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Sacred Threads in Seattle

Sunday, June 29th, 2014


Mr C and I spent a nice couple of days in Seattle, enjoying some art and good food. I feel creatively and spiritually fulfilled. We went to two museums, I will post about them tomorrow. Tonight, I will share some photos from the Sacred Threads show. The above pieces are by Vikki Pignatelli. She founded  the Sacred Threads exhibit. Her work is exquisite with loads of curved piecing and beautiful quilting. Here is a tree.



A detail shot shows the beautiful workmanship.


Here is my Aspen Quilt, looking dwarfed next to the wedding of Adam and Eve.


Here is some other interesting work. I thought I took photos of the names, but can’t find them.








This piece is by Wen Redmond.



And this piece was by Ginny Greaves.



A added benefit for Mr C and I was getting to see two volumes of the St. John’s Bible.

The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible to have been commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the invention of the printing press.

Beginning in 1970, master calligrapher Donald Jackson expressed in media interviews his lifelong dream of creating an illuminated Bible. Following a Saint John’s-sponsored calligraphy presentation at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1995, Jackson discussed a handwritten Bible with Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB, former executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Between 1996 and 1997, Saint John’s explored the feasibility of the Bible project, Jackson created first samples, and theologians developed the illumination schema. The Saint John’s Bible was officially commissioned in 1998 and funding opportunities were launched. The public was introduced to the project in 1999 and production was completed in 2011, with the final word penned in May 2011 and touch-up work completed by December 2011.

The Epiphany Parish, where the Sacred Threads exhibit was held has two copies of two of the volumes: The Gospel and Acts and The Prophets. I love the art work in these books. The actual pages are kept at St John’s and copies of the pages were printed so that they could be shared around the world. There are also coffee table size reprints. I came home and ordered the Psalms edition.

Here are some photos of some of the pages:












Some of you may know that I have a soft place in my heart for religious art. So this was a real treat.

We so enjoyed meeting the women at Epiphany Parish. They were so lovely and fun to hang out with for the time we were there. Many thanks to them for hosting this exhibit.


Oh My Aching Back

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013


Here is Terry Grant helping to hang our 20 X 12 quilts at NW Quilt Expo this afternoon. She came over to my house this morning and we attached the quilts to the felt panels that we made last year for the 12 x 12 quilts. We could 4 of those on a panel, but we could only fit 3 20 X 12 quilts on each panel so it took 4 panels for each set. Here we are – following a printout I did of how the panels needed to be attached.


There was a lot of stretching and bunching and pinning and I am tired. So, hear is my lazy attempt at blogging — photos of the display.













It was so exciting to see all of the pieces in the flesh, so to speak. Such talent we have in this group.

Tonight, I put together my presentation on Websites for the SAQA meeting tomorrow. And so my whirlwind of non-studio activity continues.

More Quilt Expo

Friday, September 21st, 2012

We had a Twelve rendezvous today when Nikki Wheeler arrived with her parents to see the exhibit. I spent most of the morning at the show hobnobbing with friends and fans. It was lots of fun. I did a little shopping and took some more quilt photos.

This quilt of Elaine Millar was supposed to be in yesterday’s post. It  is in the SAQA exhibit and one I like very much.

This quilt was full of details with felted critters and hand embroidery. It was quite fascinating.

I found this innovative traditional quilt very striking.

There was a special exhibit of quilts by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. I have to admit that I don’t quite get this quilt movement. I do like some of the quilts they make – examples to follow – when they use simple forms composed on a white background. However, many of the quilts in this exhibit did not have that aesthetic – they were pieced blocks like many of the other traditional quilts in the show.

I figure that in a few years they will all be making art quilts and joining SAQA!

That is it for tonight.

Sleep Deprived

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

I was up at 4 and at the Quilt Show by 5. Our segment didn’t happen until 6:45 so we had a lot of waiting to do!

Here is Drew doing a promo with a long arm dealer.

Here he is with one of the show organizers, Geri Grasvik, and the best of show quilt. One of those Swarovski crystal studded quilts – this one was from Germany.

Here is a link to a video of Terry and I doing our schtick. Enjoy! Our time was cut short so our scripted plan fell apart, but Drew is good at punting and just rolled with it.

I went back out to the show for a bit after lunch and took some photos. You can see some of the Twelve exhibit on the Twelve blog. I came home and slept for two hours so that I could stay awake to watch Project Runway.

Here are two of my quilts in the show.

The lighting on Forest was really harsh as it was hung up quite high.

Here are some quilts that I liked. I put the label for each one underneath.

I was so excited to see this Painted Hills quilt!!


Trisha uses metal in her quilts.

I just love this quilt by my friend Suzy. Many people have chickens in their backyards in Portland – you can have up to 3, but no roosters.

I really love Bonnie’s quilts. I use a lot of her handdyes.

Not much else to say tonight. I am too tired.





An iPhoto Hiatus

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Yesterday, I was getting ready to download photos and post a blog and my iPhoto app crashed. I couldn’t fix it — tried some disc first aid and gave up and made an appointment for phone support with Apple. I spent over an hour with a very nice tech, but it was taking so long to rebuild my library that he had to let me go and told me to call back when that was done. Instead, I made an appointment with a Macologist at the store where I bought the Macbook. I spent from 2:30 until 5 pm there.

The problem was too many photo libraries and it finally crashed. Every time I got a new computer last year and downloaded my backup from the internet, it created a new library. Today, we integrated all of them and it seems to be working very well and I have found a lot of missing photos.

Yesterday, Mr C and I delivered the Twelve by Twelve quilts to the quilt expo. I supervised how they would be hung and then left them in the capable hands of some terrific kids to do the hanging.

I got some time in the studio to finish fusing the kelp quilt.

I found this great fabric for the back in my stash.

I made a trip to Fabric Depot this morning to get some thread and tonight I started quilting.

Here is today’s 3 x 3.

I have to get up at 4 am in the morning to meet Terry at the Quilt Expo as we are doing a little promo about the Twelve exhibit for the local NBC affiliate. We are going to have the TV personality fuse a 12 x 12 quilt. Our segment is to air at 6:45 so if you are in the area, get up and watch!!

Now, I have to get myself organized for getting up that early!!