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May 30th is the deadline for Houston entries. https://www.quilts.com/enter-your-quilt/ Festival faculty here: https://www.quilts.com/classes 

The Windham Ruby+Bee 2025 Fabric Challenge for QuiltCon is posted. https://quiltcon.com/windham-challenge/ 

The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is in critical need of emergency funding, now, in order to maintain their fine collection and exhibition schedule. More at https://sj-mqt.org/ While you’re there, see “24/7” virtual exhibits. https://sj-mqt.org/online-exhibition   

When This You See, Remember Me an exhibition of inscribed quilts from The Historical Society of Rockland County, through Oct. 27. Learn the contributors and the styles of textile history from the region. Limited hours or appt. https://www.rocklandhistory.org/program.cfm?category=10 

Have you ever wondered how historical re-enactors borrow, find or make the “stuff” they need? Who helps them? https://artdaily.cc/news/169445/You-can-t-live-in-the-past–even-in-a-period-accurate-frock  

The Modern Quilt Studio is celebrating their 25th anniversary with The Lighthouse Inn Modern Mystery Quilt Along beginning June 1. Your starting date is flexible, and both new and experienced quilters are welcome. Preview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z2RdnRFQPs More details: https://www.modernquiltstudio.com/product/lighthouseqal 

We have been waiting some time for the “end” of Karen Brown’s “tickertape” crumb quilting adventure. The grand finale and some great tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnmcqgGHLU0 

Here’s another “take” on scrap quilting from Judy Gauthier at The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh6KiQHEHew  

Has anyone tried this in fabric? https://x.com/awkwardgoogle/status/1793492299365884317  

Want a quick phone holder when you need to follow directions from Zoom or YouTube? Try this. https://x.com/gunsnrosesgirl3/status/1793250814703685854  

Statement Sleeves at FIT is temporarily closed. Website is worth a look: https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/statement-sleeves/index.php  

New at the Met Costume Institute: Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion explores “notions of rebirth and renewal, using nature as a metaphor for the impermanence of fashion.” https://82nd-and-fifth.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2024/sleeping-beauties_advanced-details  

Breaking News: The National Zoo will be host to a pair of pandas by the end of the year. Will there be panda-monium in the quilting/textile world? https://nationalzoo.si.edu/dcpandas Stay tuned… 

Keep on quilting! 


My head is filled with images and “what ifs” from the Global Quilt Connection All-Star Sampler Platter. My shelves hold sheers, tools, templates, hand dyes, fusibles, paper, paints, decorative threads from a host of projects. Time to take them out and use them. I printed the guide sheets, read them, marked them up during presentation. Tagged a surprising number for exploration, downloaded new material, and aim to try at least a couple. What did you find to feed your imagination? Summer is a great time to play. Perhaps we can share our experiments at a future meeting. Many thanks to our President and Board for budgeting to support GQC, and to Lyric Kinard for her leadership.   

The Golden Thread: A Fiber Art Exhibition is composed of over 100 artworks, including 10 site-specific installations from 61 artists. 207 Front Street is a landmarked 4 story structure, erected in 1793, in the heart of The South Street Seaport located between Beekman and Fulton Streets. Not wheelchair or stroller accessible. April 26 through May 12. https://theseaport.nyc/events/the-golden-thread-a-fiber-art-exhibition/

Patterns and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women “The exhibition celebrates the quilts, the women who made them, and considers their unique role in American art today.” A promised bequest to the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) through September 2. https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/pattern-and-paradox

At The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.): Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction  “Putting into dialog some 160 works by more than 50 creators from across generations and continents, the exhibition explores the contributions of weaving and related techniques to abstraction, modernism’s preeminent art form.” Online and in-person programs. Includes weaving, knitting, netting, knotting, and felting. Through July 28. https://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2024/woven-histories-textiles-modern-abstraction.html

A feast for eyes and brain: Remarkable Tessellated Forms Emerge in Intricate Origami by Goran Konjevod. Using folded paper, a special technique results in astonishing fluidity. A visual catalog with links to more sites. https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2024/04/goran-konjevod-origami-vessels/

Air Fountain from Daniel Wurtzel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r61YBq3X2mY More on YouTube and Google.

Carry your art? Kent Stetson on PBS Newshour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16YsSAlMx8

Double the Fun! Pieced Quilt Backs at Quilting Daily highlights the nearly reversible quality of so many quilts today. Quite an evolution since my first quilt. I was so happy just to finish a top!  https://www.quiltingdaily.com/double-the-fun-pieced-quilt-backs/?utm_campaign=Quilting+Daily+-+Newsletter&utm_id=Newsletter_20240409_GPM240408017&utm_medium=email&utm_source=omeda&oly_enc_id=0462E6060534A8U

Donna Jordan has a new Jelly Roll Race Quilt video – adjustable size and 3 accent colors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9V-UCYzlMg Subscribe to her YouTube channel.

Quilt on!    


Martha Tuttle: Touch/Stone combines natural elements, colors, dyes with weaving and textiles in her paintings. Peter Blum Gallery, 176 Grand St. https://www.peterblumgallery.com/viewing-room/martha-tuttle Through May 18th.

