Special Exhibits - North Hall
The Quilter's Guild of Dallas is proud to bring a wide range of quilts for your enjoyment in our special exhibits area. This year we have three exhibits.
The Prince Cherrywood Challenge 2018: A quilt challenge sponsored by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics
What can you create with just one color? Every year, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics challenges artists to create a unique piece of art with a limited color palette of Cherrywood fabrics. In 2018, given simple rules, they were encouraged to push themselves creatively to design an original 20”x20” quilt using predominately purple and black, taking inspiration from the music, movies, and legacy of the late Prince Rogers Nelson. Of the 388 quilts submitted, 165 were chosen for three traveling exhibits. The cohesive colors, size, theme, and texture of Cherrywood make the exhibit one of a kind. There were no limits on technique, so the viewer will see incredible manipulations of fabric in these 20-inch quilts. The collection is stunning and we hope you can appreciate the time and artistry that went into their creation!
The Live Tour, consisting of 75 quilts, predominantly from the western United States, will be on display. The third place winner of the challenge, “The Spirit of Paisley Park,” made by Dallas Quilt Guild member Elizabeth Budd, is included in this tour.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1958. A son of a pianist and a jazz singer, he wrote his first song when he was just seven years old. Prince was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. Prince called Minnesota home up until his untimely death in 2016. Paisley Park, Prince’s studio and home, is located just 200 miles from the Cherrywood Studio, making this an obvious choice for our fourth contest.
More information on the Prince Cherrywood Challenge can be seen at: http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/prince or http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/schedule
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric has been located in Brainerd, Minnesota, for over 32 years. The small staff of 8 produces the only hand-dyed quilting fabric that truly looks like suede. The exclusive gradations are the inspiration for quilters, designers, and wearable artists around the world. Once you feel it, you will understand why Cherrywood is the leader in hand-dyed fabrics. For more information on Cherrywood go to their website http://cherrywoodfabrics.bigcartel.com/about-us
UNT Fibers Program Beginning Quilting Projects
These pieces represent work by students enrolled in the Fibers program of the Studio Art Department at the University of North Texas. The Fibers minor is designed to encourage students to explore working in fibers, quilting included. An APQS computerized longarm machine is available to students to explore quilting techniques. The purchase of this longarm was made possible in part by a grant from the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas Endowment Fund in 2016*.
The Fibers program at UNT offers a rich intersection, not only between faculty and students, but also through our promotion of creative research rich in cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary issues in fiber work as it relates to contemporary art, craft, and design practices.
The students have access to large, well-equipped studios and professional instruction to support studies in structures: on and off-loom strategies (weaving, spinning, felting, netting, knitting); and surfaces: safe dye practices utilizing resists, chemical and natural resources, direct applications (embroidery, marbling, screen-printing, silk painting, cyanotype); and experimentations with combinations of techniques. Students learn how to use and maintain a computerized APQS long-arm quilting machine, computerized knitting machines, floor and compu-dobby looms and a large format digital fabric printer.
Information on the program is available at https://art.unt.edu/studio-art/fibers
*In 1986 and Endowment fund was established, with the first award being presented in 1988. Since that time, the QGD has awarded one to five grants a year to individuals and organizations to fund projects that will have a long-term impact on preserving the heritage and furthering the art of quilts and quilt making.
Featured QGD Member:
Adventures in Quiltmaking
Y’know how people talk about seeing something handmade but think “hey! I could do that!” and promptly go out, spend about five times what the thing they saw would have cost to get the materials to make their own, then discover… “Meh. I hate this.”?
Well, our featured member, Judy Kriehn, fell into this trap over and over after earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and feeling obligated to do something “artistic” in her spare time. Until, that is, 1993, when her friend Cindy Chattin decided to make a quilt for her son. Judy thought that looked like fun, so when her cousins asked what she wanted for Christmas, she blurted “quilting stuff.” And it was quite the slippery slope into the stash pile from there…
After scoping out every quilt shop in a fifty-mile radius, Judy enrolled in a beginner class at Sharon’s Quilt Depot in McKinney and realized THIS WAS IT! That’s not to say she doesn’t still spend too much money on stuff (fabric and thread) that is sitting around the house gathering dust, but NOW it is gathering dust only because there aren’t enough hours in the day to do something with all the ideas in her head.
She became a member of the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas the next fall, and since that time has served as Guild President from 2012-2014 and as Show Chair from 2015-2016, as well as other volunteer activities that have allowed her to boss people around. She is also a member of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild and the Denton Quilt Guild.
Judy is a native Dallasite and entered the world via a C-section carefully scheduled between her Grandpa Gratke and Uncle Steve attending the Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in 1957 and their trip to Philmont Ranch in New Mexico. (They were booked as babysitters for her older brother Tommy.) She was supposed to be a boy named Peter, but baby gender prognostication was not that reliable in the olden days. So, her “real” name is Juliette – which was shared with her mom (known as Julie), her grandmother (known as Jule), and a great-aunt (known as Julia.) Hence the moniker “Judy.”
She recently retired from the Garland Independent School District, after 39 years, 37 of them spent in the Communications and PR department, designing publications, helping to plan special events, overhauling handbooks, and other “duties as assigned.”
In October, Judy joined the Dallas Makerspace, and has become obsessed with learning new things like working with laser-cutting machines, woodturning, needle-felting, and more. Although if you ask her what her favorite thing to make is, she’ll likely answer “a MESS!”