The Quilt Show visits the RK Quilt Barn

The Quilt Show came to visit the RK Quilt Barn! I got to share what's so "unconventional and unexpected" about the quilts in my collections and the story of how I came to fall in love with quilts. In the episode, you'll also get to hear about quiltmakers Sue and Ashley Nickels. 

Episode 1808 airs on Sunday, April 10th, 2016. You can watch the trailer below. The episode will be available via The Quilt Show's website here.

Thank you to Shelly Heesacker and everyone else at The Quilt Show!

British Patchwork & Quilting reviews Unconventional & Unexpected alongside Losing the Compass

I am thrilled that Deborah Nash of British Patchwork & Quilting writes about my publication, Unconventional & Unexpected, alongside the exhibition Losing the Compass.

Ms. Nash picks up on many of the beautiful motifs I love about both quilts and the pieces in the exhibition at White Cube, noticing the relationships between accident and chaos with structure. She sees the distortions in the Boetti embroidered pieces amidst the stringent grid; she sees the "wobble" of the quilts' edges in Unconventional & Unexpected. Here are artists and quiltmakers willing to see what happens when you venture outside the grid. Personality happens. All the while Ms. Nash recognizes the need for context and conversations around all of these pieces and how publications and exhibitions can act as a bridge between the fine art and the textile/craft communities. She speaks about the artworks and the quilts in the same language.

Featured are images from the exhibition, as well as quilts from my collection. I am pleased that she chose to feature the brilliantly orange Nine Patch, Virgie Walton's StripesOriginal Design of work clothes, 8 which is included above, and a Log Cabin, variation.

A huge thank you to Ms. Nash and everyone across the pond at British Patchwork & Quilting!

Read "Losing the Compass: Unconventional and Unexpected" in the March 2016 issue of British Patchwork & Quilting.

What I like is its mystery. The square and oblong patches vary in size and number, though not so much that the surface becomes a chaotic jumble. It has an order, but the order changes; sometimes there are six patches in a row, sometimes seven. It ought not to work, but it does. The squares of primary yellow, blue, pale pinks and off-whites are gridded by machine; on top are smaller patterned or coloured squares and then in most, but not all, there’s a wiry motif of a figure eight stitched in dark cotton thread, sometimes looking like a wisp of hair. What does this motif mean? Is it an infinity symbol and not a figure eight at all? There’s a talismanic quality to this quilt that makes me wonder what it would be like to sleep beneath it, what dreams I might have.
— Deborah Nash writing about the "8" quilt attributed to Regina Jarvis

Talk on September 4th in Lincoln, NE



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"There is something better to aim for, and that is soul. Or heart. Or something."

Lynley of Lynley Quilts blog has posted an honest and wonderful review of Unconventional & Unexpected. I love how she talks about how the book pushes her creative process and spurs new thinking about quiltmaking!

Read Lynley's review on her blog here.

Material Obsession visits Found/Made

This is an experience NOT to be missed no matter what kind of quilter you are... traditional, modern... art or crafty... beginner or experienced.
— Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession

I had the loveliest time taking Kathy Doughty and friends through Found/Made at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. I'm thrilled that she would include her thoughts on both the exhibition and Unconventional & Unexpected in her dynamic blog, Material Obsession. It's amazing to see others respond to the quilts and the artwork in the same way that I do: as a treasure seeker, wondering what the quiltmaker was thinking, enjoying and questioning tradition. Thank you to Kathy and everyone at Material Obsession.

Read in Material Obsession what Kathy has to say about Found/Made.


Found/Made is open until November 1, 2015 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.