Thursday, October 4, 2012

Healing Quilts Initiative at Auburn University

After two and half years of planning, the day has arrived! 
It's the debut of the Healing Quilts Initiative at Auburn University. 
Tonight there is a reception at the President's home. Then tomorrow the quilts will move to the local museum to be on display during the month of October - Breast Cancer Awareness month. 
After their time on public display, they will be framed and installed at local cancer treatment centers.
Here are some pictures of getting ready for tonight's reception.
The staff built a custom frame to hang the nineteen quilts.

Some of the quilts depict a plant or animal used to make cancer treatments.

Some quilts offer words of encouragement.

There are nineteen quilts in the collection. Twelve from Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends and seven local Alabama quilters.

Dr. Donna Sollie, Assistant Provost for Women's Initiatives, headed up this initiative. 

And behind the vision is Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder. It was her personal desire to bring this comfort, education and warmth to the surrounding communities.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Prayer Wall Centerpiece

I have completed a new piece for my church. We are worshipping in a new location and have just installed a new prayer wall. This quilt will be the centerpiece. I have dedicated this quilt to all the prayer warriors at my church.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Quilters Take Manhattan - My Donations

I am excited to share my donations to the silent auctions that will take place THIS weekend at the Quilt Alliance event "Quilters Take Manhattan".  Come join us!
Full details on Quilters Take Manhattan here.

Vikki Pignatelli (founder of Sacred Threads) newest book
My 12" x 12" quilt with chinese symbol for Love

Thursday, August 9, 2012

International Quilt Study Center - SAQA Showcase

Members of the Quilt Alliance Board. Field trip to IQSC.
During the Quilt Alliance recent trip to Nebraska for our board meeting and Quilter's Take Omaha event, we had the opportunity to go to the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln. I was particularly interested in seeing the brand new exhibit SAQA Showcase. Here are photos I took from my phone. I wished to capture the essence of the exhibit as it appears to viewers. The work was a fascinating mix of styles.

Beautiful Space
Marin Hanson leads our tour

SAQA Showcase Banner
SAQA Showcase - Jan Myers - Newbury
SAQA Showcase - Susan Shie

SAQA Showcase - Deidre Adams
SAQA Showcase - Gay Lasher

SAQA Showcase - Michael Cummings

SAQA Showcase - Wen Redmond

Friday, June 1, 2012

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Priority Quilts Display

Vienna Chapter of Quilters Unlimited Priority Quilt Workshop
This weekend is the Quilters Unlimited (QU) quilt show in Northern Virginia. The Vienna Chapter of QU did a Priority Quilt workshop with me recently. In this workshop we made 9" x 12" pieces to be donated to raise money for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The Vienna quilters decided to have this display at the quilt show to raise awareness of this wonderful project. I was very proud of the display. A great thanks to Karla Vernon for coordinating the group and getting them registered with AAQI. And a HUGE thank you to Janet Marney for collecting the quilts and doing this special layout.
Side View

Signage Explaining the Exhibit

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Home is Where the Quilt Is"

Still untitled piece for "Home Is Where the Quilt Is" auction
The Alliance for American Quilts has an annual auction to raise money in support of the organization. I am a member of the quilt alliance because I strongly support the mission to document, preserve and share our quilt stories. Pictured here is my piece for the 2012 auction. Trouble is, I can't come up with a title. It seems like a title with both words Flowers and Home, would be ideal. So far the best suggestion is "Flowers in the Attic". Anyone else have any ideas?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Suzanne Kistler has nominated me from the Liebster Blog award. This award is given to bloggers that inspire you and have less than 200 followers. Thank you Suzanne!

Here are the particulars:
As part of the tradition it is passed along to 5 bloggers that have motivated and inspired.
To accept the award you must:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
2. Post the award to your blog.
3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.

Here are my five:
Cyndi Souder of Moonlighting Quilts.
Cyndi is multi-talented and reminds me to do my best work - at whatever I'm doing at the moment.

Donna DeSoto of Living in a Material World
Donna is thoughtful, warm and  inspires me to love. Oh, and she takes amazing photos and writes beautiful poetry.

Lisa Quintana of Michigoose's Gander at Quilts.
Lisa always has something interesting to say that makes me stop and think.

Sue Reno of Sue Reno Studio 
A true professional that teaches me about grace in the 'real world' of art quilting.

Fannie Narte
A like minded charity quilter motivated to make the world a better place through our gift of quilting.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Vienna QU Guild Show and Tell

Vienna Chapter Members of Quilters Unlimited hold up their Alzheimer's Priority Quilts at their January 17th meeting.
I was very pleased to receive this photo of the quilter's showing off their wonderful pieces from the Priority Quilt workshop.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Heartbreak to Hope will be at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

I am excited to learn today that the Azheimer's Art Quilt Initiative traveling exhibit called Heartbreak to Hope will be at the Mancuso show, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Feb 23-26.

The Founder, Ami Simms, will be there, near the quilts, to meet and greet. Look for her at the Preview night on Wednesday and on Sunday.

My piece, "Running Out of Time" is one of the small 9"x12" pieces in the exhibit.

If you are going to the show, please stop by and check out this very moving exhibit.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Priority Quilt Workshop for Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

Today I worked with the Vienna Quilter's Unlimited quilter's to create Priority Quilts to raise money for Alzheimer's research. These will be donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.