Wednesday, March 31, 2010

About Face

"About Face - the fabric art of Nancy P. Hicks"

Nancy is having a solo show at My Sister's Gallery at the Episcopal Church Home, 505 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY, and we were there today to help her with the hanging. The exhibit will be open until May 15th, and the opening reception is Wednesday, April 7 from 5 until 7 pm.

This quilt is "Grandmother's Buttons" and Nancy used many buttons that her Grandmother left in her button box.

This is part of one of the walls with more of Nancy's face quilts.

Nancy included her Kimono quilts and her African squares quilt.

Nancy also prepared a display in the hall case of smaller items that that she has made.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Sunday opening

The Made in NY 2010 exhibit opened today with an artists' reception and awards ceremony at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, NY.

The postcard for the show indicates that it is open until May 16, and has gallery talks by exhibiting artists on April 7 and May 5.

Here is our friend, Jeanne Simpson, with her quilt that was juried into the show. There were only two other fiber pieces -- one woven and one shibori dyed. Jeanne's piece was the only quilt.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Almighty Dollar on display

It was time to hang the exhibit organized by Pat Pauly -- "The Almighty Dollar, Art Quilts Inspired by the Dollar Bill." The exhibit will be in the Lower Link Gallery at the Central Library of Rochester (115 South Avenue) from March 24 to April 30. The exhibit and all events are open to the public at no charge: lectures at 7 pm on April 12 and April 19, and the opening reception on April 15 from 5 to 8 pm.

Bev Kondolf was in charge of leveling the quilts as they were hung. This quilt is by Linda Bachman.

Jeanne Simpson helped Pat with leveling and hanging the artist statements for each quilt. They are working on my "All Seeing Eyes" quilt, and Pat's quilt is to the left.

Here are a couple of the quilts in the first hallway. Bev's quilt is on the right and Caren Betlinski's is on the left.

The quilt on the right is by Jeanne Simpson, and the one on the left is by Liz Anderson.
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Going to AQS Paducah

Two of my quilts have been juried into the American Quilter's Society's 26th annual Show and Contest which will be held in Paducah, KY, April 21-24, 2010.  They will be judged along with the 385 other quilts which were selected for the show.    

                 This quilt is "Broken Squares" and was made with hand-dyed, discharged and commercial cotton fabrics.   It is 56h X 48w.

It was at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest in Hampton, VA, in February, where it won a Best Use of Color award.

This quilt is "Doormats I" which was inspired by the doormats sold at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Gift Shop.  It is 49h X 67w.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Quilts on the move

Jacob's Coat  45h X 40w  2008    This quilt was juried into "ARTQUILTSilluminations," the eighth annual exhibition of innovative quilts hosted by the Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South (PAQA-South).  The exhibition will be presented March 26 to May 30, 2010, at the Allenton and Semans Galleries at the Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC, as part of the Durham Arts Council Exhibit Program.

Building Blocks   37 X 37    2008             This quilt was selected for the 2010 Lakeside-Statewide Juried Art Exhibition sponsored by the Art Association of Oswego.    Our friend, Nancy Hicks, will also have two of her fiber pieces in the show.  The opening reception is Saturday, April 3rd, from 7-9 pm, and the show will be open until Sunday, April 25.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Inspector Suki at work

Before retiring for the night, Suki checks the late evening news.  This is part of her ritual as she heads upstairs for a snack and some time chasing her feather toy on a stick.

The March weather encourages more outside time, but the cool temperatures require inside time on top of the computer tower under Marcia's desk after such a venture.  It is nice and warm here!!

A newly-returned box from a quilt show demands attention.  Here she exits after a thorough investigation.

Marcia is well known for her mild dislike of hand sewing.  Inspector Suki watches intently, making sure she stays with the task and does an acceptable job!!
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

RAFA March meeting

One of the highlights of this month's RAFA meeting was a chance to purchase some of the treasures that Priscilla brought back from her most recent trip to Bali, Thailand, and Laos.

This is the current raffle quilt from the Heart and Hand Quilt Club from Farmington. Members made houses and other buildings which were assembled into a "village" for this quilt.

This is Diane Enerson's quilt that started out small, but grew!

And this is Caris Burton and Liz Scott with a quilt that Liz made.
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sewing Day

Priscilla and Beth were at the studio for a sewing day.

Priscilla worked on her quilt for the Almighty Dollar challenge. She has incorporated a wonderful collection of images of US and foreign currency.

This is Beth's Fractured Flag that she's doing for the challenge.

Beth also showed us her Lillies quilt that she had finished quilting and was getting ready for the binding.

Beth brought some samples of the snow dyeing that she has been doing.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Almighty Dollar

"Art Quilts Inspired by the Dollar Bill" is the current challenge organized by Pat Pauly and will be on display March 24 - April 30 at the Lower Link Gallery of the Rochester Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

The opening reception is April 15, 5 - 8 pm.

This quilt was made by Pat Pauly and is more than 5 feet high.

This is the start of my quilt, inspired by the triangle in one of the seals on the back of the dollar bill.

Pat Berardi has her quilt completed, and she also chose to work on the triangle.

Nancy Hicks, who likes to work on faces, did a portrait of George Washington.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

Bendable Light and WHG

My longarm machine is an HQ16, which has lights in its head. I have it set up in the basement with extra lights in the ceiling overhead.

The overall light for sewing isn't too bad.

But now I have a Bendable Light attached to the head which makes it even easier to see the sewing area. It's also great for focusing light on the needle for threading.

I highly recommend it! I ordered an extra mounting bracket for it, which means I can move the light back and forth to my Janome sewing machine.

I recently finished getting this lap quilt ready to donate to the Women Helping Girls organization for their auction. This year's auction will be held March 28 from 1:00 to 3:15 at Carestream Health on Verona Street in downtown Rochester.
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