Eleven 3 Thirteen
This was inspired by the chaos still existing in Fukishima, Japan two years after the earthquake and tsunami.
I have received notice that Eleven 3 Thirteen which is currently being shown at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY will be shown again in the Spring of 2014. It has been juried into Art Quilt Elements 2014 which will be held just outside Philadelphia on the Main Line at the Wayne Art Center. The exhibition opens March 21 and closes May 3.
I will be attending the opening weekend events with my friend Helen Remick who also has had a quilt accepted. In April this year we were both award winners and went together to Rio de Janeiro to make presentations at the Patchwork Design show there. I am looking forward to traveling with her again.
Her quilt is titled Les Fleurs de la Maladie 4. You can see more of her work at:
As you can see, we are very individual in our inspiration and technique. That what makes exhibition such as this so special. Each quilt represents what the jurors consider to be the best of the artist’s work at present.
The list of artists whose work is included in this show includes many who are well known and I am looking forward to seeing their work in person, especially that of Michael James, who has a piece in the show. You will find the list of artists at:
I was in Paducah for a wonderful weekend to see Two Approaches, my dual show with Denyse Schmidt. Denyse is showing 17 quilts made to be used on beds and I am showing 18 various sized wall quilts. The Exhibition runs until January 14, 2014. The Museum has posted images of the show on its website and facebook page.
So many people come to the Museum from all over! There were 30 Australian quilters on a tour and Lynn Franks and Janet Rochon just happened by on their way back to Georgia from a work conference in St. Louis. It was my treat to get to chat with such knowledgeable visitors. I took along a sample so I could share my process up close an personal and let people actually touch my hand stitching.
Judy Schwender, Curator, has done a stellar job of hanging the show which compliments both Denyse’s and my quilts. Denyse is a delightful person and her work is new to many of the traditional quilters who I met at the Museum. It was gratifying to see how many quilters could see the historic links of Denyse’s designs and appreciated how challenging it is to work with so few design elements. You can learn all about Denyse and her distinctive quilts at
Here are Denyse and I and a view of the entrance to our show.
My most recent piece has been selected by the jury for inclusion at the Schweinfurth Art Center’s annual exhibition Quilts=Art=Quilts. This show in Auburn, New York in in its 33 rd year and is highly regarded in the world of Art Quilts. The Preview reception is Saturday, October 26 and the last day is January 5, 2014. Dunes at the Beach is based on the idea of sand and fences at the shore. It was finished just in time for entry.
Dunes at the Beach
My explanation of the work is:
Like our lives, the dunes at the beach are always changing. Fences try to keep everything stable, but they are only effective on a temporary basis. Nature is always flowing and it is good for us to remember to “Go with the Flow.”
A complete list of all the accepted artists can be found at:
I have discovered a You Tube video from my Brazilian friend Zeca Madeiros whose Patchwork Design Exhibitions in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have focused on bringing the world’s best Art Quilts to Brazil (see my post of May 13, 2013).
Zeca made a trip to Tokyo to arrange for some of the quilts from the 11th Quilt Nihon to be in his Brazilian exhibitions in March and April of 2014. These are quilts created by Japanese artists. He created this video to share his experience:
The You Tube post is wonderful for me because it reminds me of my trips to Japan and shows both Zeca and staff members at Nihon Vogue in Tokyo who have made my experiences in Japan so memorable. That is Zeca on the right with my Japanese friends enjoying “Splash of Flowers” made by Kimko Kido .
At the Circus
I am so pleased to be part of the 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition which is traveling to two more Museums in the United States.
33 award winning quilts have already debuted in this country at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, and now they are traveling to Cedarville, Wisconsin to the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Textile Art from October 23, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
You can check out that Museum at
From Wisconsin the Quilt Nihon quilts move to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts from January 16 to April 12, 2014.
Their website is:
If you can visit either of these venues, you will thoroughly enjoy the exciting quilts, including my At the Circus, which exemplify some of the most exciting and innovative quilt techniques and design in both the Traditional and the Contemporary categories.
It’s only a month until Two Approaches: Now and the Future of Quilting opens in Paducah at the National Quilt Museum. I am so happy to see that a new quilt of mine which will make its debut at this exhibition is featured on the Museum’s homepage under Upcoming Exhibits. This quilt is called Berry Trifle and because it is so new, it’s probably my favorite!
You can check out the National Quilt Museum website at
The People’s Choice winner for Quilt National 2013 has been posted and a beautiful Quilt made by Brienne Brown is the winner. This quilt also won a Juror’s Award of Merit. Congratulations, Brienne!
I am please to report that my quilt, Thru the Lens, was among the top ten vote getters.
To see all of the top ten go to