A new exhibit, Somewhere to Roost, opens at the American Folk Art Museum April 12th. “Featuring over 60 works including paintings, textiles, photographs, and sculptures…will explore the ways that artists evoke and construct ideas of ‘home.’” A thematic exhibit based completely on works owned by the museum. Opposite Lincoln Center/always free. https://folkartmuseum.org/exhibitions/somewhere-to-roost/

Weaving Abstraction in Ancient and Modern Art is a “…unique cross-historical exhibition [that] offers new insights into the emergence of abstract imagery.” Works from Andean artists from 16th century and earlier are contrasted with four modern artists who innovated based on their training in Andean techniques, namely Anni Albers, Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawney, and Olga de Amaral. Menu of events. Through June 16th. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/weaving-abstraction-in-ancient-and-modern-art

Art Quilt Elements 2024 – Wayne Art Center in PA hosts their sixteenth juried biennial international show of contemporary fine art quilts. Through April 27th. Good info for planning a visit. https://artquiltelements.org/exhibitions/art-quilt-elements-2024/

Bridging Chasms is the current show at The Riverfront Art Gallery at the Yonkers Public Library. “Through sculpture, painting, textiles, and installation, artists have sought to eliminate boundaries as they foster community and broaden understanding.” https://www.ypl.org/artgallery Through May 16th.

New at Fashion Institute of Technology: Statement Sleeves is a tour through garments from the permanent collection organized by sleeve shapes. Find out if what’s old is new. To August 25th. https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/index.php?exhibitions=current

Sonia Delaunay: Living Art is at Bard College Graduate Center.  View Delaunay’s work over six decades in fashion, textiles, interiors, books, mosaics, and tapestries with an extraordinary focus on color. The themed exhibits at Bard are always a delight, as they gather the world’s best from institutions and private collections that most of us could never see. Includes related events for adults and children. Through July 7th. https://www.bgc.bard.edu/exhibitions/exhibitions/136/sonia-delaunay

Wednesdays are often busy, so I don’t always view Textile Talks live. I just enjoyed Cindy Grisdela Abstractions in Color at the Virginia Quilt Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6dDHIdQAog Next on my list: Fiber Artists vs Artificial Intelligence: What We Know That It Doesn’t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZe820lgo_c  The list of upcoming talks, and links to past talks are here: https://quiltalliance.org/events/textile-talks/

Check websites before you go for current info, grab a notebook, phone/camera, and have fun! Don’t forget the variety of shows and activities listed elsewhere in the April (and March) newsletters.

Joyful holidays and a Happy Spring to all! ~ Barbara

INSPIRATION…I can’t believe it’s March! – by Barbara H.

The daffodils are getting taller. A few hyacinths are showing. Still waiting for crocus. (Two wall quilts will have to do.) Need some pansies. All colors and shapes that make my heart happy. With National Quilting Month, DST, official start of spring, a wealth of quilt shows on the horizon, we have a season of fun ahead!

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in VA https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/mid-atlantic-quilt-festival (Feb. 29-Mar. 3);  

Dallas Quilt Show https://www.quiltersguildofdallas.org/events/2024-dallas-quilt-show/ (Mar. 15-17);

Lancaster Quilt Show, Lebanon Valley, PA https://www.aquiltersdestination.com/lancaster-show-info (April 10-13)  

Smithtown Stitchers sponsors “Quilt Exhibit 2024: A Spectrum of Quilts” in Setauket, NY https://smithtownstitchers.com/quilt-show.html (April 13-14);

Quiltfest Greenville in SC https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/quiltfest-greenvillle-sc/ (April 18-20);

AQS Quilt Week, Paducah KY https://www.americanquilter.com/paducah-2024 (April 24-27);

“World of Quilts XLIII” Northern Star Quilters in Purchase, NY https://www.northernstarquilters.com/event/world-of-quilts/ (May 4-5);

Pacific International Quilt Festival in CA https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pacific-international-quilt-festival/ (July 24-27);

Eastern Long Island Quilt Guild Show at the Hallockville Farm Museum https://eliqg.com/2024-quilt-show (Aug. 24-25)

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, at Oaks PA https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pennsylvania-national-quilt-extravaganza/ (Sept. 12-15)

Cheers to those of you at QuiltCon 2024. Can’t wait to see the videos. “Calls for Entry” to the Houston Quilt Show are posted. https://www.quilts.com/enter-your-quilt/  Many shows sponsor challenges and competitions, so check the websites early. If you wish to cast a wider net, see “Calls for Entry” from Lyric Kinnard at https://lyrickinard.com/calls-for-entry/ with sources. For more chances to stretch your creativity, see Mel Beach’s newsletter. Sign up:  https://pieceloveandhappiness.blogspot.com/

Virtual Events:

Quiltfest Virtual Schoolhouse 8 with international faculty only. https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/quiltfest-virtual-schoolhouse-8/ (Mar. 20-22)

Live classes/lectures with Karen Eckmeier are always fun learning opportunities. Karen makes her techniques even more accessible with online “3rd Wednesdays Workshops” beginning March 20th. http://www.quilted-lizard.com/  Go to her newsletter page to learn more, Winter 2024 https://us8.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=08afe5ee3f91e5138438d44e1&id=e413685131

“Judging a Book by Its Cover: Bookbindings from the Collections of The Grolier Club, 1470s-2020” caught my attention. “The exhibition explores the history of decorated bindings, book bindings as three-dimensional art objects, what makes a binding collectible” and more. In certain sections, I noticed design similarities from images that resemble those in textiles, weaving and needle arts exhibitions. Live exhibit at The Grolier Club on 47 E. 60 St. in Manhattan. https://www.grolierclub.org/ Thru April 13th.  Online: https://grolierclub.omeka.net/exhibits/show/judging-a-book-by-its-cover to catch some images.

Now, where did I stash the clover and the bunny fabrics?

Happy Spring, Happy Holidays, happy sewing to all.  Barbara