create a network of quilt artists who would pool their resources to support and expand the reach of quilt art was realized in 1989 with 50 artists throughout the United States. SAQA has since broadened into a 3500+ member international organization that continually works to fulfill her vision.

At an exhibition opening in November 2015, Yvonne gave a fascinating 20-minute talk that discussed her journey as an artist, the founding of SAQA and jurying the Strata exhibit. Watch video

Her lasting legacy for SAQA and its members was her tireless devotion to supporting individual artists on their artistic journey and by so many in the quilt world–her fellow artists, her students, her colleagues at SAQA and the Quilt Alliance.    Here is an interview with Yvonne at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBIgUhse-rI

Yvonne (or YP as many called her) was documented by the Quilt Alliance and its partners via projects like Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.), Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!, Quilt Treasures and The Quilt Index (see excerpts below). The vibrancy of her work and her spirit were exciting and magnetic, and the YP brand was easy to spot–bright red and/or pink and always a black and white element (be it a quilt binding or a pair of socks, pants  or glasses)…
Luana Rubin's photo.

Online Slide Shows of AQS Phoenix 2016 Quilt Show

February 16, 2016 § Leave a comment

Here are award- winners from the AQS  Phoenix 2016 Show presented by The Quilt Show:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


AQS QuiltWeek Phoenix 2016 Award Winners, Part 2
Here are more award- winners from AQS QuiltWeek Phoenix 2016.



“OUR LOVE RUNS DEEP” Nickel Plate Gallery , Noblesville, Indiana, through February 27, 2016

February 6, 2016 § Leave a comment


OUR LOVE RUNS DEEP through February 27, 2016

The Nickel Plate Arts February exhibit puts a sense-of-place spin on our annual Love, Lust and Poetry exhibition. In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, this year’s “Valentine’s” exhibit features works that depict what artists love about the Hoosier state.

The Hoosier Heart-Land exhibit is meant to serve as a visual love letter to our state, commemorating the people, places and things that make Indiana what it is today. Our goal is to create an exhibit that can lift up your spirits on even the coldest, dreariest of February days and encourage you to marvel at what a complex, vibrant place Indiana has become over the past 200 years.

The exhibit is open to the public for free during regular business hours, Nickel Plate Gallery, on 8th Street near the court house in Noblesville, Indiana,(Wednesday-Friday, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)


“Last Words USCA-Etherredge Center Art Gallery, Aiken, South Carolina, through March 5, 2016

January 31, 2016 § Leave a comment


Last Words will be at USCA-Etherredge Center Art Gallery in Aiken, South Carolina,
through March 5, 2016

Susan Lenz – “Circular Church Angel II”

This is a solo exhibition of grave rubbing art quilts and related artwork by Susan Lenz. Her works focus on the concepts of remembrance, death, and the desire for personal legacy.

USCA-Etherredge Center Art Gallery

“Above and Beyond” Lakewood Cultural Center Lakewood, Colorado, through March 26, 2016

January 26, 2016 § Leave a comment


Above and Beyond is at Lakewood Cultural Center in Lakewood, Colorado, through March 26, 2016

 Above & Beyond is a exhibition that explores the multiverse as metaphor for the vast area of creative possibilities open to the art quilter and fiber artist.

For more info: http://www.lakewood.org/Exhibits/

Lakewood Cultural Center

Through February 28, 2016, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, EARTH STORIES

January 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Now through February 28, 2016, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles presents EARTH STORIES: 25th Anniversary Exhibition from Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)

“Earth Stories” celebrates the stories of people and projects that enhance the planet, make a significant difference in restoring and/or protecting the environment, increase sustainability and otherwise improve the earth we all occupy.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and SAQA  have this Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Art in City Hall” Exhibit, City Hall, Fishers, Indiana, January 15 – February 26, 2016

January 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

CityHall (2)

 Von Biggs is an Indianapolis area  fiber artist.

“Celebrate the Seven,” John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, through February 11, 2016

January 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

Celebrate the Seven is at John M. Parrott Gallery in Belleville, Ontario, Canada,  through February 11, 2016

Dianne Gibson – “Solitude”

Celebrate the Seven is a fibre arts exhibition by the Connections Fibre Artists Group.


