Dyeing Silk Scarves and Silk Using a Microwave

December 3, 2016 § Leave a comment

Allison Beck has a YouTube video for dyeing scarves using the microwave at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl8QGW92RDE

Ann Thurston’s YouTube video is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl8QGW92RDE

This one  is microwave dyeing silk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm_g-BKKKas

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Follow the directions, and remember that you cannot use a microwave or any of the utensils used with dyes for food preparation after dyeing.  I use a cheap microwave that I bought on sale some time back.
This is fun and you will be pleased with the results.

“Quilts=Art=Quilts” Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, New York, through January 8, 2017

November 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

Quilts=Art=Quilts is at Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York, through January 8, 2017

Judy Langille – “Ancient Composite 1”

This annual juried exhibition features quilts from across the U.S. and around the world.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center

Two Exhibits through 2016: Virginia and New Hampshire

November 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Natural Perspectives is at Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion in Blacksburg, Virginia, through December 31, 2016

Karin Tauber – “Bargello and Coneflower”

Flora and fauna, bubbling streams, and whimsical fairies enchant in this collection of award winning quilts by international fiber artist Karin Tauber.

Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion

 


Solo Show by Jodi Scaltreto is at Shedd Free Library in Washington, New Hampshire, through December 29, 2016

Jodi Scaltreto – “Alikins Alley Cat”

This exhibition by Jodi Scaltreto features many thread painted cats and dogs, as well as other small works from her collection.

Shedd Free Library

“Small Gems and Amulets: Art Quilts and Mixed Media Textiles” Hagafen Winery, Napa, California, through March 1, 2017

November 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

Small Gems and Amulets: Art Quilts and Mixed Media Textiles is at Hagafen Winery in Napa, California, through  March 1, 2017

Deborah Weir – “Flotsam”

This exhibition features twenty-four small, mostly hand-stitched, textile and mixed media artworks.

 

Hagafen Winery 

“Explorations Through Time and Place” Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, Wisconsin, through December 12, 2016

November 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Explorations Through Time and Place is at Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin, through December 12, 2016

Bonnie Peterson – “On the Nature of Fire” (detail)

This solo exhibition by Bonnie Peterson consists of textile embroideries and maps.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center 

“Rhythm of the Sea” Page Walker Arts and History Center, Cary, North Carolina, October 26 – November 23, 2016

October 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

Rhythm of the Sea will be at Page Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, North Carolina,  October 26 – November 23, 2016


Eileen Williams – “Rhythm of the Sea I”

This solo exhibition by quilt artist Eileen Williams offers viewers a glimpse of the beauty, power, and mystery of our oceans. Drawn from the travels and coastal living experiences of the artist, these colorful art quilts capture the life force and allure of the sea.

 

Page Walker Arts and History Center

“Connected by Stitch” The Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, October 22 – December 8, 2016

October 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

Connected by Stitch will be at The Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, October 22 – December 8, 2016

Meredith Grimsley – “The Dress Don’t Fit”

This juried exhibition showcases a wide range of 2D and 3D fiber art.

The Gallery at Penn College

“Lines, Angles, and Spaces” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California, October 7 – November 27, 2016

October 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Lines, Angles, and Spaces will be at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, California, October 7 – November 27, 2016


Jean Renli Jurgenson, Sue Siefkin, Geri Patterson-Kutras – “Triptych: San Juan Bautista Warehouse”

Three Northern California fiber artists explore architectural themes. Whether drawing inspiration from actual buildings or pure imagination, each artist reveals her way of expressing angle, perspective, line, and shape.

 

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Annual SAQA Benefit Auction Now in Progress through October 9, 2016

September 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

The SAQA Benefit Auction’s annual event is now in progress through October 9, 2016.  Many of the SAQA Benefit Auction artists have been interviewed about their work on SAQA’s blog.

More artist mini-interviews will be added as each auction section approaches. You can subscribe to the SAQA blog so you don’t miss any news or interviews!

The auction began yesterday with Diamond Day bidding! Click here to learn how the auction works and here to see all the fabulous benefit auction artwork!

