Quilt show to unwrap wonders of art form


Guest speakers on stage

at Quilts Unwrapped 2009

Linda Jenkins will tell the story of her company’s success and chronicle her evolution as a nationally acclaimed applique artist at 2 p.m.  Nov. 14 in the Art Center’s auditorium.

Mixed media artist Deborah Snider will speak at 10 a.m.  Nov. 14 on the topic “Shear Joy: A Woman’s Love of Fabric.”

Tickets are $10 for each lecture and are available at the Art Center or from show chairwoman Shirley Budai,  242-6158.

Most of us are encouraged at an early age to color inside the lines, but true artists know that all the fun happens when they venture beyond the designated borders.

That’s the theory behind Becky Goldsmith’s and Linda Jenkins’ latest quilt book, “Applique Outside the Lines.”

It’s the 25th book co-authored by this duo since they formed their company, Piece O’Cake Designs, in 1994.

The book’s cover promises no rules-no ruler, and a new improvisational technique is presented inside.

According to their Web site, http://www.pieceocake.com,  the process lets quilters put away their rulers and cut freely with rotary cutters, making the lines in their quilts more organic.

“The process is both fun and invigorating,” they write on the Web site.

Jenkins will tell the story of her company’s success and chronicle her evolution as a nationally acclaimed applique artist during the Quilts Unwrapped 2009 show in mid-November at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction.

She will speak and show a collection of Piece O’Cake quilts at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Art Center’s auditorium.

Another guest speaker, mixed media artist Deborah Snider, will present a lecture and trunk show titled “Shear Joy: A Woman’s Love of Fabric” at 10 a.m. that same day in the auditorium.

Snider is a professor of art education, arts administration and studio arts at Mesa State College. One of her mandala art quilts received an award at the prestigious International Quilt Festival in Houston.

She enjoys public speaking and has taught workshops in creativity, sometimes even conducting “Art Boot Camps,” Snider says.

Tickets for Jenkins’ and Snider’s lectures are $10 each and available at the Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St., or from Shirley Budai, quilt show chairwoman, 242-6158.

The Art Center will open Quilts Unwrapped 2009, a major quilt exhibit by Colorado West Quilters Guild of Grand Junction, on Nov. 13.

Hundreds of quilts of all styles will be displayed throughout the center, including large bed quilts, wall hangings, contemporary art quilts and miniatures.

This will be the first major quilt show in the Grand Valley in about six years. Colorado West Quilters Guild joins the Art Center and the Colorado Council on the Arts in this collaborative promotion of a time-honored art form being discovered by an entirely new generation.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15. Admission is $3 at the door.

Certified judge, historian, appraiser and author Cindy Brick of Castle Rock will choose the winning entries. Brick also will offer $35 written quilt appraisals on Nov. 13. Anyone interested in her appraisal services should pre-register with Judy Moeny, 245-2522, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In addition to these duties, Brick will present a lecture and trunk show at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 titled “The Incredible Crazy” during a regular meeting of Colorado West Quilters Guild. The guild meets monthly at the First Christian Church, 1326 N. First St.

Her talk will focus on Victorian crazy quilts, as well as modern styles finding new popularity today. Brick has written a book about crazy quilts and will have examples to share.

Guests are welcome to attend her presentation for a nominal fee.

The entire week promises an extravaganza of quilt-related activities in Grand Junction.

Not only will local quilt makers show their quilts at the Art Center, but two special exhibits also will be unveiled.

Quilts by David Taylor of Steamboat Springs will be unwrapped for display in the center. Taylor rose to national and international fame with back-to-back Best of Show awards at International Quilt Festival in Chicago. His lectures and workshops now are highly popular among quilters.

Two Amish quilts from the 1930s also will be exhibited from the collection of Henry and Angela Hite of Woody Creek.

And finally, if quilt show visitors are in the mood for holiday shopping, they’ll find plenty of quilted gift items for sale during the show. Aprons, handbags, table runners and more are being made for sale by guild members.

So don’t delay. Put Quilts Unwrapped on your fall calendar today.


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