John M. Parrott Gallery

“Conversations: Significant Years” aBuzz Gallery, Denver, Colorado, through March 19, 2016

December 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Conversations:  Significant Years is at aBuzz Gallery in Denver, Colorado, through  March 19, 2016

Carol Ann Waugh – “Title”

This exhibition features a series of pieces by Carol Ann Waugh that use words and phrases to create “conversations” with the people looking at them.

aBuzz Gallery

“Selections from Wild Fabrications” Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas, January 7 – March 27, 2016

December 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Selections from Wild Fabrications will be  at Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas, from
January 7 – March 27, 2016

Kate Themel – “Red Fox, Blue Fox”

Wild Fabrications celebrates a world of animals both real and fantastical.  Selected artists let their imagination run wild and created interesting and unusual interpretations of animals using unexpected or unconventional materials and adornment, and/or unusual techniques.

Texas Quilt Museum

“Piecing Together a Changing Planet” Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, through February 7, 2016

December 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Piecing Together a Changing Planet is at Boott Cotton Mills Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts through February 7, 2016

Deon Lewis – “Wildfire”

This juried show of twenty-six art quilts, created by over twenty Florida artists, highlights a few of the many ways that America’s 405 National Parks are being impacted by a changing planet.

Boott Cotton Mills Museum

“Fashion Flashback” from Bernina and Fairfield Fashion Shows

December 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

While there was no apparel competition this year in Houston, a fabulous exhibit of past participants took up a corner of the show.  Here is Part 1 of “Fashion Flashback,” a retrospective of items from past Bernina and Fairfield fashion shows on Smilebox presented by The Quilt Show. Stay tuned for Part 2.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Ice Dyed Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

November 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here is a tutorial for making an ice dyed Christmas tree skirt from Dharma Trading Company:



“From Insects to Elephants” Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, Wisconsin, through January 10, 2016

November 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

From Insects to Elephants is at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, through January 10, 2016

Gayle Simpson – “Vespula Maculata Nest Pieces”

Scientists believe there are over ten million different kinds of life forms, or species, on Earth!  This exhibition invites viewers to explore and recognize the wide variety of life forms represented by multiple fiber artists using different media.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts

“Fires of Change” University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, through April 3, 2016

November 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fires of Change is at University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona , through April 3, 2016

Bonnie Peterson – “On the Nature of Fire”

Art and science come together in this NEA funded exhibition examining how fire as an ecosystem process is impacted by climate change and societal development. The selected artists spent a week in the forests of Northern Arizona in a fire science boot camp, and created new works based on the experience.

University of Arizona Museum of Art

“Art Quilts XX: Journeys and Life Cycles” Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, Arizona, November 13, 2015 – January 9, 2016

November 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Art Quilts XX: Journeys and Life Cycles is at Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, Arizona
November 13, 2015 – January 9, 2016

Nancy Bardach – “Running Through”

The Art Quilts exhibit features up to eighty artworks by participating art quilters.  This annual exhibition of contemporary art quilt showcases one of the finest collections of textile art on display in the regional Southwest.


Chandler Center for the Arts

“Quilts=Art=Quilts” Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York, through January 3, 2016

November 6, 2015 § Leave a comment


Quilts=Art=Quilts is at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York, through January 3, 2016.

Vicki Conley – “Golden Canyon”

This international juried quilt exhibition includes work by sixty-eight artists from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and across the United States.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center


“Contemporary Quilt Art from the Marbaum Collection” Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas, through December 20, 2015

October 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

Contemporary Quilt Art from the Marbaum Collection is at  Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas, through December 20, 2015

Noriko Endo – “Autumn in Ohio”

This exhibition  features forty-one studio art quilts, dating from 1984-2008, from the private collection of Hilary and Marvin Fletcher.

Texas Quilt Museum

Online Slide Show of Caryl Bryer Fallert’s Work

October 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

This Smilebox slide show from The Quilt Show is of Caryl Bryer Fallert’s  work.  Visit Caryl’s site at www.bryerpatch.com.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Caryl Bryer Fallert



“Passages and Pathways” Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, through November 1, 2015

October 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Passages and Pathways  is at Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah,  through November 1, 2015


Caroll Lee Stolz – “A Space in Time”

This twenty-eight piece exhibition features fourteen quilted art interpretations of fourteen photographs of the Southern Utah area, shown side-by-side. The Painted Hills Fiber Artists are seven female quilt artists working in tandem with photographer Robert Lefkow.

Springville Museum of Art

Hot Fix Crystals Tutorial

October 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Patsy Thompson teaches how to apply hot fix crystals in two minutes, sponsored by The Quilt Show, at: https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/23808-patsy-thompson-teaches-hot-fix-crystals-in-2-minutes?utm_source=Infusionsoft&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015_09_18_Weekend_Fun_10&inf_contact_key=5b256921eaaa20007508abc83aaca7de6143399e509e89028174def07b5da4d5

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Frixon Pens for Marking Quilts – Do Not Use Them

September 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

Frixon Pens -All You Need To Know  by Jenny K. Lyon is at:


where Jenny answers all the questions you might have about using them and the consequences.  In the end, do not use these erasable pens, which were not made for fabric.

