Sunday, December 22, 2013

Art Quilt--Last Days Here

This art quilt titled, Last Days Here, measures 34 inches high x 36 inches wide. I created it specifically to enter it into Metaphors on Aging sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). I was thrilled when this piece was juried into their traveling show.

Last Days Here was inspired by a quote from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I asked my 60-year-old-plus friends to describe the best and worst aspects of aging. The images on this quilt were derived from their answers.

Materials and techniques: Cotton, silk, upholstery fabrics, tulle, paper, acrylic paint, beads, sequins, thread, scrapbook letters;  photo transfer to fabric, machine and hand appliqu├ęd, machine quilted, hand embellishment, painted, trapunto.

The show catalog is available for sale on the SAQA website (

Read on for more information about the traveling show.

Juror: Pamela Allen, Managing Curator: Mary McBride
Aging affects everyone in many different ways. Through the use of a wide variety of visual metaphors, these 35 works show the impact of aging on our lives: three generations sharing a cup of tea, a decaying leaf, an empty chair. These poignant images draw you in and challenge assumptions about aging.

Show Schedule:

Premiere Location: Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 8 - 11, 2013
International Quilt Convention, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 6-8, 2013
International Quilt Festival - Chicago, Illinois, June 20 - 22, 2014
International Quilt Festival - Portland, Oregon, August 13 - 16, 2014
Fons & Porter Love of Quilting Expo, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, Georgia, September 11-13, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fredericksburg, Virginia, October 2-4, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Overland Park, KS, October 9-11, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Fort Worth, TX, October 16-18, 2014
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Tinley Park, IL, November 20-22, 2014


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