Special Exhibits & Demonstrations
2/27/2014 - 3/2/2014
All Tucked Up:
Quilts by Jennie Rayment, England
|Marvel over Jennie Rayment’s innovative and ingenious designs featuring many of her novel and intriguingly different and highly individual techniques. From embellishment and manipulation, origami and geometry, abstract and formal, this is material magic! Although Jennie often creates in simple muslin, this display features several colored pieces from various books. Come and see a little fabric fiddling - it’s fast, fun and Oh sew easy!|
A is for Appliqué:
Quilts of the Baltimore Appliqué Society
|The Baltimore Appliqué Society, founded in 1993, was established to preserve the tradition of the Baltimore Album quilts of 1842 to 1862. Members seek to promote the art of appliqué and to assist in the preservation and historical documentation of these quilts. This collection demonstrates the outstanding artistry of its members. We continue to recreate the antique patterns, using measurements, colors, and fabric that are similar to the Baltimore Beauties. However, in this collection we also show appliqué designs that demonstrate a contemporary use of fabric and design. |
Color Wheel of Emotions
|Cultures universally associate colors with emotions using them to describe a mood or express a feeling. Anthropologists and businesses alike hypothesize about the role colors play within a community and how to anticipate a reaction. In contemporary society a person may be feeling blue or turn green with envy. Red is often associated with strength while yellow is a happy color. These works were designed to convey a sense of emotion or feeling expressed by the artists. Curated by Carol R. Eaton, Studio Arts Quilt Associates. |
Color Your World: Peninsula Piecemakers’ Quilt Guild 2013 Challenge
2013 was the 110th anniversary of the production of Crayola Crayons. In honor of such a birthday, we celebrated with a challenge. Each member drew three crayons out of a bag. They were required to make a quilt using exact colors, plus one neutral. Finding the exact crayon color was definitely a challenge.
Cool Classic Rides
|Teresa Shippy’s inspiration for the “Cool Classic Rides” collection is her love for vintage. She remembers the cars we all used to drive as kids. Some were hand me downs, however we never thought that was the case. We were always excited to get behind the wheel of the next slightly used ride. This collection has been created from her cut-up quilts, leftover fabric painted pieces, vintage men’s ties, and wool scraps. |
Delphinium Field presented by Artistic Expressions
|The gorgeous Delphinium flower is the subject of the Delphinium Field exhibit. Delphiniums are tall, stately plants with showy flowers and branching spikes. We think of these as blue and purple plants, but Delphiniums may have blue, red, or yellow flowers. Delphinium Field is a display of the fabulous Delphinium flower represented in each artist’s chosen color and style. The art quilts are 18” wide by 28” high in portrait orientation. To learn more about Artistic Expressions and the artists please visit our blog at 5artisticexpressions.blogspot.com/. Pictured: "Floral Lure" by Linda Friedman|
Fabric Poets Art Quilt Bee
Poetry is where special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas, by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. We desire to accomplish this through fabric instead of words. So as the Fabric Poet Art Quilt Bee we strive to encourage each other in the form art and fabric, working together to improve our skills and creativity as we challenge each other to step out of our box and into our imagination. Pictured: "Postcards from the Heart" by the Fabric Poets
First Thursday Night Bee
For 2013, the First Thursday Bee had two challenges. The first was, “What would you do with this fabric?” We each had approximately one-third yard of the same fabric and were required to make something from it. The second was our “A la Carte” challenge. We each chose from the “hat” and had a topic to represent, insert a specific block in the item, a certain colorway to follow, an embellishment style to utilize, as well as, include two small swatches of fabric. Come see our results.
Flower Gardens: 2014 Challenge for Cabin Branch & Stonehouse Quilters
We’ve all walked by gardens that were things of beauty in color and form and thought about taking a picture. This year we’re using our talents with fabric and thread to create a picture of our “Flower Gardens.” But not everybody thinks “flowers” when they think “garden,” so expect some quilts that are outside the flower box. Quilters have used paint, beads, yarns, buttons and other embellishments that fit their vision. Techniques include piecing, appliqué and paper-piecing. Since this year is the 25th anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival as well as the Cabin Branch Quilt Guild, we added another element: each quilt must have silver somewhere in the design. The silver might be beads, paint, fabric with silver accents or anything else that fits the requirement. So look for the silver when you view our beautiful “Flower Gardens.”
