Display Gallery

The latest exhibits from textile artists around the country are on display. Let your mind wander as your feet take you past art and traditional quilts and more.

Treasures from the Trunk
Nancy Mahoney
As a child I slept under a wonderful Double Wedding Ring quilt that was made during the 1930s by my great-grandmother, Catherine Ellen Fowler Clark Carty. So I fell in love with 30s quilts at an early age. For many years I've enjoyed collecting vintage quilts. I love the thrill of finding an old quilt and, over the years, collecting quilts from the 30s has become a passion. I adore the cheerful fabrics and appreciate the creative talents of quilters from this difficult period. Vintage quilts have been the single greatest influence on my quilting journey; not only have they influenced my own quilts and colors. Quilts from the 1930s have been the inspiration for eight 30s reproduction fabric collections. I also collect patterns and newspaper clippings from the 30s which have been the resource and inspiration for three of my books, as well as many quilts.

Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy
Mary Kerr
Mary Kerr is proud to present a collection of 32 art quilts that reflect individual expressions of dance and joy. Artists were challenged to create an 18” x 30” inch quilt that reflected the theme, “Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy.” Each created their own personal version that told their own unique story. Some quilters found joy in those happy memories with family. Some expressed their joy in overcoming steep obstacles. Others created a quilt to express support for social causes. Still others simply wanted to share the joy they feel when dancing. Each has a story to tell. The quilts in this exhibit, plus more, are included in Mary’s new book, Dare to Dance Art Quilts (Schiffer 2014).

Quilting Arts Magazine Presents: Breast Pockets
Small Gifts from the Heart
Made as part of a Quilting Arts Magazine Reader Challenge honoring our sisters with breast cancer.

Inspired by a project from artist, contributor, and breast cancer survivor Melanie, Quilting Arts challenged their readers to design and create a small “breast pocket” embellished to honor someone touched by breast cancer. The response was overwhelming and reflects not only the scope and magnitude of this disease, but also the heartfelt passion with which their readers rely on the healing powers of both community and creative arts to deal with hardship and grieving. Submissions ranged from quilt groups and individuals to kids with glue guns, and from novices to professionals—everyone was happy to share their stories and donate their creations. In all, over 250 submissions were received. You will enjoy this gallery of gifts from the heart—and maybe they might offer some of their healing love to others.

A Piece of Me – SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)
What is an Art Quilt? What does it mean to be an art quilter? The answers to those questions are as diverse as each SAQA member. Members of the ME/NH/VT region were invited to submit a small piece representing their work for a traveling trunk show.

In addition to showcasing members work, the purpose of this exhibit is to attract new SAQA members, help art quilters discover SAQA and most importantly to raise appreciation and understanding for art quilting.