Category Archives: Exhibitions

2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival – La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People's Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew

Crystal Belle, a Garden Fairy by Crystal Colombo. People’s Choice Winner, 2016 Challenge: See Jane Sew

This is so adorable. I can see this little fairy in my garden – probably in a greenhouse or garden shed so she keeps dry.

To see more of the winning pieces from the 2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival you need to hie yourself to the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum where they are displayed until November 20th 2016.

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Fly Me To The Moon quilt exhibition at the International Quilt Festival 2016

Captain James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins

Captain James Arthur “Jim” Lovell, Jr. by Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 and man’s first step onto the moon is the subject of a quilt exhibition and book entitled ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. You can read the interview with Susanne Miller Jones who put together the exhibition.

If you are going to the Festival this November then make sure you use Guide by Cell so you can hear the artist explain a bit more about each piece.

Sadly the piece I made for this book didn’t make the cut. You win some, you lose some!

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BeadDreams 2016 contest

Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey

Cleopatra: Looking for Short Term Relationship by Justina Coffey

I was browsing through this year’s BeadDreams winners and was – as per usual – amazed but not drawn by the pieces selected.

I love a good sense of humour and when I saw this amongst the entries for the Objects and Accessories section I fell in love. This is wonderful. And when you read the title you want to meet the designer. You KNOW you’ll have fun if you hung out together.

I’m truly sorry I didn’t spend the time to vote and try and get this little gem into the winner’s circle.

To see the rest of the designs go to the voting page.

Here and There: Works by the Manhattan Quilt Guild

Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson

Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson0

The National Quilt Museum is holding this gorgeous exhibition by the Manhattan Quilt Guild from August 12th to November 15th 2016.

I am very drawn to this quilt Facade by Diana Goulston Robinson. Not sure if it is the repetition of shapes, the colour choices, the off center design, the overlay of lines, or the whole kit and caboodle. Likely the latter!

Just a lovely piece.

ArtReach Gallery, Portland, OR

Fabrications opened at the ArtReach Gallery in downtown Portland. The pieces for the show were selected from quilts made by members of the Columbia FiberArts Guild.

Two of my fractal quilts are showing at the Fabrications exhibition.The Cliffs of Progress and Lydia. Both are fractal based designs.

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

The Cliffs of Progress by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

Lydia by Rose Rushbrooke

The Festival of Quilts 2016

The Festival of Quilts, UK

The Festival of Quilts, UK

I remember when this quilt show was held at the Alexandra Palace in North London. Now it’s at the NEC in Birmingham. I’ve been to both venues and enjoyed spending the day at each.

The Festival is on from 11th to 14th August. I love the European wording – Patchwork and Quilting show. In America we don’t use the patchwork bit so much.

Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore

Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore

This year the SAQA exhibition ‘Celebrating Silver‘ is showing. This is such a fun piece – Silver Cake by Jeannie Moore.

Making Our Mark opening at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, Oregon

Fractal Ribbons by Rose Rushbrooke

Fractal Ribbons by Rose Rushbrooke

Haven’t been to the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon before so this was a bucket list place to go. It was the opening of our High Fiber Diet group show ‘Making Our Mark’. I managed to squeak in my piece ‘Fractal Ribbons‘.

Long way out there – right out in the country. Definitely a destination place. It was lovely for me to see all the pieces together. Mainly because I have been a member of this group for over a year and haven’t seen very many of the artists’ pieces. For once I could pore over each quilt for as long as I wanted.

The fun part was looking for the ‘mark’. Which is a design we all had to incorporate into our pieces. Sometimes not so easy to find!

I snapped some pix of all the pieces. Not best quality as taken on a phone but does give a good idea of how this ‘neutral’ exhibition looked.

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Truthfully can say I didn’t have a favourite quilt. They were all really cool – and I’m not just saying that!

Portland Bead Society traveling exhibition – Inspired by Kandinsky’s “Blue Segment”

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

The Portland Bead Society has an annual challenge. Once all the pieces are in, judged, and awarded, then they go on display. This year the show is going to 8 libraries. Have a look at the slideshow of pieces entered.

Here is a description of the theme and a list of where the show will be displayed.

Quilt Japan

Constellation Beyond Time and Space by Yoko Kageyama

Constellation Beyond Time and Space by Yoko Kageyama

Isn’t this gorgeous?

The colouring is magnificent and the repetitive design in both large and small is very effective.

If I had piles of money I would like to go to Quilt Japan – but until then I will have to enjoy looking at pix or going to the National Quilt Museum to see selected quilts.

Why I Avoid Art Competitions

I do my best to avoid art contests, competitions etc. Specially when you are asked to ‘pay to play’. It’s a real bad deal for artists. This article explains why. Thank you Maki Naro for writing this post on the Popular Science website.

It’s the same as a local restaurant offering to show work. Who wants their work in a food infested area? And are your clients really going to slurp their delicious meal, look up and go – ‘oooh look! I must find out who created that amazing piece of artwork and then actually follow up and buy it.’ I don’t think so.

Just another way to get free artwork.

PAY US FOR OUR WORK. Many of us have at least as much training as a plumber and would like to earn some of it back.