Welcome Spring!

The cooler winter months brought more time in the Loft Studio.  I completed two art quilts to enter in the “ARTQUILTS:whimsy” show which will be held in Cary, NC’s Page Walker Art and History Center.  It was fun to watch Nancy G. Cook, art quilter, and Brian Ellis, art professor, examine the projected digital entries.  It seems that pinning down exactly what is “whimsical” is not that easy, but they did a great job of selecting about 40 quilts out of 142 entries.  The show will be held from April 23-June 22.  Come on down to Cary to see the show, or watch the PAQA-South web site for photographs after the art is hung.  Here’s the “ARTQUILT:whimsy” entry by me that was juried into the show!  I think the show will be great fun to see because the theme is so light-hearted, and the entries so creatively illustrated the theme.

A young mother's quick shot of her son calling her, like he does several dozen times a day, results in a truly whimsical view of his round little face framed by the culvert that runs under their driveway.  Painting the circular rings on batik fabric with fabric dyes created the culvert which was enhanced with machine embroidery.  The face is pieced and then embroidered, and a touch of fabric paint is added for the finish.

LOOK, MOM!
A young mother’s quick shot of her son calling her, like he does several dozen times a day, results in a truly whimsical view of his round little face framed by the culvert that runs under their driveway. Painting the circular rings on batik fabric with fabric dyes created the culvert which was enhanced with machine embroidery. The face is pieced and then embroidered, and a touch of fabric paint is added for the finish. The art quilt was inspired by a photo was taken by my niece, Kristi, of her young son, Dalton.
21″ high by 26″ wide

In January, I completed the “Poinsettia Power!” wall art quilt that I started before the holidays.  Both “Poinsettia Power!” and “Farm Home” were accepted for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia.  It was great fun to walk through the displays of quilts and enjoy the vast variety and excellent workmanship.

2014MAQF-Poinsettia Power 2014 MAQF-Farm Home

 If you want to enjoy some more artists’ work, check out “Off the Wall Fridays!”    Be sure to scroll down to the links.

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About muniqueblog

Wife, mother, retired educator, emerging artist. Mary has lived in 10 states and enjoyed them all ~ Minnesota, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Hawaii, California, Utah, Minnesota (return), North Carolina with long term visits to Colorado and Arizona. She likes to travel and create mixed media, quilted and fiber art. She has exhibited at the Page-Walker Art Gallery and History Center in Cary, NC; Durham-Orange Quilt Show; Minnesota Quilt Show; the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival and the Quilt Fest of New Jersey.
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9 Responses to Welcome Spring!

  1. Bonita Seeman says:

    Your quilt artwork is beautiful, such a talent! From poinsettias to little boy’s faces, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Vera says:

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said! Your quilts are truly beautiful works of art. Congratulations on having two pieces chosen for the show. I can’t tell you how proud I am of you and your work. I only wish I could be there to see them in person!

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  3. muniqueblog says:

    Thanks, Marie! I hope you enjoyed the wonderful sunshine today. We rode our bikes for 5 miles down the Tobacco Trail to the Durham line…. good exercise for my knees.

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    • Marie Milazzo says:

      Proud of you both…you even bicycle, is there anything you can’t do!! Hope your knee is getting better and better. You probably saw something along the trail that will make another beautiful fall quilt. Time to get started….

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  4. aimolde2013 says:

    It’s impressive Mary that you have two quilts in the show! All your work is so impressive. I love seeing what you come up with the child’s face at the end of a culvert is so original!

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    • muniqueblog says:

      A comment all the way from Malta! Thanks for your appreciation of my efforts. I do fill my time quite full with all of it, but have taken a break for two weeks to spend more time in the sunshine and at the gym. Enjoy your wonderful pastries over there!

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  5. Marie Milazzo says:

    Mary, your wall art quilts are truly beautiful and you certainly serve to only enhance them more!! The colors and details are portrayed in a manner that they become life-like and real. A true pleasure to the eye. Congratulations again on two more masterpieces.
    PS – I can hear Dalton’s voice echoing through the tunnel……

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