For this challenge, creators were tasked with turning a Blue Bar Quilts logo panel into a craft using any medium, be it sewing, quilting, embroidery, collage, decoupage, or surface design, the sky was the limit. Multiple panels and any craft supplies could be used, with one entry per person. Blue Bar received 13 fantastic entries! Come in to the shop to see them for yourself until the end of September, and vote for your favorite in the Viewer's Choice category through September 18. Winners will be announced September 19, and judged categories include: Most Practical, Most Wild & Wacky, Viewer’s Choice, and Staff Pick.
The sampling of quilts on display were made using the Graphic Jam quilt pattern booklet which was written by Sassafras Lane Designs and features 12 unique and modern plus-shaped quilt blocks that are entirely foundation paper-pieced.
The class was instructed and moderated by Trisha Urben and took place mostly virtually via ZOOM with several optional in person meetings in our shop classroom for those who wanted to gather in "real life".
Some participants chose their own fabrics to complete the project. Others used the kit with the choice of either a dark or light background, which was made from Favorite Things collection of fabrics designed by Shayla Wolf of Sassafras Lane Designs for Windham Fabrics.
It's our annual October show from Memory Cloth Circle, a hand-stitching group here in Madison. The show's titled "Bits & Pieces" and it is dedicated to recently passed away member Terry Lichtenfelt. It's a very bright, colorful and cheerful celebration of their relationship with Terry and her life.
Stop by the shop and see it if you can, it'll be here the whole month of October.
Stop in to appreciate the art and if you choose to donate to any established organization that supports Black Lives, LGBTQ Lives, or a Victim’s Family, you will be entered to win one of these pieces.
Full details on the steps to enter the Fiber Art Fundraiser are located below the art on this gallery's page.
Jacquie Gering's original Mend quilt inspired her “Mend” fabric collection from Michael Miller Fabrics. The quilt design is featured as the foundation of the collection with supplementary prints derived from the design of the flag’s starfield and its red and white stripes.
Jacquie’s quilt speaks to the impact that citizens have on the direction of our country, the responsibilities and obligations of citizenship, and the ability of our country to grow and change for the better. Jacquie added the word MEND to the original design of the veering stripe to encourage all of us to work together to foster the values of compromise, collaboration, and problem-solving. We are sewists and quilters and mending is our superpower. Jacquie wants the collection to provide an opportunity for our community to show the pride we have in our country and the power of its citizenry to work together.
Blue Bar Quilts offered a challenge to our quilting friends to create in the spirit of the Mend message. We were excited to receive 7 challenge entries!
"The Memory Cloth Circle began at Lakeside Coffee House during the 2013 MMOCA Triennial. Each week people signed up to tell stories and embroider memories. The group was inspired by Amazwi Abesifazane, Voices of Women, in South Africa. Those courageous women began making Memory Cloths to tell their stories of Apartheid; they asked us to share their process in the U.S. We honor them in our work choosing our own stories and messages.
When the 2013 MMOCA exhibition ended many of the Circle participants, buoyed by the group’s energy and creativity, decided to continue gathering; we meet weekly to this day. Today the Memory Cloth Circle brings together 20+ professional and non-professional women artists from various backgrounds. All enjoy sharing ideas, narratives, and stories in stitches using vintage and repurposed fabrics through embroidery, applique, collage, and mixed media.
Since the pandemic halted in-person gatherings we have met weekly through Zoom, and we are delighted that this has allowed participation to include members in Oregon, Texas, Florida, Nova Scotia, and Tanzania.
Circle member Lisa Binkley has repurposed wooden cigar boxes in her mixed-media fiber art for years. Her father used to enjoy smoking cigars, and when she saw the beautiful boxes, he began saving them for her. He is delighted that they have been incorporated into her art as well as others’.
Many of us had a special box as a child that we used to hold treasured objects—found feathers and bones, shells and special beach pebbles, poems, old jewelry from a grandmother, and other gems. As our group considered possibilities for our 2020 exhibition at Blue Bar Quilts, we decided to tap into treasured memories and the idea of boxes to contain them. The boxes that are the foundation of works in this exhibition are cigar boxes from Lisa’s dad and a few other sources, wine boxes from his wine cellar, and a world of fabrics, threads, beads, photographs, jewelry, lots of hand stitches, and messages and memories. Enjoy."