September — Summer’s Over!

Even though the calendar won’t say that Summer is over until September 22, most of us recognize Labor Day as the end of vacation and it’s time to go back to school or work.

Fall feels like a time to start new projects — going out and getting new pencils and notebooks and crayons!

What new things are you starting?

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Linda MacDonald of Powell, Wyoming has several quilts on exhibit and published in books this year.

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  • Three wall quilts, “Grizzly”, “Devil’s Tower”, and “Medicine Wheel”, are in the Abstracting the West exhibit at the Laramie Territorial Prison Historic Site from July 1st
  • “Splashdown” and “Lunar Rover” are in the Fly Me To the Moon exhibit which is currently touring the U.S. This exhibit celebrates the anniversary of the first lunar landing. There will be a special exhibit of these quilts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston (November 3-6, 2016) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk.
  • A quilt depicting Yosemite National Park fauna is in the Inspired by the National Parks exhibit touring the U.S. 2015 thru 2017. This exhibit was at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2015, followed by shows in 2016 in California, and Virginia. These quilts are in the book Inspired by the National Parks: Landscapes and Wildlife in Fabric Perspectives, available from Amazon.
  • “Daily Chores” has been on display since April 2016 at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center in the Fabric of Memory exhibit, and is in the book of that name. Twenty-two Heart Mountain quilts represent the life and times of the 14,000 Japanese Americans who were interred in northwest Wyoming during World War II. The quilts have become a part of the Foundation’s Permanent Collection and will travel in the future.The book, The Fabric of Memory, is available from the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, 1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435. thru September 30thbook (1)

The entry deadline for Patchwork Pundits Take on Politics, RMQM’s upcoming Exhibit is coming up:

show runs from October 27, 2016 through January 21, 2017
In the nineteenth century, quiltmaking was often the only socially acceptable way for a woman to express her political views. RMQM encourages you to celebrate the tradition of activism by making a politically-themed quilt.

Entry deadline September 9, 2016. Click here for details.

Quilt-a-Fair is Sept 23 and 24, with a lecture on Thursday night, Sept 22 by Patty Hawkins and Jeannie Wright.  More information here:  http://www.coloradoquiltcouncil.com/

 EVOLUTIONS 2017
January 26 through April 25, 2017
EVOLUTIONS 2017 is an open challenge to all quilters and fiber artists in celebration of yesterday’s traditions as well as tomorrow’s innovations. Evolution can be defined as growth—a process of continuous change, from lower to higher or from simpler to more complex. Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum challenges you to create your concept of an evolution quilt. Interpret Evolutions any way you choose—on a personal level, on a global level, or perhaps related to changes and growth of your favorite means of creative expression, the quilt.  Please click here for details.
Entries online only.  Entry submission: October 1 through October 31, 2016
First place winner: Solo exhibit in 2018        
Juror: Martha Sielman
Martha Sielman is the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA)

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2 thoughts on “September — Summer’s Over!

  1. I am creating greeting cards for two galleries/shows at the holidays. I do not think folks realize the amount of time it takes to create these small masterpieces! everything has to look perfect, you really cannot ‘slack off’… Thanks to all you hardworking folks. Hard for me to get away sometimes, with my caretaker responsibilities, but I have resolved to do more going forward… Cheers!

  2. I am re-organizing and cleaning up my studio! I realize, though, that I just plain have too much fabric and while rearranging it will help, I will have to address it sooner or later. And of course, in the process of reorganizing, I found some traditional UFOs; one of which I’m actually finishing. Then, back to my art quilts!

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