Camp Stitch-Alot and Chicago MQG Here I Come!

I’m packing my bags and about to leave for Camp Stitch-Alot! WHOOHOO! It’s going to be cold, so I’ve got my long johns, heavy boots, turtlenecks, winter coat, hat and gloves! And of course lots of wonderful SCRAPS for making quilts in our cozy cabin retreat all weekend long.

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I’ve never done one of these cabin quilting retreats before and I’m so excited to getaway and be with other quilt lovers. I’m very much looking forward to meeting Carolyn Friedlander, the other “camp counselor” this weekend, and to hang out with organizers Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics, and Rossie of Fresh Modern Quilts, who also happens to be one of the quilt contributors featured in the Improv Handbook.

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After Camp Stitch-Alot, I am catching the train to Chicago to speak and teach at the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild. One of my favorite blog friends, Trish Royal of Bits & Bobbins, is picking me up at Union Station. I’m so looking forward to connecting with her and all the quilters at Chicago MQG and to see what quilt mischief they’ve been making!

So how lucky am I :-))))  ??? !!!

I will be reporting the weekend’s escapades via:

AND!!!! If you are having workshop envy right now…

I’m thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a special, intimate (only 10 participants) TWO-DAY intensive Get Your Curve On Workshop at A Gathering of Stitches in Portland, Oregon, April 30 – May 1, 2015. Sign up now!

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Alien She at YBCA

Allyson Mitchell

Ladies Sasquatch by Allyson Mitchell really rocked. YES! I am WOMAN! I am BEAST!

I had a great time at the opening of Alien She at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts last week.

Alien She is the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl, a pioneering punk feminist movement that emerged in the early 1990s in reaction to pervasive and violent sexism, racism, and homophobia in the punk music scene and in the culture at large. Emphasizing female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance, and DIY ethics, Riot Grrrl helped a new generation to become active feminists and create their own culture and communities that reflect their values and experiences, in contrast to mainstream conventions and expectations.” YBCA

Here are more of my favorites from the show:


We Couldn’t Get In. We Couldn’t Get Out by L.J. Roberts


The Counterfeit Crochet Project by Stephanie Syjuco

Strolling along through the section showcasing the work of Faith Levine I was SURPRISED to discover that I was represented – albeit three degrees of separation – in the book she coauthored in 2008, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design. The book documents the marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the D.I.Y. ethos by profiling 24 artists working in that arena, including artist Sabrina Gschwandtner.


When I turned to the section featuring Sabrina’s work it included several covers of her zine KnitKnit one of which featured my 1998 installation at the Headlands Center for the Arts, The 20th Century Comfort Room. So there you go! It’s exciting to find my work situated in a historical, cultural movement and community, even if it is on the fringe.


Alien She continues at YBCA in San Francisco through January 25, 2015. More on the 20th Century Comfort Room in my next post!

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The Quilt as a Contemporary Tradition


A Stitch in Time:
The Quilt as a Contemporary Tradition   
Opening:  Saturday, October 25 (5 to 8 pm)  Open through November 23, 2014
Louise Kreifels   Sherri Lynn Wood   Alice McCain  
Our exhibit features three contemporary textile artists.  Each has a distinctive approach to quilt making, but each also has roots in the folk art tradition of the patch-work comfort zone, and the quilting bee.  Colorful, creative, environmentally friendly, functional, warm and cuddly, quilts are a transcendent art form, timeless and timely.


The show is an eye-pleasing homage to the tradition of quilt making, a joyful celebration of an evolving art form, and perhaps a hint of future possibilities and directions.


Open 4 to 7 pm Wednesday through Sunday, or appointment
Folk and Fine Art    1861-A Solano Avenue   Berkeley    94707    510 900-2591
If you are in the Bay Area join me at the opening this Saturday from 5-8PM for the opening reception! New Quilts from The Improv Handbook the will be on show.
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