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“Playing in Traffic” aBuzz Gallery, Denver, Colorado, through October 17, 2015

September 25, 2015 § Leave a comment

Playing in Traffic is at  aBuzz Gallery  in  Denver, Colorado,  through October 17, 2015

Gay Lasher – “No Exit”

Playing In Traffic is a solo exhibition by Gay E. Lasher of fourteen computer-altered abstract quilts created in response to frustration with Denver’s construction-related traffic problems.

aBuzz Gallery

2015 SAQA Benefit Auction, Begins September 18, 2015

September 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

The annual 2015 SAQA Benefit  Auction of small art quilts  begins online tomorrow.


Benefit Auction

How the auction works:  http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=1186

Bidding guide: http://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php?ID=3422

View all the quilts: http://www.saqa.com/auction-quiltviewALL.php

Here are just a few:

Content, Judith

Blair, Patt

Born, Diane

Grimes, Jean

Heller, Georgia

Robertson, Ruan

Williams, Eileen

“Water Marks,” Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, Colorado, September 17 – October 10, 2015

September 9, 2015 § 1 Comment

Water Marks will be at  Ice Cube Gallery  in  Denver, Colorado,  September 17 – October 10, 2015

Regina Benson – “Dry Spell”

This solo exhibition of Regina V. Benson’s newest art quilts and installations explores the environmental, social, and historical issues surrounding the abundance and scarcity of water. She creates an experience of rivers, sea sides, and tide pools; past, present, and future immersing the viewer in the depths and revealed cracked beds of forgotten waterfalls and eddies.


Ice Cube Gallery

“Real People,” Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, Illinois, through September 26, 2015

September 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Real People  is at  Old Court House Arts Center  in  Woodstock, Illinois,  through September 26, 2015

Joan Sowada – “Soap and Water”

Real People is a national juried fine art exhibition celebrating the arts through faces and figures. All the artwork depicts the human form or face in some way.

Old Court House Arts Center

“Found / Made” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, California

August 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Enjoy “Found / Made” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Found includes vintage quilts from Roderick Kiracofe’s collection, as well as pieces from the collections of Marjorie Childress, Julie Silber and Allison Smith. Made includes contemporary quilts often constructed with found materials, as well as contemporary art based on quilt themes.

This video explores the entire exhibit.  Check it out!




“Listening to the Moon” Hartness Library, East Gallery Randolph Center, Vermont, through October 12, 2015

August 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Listening to the Moon  is at  Hartness Library, East Gallery  in Randolph Center, Vermont, through October 12, 2015.

Elizabeth Fram – “Sunlight on the Forest Floor”

Featuring a selection of fifteen pieces made over nine years, this solo exhibition surrounds Elizabeth Fram’s ongoing fascination with Japanese gardens, in tandem with the lessons inspired by studying them.

Hartness Library, East Gallery

“Caryl Bryer Fallert: A Retrospective” New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts, August 20 – October 31, 2015

August 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Caryl Bryer Fallert:  A Retrospective will be at the  New England Quilt Museum in  Lowell,   Massachusetts from  August 20 – October 31, 2015

Caryl Bryer Fallert – “Corona II:  Solar Eclipse”   1989

This is still my favorite quilt.

Caryl Bryer Fallert’s career as an innovative quiltmaker and award-winning fiber artist spans more than thirty years. The New England Quilt Museum is thrilled to bring together many of her iconic works for this exhibition, as well as her first quilt, works from her early experimental stages, and a sampling of her original fine art quilts that grace the walls of museums across the country.


New England Quilt Museum

Two August Art Quilts Exhibits

August 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Portals: Beginnings and Possibilities  is at  Bluestone Fine Art Gallery  in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, through  August 28, 2015

Lisa Call – “Portals #58”

This solo exhibition features textile paintings by artist Lisa Call.


Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

New Legacies:  Contemporary Art Quilts   is at  The Lincoln Center  in  Fort Collins, Colorado,
through August 23, 2015

Joshua Willis – “Blue Circle”

This national exhibition showcases the best work of artists who are pushing the limits of the medium, working with new techniques and materials, and creating breathtaking and beautiful art.

The Lincoln Center




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