General Information Quilting

The Quilters Trunk

When a Longarm Quilter gets the opportunity to add to someones creative piece it is a very exciting moment with ideas swirling all around. What pattern would best go or add to the top? What color thread will the person choose? One that blends, one that stands out? And many times I am told,” do what you think will look good!”
In this particular case, that is exactly what I was told but still asked a few questions to make sure I was heading in the right direction for what the owner to be has envisioned.
Staying modern was my first thought. Geometric or organic. Lines or leaf or…..
So as you can see I used a pattern called Diagonal Plaid by Patricia Ritter at Urban Elementz. Thread color was chosen to blend and lay into the orange background. Not too open and not too dense and it just had that right amount to enhance and not distract. Easy on the eyes!
This quilt is currently on display at The Quilters Trunk in Beverly, Illinois.

Chicago International Quilt Festival Thursday – Saturday

Its that wonderful time of the year where the quilt show comes to Chicago. If you plan to see the show (March 28-30, 2019) please check out the Open Studio instructors. I will be there each day with something new. Please stop by and say hi.

Festival will have educational opportunities for free on the show floor including our popular Open Studios™ and the new Learning Lounge in lieu of traditional classes and a class catalog.

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, located at 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, Illinois 60018.

Show hours are 10 am-5 pm

Admission are $10 adult daily, $8 seniors 65+/students/military and $25 full show pass Children 10 and under free.

Lecture, Trunk and Slide Show Invitation

Quilters….or even just interested in quilting! I will be giving a Lecture/ Trunk Show/Slide presentation Wed. July 12th 6:30 P.M. For the Pieces and Patches Quilt guild in Steger Illinois at the Community Center located 3501 Hopkins. There is a $5 fee for non- Members. It will be on Modern Quilts and the world of Modern Quilters. join me if you can, would love to see you there. Also the guild has a Facebook page so take a look.

Drum Roll Please

Congratulations Mary M from Lockport, Illinois who was randomly chosen for the wooden needle give away.

Thank You & Now For The Fun

Now for some FUN!

Some of you have come by and saw my presentation in Open Studio 2017, also so my Giant…16 inch wooden needle with a notch to hang on a wall. I was so pleased to have so many people interested, and all the wonderful questions.

So….. what I would like to do, is anyone who follows me, will have a chance to own the wonderful Needle. I will randomly chose one person on April 30th!

Will it be you?

International Quilt Festival Starts Today

Here is my schedule for this year’s Open Studio at the International Quilt Festival. This year I will be teaching “No Measure Borders”.

​Thursday, April 6, 2017

12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.

Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8, 2017

10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Naperville Art League 14th Annual Public Art Competition

The winners of the Naperville (Illinois) Art League’s 14th annual public art competition were announced at a reception held at the Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

The exhibit, entitled “#SillySerious-ness,” caught the attention of regional artists of all ages who submitted work reflective of the theme. Fifty entries, encompassing original work in a variety of media, were displayed and considered for the awards.

Artist Pamela Carron was selected to judge this competition.  She had the difficult task of selecting winners out of the 50 entries.  Prizes were awarded to sixteen individual winners:

Best of Show:

Patricia Melekus “Rape of Europa” Acrylic

Awards of Excellence:

Jeannail Carter Too Many to Choose From” Colored Pencil, Pen, Ink

Scott Harding  “Pumpkin Top” Oil on Linen

Gary Schirmer “The Ripley Effect” Oil

Honorable Mentions:

Cynthia Boudreau“Bubbling Up” Fiber

Marissa Burch “Treehouse” Mixed

Kathleen Geisinger “Winter at Geneva Lake” Photography

Tatiana Guarino “Tatiana Guarino” Oil

Beth Hobby “Mask: Autoportrait” Assemblage

Valerie Lorimer “Her Life Was a Circus” Mixed

Judy MacLeod “The Sisters” Mixed Media

Kevin Pranaitis “Am I Brave, Daddy” Photography

Sally Sharp “Seriously?” Oil & Cold Wax

Judy Tucker “Picasso in Piecing” (pictured above) Fabric

Marita Valdizan “Life as it Happens” Mixed Media Wire Crochet

Charles Williams, Jr. “Maze”  Acrylic

“I was very impressed with the quality of artwork we received for our ‘#SillySeriousness’ competition. Even more amazing is the depth of intimacy that the pieces exude,” said Debbie Venezia, Executive Director of the Naperville Art League.

“#SillySeriousness” runs through Friday, March 30, 2017.