Gathering Inspiration

One of the highlights of the past week was attending the Contemporary Quiltart Symposium  in Tacoma, WA. I was able to hear Sandra Sider, Cathy Izzo, and Kris Sazaki each speak about the future of art quilts and the role that each quilt artist can play in furthering both the marketing of their works and the general acceptance of art quilts within the art world. In addition, we were all able to tour the CQA Cutting Edge Art Quilts exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. I am sorry that I have no photos to share but none were allowed in the exhibit. All I can say is that the quilts were most impressive in terms of artistry and diversity. They will be on display until August 21 if you happen to be in the area.

The time spent driving over the the western side of Washington for the conference also allowed me to stop in at my favorite quilt store, Undercover Quilts, to see what new fabric Linda Hitchcock in carrying. She never disappoints and I brought home some yardage which I quickly put to use.

I mentioned a photo of the Irish Coast in my post last week. It was taken by Kerstin Hellmann of Irish Coast Photography. Kirstin graciously has allowed me to use the perspective of one of her photos of the Irish coast for my next art quilt. She captured the scene at sunset – I shall be creating a scene for a different time of day, but using the rock formations in her photo as a base.

Kerstin Hellmann – Irish Coast Photography

I have just started playing with some ideas for the art quilt but, as you can see in this photo from my design wall, I am exploring how I might use some yardage that I just bought at Undercover Quilts.


I will be on the road for the next week so you will have to wait a bit to see how I decided to handle the sea, but you can be sure I will be contemplating it while I am away!


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  1. Great fabric, Judy! It’s always fun to see how commercial fabric can play a part with hand-dyes and others. Have a safe and happy time on the road.

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