Special Displays 2022 - Quilt Show Reno
The Bag Lady - On Way to Mardi Gras
When asked to design a garment for the prestigious Fairfield
Fashion Show at the Houston International Quilt Festival
1994-95, Linda McGehee chose to pay homage to her state of
Louisiana. Using techniques from her book, More Texture With
Textiles, she crinkled the green cotton velveteen and
couched this base with all sorts of heavy, glitz threads in
shades of purple, gold, and green. The body of the garment
was completed using lattice piecing with dyed lattice
beading. Additional threadwork was applied to the sleeves
for more texture. The purple taffeta collar, enhanced with
double-needle metallic threadwork, is trimmed with gold
piping. Handmade buttons trim the sleeves and add closure to
Inside, the basic princess line velveteen
dress is trimmed with prairie points of a variety of purple,
gold, and green fabrics. Not knowing what bag to carry with
the ensemble, there are several to choose from in the Ghee’s
collection. This is the Bag Lady Goes to Mardi Gras by Linda
On My Way to the Mardi Gras opened the
Diamond Intrigue 1996-1997 Fairfield Fashion Show at the
Houston International Quilt Festival. The yoke of the jacket
is woven of many ripped strips of hand-dyed fabrics combined
with batiks. Layers of threadwork hold the weaving in place.
The lower portion of the jacket is composed of corded double
needlework using the 2.0 needle with metallic thread and the
feather stitch. The sleeves combine spiral patchwork with
couching and heavy corded piping. Large antique buttons add
a finishing touch.
The basic pull-on pants have an
insert in the side seams of woven fabrics trimmed with
double-needle threadwork. A camisole of leftover piecing
uses braided fabrics as straps and antique buttons for
closure. A handbag of leftover pieces completes the
ensemble. When the garment was finished, 85 spools of thread
had been used. On My Way to the Mardi
Gras by Linda McGehee.
Studio Art Quilt Association 2022
SAQA is an international non-profit organization dedicated
to promoting the art quilt and the artists that make them.
Founded in 1989 with a group of 50 artists, they have now
grown to more than 3400! They are an information resource on
all things’ art quilt related for both members and the
public. The artists use a variety of techniques to express
their view of the world around them, inspired by nature,
people, themes, songs, poems they use fabric and thread as
their medium. Please come to our booth at the Reno Quilt
Show and learn what "Art Quilting" is all about!
Reno/Tahoe SAQA Local Connections (LC) group is seeking new
members! Please feel free to join us at 2:00 p.m. on the
third Monday of every other month (July is the next) at the
South Reno Library at 15650 Wedge Parkway. For questions,
please call Tracy at (775)742-0076.
Orange Quilt by Denise Oyama Miller
Blue Quilt by Nancy
Teal Quilt by Jennifer Landau
My Favorite Things
of Quilts on the Wall Textile Artist celebrated the 2021
holiday season by sending their “favorite” fabric to another
member and challenging that member to take that fabric and
create a small textile artwork that represented their
From the wind on our skin
represented by Ginko leaves floating in a
contemporary-colored woven wind to the sparkle of a
dragonfly over reflecting water to the florescent colors of
Florence Italy, artists bring to the viewer the joys in
their life using fabric as an artistic medium.
on the Wall is a Southern California Textile Art Association
open to the public. Meetings are held monthly either on Zoom
or in Person at Costa Mesa, CA.
For more information
and a large gallery of the member's art, visit
Sponsored by Quilts on the Wall
Quilts pictured :
Transformation by Tara Ritacco (left)
The Shy Lguana by Jane
Ann Loveless is a native of Frankfort, Michigan which is
located on the shore of Lake Michigan. Ann attended Michigan
State University and received her degree in Clothing and
Textile Design. In 2004 Ann fell in love with the art of
Landscape Quilting. Ann's inspiration and designs come from
nature and the beautiful lakes and woods of Northwest and
Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ann works from photographs and
has developed three distinctive quilting techniques.
This exhibit consists
of eight panels depicting the beauty of northern Michigan
and its seasonal changes. Working technique. Spring
symbolizes renewal with awakening leaves and flowers. Summer
depicts a sunset, water, dune grass, and birch trees in full
bloom. Autumn is represented by warm and vivid colors. And
Winter is showcased as nature goes into hibernation.
Quilts by Ann Loveless
It’s All "A Round" Us
on the Wall are a group of textile artists dedicated to
learning about and sharing art quilts.
displayed on the wall rather than on the bed. The group
votes on at least two Challenges a year allowing
to create their own vision of the theme.
