Friday, May 15, 2015

new camera, fans

Fans, c. 1960, Texas

Got a new camera yesterday. The old one is with a friend who needed a replacement camera while touring Europe. As if I needed an excuse to get a new camera after shooting the whole Quiltmania book with my old one! I got another Nikon, a very simple one, the D3200. It was on sale at Best Buy. First picture was the Fans quilt from Texas, which has been waiting for its picture since before I went to France.


This year is my 30th anniversary of shooting with Nikon cameras. My first Nikon back in the 80s was an FE2. Then I had an F3, and later I had a couple CoolPix point and shoot pocket cameras-- all film cameras. In the digital age, I have had a D60, a D5000 and now the D3200. They have all been great. When I get the D5000 back, I'm sure I will still use it. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Christina Cameli Craftsy Class


Fellow Portland Modern Quilt Guild member Christina Cameli has a new Craftsy class, and it is now available online.



The class, Free-Motion Quilting Essentials, covers free-motion quilting on a domestic machine, and Cameli has done some incredible work in this area. She has published two books, and will be teaching at QuiltCon 2015 in Pasadena.


Christina is a wonderful teacher. She is very personable on camera, informative, and full of great advice for quilters of all levels. To watch an overview and sign up for the class, click here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

"Collecting Polyester Quilts" in Blanket Statements

front page, the lead research article for Spring

Blanket Statements is the quarterly newsletter of the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG), an organization that establishes and promotes quilt-related studies. The organization holds an annual Seminar and publishes an annual journal of research papers called Uncoverings. When I first joined AQSG back in 2009, I thought about writing for the newsletter but wasn't sure I could write in Chicago Style.

1970s Tile Blocks, 100% polyester double knit

Recently, the editor asked if I would be willing to write something about my polyester quilts. Even though I am much more accustomed to writing in Associated Press style, I gave it a go. The article, "Collecting Polyester Quilts" goes through some of the intriguing points about later period, mid-century domestic quilts in America. The invention of polyester and development of DayGlo were two key areas of research, since the materials and colors were specific to a relatively short period centering around the 1970s.

1970s polyester Double Wedding Ring, California

Adding perspective from a collector's point of view, there are notes about values including changes in values during an active period of collecting over roughly five years. There are also notes about conservation work; such as the Moth-eaten wool patches on a mostly-polyester Double Wedding Ring from California, since replaced with vintage polyester double knit purchased from eBay.



Blanket Statements is a quarterly AQSG members' publication and is always brimming with great information about quilts and quilt history. For learn more about AQSG including how to become a member, click here

Thursday, May 7, 2015

"Exploring Layers" SAQA Exhibit in Portland


The Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) is having an exhibit at the AIR Gallery at Pioneer Square, 700 5th Avenue, Portland, third floor. The exhibit, called "Exploring Layers" will be on display until May 16th, and includes the work of Oregon and Southwest Washington members of SAQA.


According to the SAQA website, the Exploring Layers theme "stimulated members to create many pieces expanding the boundaries of contemporary textile art. This work explores many layers of thought and an expanded view of fibers as a medium." Here are some pictures with pictures of the labels after each quilt.


























Open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6. Closing reception is May 16th from 5-9pm. Info.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NW Quilters Show Winners


Here are a few of the winners from the Northwest Quilters 41st Annual Show, held Friday and Saturday at the Portland Expo Center. Kudos to all the quiltmakers. I was honored to have one of my quilts receive a ribbon for Jolene Knight's amazing free motion quilting. Can't wait to present her with the ribbon! 

Carrie Perkins cleaned up with her exquisite Jacobean Journey Quilt, completed in 2015


Since it's going to be another busy day, I'm pushing the easy button and posting pictures of the labels. Pictures were taken with my iPhone. I left my camera with a friend in need in France, and will go get a new one this week. 



































my quilt, Oregon July, with award-winning hand guided long arm quilting by Jolene Knight