All the art can be seen here:    http://www.saqa.com/auction-quiltviewALL.php

Elena Stokes

“Q6: Six Fiber Artists” The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, California, through November 3, 2016

September 11, 2016 § Leave a comment


Q6: Six Fiber Artists is at The Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom, California, through  November 3, 2016

Gayle Simpson – “Horloge de Musee d’ Orsay”

This exhibition features the works of six artists: Donna Brennan, Sue Garmston, Penny Hanscom,  Denise Schmidt, Gayle Simpson, and the Pixeladies (Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki)

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The Gallery at 48 Natoma

“Strata” Metro Gallery, Reno, Nevada, September 19 – November 4, 2016

September 9, 2016 § Leave a comment

Strata will be at Metro Gallery in Reno, Nevada, September 19 – November 4, 2016

Margaret Fabrizio – “Indian Girl’s Dress”

This exhibition showcases the innovative work being done in the Northern California/Northern Nevada region of SAQA.

Metro Gallery

New Carol Soderlund & Melanie Testa Dyeing & Surface Design Book

September 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Some years back a friend and I went to Nancy Crowe’s Timber Frame Barn in Ohio for a week long workshop on dyeing fabric with Carol Soderlund –  the best workshop I have ever taken!  We learned so much! And  each student went home with a three ring notebook containing the fabric swatches and their recipes for making every color.  I still use the notebook frequently. It is a treasure!

 

 from Carol Soderlund’s post
Melanie Testa and Carol Soderlund will have their new book on color, dye and surface design. which is   published by Pokey Bolton of Crafting a Life, LLC.   This book will add to the knowledge bank of dyers, printmakers and designers  everywhere.  I can’t wait for it to come out!

Denver, Colorado, & Albuquerque, New Mexico, Exhibits through September and October 2016

August 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

Denver Lifestyles is at aBuzz Gallery in Denver, Colorado, August 25 – September 17, 2016

Jean Herman – “Summer Sing Along”

Artist Jean Herman loves observing the people around her and has transferred this fascination into her art. This solo exhibition of new work reflects the many faces around Denver.

aBuzz Gallery


African American Quilts and Textiles is at African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through October 22, 2016

Allyson Allen – “African Ladies”

This solo exhibition features art quilts and photography by artist Allyson Allen.

African American Performing Arts Center

Susan Carlson’s “Eye for and Eye” Tutorial

August 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

Susan Carlson has an excellent tutorial for making features such as eyes without templates on her blog at:  https://susancarlsonquilts.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/an-eye-for-an-eye/

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Photo from Carlson’s blog

“Currents” Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, Massachusetts, through September 18, 2016

August 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

Currents is at Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts, through September 18, 2016.                        I have seen many wonderful textiles exhibits at the Brush Art Gallery, and I expect that this one is also.

Christina Blais – “IL Pleut”

This juried exhibition of art quilts features works created by members of the SAQA Massachusetts and Rhode Island region.

 

Brush Art Gallery

Two “Easy Way to Face a Quilt” Tutorials

July 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

I have been posting different ways to finish the edge of a quilt, and here are two more  tutorials of an easy way to face a quilt:

at Terry Aske Art Quilt Studio blog:

http://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/tips-tutorials-and-more/my-new-favorite-quilt-facing-technique/

and at Victoria Gertenbach’s The Silly BooDilly blog:

http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.com/2012/09/tutorial-super-duper-easy-way-to-face.html

SAQA Exhibits at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, through August 2016

July 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

Food for Thought and Seasonal Palette are SAQA exhibits that are showing at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, through August.  Photos from SAQA can be viewed at: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN2zfY-nce0gpf5yAFIdmYSI-xiGBMuXargVP4gp_svFGBXjneM00H4rAWWxY5tTA?key=NXRtamtkQVg0bFVLMkYzalg2YVYtZlNMY3MyLUl3

My friend Daren Redman’s is in the distance, far right.