It’s All “A
Round” Us is a collection of 28 quilts. The guidelines for
the challenge, were the maximum quilt dimension of 30” by
30”. The quilt could be round or whatever shape the artist
chooses as long as it is no bigger than the maximum
dimensions. In addition, at least 50% of the shapes in the
quilt have to be round. It was fine to have more than 50% of
the shapes in the quilt round - there was no maximum
percentage of round shapes.
by Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artist
Quilt by Carol Churchill – A Dream of Gold and Crimson Leaves
Emerging - By Viewpoints
is an international fiber art collective founded in 2012.
Now in our 10th year, artists continue to share their
stories, culture, and creative journey through online
galleries and exhibitions around the world. Emerging is a
collection of works that celebrates the meaning of freedom,
release, and connection at this moment in history.
Members include Teresita Leal (Argentina), Sue
Dennis (Australia), Misik Kim
(South Korea), Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix (Switzerland),
Lin Hsin-Chen (Taiwan), Alicia Merrett (United Kingdom),
Betty Busby, Lisa-Marie Sanders, Kate Themel, Martha Wolfe,
and Diane Wright (USA).
The quilt pictured- We All Dance Around the Sun by Sue Dennis
The Diana Cherrywood Challenge/Pearl
annual Cherrywood Challenge resumes with this gorgeous
collection of pink quilts honoring the late Diana, Princess
Participants were asked to memorialize Diana using
a limited palette of hand-dyed fabric from Cherrywood.
Sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics
by Karla Overland, Organized by Donna Anderson
The Remembrance Project
The Remembrance Project is a community art project that
creates activist art banners, for local and national
organizations to publicly display for solidarity, in the
fight for social justice and remembrance of those lost to
violence. The project remembers those lost to authority
violence (officer-involved shooting, police brutality,
etc.), community violence (victims of gang violence,
neighborhood or family, drive-by shooting, etc.), race (hate
crimes, racially motivated, etc.), and gender and sexuality
(violence against LGBTQ +, domestic violence, “missing,
murdered Indigenous women,” etc.).
Founded in 2017,
the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a non-profit
organization that aims to empower individuals to utilize
textile art for personal transformation, community cohesion,
and to begin the journey toward becoming an agent of social
change. Prior to COVID-19, youth workshops and programs were
at the core of the organization. Through a series of
hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community
centers across the country, SJSA used social justice and art
education to bridge artistic expression with activism. Many
of our young artists made art that explored issues such as
gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence, and
gentrification. The powerful imagery that youth created in
cloth demonstrated their critique of issues plaguing their
local and larger communities. These quilt blocks are then
sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and
embroider before being sewn together into quilts to be
displayed in museums, galleries, and quilt shows across the
While youth programming remains at the heart
of SJSA, the civil rights movement of 2020 and the
concurrent COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted SJSA’s
programming. Due to no longer being able to provide
in-person programming and limited virtual youth workshops,
SJSA launched a series of new initiatives to critically
respond to the times. With each project, SJSA bridges the
differences between age, race, and socioeconomic status to
facilitate conversations about and encourage action toward
social justice issues in households across the country.
By Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA)
Eye Contact: Creating a Connection
In a time where we seem
to be divided by politics, economics, race, religion, and
philosophy, a personal connection to those around us seems
hard to establish. We walk through the world with our heads
down and our attention focused on daily tasks and
distractions. The web that holds the human race together is
unraveling and we are left feeling isolated and invisible.
In an effort to re-establish that link, I have
put my phone away, lifted my head up, and started making eye
contact with strangers. As our paths cross and our gazes
meet, even if only for a fleeting moment, that web rebuilds.
Shoulders hunched in discouragement or sorrow straighten,
heads lift slightly, and a smile often sparks across
clenched lips. That momentary connection when eyes meet
reignites the spark of humanity that connects us all.
This collection of small quilts will hopefully
inspire you and help you bridge the distance that seems to
separate us. Lift up your head, gaze into someone’s eyes and
make a connection.
By Sacred Threads / Barbara Hollinger Curator
Southern Quilts - by Mary W. Kerr, Curator
American South has a rich quilting history, steeped in
tradition and passed down through the generations. The
glorious designs, colors and patterns are unique to this
region of the United States. The quilts created here reflect
the influence of multiple cultural traditions brought to the
region over the last four centuries. The earliest patchwork
quilts came from traditions in the British Isles. Unique
designs and artistic interpretations emerged as German,
Scots Irish and other European settlements converged in the
Each quiltmaker made her choices
based on the styles, patterns, traditions, and fabrics
available to her at that time. Southern quilts have a
distinctive feel that sets them apart from other textiles.
