Sunday, February 5, 2017

La Conner Quilt Museum Exhibit

2017 has started off with a bang for me and my quilting.  I have been so thrilled to have a collection of my work hanging at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, now known as The Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum

This is one quilt I would grab if my house was on fire.  It was started on Lopez Island in a 4 day Gwen Marston workshop, but it took quite some time to complete.  I'll be doing another post with the details, but for now, this is a Show and Tell.  I've had this piece under wraps for over a year, and to have it be shown at La Conner for the first time, well, that made it worth it for me. Hand quilted.

String Theory has certainly gotten some legs.  It's the cover quilt for April APQ and it's also the quilt being used for their 2017 Quilt Along.  Have you seen their posts yet?  If not, they are doing video posts every week.  Court House Steps is the block and they have sketch sheets you can download and try out color options with your pencil crayons. Hand quilted

This one was finished at the Gwen workshop on Lopez Island back in 2013.  It was made from string patches for the star center, points, and the outside triangles.

The diamond round was created using left over 1/2 square triangles from a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt called Carolina Christmas.  I got that top all together January 2017.  I hand quilted this with straight lines in the string sections and in the red I quilted feathered motifs that I drew to fit each space.  Double half wreaths were done in the corner triangles and the section between the star points have a curling feather filling the section.

Again another piece that came out of a Gwen workshop.  This one took several years to complete.  I hand quilted a different motif in each solid column and stitched a 1/4" in from the seam allowances in the triangle shapes.

Tonya Ricucci was the reason this piece was created.  She threw out a challenge and I call this my recovery quilt.  I never liked the word 'survivor' when talking about people with breast cancer and for me, the word 'thrive' seemed so much more appropriate.  Hand quilted with feathers in the black columns.

Who says Civil War prints are drab?  Using a variety of  black solids, and being selective on which string went next, I achieved a bright Lightning zigzag piece.  This one finished at approx.. 42 x 48 but I think this would have made a fabulous bed sized quilt.   Machine quilted.

Main entrance of museum.

Wall view

Another view. 

I hope some of you have had the opportunity to visit and support this NW Textile Museum. Gwen Marston's exhibit runs until the end of March, and my body of work comes down Feb 27. The museum is closed Mon and Tues, so check their website for hours if you are planning a visit.

To be cont......
Keep stitching


Diane said...

Oh wow! Thanks for sharing, I sure wish I could visit in person, but since that's not going to happen, I really enjoyed these photos and stories. What an inspiring collection.

Mimi said...

Well, you have just made me feel like a slug! Your work is fantastic and I am so excited for all the recognition that you are getting. Thank you for sharing with us here on the web. Again, congratulations.

Janet O. said...

Congrats to you, Sharon! What an honor! A stellar display. And I couldn't help but notice that for being such an awesome machine quilter, you have done a lot of hand quilting, too!
Wish I was going to be in the neighborhood to see them in person.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Congratulations on a wonderful display of your quilts. It is a great honor to have your work displayed in public.

Kyle said...

Thank you for sharing so many of your awesome quilts here online. The colors, the designs, and the quilting each of the pieces create a unique and personal statement. Wish I was closer to see them in person.

Lori said...

Lovely sneak peak for me! I plan on going before your exhibit comes down!

Karen said...

My favorite is the one with the curved corners and flying geese. Both the style and colors has good impact.

Barb said...

congratulations on your one woman show! what a thrill it must be to see them hanging together in that great space.

Louise said...

I was able to travel down to La Conner last week. Kevin and I had a beautiful sunny day and practically had the museum for ourselves.
4 volunteers and the two of us. It was such a treat to view your quilts as well as Gwen's. Can't really say I had a favorite of yours, loved them all. Your quilting is wonderful as well. I left you a little note. I always thought the gift shop belonged on the first floor, so glad they agreed!

liz said...

What a show. Love all your work. They are all so different and all so interesting. I wish I could see them 'live' too. I hope your family are all very proud of their talented Sharon. Congratulations

Nifty Quilts said...

How wonderful to see these photos! I remember bits of the two from the Lopez Island workshop. I'm so happy for you, showing at the museum. What a way to start the year! I will see the show this Sunday afternoon, and again a few weeks later. Can't wait!

Sharon said...

Congratulations, Sharon! This is just awesome that you're being recognized for the beautiful work that you do! And I mean both the museum display and the magazine.

I can see Gwen's influence in your work, and yet it's all yours too. I love your Thrive quilt - that was a fun sew-along! I think they're all so great, I don't think I could pick a favorite. And I love the quilting that you do!

I wish I could see your show, but I don't think that's going to work out for me. It's so far from my home and I'll be going up to La Connor at the end of March for a class. Alas, your show comes down before that. So thank you for sharing here with those of us that can't make it there.