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A small group I am a member of occasionally has photo challenges.  We select one of the photos taken by a member of the group to be our inspiration.  We can go in any direction we are inspired, using any techniques, styles or themes. We set a size requirement and a deadline and get to work.  It is always rewarding to see the wide variety of interpretations.  We are hoping to have a group exhibit, and for now you will just have to settle for my interpretations.

The first photo was one that I took in the courtyard of a 700 year old French farmhouse.  The quilt challenge and my quilt are both named “Welcome to Provence.” The background fabric is cotton painted with ink and all the rest is machine appliquéd silk organza. I especially like how the silk looks where it is overlapping creating new colors.



The second photo challenge used a photo by Ruth Anne Parker as the inspiration. Her photo was taken of a flower market in Paris.  The challenge and my quilt are named “Parisian Flower Market.” I used a combination of commercial cotton fabrics, silk organza and sun printed cottons.




© 2018



Wen Redmond, one of my favorite creative people, gave a most welcomed detailed demo and talk, “Digital Explorations in Fiber and Mixed Media,” about the processes she uses in her work.  I was so excited to attend this demo sponsored by the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

The program was offered in relation to the opening of two exhibits at the Ruth Funk, SAQA’s “Radical Elements” and “The View Within.”  In “Radical Elements” each artist was asked to select an element from the periodic table as a jumping off point to inspire his or her work. In “A View Within” two fiber artists use medical imaging to inspire their pieces.

Here are just a few photos of work in “Radical Elements.”  While it is too late to hear Wen speak, you are in luck if you want to enjoy the exhibits which run from May 28 up until August 27th.


“Lighter than Air” by Wen Redmond (Helium)


“Blizzard” Kathy York (Technetium)



“Cold Fire” by Kathie Kerler (Phosphorus)



“Hay Meets Rontgen” by Jim Hay (Roentgenium)




Whenever I go to a quilt show that has some quilts by Pauline Salzman it seems inevitable that some of them will be among my favorites.  That is the case with QuiltFest 2014 in Jacksonville (Florida).

Here are two of Pauline Salzman recent award winning quilts along with a close up shot or two.

The first one is “Still Life.”






The second quilt is named “Crime Scene Investigation.”





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I am so glad that I took the time to get to the Florida Museum For Women Artists in Deland. The current exhibit features the art quilts of nine Florida women. I give you only a few little tastes of the exhibited work.

The following quilt and close up detail is “Listen to Your Conscience” by Pat Kumicich. I loved her use of printed letters and transparency in this quilt

“When Will The Terror End” also by Pat Kumicich featured a bold graphic design as well as elaborate hand stitching which added detail, shadowing and highlighting.

“After Usle” is by Eleanor McCain.

Jayne B. Gaskins called her works Fiberography as she combined photos printed on fabric with heavy stitching some of which was 3D. The example is named “Spirit of Coastal Forest.”

“Scattered Archaeologies” is by Valerie Goodwin.

“Day and Night in the Garden” is by Katherine K. Allen.

This is “Sea Anemone I” by Maya Schonenberger.

All of the following close up details are from a variety of works by Maya Schonenberger showing some of the array of materials she used in her art quilts such as papers (maps and newspapers), photos, feathers, lace, a variety of fabrics and threads.

With the museum’s permission, I used my phone to take these photos and the photos do not do the works justice.  Visit the websites for these artists or better yet see their work in person to fully appreciate the beauty, strength and techniques reflected in their works. For use of any photos of their work, please contact the individual artists.

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Some of the quilts could be categorized as nature quilts.  Diane Harris of Monroe, New Hampshire created “The Narrows.”

“St Marks Wildlife Refuge” is by Barbara Hoagland of Tallahassee. It was awarded a ribbon for Judge’s Recognition.

“The Old Path” is by Mary Rhopa La Cierra of St Augustine.

“Shades of Summer” also by Mary Rhopa La Cierra won a Judge’s Recognition ribbon.

Sue Turnquist of Tifton, Georgia created “Go Ahead, Make My Day!”

Quilts that showed humor or whimsy also caught my attention. Two examples are by Pauline Salzman of Treasure Island. I liked how the background of “Canine Chronicles” (which won an Honorable Mention) had printed stories about the dogs.

“Gorilla of My Dreams”by Pauline Salzman references many well known gorillas.

Sun Bonnet Sue has gone bad. “The Salacious Secrets of Sam and Sue” is by Teddy Pruett of Lake City and it won a Judge’s Recognition. It was created from blocks “donated by friends nationwide.” As Teddy said, Sam and Sue have been very naughty.

Patricia Styring of St. Augustine won a first place ribbon for Other Appliqued Quilts. My whole quilt photo does not do the quilt justice.  But at least from the closeup you can see the quality of the work and whimsy in the design.

Another category of quilt that intriqued me was quilts that were inspired by other pieces of art. “Through the Lens: Viewing the Multiverse” by Kathryn Metzger of Ocala was painted in inks and adapted from a watercolor by Dr. Clifford Pickover.

“Discordant” by Linda Cantrell was inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso.

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