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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

INSPIRATION: FEBRUARY 2024 – by Barbara H.  

January has provided indoor days for quilters and crafters. Here’s a mix of online and actual events to enjoy whatever February offers us.  

“Nancy Koenigsberg: Line and Shadow” is on my list. A longtime leader in the fiber arts community, Nancy weaves, knits, crochets and manipulates…wire! The exhibit includes 25 works created between 1998-2023. Examples on the website. https://www.nancyhoffmangallery.com/nancy-koenigsberg-2024-exhibition Feb. 1-Mar. 16. Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 520 W27 St. Easy walk from Penn Station. 

“By A Thread” is a curated exhibit of embroidery, quilting, lacemaking, applique, crochet and more from the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.  Both natural and artificial fibers. To Feb. 25. https://www.woodstockart.org/by-a-thread  

Online: Peters Valley offers online demonstrations in the winter months, including two that teach surface design. With “Making Handmade Watercolors with Nathalie Stopka” you create your own paints, and learn how technology has shaped art works over time. Live on Zoom. Feb. 22, 6:00-7:00 PM EST. https://petersvalley.org/workshops/handmade-watercolors/  Coming up in March: “Eco Printing with Oksana Danziger” https://petersvalley.org/workshops/eco-printing/ 

Online: “Making Space” from the NY Artists Circle. https://nyartistscircle.com/curated-shows/making-space 

Online: If you haven’t been keeping up with Textile Talks, just search “textile talks SAQA” on YouTube to enjoy a wealth of good interviews. Recently Roderick Kiracofe, Cindy Grisdela, Teresa Duryea Wong, and many more… 

Online: Program lectures from the George Washington University Textile Museum in D.C. may be found on their website https://museum.gwu.edu/program-videos  

From Mali, “Abdoulaye Konate: Lune Bleue” investigates “form and color with symbolic references drawn from…West Africa and beyond. Each piece of locally dyed cotton is used like a brushstroke. (Go look at the picture.) At Levy Gorvy Dayan, 19 E 64 St. to Feb. 17. https://www.levygorvydayan.com/  https://cdn.sanity.io/files/8uzch5mp/database/26ba7e32bd70aee7b899e893089739da70a25f4f.pdf 

“Narrative Threads: Works by Eight Nordic Artists” at Scandinavia House displays “innovative use of natural, synthetic, and digitals materials” by artists from Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. Workshop on Feb. 8. Exhibit through Feb. 17. https://www.scandinaviahouse.org/ 58 Park Ave. four blocks south of Grand Central. 

“A Dark, A Bright, A Light: the Designs of Dorothy Liebes” is on view through Feb. 4. Cooper-Hewitt https://www.cooperhewitt.org/channel/dorothy-liebes/  “Women Dressing Women” is on view through Mar. 3 at The Costume Institute. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/women-dressing-women Both highly acclaimed. 

Summer UK Tour to Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, Highclere Castle, the Royal School of Needlework with Kimberley Einmo and Susan Cleveland sounds like fun to me! https://opulentquiltjourneys.com/ is a fun site to peruse.  

Do check websites, even call, before you go to a museum or gallery. Bring your phone and/or pen plus notebook to capture your ideas, even scribble madly on the way home…and have a great creative time.   



While we tend to think things are “quiet” in the museum world come January, there’s a wealth of excitement for eye, ear, and imagination in nearby museums. A quick run-down…

Katonah Museum of Art: Two exhibits of Syrian craft and textile heritage. “Stories of Syria’s Textiles: Art and Heritage across Two Millennia” covers an enormous historical range of both traditional and luxury goods at the intersection of the Silk Road. This heritage is now endangered, as preservation struggles in perilous times. “Rhonda Khalifeh: Immortal Stitch” brings Syrian heritage to the current world with repurposing and natural dyes. Both to Jan. 28thhttps://www.katonahmuseum.org/exhibitions

The Jewish Museum: “Marta Minujin: Arte! Arte! Arte!” surveys the work of a defining force from Latin America who impacted art and design worldwide. Through March 31st. “Mood of the Moment: Gaby Aghion and the House of Chloe” continues until Feb. 18thhttps://thejewishmuseum.org/exhibitions

At the Met: “Women Dressing Women” offers an array of key designers from Spring 1910 through today, including French haute couture, American makers, and contemporary creators. Through March 3rd. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/women-dressing-women

The Cooper-Hewitt: “A Dark, A Light, A Bright: The Designs of Dorothy Liebes.”  Liebes created and popularized the American modern aesthetic across multiple industries, across the world. Enhanced by extra digital material on the website. Ends Feb. 4th. https://exhibitions.cooperhewitt.org/dorothy-liebes/

Visual Arts Center of NJ: “Elana Herzog: Ripped, Tangled, and Frayed” and “Jeffrey Gibson: She Knows Other Worlds” to Feb. 4th. https://www.artcenternj.org/exhibitions/current-exhibitions

Museum of Art and Design: “Craft Front and Center” re-examines about 60 pieces of the core collection. MAD was created to “pioneer an understanding of craft and the handmade as a creative driving force of art and design.” I think we in the quilting world have benefitted enormously. I always enjoy visiting the working studios at MAD. (And now, there’s Taylor Swift…) https://www.madmuseum.org/exhibition/craft-front-center-0

Godwin-Ternbach Museum (Queens College) “Ubukhle Women: the Art of Independence” documents beaded forms developed by women working together in rural KweZulu-Natal, South Africa. This is a current exhibit, on view to Jan. 18th. The website has an extensive collection of digital exhibitions that deserve a second look for ideas and appreciation. https://gtmuseum.org/currently

North Shore Quilting is collaborating with Preservation Long Island to create a community quilt in anticipation of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition that will be open from March 23-May 3 this spring. Subscribe at https://northshorequilting.com/ “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America” will open at Preservation Long Island March 23rd. https://preservationlongisland.org

Beyond the museums:

For those still enjoying the Twelve Days of Christmas: https://twitter.com/womensart1/status/1738819747737677992/photo/1  

The Bernina Presser Feet continue their adventures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzgQOp5-JdY

Some Christmas “curation” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/immaculate-century-old-fruitcake-found-antarctica-180964504/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_term=12232023&utm_content=archival

My American Folk Art Museum favorite https://twitter.com/FolkArtMuseum/status/1735365537939546403/photo/1

I have been watching/listening to GE Designs from MN. Gudrun Erla and her crew put out three shows per week (Facebook/YouTube) with fun ideas and gorgeous fabric. https://gequiltdesigns.com/

Susan Brown of Just Get It Done Quilts kicked off the 2024 Declutter Challenge. This quilter means business! Those of you up to the effort will never look at quilting organization the same way again. Even for the faint of heart (like me) there were lots of good ideas last year for making piece/peace with my fabric overflows and accelerating the quilting process. Follow on YouTube or any of her social media sites. “Before We Begin” with prep is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7N4C-Xbh3I0 Can you (and your clutter-buddy) handle all 21 days?

Happy, Healthy, and Creative New Year to all!  Barbara