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My friend and business partner, Sue Price, and I have spent time the past 5 summers holding our own quilt camp at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. During the first summer we decided to offer ourselves as teachers to the state-wide quilt guild we belong to, the Virginia Consortium of Quilters. Each year we have become a little more artistic and over time have evolved into a business with a shop on etsy and now a facebook page as well.
Because our little studio at the lake (really a garage) is rather rural we have relied on the local town library, The Tuftonboro Free Library, for internet service, use of a copy machine and also checking out the occasional book or DVD for evening entertainment. We have supported the library by buying used books at their July book sale but this year decided to donate a scarf to the artist sale they hold each August.

We are happy to donate this 11″ by 58″ silk scarf which was hand dyed using an ice dyeing process (check out Sue’s tutorial for that by clicking here: Sue’s ice dyeing tutorial) and then screened with a design of a maple leaf using red dye floated in sodium alginate to keep the hand soft of the scarf soft, oak leaves printed with a product called “deColourant” in bronze, and beech leaves in deColourant gold.


Three dimensions in quilting

The exhibit at the Piedmont Arts Musueum included some pieces of three dimensional work.  Our friend, Elaine had an accordian “book” of small quilts made from silk.  We had seen it displayed on a table a few years ago at the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg, VA but this time it was hanging on the wall.

Another interesting display was this circular two sided quilt which was hung so you could walk around it for a complete view.

Inspiration abounds at The Art of the Quilt

More of my favorite pieces from the show in Martinsville.  Sue, Kathy and I were excited to see so many versions of quilts, many inspired by the modern and art quilt movements.  Our friend Paula made the wall hanging with the boat.

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Felted Fairy House

This fairy house, made from natural materials and felted wool, was a favorite at the Art of the Quilt exhibit.  Click on the picture to see an enlarged image.

The Art of the Quilt

Piedmont Arts Center in Martinsville VA has a show right now entitled The Art of the Quilt.  Some of the quilts are made by Virginia Consortium of Quilters members and the show is curated by Linda Fiedler who is also a VCQ member.  Last weekend the Fall VCQ meeting was held in Martinsville so VCQ could sponsor the member preview reception and we could all attend the opening.  The quilts, as always, are very inspiring.

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, AAQI, is a group of quilts called “Priority Quilts” because they have to be able to be mailed in a priority sized/priced envelope from the US Post Office.  Each month hundreds of these small quilts are send to the founder of the project, Ami Simms, who is a nationally known quilter/humorist.  She and a group of volunteers sort and price the quilts choosing a few dozen to go up for an auction which is always the first ten days of the month.  (Be sure to click on the link for the auction, they have some spectacular quilts this month). The remainder go up for sale at their web site.

ALL the money, 100%, goes directly to research on the disease known as “Alzheimers”.

Back in June I had a quilt which was sold for this benefit.  It was one I made and submitted to the quilt guild, “Virginia Consortium of Quilters” of which I am a member.  My mother belongs to the “Gulf States Quilt Association” which also collected priority quilts and sent them to the AAQI.   She made two quilts which are for sale on the web site this month.  Here are two photos of her donations.  They are each about 6.5 inch square.

Printing with a Thermofax screen – class for VCQ

My photography class is over and I am on to other ventures in the next week.  Saturday I will be teaching, along with my friend Sue  http://threadfiberfabricpaint.blogspot.com/  , at the Virginia Consortium of Quilter’s  http://www.vcq.org/  March meeting.

I am very excited for this day to happen.  We have screens from Lynn Krawcyzk, Marcy Tilton, Lyric Kinard, JandiDesigns, and Fiber on a Whim.  We have made some of our own too, from photos we have taken, and each student will go home with a small screen which they will learn to edge with duct tape.  Our students will be able to begin a design for a quilt to submit to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative http://www.alzquilts.org/  These quilts will be collected and donated at the April VCQ Celebration Weekend at Smith Mountain Lake.