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1000 Quilt Inspirations

I am honored to have my work published in Sandra Sider’s 1000 Quilt Inspirations, Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts.  From the cover and the turn of each page, this book delivers on its title. Click on image for a larger view.

I even like the size of the book, a table-top friendly 9 1/8″ square.

I submitted samples of my work for this book in 2014 and wrote about it here and here. The book was published by Quarry Books in 2015, the year that I moved from California to Oregon. I  didn’t learn which of my works had been selected for the book until I purchased it. Five of my works were selected for the Pictorial Art Quilt Designs section. Here are three of my Broken Ginkgo series.

And the last two, more play with one of my favorite subjects.

Works here represent every imaginable technique created by artists from around the world. There is truly something here for anyone who is interested in creating or simply appreciating the art of quilting. I find myself browsing this book, finding something new each time I do.

How do you stay inspired?

1000 Quilt Inspirations

I’ll be at least one in a thousand — that’s the news from Quarry Books, the publisher releasing 1000 Quilt Inspirations, a new book to be released in the near future.  Dr. Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist and independent curator, will be selecting the winning designs.

The Call for Entries states, in part, that Quarry Books is looking for

innovative interpretations of old favorites as well as original blocks and art quilts designed by you that explore the possibilities of modular design.

I submitted eleven art quilts and I have no idea which one(s) have been selected for the book. They promise more news about the project in April.

Even better news: the deadline for entering this Call for Entries has been extended to March 31, 2014. See the official Call with all the details you need here.

Time to Tweak

Since August my energy has been focused on completing projects for deadlines and keeping up with commitments made before the crazy time set in. That’s history and the bulk of my quilts are home once again. So it’s time for tweaking — rehanging old friends and finding a place for two large quilts that went straight from the studio to galleries.

The Kollaborative Klimt-esque Landscape has been on my mind. I’ve been thinking that the bird needed some bling to create better balance and when Sandra Sider was here she agreed with me. Time to tweak! After experimenting with several threads, I decided upon a black cotton wrapped with gold metallic thread. I stitched the beak and then the belly and claws. Now it feels truly done. Here’s a detail:

And the whole quilt:

Ahh, a quick clean up of the studio and it’s time for a new project. But before that, my little friend needs some new greenery and there isn’t much in the yard to choose from…

A bit of blooming parsley will have to do.

Gallery Visit and Quilt Critiques with Sandra Sider

I’m a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and I share the role of Representative for the Northern California/Nevada region with Sandy Wagner. I had the pleasure of hosting Sandra Sider, President of SAQA, at my home earlier this month. She was in town for other business and graciously offered to conduct a session of critiques for members in our region during her visit.  Sandra is also Consulting Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum, currently teaches undergraduate courses online in art history for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, has been published extensively and is a working quilt artist. I was thrilled to coordinate this opportunity!

The day of the critique session Sandra and I met five more SAQA members at a nearby restaurant for lunch, then we went to Creative Framing & Gallery to see my solo show. Pictured are (from left to right):  Kris Sazaki (SAQA VP), Deb Cashatt (SAQA Exhibits Coordinator), Paula Chung , Jenny Lyon, me, Sandra Sider and Sandy Wagner.

I was pleasantly surprised when Sandra began speaking about the pricing of my work and her assessment of the saleability of individual pieces. She felt that Fall Ginkgos would be the most saleable quilt because of its size (the viewer could easily see it hanging their home), use of color and perceived complexity.

Leaves II, which entailed much more work and variety of techniques, she felt would be perceived as less complex.

The few minutes we spent at the gallery were fun and educational! We all thanked Heather Piazza, herself an artist and strong supporter of the arts, who opened her gallery especially for our visit.

The critique session was next. In addition to those who had quilts to be critiqued, 15 observers were there. Sandra led each critique touching on history,  principles of art and how saleable each piece was. Viewers were encouraged to share their thoughts as well. She did a thorough job with 11 quilts in just 2 hours. We were in awe of her knowledge and the depth that she shared with us. I was in awe of her stamina!

Here is Sandy Wagner sharing details of the work in progress she brought. Sandy creates a lot of her own fabric with dye and applique work. She creates wearable art regularly so she is completely fearless. The section she is pointing to was created by hand appliqueing the red-orange fabric strips over the mottled yellow. There was much discussion about the central orange feature. Whatever she does, this will be gorgeous when it’s done.

This is the second time that Robin Cowley has hosted the same event at her home. She and her husband are uber gracious hosts and their home and garden are simply incredible works of art. Here are just two of the fabulous art installations in their back yard:

This is what I wanted to do when I got home from such an exciting day!