Many set sights on Denver quilt festival
They’re not interested in fighting old battles, but members of the Mason Dixon Quilt Professionals Network look to serve as a valuable resource to quilters as they march to their own battle cry because “it’s what we do!”
And, they are one of the many forces in the quilt world planning to set up camp at the Denver National Quilt Festival V, scheduled Thursday through May 2 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.
Based in the mid-Atlantic region, the Mason Dixon Quilt Professionals Network promotes quality professional quilt services and acts as a resource for members to market their talents.
The Mason-Dixon Line, Civil War buffs will note, symbolizes a cultural boundary between the North and the South.
In Denver, the Mason Dixon group will exhibit “It’s What We Do!” Some quilts feature dyes, paints, surface design and nontraditional methods such as burning fabric edges.
Others are more traditional with stitching and more recognizable quilt patterns. Each of the 25 pieces in the display measures 24-inches square and reflects its creator’s expertise.
One of those quilts, titled “Serenity Garden,” is a creation by Kathy Lincoln of Burke, Va.
She says it’s the fifth quilt in a series of pieced background and applique explorations. Nine-patch blocks formed the background, and the floral applique was done by machine. Fabrics include batiks, Burmese silks and regular cottons.
“I have a special passion for simplifying techniques,” Lincoln says. “I believe in reducing fabric waste and speeding up the process, as time is my most precious commodity.”
“It’s What We Do!” is one of 17 special exhibits at this year’s festival. Those are in addition to the competition quilts entered under the theme “The Rocky Road to Success.” Judges will distribute more than $6,000 in awards and prizes. Best of show will take home $800 plus a new Brother “Project Runway” sewing machine.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the merchants mall and quilt show is $12.
Workshops will be offered by such national instructors as Laura Wasilowski, Vikki Pignatelli, Linda Schmidt and Cindy Brick.
Quilts from the Western Slope, as always, will be shown in two special exhibits by the Art Quilt Association: “Abstractions” and “Old Friends.”
Other special exhibits are:
“Archeology (Digging Into the Past)” by Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists.
“Colorado Quilting Council on Parade 2010.”
“The Cutting Edge: SAQA Artists Making a Statement:” more than 40 pieces by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates in the Colorado, Wyoming and Utah region.
“Fiber Force: A Futuristic Approach” curated by Lisa Chipetine, a New York City quilt artist.
“Fibrations” presented by SAQA (Fiber+Celebration=Fibration).
“The Hoffman Challenge” now in its 22nd year, includes quilts, clothing and dolls.
“Just Look at the Possibilities!” by the company that publishes quilting books and operates a retail store, Great American Quilt Factory in Denver.
“Keeping the Tradition Alive: Feedsack Quilts and More” with quilts made by Jeananne Wright.
“Metamorphosis” presented by Signature Art Quilters, who took unfinished projects and leftover quilt pieces and reconfigured them into new works of art, each measuring 36 inches by 42 inches.
“Noble Seasons — Summer 2010” is the second of four exhibits featuring seasons of the year.
“Quilt Challenge for the Global Fund: Making a Healthier World for Our Children,” an exhibit touring the United States after display at the United National Women’s Guild Fundraising Bazaar in Geneva, Switzerland. Money goes to health care, nutrition and education.
“Quilters Treasure Challenge 2010:” The theme was “What Memories Are Made Of.”
“Quilts from the World of Cindy Brick:” memorable pieces from her extensive collection.
“Stitch.Design.Art” by SAQA, quilts were juried into a recent exhibition at the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont.
Whew, it’s mind-boggling to imagine all the textile art you’ll be able to admire at the fifth annual show sponsored by Mancuso Show Management at the merchandise mart, 451 East 58th Ave., in Denver.
By the way, “The Quilt Show” by Laura Peterson of Bigfork, Mont., that I wrote about in my April 4 column also will be shown at the Denver event. It’s 9 feet wide and includes 12 mini quilts.
I hope I’ve given you more than enough incentive to head over the Divide and become one of those festival-goers that Peterson so deftly portrayed in her prize-winning cloth homage to quilters everywhere.
E-mail Sherida.Warner@ gjsentinel.com.