Saturday, August 28, 2010

Linda Frost

Shuttered View of the Wetlands

Self Portrait

Linda is another talented member, active in several organizations related to textiles.
She has a degree in pharmacy, two grown daughters and several pet birds.

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Rosh Hashana

Tiger Stripe

Words & Birds

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hannah T. Johnson: "I'm OK"

Chinese Coins, 2009
77"x 88"

Hannah T. Johnson has an exhibit of her quilts in the downtown Lawrence record shop Love Garden Sounds. "I'm OK: New Quilts by Hannah T. Johnson" is up until September 2nd.

Pentaquilt, 2009
104" x 112"
The quilts are hand-quilted. They echo the free-form Southern quilts of the 1950s and '60s.

Red Gingham, 2009
63" x 93"

Triple Lone Star Behemoth, 2010
139" x 135"

Love Garden Sounds is at 822 Massachusetts St.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ninth-Graders' Quilts at the Spencer Museum of Art

Jesse Melott, Old Couch

Native Son, Local Threads: Quilts Inspired by Richard Wright

The Spencer Museum of Art is also hosting a show of students' quilts made in a class taught by Marla Jackson and Michel Loomis. The quilts will be up in the Lobby Gallery through September 4th.

George Stockhammer, Hiaku #1

This spring, artist Marla Jackson worked with Michel Loomis’s ninth-grade English students at Lawrence’s Central Junior High School to create textiles based on the literature they were studying. Jackson taught the students sewing skills and inspired them to create narrative quilts. The quilts on display here are the results of their work. To honor the writer Richard Wright (September 4, 1908–November 28, 1960), the artists/students drew their inspiration from reading the haiku poems that he wrote late in life. Wright was African American, and his powerful, sometimes controversial books included Native Son and Uncle Tom’s Children; much of his literature concerned racial themes, and his work arguably helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century.

Taylor Vardis, The Sun for Tomorrow

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Love Quilts

Noell is in charge of our Love Quilt project. Every year we make quilts for the preschoolers in the local Head Start program. They are very simple---just 6" finished squares, alternating colors. (No different patterns means no arguing among preschoolers.) But they are all different fabrics and colors---all donations from guild members.

At the September Retreat Noell is going to have us cut up the donation fabric into kits. Here she's explaining the kit to Kathy G.

She needs fabric---good kid's colors and prints.

Next time you are buying something for yourself, buy something for the Love Quilts.
 A long quarter yard of a splashy print will make about six of the 6-1/2" squares we'll be cutting.

And here are some instructions Sammie wrote up last year from the web page:

Alternating Square Love Quilt Kit for HeadStart

In this kit there are 56 squares and backing. There are squares for a quilt top of  2 fabrics, 3 or 4  with the layout for each.

Lay out the fabrics as suggested and then sew them with a 1/4" seam allowance.

You can either put the top and back together pillowcase style after piecing and before quilting, or bind it after it is quilted.

Do not use batting. Quilt simply or tie as desired.

One way to quilt it is to echo quilt on either side of each seam.
Another is to use a decorative stitch---one of those you never use on your sewing machine.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Chris Wolf Edmonds Show

Chris Wolf Edmonds will be showing her textiles at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas from August 6 to September 11.

The detail above is from Dandelion Pinwheel-Journal Entry 8 May

Her pieces in the Seasonal Shifts series will be part of a group show.

Chris Wolf Edmonds, Seasonal Shifts: Young White Oaks
She has several pieces in the collection of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum inlcuding these from her Through the Trees Series, 2001.

Click here to find out more about the gallery:

And see more of Chris's new work here:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Roseanne Smith

Roseanne pieced the star in the center of our opportunity quilt on the left.
Here are a few more of her quilts.