Textures – Fiber Artists Show

There is going to be a great art quilt show in the Southern California area of Temecula from Oct 2 to Nov 29th. Some very unusual materials are used (in the past, kevlar and fiberglass) and this year’s quilts are going to be even better than last year’s. It is is a gallery setting. Visit Textures – Fiber Artists blog for more information!

This tip submitted by Trish C. Thanks Trish!

Free Motion Quilting Inspiration

Are you tired of stippling, grids, pebbles and wavy lines as background filler patterns? If you’re looking for something different and need a little inspiration, follow along as Quilter Leah Day takes us on a year-long free motion quilting adventure on her new blog, 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs. With designs like Brain Coral, Shadow Waves, and Henna Fooffy, we’ll never be at a loss for filler design inspiration again!

Thanks to Nadine@Patchowl for forwarding a link to this site!

Rock, Paper, Leaf

Jill Buckley brings new meaning to the word “embellishment” with her textile art pieces. Jill challenges herself frequently and steps outside the box of even contemporary embellishment techniques when she designs. She has actually used rocks and paper in her textile art pieces with great success. Her latest piece, entitled Reality Show, contains preserved maple leaves that have been thread painted and then attached to the surface of the quilt.

Jill’s work was recently published in an article in The Canadian Quilter, the newsletter of the Canadian Quilters’ Association. You can visit with Jill at her blog, The Quilt Rat.

Photo: Reality Show (detail), courtesy of and © Jill Buckley

Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta

It’s not too early to make plans to attend the 2009 Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta on Memorial Day weekend, May 21-23, 2009. This year, the juried show and fiber arts exhibit moves to a new location with bigger and better quarters, and will offer classes for the first time. Featured New Mexico artist Dorothy Bunny Bowen will be on hand during the Fiesta with her solo exhibit “Out of Time: Ten Thousand Days with a Brush”. Dorothy is known for her exquisite landscapes worked in batik and rozome.

Quilting on a Larger Scale

Scott Hagan may not think of himself as a quilter, but he knows quite a bit about how quilt blocks and patterns go together. A painter by trade, he sometimes works with quilt blocks on a very large scale, transferring traditional quilt block patterns to his chosen canvas, and painting in the patchwork pieces. And the canvas? Old wood barns! These quilt blocks can be 20 feet tall! To see Scott’s unusually large quilt blocks, check out his website. You’ll see his work on the Monroe County, Ohio Quilt Square Project, and some of his more recent projects such as the John Deere Barn and the Belmont County Bicentennial Barn. Better yet, visit the area in person to see these works of art!

Photo: Ohio Star Barn Quilt, courtesy of and © Scott Hagan

Not Just Your Average Quilt

At first glance, Fraser Smith’s quilts are finely quilted, richly colored textile art pieces that beg to be touched. They hang in graceful folds from casually strung rope lines. You look both ways to make sure no one’s watching, and against all quilt-show etiquette, you reach out to touch the quilt and unexpectedly encounter not soft folds of fabric, but hard painted wood!

Unlike most fabric artists, Fraser makes his quilts from giant blocks of bass wood with power tools, grinders, scalpels, dental tools, sanding tools and silk dyes and stains. Each quilt can take six months to a year to complete, and finished quilts can weigh between 80 and 130 pounds! His work entitled “Floating” is on permanent display at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. You can see more of his quilts and other carved wood objects, and even download desktop wallpaper on Fraser’s website, www.gofraser.com.

Photo: Jewel Pool (detail), courtesy of and © Fraser Smith