Online Video of AQS’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2012 Show

The American Quilter’s Society First Annual Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan,  has a video of the 2012 show’s winners at:  

The show was held August 22 – 25, 2012, and the quilts were stunning!

Annual SAQA Benefit Online Auction: Begins Monday, September 10, 2012, at 2PM

August 28, 2012

The annual SAQA Benefit Online Auction of  twelve inch square art begins on Monday, September 10, 2012, at 2PM.  SAQA is Studio Art Quilt Associates.

The small quilts this year are quite innovative and delightful!  This is the place to get a piece by one of your most admired quilt artists.

There are six pages of quilts to be auctioned.  Page 1a is:

Here are photos of some of the works:

Conway - Tourist Photo Call

Helen Conway’s    Tourist Photo Call

Photos are SAQA’s.

Page 1b:

Noble - Snow Angels

Elin Noble
  Snow Angels

Page 2a:

Welsch - Taking a Break

Lynn Welsch  Taking a Break

Page 2b:

Olivea - In Flight
Mary Olivea  In Flight

Page 3a:

Raciti - Love Is In The Air

Joan Raciti
    Love Is In The Air

Page 3b:

Pasquini Masopust - Wonky Grid

Katie Pasquini Masopust
   Wonky Grid

There are three sections to the auction, beginning on September 10th, September 17th, and September 24th respectively. On the first day of each auction section, the price for each piece on the two pages for that auction section will be $750. On the second day day, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, if a piece has received no bid, the price will be reduced to $550. On the third day, the price will be $350, then $250, $150, and $75, the lowest bid that will be accepted.  For more info:

Last year’s Benefit Auction raised $52,925. The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs.

“Small Wonders,” Exhibit Online Slide Presentation, 2012 Sisters Quilt Show, Sisters, Oregon

August 25, 2012

One of the special exhibits at the recent 2012 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon, was the 2nd Small Wonders Challenge.  The quilts are small (the perimeter of each quilt could not exceed 100″ total) but very creative.

Here, as a Smilebox presentation of The Quilt Show, are just a few of the quilts that were exhibited.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

“Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2012” at National Tainan Living Art Centre, Tainan City, Taiwan, through October 29, 2012

August 24, 2012
Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2012 is at National Tainan Living Art Centre in Tainan City, Taiwan, through October 29, 2012 .
Saline Water
Joke Bursma – “Saline Water:  Favourite Breeding Place of Flamingos”
The theme of this exhibit is Moving Water and River.  Water and river are full of life and nutrient: novelty, freshness, and sustainability symbolize a source of vitality, expecting to convey an energetic, broad, and microcosmic angle of view, as well as each kind of life and existence that water and river embrace.

“The AIDS Quilt Interactive: Touching 1.3 Million Square Feet” at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, California, through October 14, 2012

August 20, 2012Huipil

The AIDS Quilt Interactive: Touching 1.3 Million Square Feet

Photo is the Museum’s.

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of The AIDS Memorial Quilt and 30 years of life with AIDS. The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles has AIDS Quilt Interactive on view as part of our 2nd International TECHstyle Art Biennial, that runs through October 14, 2012.

The AIDS Quilt Interactive is a 42-inch interactive touchscreen tabletop that allows users to search through and examine detailed individual images from the 1.3 million square feet of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Quilt table utilizes a Microsoft PixelSense interactive display.

More info:    

Information about 2nd International TECHstyle Art Biennial, that runs through October 14, 2012 at the Museum, is also on that web page.

“Indigo Gives America the Blues” at The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska, September 7, 2012 through June 2, 2013

August 19, 2012

Indigo Gives America the Blues will be on exhibit at The  International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, from September 7, 2012 through  June 2, 2013.

Indigo Gives America the Blues 9/7/12 - 6/2/13

Photo is the Center’s.

Indigo dye dramatically influenced the appearance of European and American textiles throughout the past 400 years. Its use reflects the history of trade with India and other Asian countries beginning in the sixteenth century, as well as advances in technology in Europe and North America.

International Quilt Festival Adds Chicago, Illinois, as Another Show Location in 2013

August 14, 2012

I had been hearing rumors about the International Quilt Festival moving from Cincinnati back to Chicago to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.   I thought that wouldn’t happen, since IQF extended their time at the Cincinnati location.  Here’s a news announcement  from IQF that the show in Chicago is coming back there as an additional IQF location.  The Cincinnati show will still be in Cincinnati.  Hooray!

This is the best of all worlds!  Another International Quilt Festival show!  Dates are June 21 – 23 with the preview night on the 20th, 2013.

