Threads of Resistance

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Threads of Resistance is a powerful fiber art exhibition that addresses current issues of gender, race, and politics, demonstrating the continued relevance of quilts as political art. It’s on view now at the New England Quilt Museum and will be traveling across the country (see the full schedule here). I look forward to seeing the show in Atlanta in March. You can order the catalog here. Power to the quilters!

March Newsletter

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Okay, it is still March and I finally squeezed in a newsletter for this month. You can read it here and subscribe to get the newsletter delivered to your inbox every month. I’ve been experimenting more with painted and pieced fabric, but still working through ideas.

Sewn Together

 

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This weekend I’ll be leading a quilt workshop at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts. This exhibition features nineteenth and twentieth century quilts from the collections of the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts presented in pairs for comparison. If you can’t make it to the exhibition, be sure to spend some time on the interactive website.

On Saturday we’ll walk through the galleries to study quilt techniques, then sit down for a hands-on sewing workshop to explore both traditional and improvisational techniques using various materials. We’ll compare the motivating factors for quilt makers during the past two centuries and discuss the relevance of quilting in today’s cultural landscape. No prior sewing experience required! Find more information here.

Pictured above (left to right):

Center Medallion, ca. 1930, Unknown American Maker.

Grandma’s Favorite Block, ca. 1990, Jannie Avant (American, born 1921).

Star Puzzle, 2001, Nora Ezell (American, 1919–2007).

QuiltCon

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Last week was my first time to attend QuiltCon. Although I only spent two days in Savannah, I was excited to see many amazing quilts and have thoughtful conversations with some of my quilting heroes. My lecture at QuiltCon was about moving beyond patterns, setting aside perfection in favor of perseverance. Among other ideas, I talked about ways to explore creativity by taking risks, being mindful, setting limits, and embracing mistakes. The Modern Quilt Guild is clearly a connected and supportive community that has helped revitalize quilting, but I hope we’ll continue to see creative quilters push the envelope even further in the coming years.

 

QuiltCon Savannah

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I’m headed to QuiltCon Savannah! If you’re there, check out my talk Thursday morning at 10:30 am.

Beyond Patterns: Explore Your Creativity with Fabric

I often find that sewing from instructions leaves me feeling overwhelmed and uninspired. In this talk, I’ll discuss ways to experiment with fabric, break through creative blocks, forget about the rules, and listen to your own voice. Our fast-paced, interconnected world can cause us to rush through life, focusing on the day-to-day tasks without stopping to reflect and create. I will offer practical tips for discovering and nurturing your creativity, plus techniques to begin your journey in experimentation. By viewing your sewing practice as play without focusing on the end result, you can develop your own ideas and explore fabric in an innovative way.

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