Special Exhibits

10/8/2015 - 10/10/2015
Palm Springs, CA

Modern Myriad
A Spectrum of Quilts by the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild

We are a community of quilters from various backgrounds and ages, inspired by modern design. We have shared stories through our quilts, from births of babies to sickness and deaths of friends and family. We ooh-and-ah over precious scraps that peek out on our quilts both big and small. We love both wonky and precision. We love quirky. We love the backs of quilts. We love quilts that almost seem to hum with their own rhythms and ones that inspire us with their bold starkness. We love the spirit reflected in each quilt our members make. Our exhibit highlights this spectrum of viewpoints, from the vivid use of color and minimalist design to the updating of classic quilt designs through “modern traditionalism.” What is modern quilting to us? It’s a reflection of one’s heart, it’s expressing uniqueness of vision, it’s taking chances, it’s freedom, it’s discovery, it’s an attitude, and it’s the celebration of each of us as individuals.

World Quilt Competition XIX: On Tour

See the exciting international entries of the 2015 World Quilt Competition along with ribbon winners from the U.S. This outstanding collection of quilts highlights the skills of quilters from around the world: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and North America. Sponsored by Major Sponsor Brother and Sponsors Handi Quilter, ABM International/Innova, Sew Batik and Mancuso Show Management.


QuiltFest Goes MOD!

QuiltFest Goes Mod with a display of the accepted entries in Mancuso Show Management’s first modern quilt competition category. These quilts will be judged in the quilt competition at the Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 15-18, 2015. The goal of this exhibit is to have modern quilt enthusiasts reflect the works of the modern artists of the mid 20th century, 1940s to 1970s.


Presented by International Instructor Gloria Loughman, Australia:

A Slice of Oz

An exhibition of recent work by Gloria Loughman based on the theme, Fabulous Facades. These quilts feature some well known buildings and others that are not familiar but in their own way are fascinating and unique.


Presented by International Instructor Jennie Rayment, England:

Fantastic Fiddling & Tucked Up Twiddles!

Who wants flat surfaces? Why not embellishment and manipulate? Play with origami and geometry, abstract and formal, it is material magic! An array of some of Jennie Rayment’s innovative and ingenious designs featuring many of her novel and intriguingly different and highly individual techniques. Come and see some fabric fandangos - it’s fast, fun and oh sew easy!


American Made Brand Farm to Fabric Challenge
This juried exhibition of quilts made exclusively from Clothworks’ American Made Brand cotton solids speaks to the theme, “Celebrating Farm to Fabric.” Entrants were asked to submit quilts that answered, “What does it mean to you, your family or your community to bring fabric production back to America to use in your American made quilts?


Dr. Maya Angelou - A Phenomenal Woman
Known for her powerful and insightful poems, narratives, and autobiographies, Maya Angelou is quoted in languages around the world. The quilts in this tribute to her life, by Master African American quilter Allyson Allen, remind us she was also an actress, singer, dancer, filmmaker, director, producer, teacher, and civil rights activist. Dr. Angelou overcame life changing trauma as a child, to become one of the most eloquent voices of hope and inspiration of our time. She was truly the bright light of a beautiful black candle!

Doors presented by AQuA

The Art Quilt Association explores “Doors”.  Ornate or plain; contemporary or traditional, made of wood, metal, glass or fiber; found in homes, storefronts, offices, and on planes and trains.  Doors keep out the cold, welcome in friends, give us a transparent view, or keep us from the mysterious of foreboding.


From Verse to Visual by Fibervision

Sparked by the selected works of a small group of Santa Barbara poets, fiber artists translated rich textual compositions into the language of cloth. Whether elevating, poignant, or whimsical, the quilt makers responded to the lyrics in personally meaningful ways, sometimes only gesturing toward the poet’s words and, in other instances, rendering them more figuratively. Founded in 2003, Fibervision is a collective of California textile artists who meet to support each other in promoting the quilt as art. The group’s 24 members reside in the Central Coast counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.


Inspired by the Beatles

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the United States, quilt artists have each chosen a different Beatles song to portray as a 24” x 24” fiber art quilt. Inspired by the vast array of Beatles music and lyrics, these are a sampling of the quilts contained in the new book by Schiffer Publishing, “Inspired By The Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge.” Behold the magic that happens when artists are challenged to use songs and fabric to celebrate the timeless treasures of the Beatles’ music.

My Inner Self Portrait - Beyond the Edge Fiber Artists

My Inner Self Portrait is a fine arts fiber exhibit exploring aspects of self-portraiture. In this exhibit the artist was asked to look beyond the mere physical and instead present an inner view. The art work may reflect how the artist sees themselves at this time, or at a formative moment in their life. Each piece reveals something unique to the individual and at the same time, that which is universal to all.


Oasis - SAQA SoCal

Southern California and Southern Nevada Studio Art Quilt Associates  (SAQA) members interpret the theme ‘Oasis,’ in our newest exhibit.  From near or afar, the uniform size of the quilts will invite the viewer in to see each member’s idea of what their own ‘Oasis’ is.  Co-juried by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.


Quilters Treasure Challenge 2015
The winning entries of Quilters Treasure’s 11th Annual Challenge were announced at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. The theme was “My Favourite Holiday” and entrants used the challenge fabric “Holiday Green” from Quilters Treasure. Sponsors for this challenge include Singer, Hobbs Bonded Fibers, Quilters Rule, Barb’s Original, YLI Thread and Morgan Products. Quilters Treasure 12th Challenge deadline is December 31, 2015. Visit www.QuiltersTreasure.com for details and an entry form.
Reflections in Black & White - Presented by Deborah Lyn Stanley

“Reflections in Black & White” is based upon original photography by Deborah Lyn Stanley. “I have enjoyed capturing people in everyday situations in my photos for years. I digitally manipulated my photo selections and created fractured arrangements for this collection.” The artist’s original photography is digitally enhanced and printed on 100% cotton fabric, cotton batting, canvas backing, machine quilted.


Seven Artists, Seven Years – Paradise Textile Artists

Paradise Textile Artists have been meeting once a month for the past seven years to share, critique, and encourage each other in their artistic endeavors. They exhibit their work in both individual or group shows. There are seven artists in the Paradise Textile Artists:  Lori Anderson, Barbara Friedman, Kathleen McCabe, Janice Robinson Pennington, Noreen Ring, Mary Tabar, and Heather Urquhart. This exhibit celebrates “Seven Artists, Seven Years.”


Shadows - Quilts on the Wall

Quilts on the Wall is a group of Southern California artists who each have depicted the idea of shadows in their personal styles, from innovative to carefully representational.  Native women, freeways, forests, canyons and glass ... each cast unique shadows. Our 15 artists have expressed these images with fabric, paint and textured stitching, creating an exhibit to inspire others with their creative interpretation of ideas.


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*Quilts pictured above:
top row: "California Chardonnay" by Jan Rashid, "Gathering Baskets" by Margret Strauchman, "Life Goes On" by Irene MacWilliam
bottom row: "Technique Rebellion II Redux" by Melody Johnson, "Cape Primrose" by Barbra Barrick McKie, "Breadfruit in Blue Hawaii" by Connie Ayers