Tamara Leberer’s Silk Fusion

July 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

Enjoy the view as Tamara Leberer shares some of her beautiful Silk Fusion pieces with TheQuiltShow. This is a Smilebox presentation.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Wavelengths” Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California, July 16 – October 2, 2016

July 8, 2016 § Leave a comment

Wavelengths will be at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California, July 16 – October 2, 2016

Kathleen McCabe – “Rocky Shoreline”

Four artists Kathleen McCabe, Gillian Moss, Kathy Piper, and Mary Tabar provided two pieces each.

 

Visions Art Museum

QuiltCon West 2016’s Applique Quilts

July 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

Quilts in the Appliqué division at QuiltCon West 2016 are presented by The Quilt Show in a Smilebox slide show.
 
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Vox Stellarum” Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, through September 16, 2016

June 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

Vox Stellarum is at Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, through September 16, 2016

Elin Noble – “Vox Stellarum” (detail)

Vox Stellarum Installaton View 2016

Vox Stellarum is textile artist Elin Noble’s response to an early eighteenth century copperplate engraving from the 1731 book titled Physica sacra by the Swiss natural scientist Johann Jakob Scheuchzer.

Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery

Two Summer Exhibits: Utah and Colorado

June 13, 2016 § Leave a comment

International Quilt Invitational Exhibition

Brigham City Museum of Art and History
Brigham City, Utah
June 17 – August 31, 2016

Barbara McKie – “Machu Picchu Visitor”

This international invitational exhibition of art quilts features 28 art quilters from the U.S. and around the world.

Brigham City Museum of Art and History
 


Australia Uncovered

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
Golden, Colorado
through July 26, 2016

Jan Frazer – “Monsteriosity”

Australia’s varied and vibrant contemporary quilting scene will be revealed in this exhibition. Inspiration comes from many sources; from traditional historic quilts, to unique flora and fauna, the quintessential Australian spirit, and the sometimes harsh environment. It showcases the skill and diversity evident in the work of Australian quilt makers today.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

“Transgressing Traditions: Contemporary Textiles,” Schweinfurth Art Center Auburn, New York, through August 21, 2016

June 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

Transgressing Traditions: Contemporary Textiles is at Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York,  through August 21, 2016

Kathleen Loomis – “Unspooled”

This exhibition showcases contemporary fiber art that expands on traditional media and meaning, pushing the boundaries and traditions of textiles and fibers.

 

Schweinfurth Art Center

“Photo Album” Soprafina Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, June 3 – 25, 2016

May 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Photo Album will be at Soprafina Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts,  June 3 – 25, 2016

Maya Chaimovich – (untitled)

This solo exhibition features art quilts by Maya Chaimovich.

http://www.soprafina.com/

“Material Pulses: 8 Viewpoints” The Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, through July 16, 2016

May 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

Material Pulses: 8 Viewpoints will be at The Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, through July 16, 2016


Denise L. Roberts – “Mitote 7” (detail)


Elizabeth Brandt, The Habits of Being

Curated by Nancy Crow, this exhibition features eight international artists from the Midwest to the Southwest, Canada to the United Kingdom. These artists investigate color, pattern, and size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications.

 

Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery

“The Artist as Quiltmaker XVII” New Union Center for the Arts, Oberlin, Ohio, through July 31, 2016

May 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

The Artist as Quiltmaker XVII is at New Union Center for the Arts in Oberlin, Ohio, through July 31, 2016

Vicki Conley – “Stacks on Stacks”

The Artist as Quiltmaker is the second-longest-running art quilt exhibition in the world. This year’s exhibition will feature innovative works from thirty-two artists.

New Union Center for the Arts

“Use of Negative Space” & “Applique” QuiltCon West 2016 Online Slide Show

May 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

“Use of Negative Space” was an exhibit at QuiltCon West 2016.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

And quilts in the Appliqué division are also from Smilebox and presented by The Quilt Show:
 
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“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.

https://www.theyeiser.org/project/fantastic-fibers-2014-a-cutting-edge-fiber-art-event/

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:

http://www.bryerpatch.com/faq/FossilFantasyTutorial/0.html

“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.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“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.

 

Blended Threads_2

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

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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

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 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.

http://www.bellevillelibrary.ca/current-exhibitions.php

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