Gee’s Bend Revisited - Two Decades Later
In 1993, a photograph of a quilter and her granddaughter standing in front of two quilts, led to over a dozen major museum exhibits, a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper article, countless books, and a series of U.S. postage stamps. So why are there still so many avid quilters who know little or nothing about the quilts and quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama? Possibly because while they were highly sought after by art collectors, they were dismissed and down-played by the influential national quilt community at large. These replicas by master African American quilter Allyson Allen offer us another look at some of those quilts.
The Graffiti Challenge: Artrageous FibreArt 2014 Challenge
In October 2012, our fiber art group printed our own fabric using acrylic paints and stamps, stencils and other found marking tools. We had the fabric reproduced and printed at Spoonflower. Each member received a fat quarter of this fabric and was challenged to make a 24” art quilt. Visit artrageousfibreart.blogspot.com.
The Hoffman Challenge
Started in 1988, the Hoffman Challenge has grown to be a premiere traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. Sponsored by Mancuso Show Management.
The Quilts were chosen for their creative use of the chosen fabric including prize winners from the pieced, appliquéd and mixed techniques categories.
The Clothing shows the versatility of the stitchers who made a variety of garments from simple to elegant to artistic. Enjoy seeing the ways of manipulating fabric, how using metallic thread and fabric add a sparkle, and the special touches added by embellishing with buttons and other trim.
The Doll Makers asked to be recognized in the 5th year of the Challenge. Notice the artistic way the challenge fabric is a part of the doll or its clothing.
Honoring 19th Century Quilters
The Churn Dashers of Tidewater Virginia, organized in 2005, have a strong interest in 19th century quilt designs, textiles, women’s lives and the spirit of America during this time. The Churn Dashers, named after our first block, meet periodically to exchange blocks made using 19th century reproduction fabrics with emphasis on the 1830-1880 period. Each exchange day is a planning session to decide the next block to be made. Inspiration for the next block comes from antique quilts in museums, reference books, and private quilt collections. Our standard: Always do your best work! Organized by Nancy Shrout and Nan Losee.
Journeys: Tidewater Quilt Guild
The philosopher Confucius said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” There in quiet contemplation on a late summer day, we allow our thoughts to wander across the miles that we have traveled. Whether taken by real footsteps, or the paths taken in our own imaginations, quilters have traveled many roads. We visited many shows, classes, shop hops, guild meetings and bees in great anticipation of what is held within for our knowledge and pleasure. We waded through throngs of people, vendors, and patterns, then through miles of fabrics in pursuit of that “perfect quilt” or perhaps, the perfect one in our dreams.
kalos (beautiful) + eidos (form) + scopos (watcher) =
Kaleidoscope: The Beautiful Form-Watcher
Sir David Brewster, a Scottish scientist, invented the kaleidoscope in 1816. The magic of this optical instrument is that it uses mirrors to produce ever changing symmetrical designs. The bilateral symmetry of kaleidoscopic images inspires the seemingly complex designs in these dazzling quilts. Here, the needle artists have captured that one instant in time as viewed through the kaleidoscope lens. Organized by Bunnie Jordan & Paula Golden.
Let’s Vogue! - Playing Outside the Block
Each fall, Vogue Magazine publishes a super-sized 900+ page issue, chock full of visual things wild, odd and wonderful. It is nothing short of spectacular. Members of Playing Outside the Block in Fairfax, VA were challenged to choose a page of the magazine as inspiration to create an 18” x 24” piece of fiber art. Take a look at the original page from Vogue and see how it was interpreted as an art quilt.
Mountains to Sea Trail - ArtBee of the Durham-Orange Quilt Guild
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stretches almost 1000 miles across North Carolina from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic. It winds its way across North Carolina through ancient mountains and small Piedmont farms, coastal swamps and colonial towns, changing textile villages and barrier islands. Each panel of this quilt depicts a different place along the Mountains to Sea Trail from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks.
Passports - The Commando Skirts
The Commando Skirts, suitcases in hand and wanderlust in their souls, have left their studios and are off on adventures near, far, and far-out. Organized by Paula Golden.
Pretty Planet: Fiber Artists Coalition
Pretty Planet is an exhibit of art quilts inspired by the beauty of the earth. Members of the Fiber Artists Coalition find inspiration in the environment, the people, and the joy of living in a wonderful world. Whether firmly planted in the soil or soaring through the sky, their art absorbs and reflects this pretty planet.
Quilt a Tune: Annapolis Quilt Guild
The theme for the Annapolis Quilt Guild’s 2012-2013
challenge was “Quilt a Tune.”
