Archive for the ‘Juried Shows’ Category

Trip to Upstate New York

Friday, August 12th, 2016


Last week, we flew to Syracuse, NY so that I could attend my 60th high school reunion and touch base with my family. This photo was taken on our first night there. My sister lives on Little York Lake and we took their pontoon boat out for a sunset cruise.

The next day, I met up with 6 of my bff’s from high school for a cruise on the mail boat on Skaneatlas Lake. It was a small boat with tables and chairs so that we could have our lunch. It was fun to watch the delivery of mail to cottages along the lake. The girls at this camp come out and do a dance for their mail.



After the boat cruise, my sister and I headed to Auburn so that I could check out the SDA exhibit, Transgressing Traditions, at the Schweinfurth Art Center. I took photos of some of my favorite pieces. The exhibit consisted of very avant garde art pieces. I loved looking at each one and marveling at the creativity that went into the making of them.


This piece was not so innovative as it was beautiful, layers of printing by Elizabeth Odiorne. Here is a detail:


This piece by Diane Siebels was copiously hand stitched. I forgot to write down the title.


Here is a detail:


This wonderful piece is by Amy Meisner, called Inheritance. She used abandoned needlepoint, vintage doilies, cotton velvet, silk organza, wool. Click any image to see larger.


I have no idea who did this whimsical piece with pins, needles and safety pins.


I am a huge fan of Judith Content’s shibori kimonos so I had to have my photo taken with it.


This piece by Georgia Roswell is made from strips of discarded textiles. See the detail for a better idea of the construction.



I loved the graphic quality of this piece. It is all computer generated and printed on polyester and quilted!! By Russ Little.


This piece is so lovely and so organic. It is by Andrea Huffman and consists of  variety of textiles and is hand stitched.



There is so much more to see in this exhibit. Click Here for a link to a video of the show.

Continuing with my trip! On Saturday, my little high school class had a picnic. There were 36 in my class in a very rural town in upstate New York. Here are the 17 of us who attended.

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On Sunday, my sister and brother-in-law hosted a family gathering. Jim made us a fantastic feast of clams, lobster tail, shrimp, kielbasa,  potatoes and corn. So delicious.


We got home on Monday but I have been busy catching up.

On the Road to CA

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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Here we are in California for the night. We really enjoyed the trip in the new Mercedes, such a difference from the Prius which we did not like for long trips. I made it to the Grants Pass Art Museum and even walked up the stairs which went on forever. I took the elevator down. Photography was not allowed but I snuck in a couple of long shots.

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I had to get a close up of Terry Grants Camas Prairie, which I love. The quilt next to it is by Cynthia St. Charles. It has lots of wonderful surface design.

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I got to see two views of my new knee when I checked in with my Surgeon this morning.


Ok, it has been a long and busy day for me. Time to crash

This and That

Monday, February 22nd, 2016


It has been an interesting few days since I last posted. I had all good intentions of celebrating my 11th blogiversary, but life got in the way. On Friday morning, Mr C had a TIA or mini-stroke and I spent a couple of days running back and forth from the ER and the hospital. It was minor and he recovered very quickly, but it was scary for a time.

Up above is a snippet of an old piece that I did for my Israel trip solo show, a few years ago. It is about the graffiti on the Palestinian side of the security wall. I thought it would work well for the SAQA turmoil show, but it was not quite big enough so I am mounting it on black dupioni silk. I quite like it. I think it gives it more presence.

Last night, Mr C and I had the fun experience of attending a chocolate tasting party with our friends who took a chocolate class at the London Cordon Bleu when they were living there. We had six different chocolates, 3 from France and 3 from Portland. They had varying amounts of cacao.


We were given sheets to keep notes on aroma, taste, texture and finish.



There was only one chocolate from Portland that we liked: Moonstruck. All of the French chocolates were divine.

After the tasting adventure, we got to dip our own truffles in tempered chocolate. Here is the tempering machine with the luscious chocolate.


Here are my truffles. I like the little swirls I got on the tops.


Cheryl packaged them up for us to take home.


Paige wants a purple sweater with Winnie the Pooh. I found a pattern and picked up the yarn, yesterday.


An Oldie But Goodie Gets a Chance

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016


One of the favorite quilts that I have ever made, XXOO, was accepted into Fantastic Fibers at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, KY. I entered it on a whim last month thinking that it was time for it to get out in the world again. I am so excited to be in the prestigious fiber art show. Wish I could go to the opening, but that is about when I will be having knee replacement — April 9 through June 4th.

I am having a busy week and trying to pace myself. I had High Fiber Diet meeting this afternoon, SAQA in the morning and then I start teaching a printing on textiles class at Trinity for 5 weeks, tomorrow night. I hope to have some fun pictures to post.

In Stitches Quilt Show

Monday, November 16th, 2015


Yesterday, Mr C and I drove 4 hours over to the Coos Bay on the Oregon coast so that I could attend the opening reception of the In Stitches, Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts exhibit at the Pacific Park Gallery. The gallery is a big open space in quite new dental office.

The gallery is a lovely space, but not lighted that well. Quilts were hung on both floors. The women involved in putting this on were very gracious and welcoming.




My Pick Up Sticks was on the landing of the stairs to the upper level. It looked great all by itself.


My other quilt, Taking Leaf of My Seasons was on the long hallway.



This is Tina McCann from Depot Bay who won Judges Choice for best freeform art quilt. It is titled Saturday Market Baskets. I met Tina at Cynthia Corbin’s workshop last summer. It was nice to see her again.

Paulette Landers, who is a member of SAQA, and an incredible artist won Best of Show with this piece; and it was well deserved.


She was not at the reception even though she lives in the area. The quilting on this is exquisite.

There was also a traditional quilt category. No photos of those.

Now here is what took me aback about this exhibit. The jurors got to speak and give out the awards. They were both very much in the traditional quilting wheel house. They actually judged the quilts as in a quilt show. They talked about taking off points for this and that to reach their awards. There was nothing in the prospective that would have given a clue that this was going to happen. I did not expect an award. I am very happy with my two pieces and think as far as “art” goes they were in a small minority in this exhibit. I do not enter my quilts in judged shows. I enter them in juried shows which I thought this was. I will not enter it again. I think some people I know did not enter this year for that reason.  It is too bad because this is a lovely venue and would make a great space for a real art quilt exhibit juried by artists not quilt police.

Mr C and I stayed overnight and drove back this morning. Even though it was cloudy and rainy, it was a beautiful drive and the fall colors were still quite vibrant.