Many of these pieces are our heavy cotton quilts that are
often finished with Baptist Fan or elbow quilting. These
thick pieces are generally thought of as utilitarian pieces
but many have simply been created using the available
resources. Cotton was King throughout the South and the
abundant crop was the primary batting used in the quilts of
The theme of make-do has been present
during every era of our Southern quilt making history. If
you run out of fabric, use something else. If you need an
extra border, add one. If you are short on skills or talent,
make it work. Use up those leftover blocks as you mix, match
and create. This quirky attitude adds to the charm of our
Southern pieces. I love the odd border, the use of a
different block and the often-unexpected pop of character!
This was not an “I don’t care what you think” mentality but
a mindset of making-do. It allowed Southern quilters to
continue creating needed quilts and bedcoverings in times
of hardship and economic downturn. Southern quilt makers
were used to making-do. It was a way of life that allowed
our quilting traditions to survive.
The display "Southern Quilts" consists of antique quilts
The collection belongs to Mary W. Kerr
The Colorful World of Marjan Kluepfel
I am an artist who uses fabric and
thread as my medium instead of paper and paint....and a
sewing machine instead of a brush.
The texture, color
and prints of fabrics fascinate me and often give me
inspiration for a new design. I very seldom draw out a quilt
plan, but let the fabrics and textures determine my next
step. While I work towards an idea, I try to avoid any
definite image of the completed piece, because the complex
nature of fabric often reveals surprises that dictate
unexpected changes of direction.
Most of my designs
are organic. They are influenced by my love of nature and
all its wonders.
I like to work with color and
movement in my pieces. The bright colors I use express my
positive outlook on life.
The texture of the fabrics
is an important design element to me and in my work, I use
many different surface design techniques such as fabric
dyeing, painting, printing, pleating and machine quilting
My desire has always been to create
unique pieces and have lots of fun during the process.
Photos, Pixels, and Pizzazz: Digital quilts by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry
Mark your calendars! This is an
exhibit you won't want to miss.
Fallert-Gentry is internationally known for her
award-winning fine-art quilts, which are easily recognized
by their luminous colors and illusions of light, depth, and
motion. Her work has appeared in hundreds of exhibitions and
publications throughout the world, and can be found in
museum, corporate, public, and private collections in almost
every state and eight foreign countries. Honors include: 100
Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century (2000), 30 Most
Influential Quiltmakers in the World (2002), Bernina
Leadership Award (2003), International Quilt Festival Silver
Star (lifetime achievement) Award, NQA Masterpiece Quilt
Award (1986), IQA Master Awards for Contemporary Artistry
(2002 & 2007) and Machine Artistry (1997) All American
Quilter (2004) and Best of Show in 16 national and
From 1986-2013 Caryl
shared what she learned with students in her workshops and
lectures, which took her to eleven countries on five
continents. She continues to share her knowledge through her
exhibitions, lectures, publications, and website
Fabric-Chicks Quilts for Wounded Warriors and Veterans
display of quilts made for the Wounded Warriors and Veterans
sponsored by Fabric-Chicks and host the Patchwork from
Nevada Quilters- which is an amazing group of women who have
volunteered for over 13 years, donating 100’s of quilts to
our Wounded Warriors and Veterans.
The mission of the
Quilts for Soldiers is to cover ALL war wounded and injured
service members and veterans touched by War with comforting
and healing Quilts. Whether injuries are physical or
psychological Quilts for Soldiers offers comfort and
• If you are interested in participating in
this program, please contact Fabric-Chicks at
and we will provide you
with a kit, or you can create and donate your quilts.
• Thank you to all of you who donate supplies and/or your
1st Wednesday of the month, meetings are held
Fabric-Chicks, 1511 US Highway 395 N, Gardnerville NV
775-267-0204 - www.fabric-chicks.com
The Great Outdoors Quilt Challenge
After a year
plus of Covid lockdown the members of the Carson Valley
Quilt Guild chose the topic of “The Great Outdoors” as the
theme for their biennial quilt show. The Challenge Quilt
contest expresses the concept of the topic chosen.
Participants were required to use two chosen fabrics
supplied to them. Members could use fabric from their own
stash to complete the quilt, and this year we added roving.
Quilts were restricted to nothing larger than 30 x 30
inches, or 120 inches around the perimeter.
had one year to create their Challenge Quilts which were
then revealed at the Carson Valley Quilt Guild February
meeting. (Shows are every even year.) In a viewer’s
choice vote the top three quilts were selected. Please enjoy
the results.By Carson Valley Quilt Guild
More to come.....