The challenge was to create a
quilt or wearable item that illustrated a popular song. The
goal was to make the song or
lyric easily recognizable; not
to stump the viewer! For example, a cake with candles, would immediately bring the song “Happy Birthday” to mind. Participants could make a wearable item or quilt. No letters, numbers or symbols were allowed. Quilt sizes not to exceed 160 inches. See if you can sing along with us!
Quilters Treasure Challenge 2014
The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 10th Annual Challenge are announced at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The theme was “A Treat for the Eye” and entrants were to use the challenge fabric “Berries ‘n Cream” from the Quilters Treasure line of fabric. A Wearable Art category was added in 2006. Sponsors for this challenge included Singer Sewing Machine, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure 11th Challenge was announced January 1, 2014. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.
Reflections Quilt Challenge: Mason Dixon Quilt Professionals Network
Re•flec´tions n. pl. 1. To throw or bend back (e.g., light) from a surface. 2. To form an image of; mirror. 3. To manifest; show. 4. To think seriously.
The word ‘Reflections’ is the theme for the MDQPN’s 2013-14 Quilt Challenge. Members were asked to make a quilt which would interpret a ‘reflection’ literally, spiritually, emotionally or physically. The results range from the whimsical, to the thoughtful, the serene and even the patriotic! MDQPN members are quilt artists, teachers, designers, authors, judges, appraisers, hand/machine quilters and notions/tool manufactures.
A RVA Runs Through It
Richmond Quilters’ Guild includes six chapters serving the Greater Richmond area. “RVA” has become a popular designation for Richmond, Virginia – Virginia’s state capitol located on the banks of the beautiful James River. Our challenge was to depict any aspect of the Richmond area from our rich history in Colonial Times to Capitol of the Confederacy to Modern day Richmond where the RVA runs through it. The parameters of our challenge ask for personal interpretation (history, education, architecture, sports, gardens, celebrities) of RVA using any method from traditional to modern.
Sew to Speak
More than a dozen members of the Arlington chapter of Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia accepted the 2012 “Sew to Speak” challenge to make a quilt that interprets an idiom. An idiom is a figure of speech. It’s a phrase whose common meaning differs from a literal interpretation of the words. The challenge was to illustrate an idiom literally or figuratively through piecing, appliqué or embellishments. Ideally, the visual interpretation would be amusing or offer food for thought.
This exhibition will give a sampling of the work of some of this year’s instructors at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. It is a great way to enjoy the broad range of talent and creativity among the instructors at the Festival.
Fiber Arts Demonstrations
The Williamsburg Spinners & Weavers Guild
Friday & Saturday, February 28 -March 1
The Williamsburg Spinners and Weavers Guild will demonstrate spinning and weaving on Friday and Saturday. Starting with a fleece, we will comb the wool, spin it into yarn, and weave with the yarn.
The Golden Thimble Needlecraft Guild
The Golden Thimble Needlecraft Guild is an independent guild located in Hampton, Virginia for over 30 years. Our mission is to provide a forum for learning any technique done with a hand held needle. We meet at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, at First Christian Church, 1458 Todd’s Lane in Hampton. Our meetings consist of a business meeting and a needlework related program or workshop to introduce techniques and projects. Our annual membership dues of $15.00 subsidizes the printing and mailing of our monthly newsletter, meeting expenses, teacher fees and miscellaneous costs. We welcome guests to our meetings. For further information, (757) 850-2843.
The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia
The Bead Society of Southeastern Virginia has 80 members from Charlottesville to Chesapeake with expertise ranging from professional designers, lampwork and fused glass artists and bead historians to amateur beaders, from beginners to experts. We share beading expertise and techniques; a portion of most meetings is devoted to showing members’ current work. In addition, members hear guest lecturers, participate in workshops, have an annual design contest, demonstrate beading techniques at area events, hold an annual bead sale for members only and participate in community service. The Bead Society is open to all interested persons and meets on the third Sunday of every month in Hampton. Our weekly “Beading Buddies” groups meet on the Peninsula and Southside. More information on us is available in our brochure, available at our booth, and on our web site: http://beadsocietyofvirginia.wordpress.com.
Traditional Rug Hooking
The James River Rug Hookers & the Shockoe Slip Rug Hookers
A fiber art form which traditionally uses wool fabric to create rugs, wall hangings, pillows, etc., many rug hookers have followed quilters in exploring new materials and techniques. These two guilds will demonstrate how hooked rugs are made. The public will have an opportunity to try their hand at hooking!