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“Petals” at the Proverbs’ CoffeeHouse

Four of my art quilts are currently on display at a cute little coffee house run by a local Lutheran church.  The art show, entitled “Petals,” with a floral theme, is only open two weekends, which is a shame, because it is such a delightful venue.  Represented are watercolors, oil paintings, pottery, textile art and more.



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Guest Artist

In September of this year, I was honored to be invited to be the Guest Artist at the local Conejo Valley Quilters annual quilt show, held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.  Since my quilts are art quilts, not traditional in the true sense of the word, I had a blast describing how my pieces were made and what inspired them.  I decided my overall theme would be “techniques,” since each of my quilts was so different, yet connected to the rest because they were technique-driven.

I had fun reconnecting to people I hadn’t seen for as many as ten years.  It was an affirming experience, visiting with those with the same passion for quilting and explaining my detour away from traditional quilting into art quilting.  Thanks to everyone at CVQ.  You are the best!

Photo: Ready in my role as Featured Artist at the Conejo Valley Quilt Show today!

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Quilting Arts Magazine

Yesterday was the big day when the October-November Quilting Arts Magazine arrived in the mail.  This month’s issue features Rituals, a special art quilt invitational exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  This is their fourth annual exhibit, and I’ve been fortunate to have been selected to be in each one to date.

But the most exciting year to date is this one, because my quilt got a full page spread (page 43)!  Based on the theme of rituals,I was inspired by a quote from Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Ph.D., who compared rituals to a set of “cosmic gears.”  I used a photo taken by my friend and travel companion, Paula Chung, when we visited the Eiffel Tower in 2011, of the gears that lift the Tower elevator.  I Photoshopped the photo, drawing out the hidden colors, and turned the photo on its side.  Then I had it professionally printed on cotton sateen as a wholecloth, which I then machine quilted.

If you are interested in a catalog of Rituals, here is a link to Blurb, where you can purchase a copy:

Jamie and Leslie do a wonderful job of curating and exhibiting their annual shows in addition to their teaching schedules and time spent making their own beautiful artwork.  Many thanks to them for a job well done every year!


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Cosmic Gears accepted into Rituals Exhibit

Exciting news this week!  My art quilt, Cosmic Gears, was accepted into the annual juried invitational exhibit put on by Dinner at Eight Artists Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  This is their fourth year organizing this exhibit, and I have been fortunate to be in each one so far.

I was originally going to do an abstract of the Air Force Academy graduation “hat toss,” but the mockup was boring.  So I went through my travel photos and searched online to find the exact meaning of a “ritual.”  When I discovered Robbie Davis-Floyd’s quote, “To perform a series of rituals is to feel oneself locking onto a set of ‘cosmic gears’ that will safely crank the individual through danger to safety,” I remembered a photo in my collection of the Eiffel Tower elevator gears.

The resulting piece is a wholecloth print of that photo, turned on its side, color adjusted in Photoshop, and run through a filter.  It was quilted with monofilament thread to emphasize the ink and watercolor look I was going for.

The exhibit is scheduled to debut at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival this summer, then travel to the IQF in Houston in the fall.  The 40 artists included are most grateful to the sponsors of this exhibit, Moore’s Sewing Centers and Havel’s Sewing and to Dinner at Eight Artists for giving us the opportunity to share our work with thousands of viewers.

Cosmic Gears

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Show at Ventura County Government Center

Just having come off a very successful show at the Thousand Oaks Gallery, several Extreme Quilters had their art quilts accepted to be shown at the Ventura County Government Center as a part of the current Ventura County Arts Council show. I was fortunate to have my piece entitled Analogy be accepted into this exhibit. Here is a photo of the 4th floor, where our work hung outside the County Supervisor’s office.

And here I am, next to my piece.

And even though there was some discussion about the location, my husband and I DID in fact get married in this very building 16 years and one month ago!

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Hanging around at the International Quilt Festival Long Beach, July 2011

Once again, it was a big weekend in Southern California. For the second year in a row, I helped hang the Space Between exhibit for the Dinner at Eight Artists, who were the curators. Each of the past three years D@E Artists Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison have organized a juried invitational art quilt exhibit that has opened at Long Beach, then traveled to be on exhibit at the Houston, Cincinnati, and Chicago Quilt Festivals. They work long and hard to curate the exhibit each year and to find sponsors so that the exhibit can travel to each of these venues. My piece entitled Sedimentary Silk was juried into the show this year, and I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful group of artists. Our catalog is available for purchase at

Loris at Long Beach 2011

That evening was our monthly art quilt group meeting where we took a class photo.  As you can see, we enjoy a wonderful meal and a glass of wine whenever we get together!

Class photo July 2011

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“Sharing Stories” at Front Porch Gallery

There’s a new exhibit at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad, California, a local community gallery in a great beach setting. The exhibit is called “Sharing Stories,” and is sanctioned by the Studio Art Quilt Associates. My piece, “Migration,” was juried into the show. Yesterday was the opening reception on a beautiful sunny day. The show runs from now until September 4, 2011. If you are in the area, and particularly if you love the Pacific, please stop by and visit the Front Porch. You’ll come away with a smile on your face after you read the stories behind these colorful works of textile art!

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