Category Archives: Quilt shows

Kat’s Gallery Night

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My friend, Kat Campau (blog: Stitchnut), has a one person show at 212 Art Gallery in Saline. Tonight was the opening night. Now, I have seen her work on a regular basis, but seeing it all in one place was just amazing. And to think she has done almost all this work in 2008 seems impossible. She is so talented, and passionate about making gorgeous art. She creates using embroidery, quilting, mosaics, and beadwork, along with knitting and felting, glasswork. And what is wonderful is that Kat is always interested in learning something new, not afraid to jump right in. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Be sure to check out her newly updated website, you will see a good representation of her work and you will see how talented she is. There is a link on the front page to 212 Gallery that has photos of her show.

That’s Kat on the left, and Gail on the right:
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Here are a few of us baggettes…left to right: Me, Julie, Kat and Gail

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Leannderthal Leann, her mom, and sister Jane were there, (sorry to get the back of your head, Jane…but Leann’s expression is just too great to pass up.)
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And Turtle Creek Quilts Mary and Fibra Artysta Lynn were there too:

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Fiber art at U of M

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Today I went to visit fiber artist friends’ Kathie Briggs, Peg Keeney, and Desiree Vaughn‘s, exhibit at the U of M Hospital,  Collaborative Spirit:  Fiber Fabrications  I love the collaborative work they did, the pieces are so exquisitely detailed and rich.   This was my favorite collaborative piece (click on the photo to really appreciate the details):

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It holds your attention, so much to look at: texture, colors, embroidery, painting, the stumpwork figure. 

The exhibit is well worth the visit.  I am so inspired by these  talented women.

Gallery opening!

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My art group, “Running with Scissors”, has been preparing for months (maybe even a year +) for our first exhibit.  And I am very happy to say that the opening is tonight!  We decided on a theme…Botany, but also wanted to challenge ourselves a bit more by excluding the obvious…flowers.  So the name of our exhibit is:

As part of this exhibit, we have made 6″ x 6″ leaf squares to be sold as a benefit to Greenmead Historical Village, here in Livonia.  We have 75 squares!  If you are near, please consider attending the opening reception tonight, at 6:30:

Charity project—Leaf Squares

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My fiber art group, Running with Scissors, is doing an exhibit at the Livonia Michigan, Civic Center Library Gallery in November.  Our theme is Botany, no flowers allowed!  And as part of this exhibit, we decided to do a project that would help out Livonia’s Greenmead Historical Village.  We made 6 x 6 inch squares with a leaf as the central motif.  Each square will be sold individually, with the proceeds going to Greenmead.  We will display the squares together in a unique and interesting way at the gallery.  The details are yet to be completely worked out, but rest asured that I will cover this event on my blog.  I have received most of the squares, there are many!  They are so beautiful,  and so tempting to own.  As a teaser, I’ve photographed some of them for you:

Have to show you this

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amazing quilt from the International Quilt Festival…..

isn’t it beautiful!  Looks like one of those scratchboard projects we did in gradeschool, doesn’t it.  But actually that is the back of the quilt.  Here is the front:

Amazing!  I often like how the back of my work looks, but not to this level.  Free motion quilting does give the effect of line drawings or etchings on the back.  Usually I use white bobbin thread, but this artist used matching threads in both the top and bottom.   This was the only quilt in the whole show that had its backside showing! 

Home from Chicago, mosaics, and a quilt show

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I spent this past weekend with these two lovely ladies, Connie and Kat

They are sisters, in case you aren’t seeing well today.  Connie lives near Chicago in a great house with two very cool dogs…Liberty and Justice, standard poodles…and her husband, Guy. Connie does beautiful mosaics, but let us take over her studio this weekend!  She gave me a few pointers, and then just let us get to it.  We used her “scraps” of glass.  Kat made 4 mosaics, that you must check out on her blog, she will have them up there soon .  And here are mine:

 

Goldfish, swimming the right way…in our pond….do you see the tiny little fish beads near the center..cool eh????

The second one was inspired by some of Connie’s pieces, a mirror surrounded by a patchwork of tiles:

I’ve included some beautiful beads in this one too…milliflore flower beads,

Lastly:

I call this one the Jukebox mirror…because that’s what it looks like, don’t cha think????

I HATED this one before it was grouted, was ready to throw it in the garbage.  Now I am glad I saved it.  Grout works miracles. 

Thank you Connie, can I come back next weekend??????

On Saturday, Kat and I went to the International Quilt Festival.  Ohmy, so big, so many beautiful pieces of art, so much one could buy.  We spent alot of the day looking at all the quilts on display.  I had so many favorites, and walked away inspired to try some new things.  Like a dodo, I neglected to get some pictures of the most important things…like Lynn at Open Studio.  So sorry Lynn, it was the end of the day, my mind must have been shutting down along with my body.  I also forgot to do my regular Sunday picture, will blame that on the mosaic fascination!  But here is a picture of Kat, standing next to her piece that was juried into the show:

Perhaps over the next few days, I will show you a few more images from the weekend.