The article is at:

“Patterns & Prints: Quaker Quilts & Textiles,” Quaker Heritage Center, Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio, to December 14, 2012

August 11, 2012

Patterns & Prints: Quaker Quilts & Textiles  is on exhibit  until December 14, 2012, at the Quaker Heritage Center of Wilmington College, which is
inside the Boyd Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington, Ohio.
Exhibit  shows 200 years of quilts from Clinton County’s Quaker families with approximately one dozen quilts and coverlets, as well as a variety of household and clothing textiles, made and collected by Quaker families in Southwest Ohio dating from the 1830s through the 1990s. An indigo and white double-weave
coverlet given as a wedding gift in 1833, a nine-patch variation pattern quilt in pink calico signed by its creator in 1877, a friendship quilt made by members of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting celebrating their centennial in 1991 — each of these pieces, and many more stunningly beautiful and varied textile works, come together to tell about the lives of the families who came to Southwest Ohio as early as 1800, and stayed to make Clinton and Warren counties a vital center of Quakerism in America.

Photo is the Center’s of a previous exhibit.

More info:

International Quilt Festival Long Beach 2012 Online Slide Presentations

August 8, 2012

Here is a Smilebox slide show presented by The Quilt Show of quilts from these exhibits: A World of Beauty, West Coast Wonders, and Celebrate Spring from the International Quilt Festival Long Beach 2012 that was held a couple of weeks ago in Long Beach, California. There were more than fifteen exhibits at the show this year.

The slides begin with photos of the area, and the quilt show begins with slide #12.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

The Quilt Show also included a Smilebox slide show of quilts from In the American Tradition exhibit and Hands all Around exhibit.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow

Quilts & More Quilts! in Lowell, Massachusetts, Now and Some into November 2012

August 3, 2012

Quilts and more quilts are on view in Lowell, Massachusetts, some into November 2012.  The New England Quilt Festival is in August, but exhibits at the American Textile Museum, New England Quilt Museum, Brush Gallery, and Whistler House Museum of Art can be seen much longer.

To go at a time that the Festival is not on, be sure to check the days that the museums and galleries are open, so you can see all the quilts on exhibit in Lowell when you are there.


THE LOWELL QUILT FESTIVAL  is  a citywide Celebration of Quilts featuring  IMAGES, the New England Quilt Festival, August  9 –  11, 2012.

For more info:


Art Quilts Lowell 2012:  Music will be at Brush Gallery & Artists Studios  in Lowell from August 9 – September 15, 2012.


Quarter Notes

Nancy Barach – “Quarter Notes”

Photo is the Gallery’s.

Art Quilts Lowell 2012 is a juried exhibition, organized by the Brush Art Gallery, to identify and encourage quilt artists. The theme of the exhibition is music, and it includes art quilts from artists throughout the United States and Canada.  Brush Gallery & Artists Studios is at 256 Market St.  Phone is 978-459-7819.  The gallery is open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11 -4.

Brush Gallery & Artists Studios


Whistler Inspired Art Quilts 2012 at  the Whistler House Museum of Art  are on exhibit through September 1, 2012.

Study in blue and orange

Dianna Callahan – “Study in Blue and Orange”

Quilt by Nancy Crasco

Photos are the Museum’s.


The Whistler House Museum of Art is exhibiting Art Quilts that interpret or are inspired by Whistler’s many works of art. Quilts selected for exhibition met one or more of the following criteria: 1.) based on a Whistler portrait, landscape or seascape (which could be an etching or print) 2.) in a monochromatic color palette. 3.) inspired by the terms: Arrangement, Harmony, Nocturne, and Symphony which were used in the titles of Whistler’s paintings.

The Whistler is located at 243 Worthen Street; phone is 978-452-7641. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays 11 – 4.

See:    where you can view photos of art quilts from past exhibits.


 The New England Quilt Museum in Lowell has their latest exhibit:   “Backstitch: a 25-year Retrospective of Advances and Milestones in Quiltmaking,” from now until October 14, 2012.

The exhibition includes works by Jinny Beyer, Hollis Chatelain, Micheal James and twenty-two others. Innovations include fabric dying for quilts, photo-transfer, machine quilting, rotary cutting, paper piecing and more.


DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY by Linda Taylor & Clair Meineke-Johnson
Photo is the Museum’s.
The Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 – 4.

A Civil War textile exhibit is at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, now through November 25, 2012, which consists of two dozen quilts and about 125 related objects.   For more info:   and more detailed info:

Homefront & Battlefield Exhibit

Photo is the Museum’s.

I understand that you can still see the exhibit  if you don’t get to Lowell, as it will  travel to the New York Historical Society in New York from April 14- August 31, 2014, Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, from  September 20, 2014 to January  1, 2015, and  to Nebraska State Historical Society in  Lincoln from February 1- June 1, 2015.

The Museum is open Wednesdays through Sunday 10 – 5.


Ayer Lofts Gallery  is showing  Material Voices:  Small Art Quilts

Invasive Species 2, by Susan Circone
Photos are the Gallery’s.
Ovum Variation #2, by Valerie Maser-Flanagan

It’s located across the street from the New England Quilt Museum,  at 172 Middle Street. It’s open August 10th from noon to 8pm, the 11th and 12th noon-4pm and thereafter Saturday and Sunday noon-4pm until the 26th .