28 July 2014

Fiber Art in a Home Environment: "Five Fiber Friends" at River Street Gallery (New Haven, CT)

Please join us for the Opening Reception August 3, 2014


The Five Fiber Friends exhibition runs Aug 1 – Sept 21, 2014

Opening Reception Aug 3 at 2pm

Fairhaven Furniture
72 Blatchley Ave
New Haven, CT 06513

This was a first for me – installing an art exhibition in a furniture showroom and "curating on the fly" with Fairhaven Furniture's gallery organizer Kate Paranteau.

The five of us: Diane Wright, Mickey Lawler, Trish Hodge, Diane Cadrain and I showed up last Friday morning with a bundle of available artwork. Not knowing exactly how the collection would shake out, we each brought a dozen or so pieces.  When it was all unpacked, I thought we'd be lucky to fit HALF of it on the walls.  It was overwhelming!

But Kate P helped the five of us make sense of all the colorful, diverse artwork by grouping pieces in small sitting/viewing areas. 

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The result is a wonderful, vibrant exhibition full of charming "art stories" to explore.  Comfy sofas, cool lamps and handmade tables compliment the artwork and give viewers an idea of how fiber art might fit into their own home or office.

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When we left that afternoon, the artwork was firmly in place but the furniture may still be moved around and changed before opening night.  I can't wait to go back and see it.  Hope you'll join me!

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23 July 2014

Demonstration at Windham Textile Museum Aug 16 (Willimantic, CT)

In connection with the Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now exhibition, I've been invited to lead a 90 minute demonstration at the Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM).

Please join me at WTHM on Sat. August 16 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.


I'll present my raw-edge layering technique using freezer paper to trace, cut, and layer fabric into a fiber art composition, and I'll answer questions from the audience as time allows.

This is the same technique I teach in my Magnolia workshop.  However, I'm working on a fun new design just for WTHM.  Hope you can be there!

Windham Textile & History Museum is located at 411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT. Registration is strongly suggested.

The event is called “Building A Picture.” Admission is $10 per person. To register, call 860-456-2178 or email: 

18 July 2014

"Iris" and Local Color Featured in Quilting Arts Magazine (Aug/Sept 2014 issue)

(image: Quilting Arts Aug/Sept 2014 cover)

This month's issue of Quilting Arts Magazine features an article about SAQA Connecticut's regional show "Local Color", including images of eight exhibition quilts.

That's my "Blood Iris" on the gallery's opening page! Woo-hoo!

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As one of the managing curators, I was asked to write a brief description of the show.  The gallery continues onto the next 4 pages, featuring artwork by Ruth Anne Olson, Phyllis Small, Catherine Whall Smith, Barbara McKie, Kendell Storm, Norma Schlager and the show's Co-curator Diane Wright. These 8 quilts were hand picked by QA and professionally photographed for the magazine. Each image is labeled with the artist's name, title and statement about the piece.

Seven of the quilts (including mine) will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for Quilting LIVE! at the Sewing & Quilt Expo, September 11 – 13, 2014.

Check it out if you can!

01 July 2014

New Work: Viewpoints 9 Challenge

Our latest challenge: Interpret the following words…
One universe
Nine planets
Two hundred and four countries
Eight hundred and nine islands
Seven seas
And I had the privilege to meet you.


I usually listen to music in my studio. The song "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric came up on random rotation. The words to the song made perfect sense for this month's challenge.

When I was a young boy, my mama said to me
"There's only one girl in the world for you
and she probably lives in Tahiti"
I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world just to find her

I started thinking about the distance Tom and I traveled before our paths crossed in Westbrook, CT.  And how lucky I am that we ended up in the same place. Which led me to the idea of maps.

I pulled out one of my favorite photos of Tom, a very rare one of him sailing, as inspiration. This background fabric by Carol R Eaton reminded me of vague land formations and water. I used similar colored fabrics and shapes to create Tom's portrait, and used echoing lines within the shapes to make him look more like part of the map.


The red dots are like push pins you might use to mark your travels. The numbers next to them are coordinates – latitude and longitude – related to 9 important places for Tom and me.  They range from Rijeka to Dublin to San Francisco as well as our home in Cheshire, CT.

To see and read the stories behind the latest Viewpoints 9 challenge quilts, visit: