For Fellowship, Love and Farewell
Over the centuries, women have made quilts to keep their families warm, raise money for the church roof, say farewell to a friend, or simply add color to their homes. No matter what the reason, each quilt "speaks" for the maker.
Using quilts from their own collections and a selection of others, Debra Grana and Sharon Waddell, quilt historians and collectors, show how these messages are conveyed.
Curators: Debra Grana and Sharon Waddell, NY
Thirty quilts made "In the manner of Jane A. Stickle" will celebrate the 150th anniversary of her 1863 Civil War sampler. The quilts are assembled by Brenda Papadakis, author of Dear Jane, The Two Hundred Twenty-five Patterns from the Jane A. Stickle Quilt.
Dear Jane: detail by Chris White
Each quilt varies in color and design and reflects the maker's interpretation of Jane's quilt. You will be inspired to make your own after visiting this exhibit.
Curator: Brenda Papdakis, San Antonio, TX
free informal talks during show hours by some of our exhibit curators offer visitors a more in-depth look at our featured exhibits. Viewers will be able to ask questions to further their appreciation of the displays and quiltmaking in general. A complete schedule is available at the show.
The Quilts of Jo Diggs
Maine resident Jo Diggs' exquisite multi-layered appliqué has been enchanting viewers since 1967 and enthralling students since 1974. Jo's love of fabric, fascination with sewing and lifelong study of art combine in her landscape quilts and framed pictures, and inform her teaching. The word most often used to describe her landscapes is "serene," and glowing light effects, especially reflections, are a particular focus.
Jo's work is included in The National Quilt Museum permanent collection in Kentucky and in the Fairfield Processing Corporation collection
in Connecticut, as well as in numerous private collections, and has been featured in many publications and exhibitions going back more than 20 years. The exhibit will include Jo's occasional forays into fantastic fish and special garments. Her "Snowscape" wool quilt, VQF's Best in Show 1984, is in The National Quilt Museum collection.
Curator: Jo Diggs, Portland, ME
MILLER CENTRE LOBBY
When you enter the Miller Centre lobby, look up at an exhibit of Susan Damone Balch, one of Vermont's most talented quiltmakers. Fly fishing, nature, and an extensive fabric collection provide the inspiration for Susan's original art quilts. She delights in using curves and machine techniques to create her stylized pictorials. As a divergence, she also creates intuitive abstract pieces. This collection spans about 30 years.
Susan is an accomplished quilter and fly fishing instructor. She attributes this to the women in her family who nurtured her interest in needle arts, and her husband who introduced her to fly fishing. The quilts provide a special welcome to our visitors while allowing VQF to give credit to an artist who continues the long tradition of making fine quilts.
Curator: Susan Damone Balch, Reading, VT
Over more than three decades, many of VQF's instructors have been at the leading edge of developments in the quilt world. This year's roster is no different, and visitors have the opportunity to see in person examples that they may otherwise see only in print. As always, this exhibit reflects the diversity of the quilting tradition.