Category Archives: Exhibit

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New Quilts in Progress…

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This quilt is in the binding phase now.  I started out with the intention of a functional  baby girl quilt but it seems more appropriate as a wall hanging.  It would look great in a girl’s room or really anywhere in a light and happy home.

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This quilt was inspired by the flower design.  I made a stencil for this project.  I have got to try out silk screening!  That orange and blue gadget in the first picture has a rotating blade that allows very easy curve cutting.  It’s Awesome!  I found it in a clearance bin!  It’s made by Fiscars. They call it a “shape cutter”.  The dots are simply stamped with the end of a dowel that is lightly dipped into the fabric paint.  You might be able to see the circle that I used as a guide in pencil.  (Oh, after this sample, I taped all of my edges to avoid the mistake you see in the last pic.)

I used batiks I dyed last winter and I love how they really stand out with all the black and white.  The quilting is simple:  White rayon thread on white, black on black, and the details between the blocks and detailing the flowers is in silver metallic thread.

The size is approximately 36” x 36”.  stencil-flower-12

detail of quilting on the back of the quilt

 

My quilts are a breeze to hang!

Hanging this quilt, like most of my quilts, is so EASY!  It has a split sleeve on the back to insert a rod or thin strip of wood or acrylic and can hang and be balanced on one hook, nail or screw on the wall.  Or it can be hung traditionally or on a decorative curtain rod with wall brackets.  (see picture of quilt back below)

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Like my new signature?

This quilt is perfect for custom made!  I can do any motif you like!  Contact me for more information or questions!

 

Pisces Constellations

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I’ve been working with circles a lot lately.  I use a wonderful technique that involves freezer paper  to get the perfect inset circles as opposed to applique (the shape sewn on top of the fabric). 

I started hand stitching around the circles and pulled a lot of thread out because it was just boring.  Then I had the idea to make stencils out of freezer paper and rub gold Shiva oil stick paint ( Dharma.com ) with a stencil brush.

And the quilting was a sudden inspiration.  I just went with it and that’s how it turned into the idea of the constellation of Pisces… if that exists.  It’s done with silver metallic thread.

The size is approximately 24” x 9”.

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Detail of Pisces Constellations above and Split Sleeve below

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New things at the Gallery on High

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These are paintings that have been matted and are showing at the “Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Bridges” themed show running through the summer. 

All are for sale through the Gallery on High. 

Also, you can find new SkyGirl Dolls©, Tote bags, hand bags, little girl handbags, book bags by me and loads of fabulous art by other local artists in Glass, Ceramic, Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, Up-cycled Art and more!Sew-4-Ever!

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Sacred Threads Exhibit, Washington DC

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I’m very pleased to say that I had 2 quilts accepted in the Sacred Threads Exhibit to be held in the Washington DC area

June 22 – July 4, 2011.

Church of the Epiphany

3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon, Virginia

Sacred Threads is an exhibition of

quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing. This biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters  who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey.

The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches on both spiritual and personal levels all those who view it. We want to share with others the experiences of quilters whose stories may be a source of healing and strength.

-from the Sacred Threads Website

The Quilts that were accepted:

Click Images for a Larger View.

Dissected            (Grief Category)Dissected

2009

27” w x 67”

In order to heal, one must acknowledge all of the scary and ugly elements in a life. Feelings of being censored, judged, mistreated, abused and misunderstood were the driving force in the beginning of this piece.

There was grief in mourning parts of myself robbed of me; elements of “self” that can never be recovered.

After a period of time, I found elements of positivity: The realization that One can stitch the torn pieces of the self together again. I used a lot of symbolism throughout the piece that I leave to the viewer to interpret in her own way.

Letting Go       (Healing Category)

2008

14.25” w x 25” h

I painted the center panel after a hurtful argument with my daughter when she was thirteen years old. I was having a very hard time coming to terms with her growing up. We were always so close and she was starting to hide things from me. She began defying me. I took it very personally.

As I continued to work this piece into a quilt, I explored memories and my feelings as a mother and her point of view as a young teenager. It was a therapeutic exercise in healing and accepting that my little girl was just growing up.

Other Art Quilters who will be exhibiting in this show

note:  I had a uploading issue today and some of the names are not linked properly.  Sorry!  I will fix this problem on Tuesday 5/3.

Jeanette Thompson 
 
Wen Redmond – Chasing Color
 
Kate Themel – After the Wake / Lemme See!
 
Mary Pal – Musing
 
Meena Schaldenbrand – Savor Every Second
 
Mary Beth Frezon – 36
 
Judy Momenzadeh – Jars of Clay
 
Cheryl Lynch
 
Laurie Ceesay – Venus Rising: Out of Addiction
 
Deborah Spincic – Continue / Temporary
 
Deborah Stanley – Apple Tree of Trees
 
Linda Edkins Wyatt – Eye of Panic / Antahkarana
 
Carol Howard Donati – Wine and Bread
 
Linda Miller
 
Jamie Fingal – Spilling Over
 
Judith Heyward – Imagine
 
Barbara Curiel – Fall Madonna
 
Marilyn Wall – A New Beginning

 

Sacred Threads is unique in a few ways:

  • The Artist’s Statement about the quilt is displayed with the quilt allowing the artist to express the inspiration for the work.
  • Viewers at the exhibit are given note cards to write responses to the artist about their quilts and the note cards are mailed to the artist after the show closes.
  • This is an exhibit where quilts that don’t usually have a suitable venue fit in beautifully.

The 2009 Exhibit In Ohio

Deeply Inspiring….

Beyond the Barrier – a Special Exhibit of Sacred Threads 2009

In the fall of 2008, prison Chaplain Jami Burns formed a new activity group at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, OH which provided the participating inmates with an opportunity to express their life’s journey through quilting. Many of these women have never quilted before but their works give voice to powerful emotions and deep faith…

I was honored to have quilts in the 2009 Ohio exhibit when I was just starting out entering art quilts into shows.  See Earlier Works :  Kodachrome and Immortality.

My family went to Ohio for the weekend to attend that show.  It was a moving experience to say the least.  If you are in the Washington DC area, check it out!   

Thanks for visiting!

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