Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A New Fiber Arts Center

This came in the Baltimore MQG mailbox.....

Fiber Fest: A Four-Day Celebration of Fiber Arts

The Caroline County Council of Arts, will be hosting a four-day celebration of the fiber arts featuring the grand opening of the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES). To honor the occasion world-renowned quilter Elly Sienkiewicz will be teaching, lecturing, and exhibiting over the course of the four day period. A Silver Star honoree for her “profound contribution to the contemporary Quilting Revival” of the past half-century, Sienkiewicz’s has been designing, stitching, teaching, and writing about appliqué; and her work has been featured in exhibits and quilt magazines in the US, Europe, and Japan. Festivities also include a fiber arts One Stop Shop Hop; and a Quilt Crawl through historic downtown Denton. This event will kick off on Thursday, August 2nd 2012 and will end on Sunday, August 5th2012 with ribbon-cutting festivities at the new fiber arts center. Ten of Elly Sienkiewicz’s Baltimore Album quilts, which have toured nationally and in Europe, will be on exhibit at FACES and a fiber arts sale will take place on the grounds of the center.

Elly Sienkiewicz will be teaching her Star Ruching class on Thursday August 2; and her Quick-Start Baltimore & Portrait of the Artist class on Friday, August 3. On Saturday, August 4, Sienkiewicz will be giving a lecture entitled Baltimore Albums: A Visible Face of Social Revolution. Baltimore Album quilts originated in BaltimoreMaryland in the 1840s. Since then, they have become one of the most popular styles of quilts and are still being made today. In the early days, Baltimore Album quilts reflected the prosperous community of Baltimorewhere most quilts were made with new fabric, instead of the more commonly used scrap fabric. As the popularity of this quilt style grew, women far beyond Baltimore began making these album quilts. Through glorious photos, Elly will present her view on how this quilting technique captured the cultural journey and history of America, and influenced other industrialized nations. Was it due to a specific artist’s influence? Is old Baltimore’s answer a secret hidden in her quilts? Find out at either the morning or afternoon lecture. The lecture admission includes a morning continental breakfast or an afternoon tea and dessert buffet. Attendees will also receive free admission to the One Stop Shop Hop. Elly will be available for a book signing session immediately following the lectures, and her books can be preordered. Reservations can be made online at www.fiberartscenter.com/elly or by calling 410.479.1009. Class space is limited.

Also on Saturday, August 4th, the Heartland Quilters of the Eastern Shore will be hosting their 4th annual One Stop Shop Hop at theDenton Firehouse from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This event will feature over 50 fiber arts vendors including quilt, antique quilt, fabric and yarn shops; beaders; wool spinners; long arm quilters; wood workers; machine embroiderers; and much more. See www.fiberartscenter.com/shophop/ for a full list of participating vendors from the Maryland and surrounding states. Admission to the Shop Hop is included with your registration to the Elly Sienkiewicz lecture or may be purchased at the Firehouse door for $3. All guests receive an entry gift and can look forward to over 50 door prizes throughout the evening and six raffle quilts from participating guilds. Food concessions will be available. The Spence home on Fifth Street will be open from 3 – 6 featuring a house full of antique quilts.
On Sunday, August 5th, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), located at 7 N. Fourth Street in Denton, will hold its official grand opening ribbon-cutting celebration. This free event will run from 12:00pm – 4:00 pm, and will feature live music, demonstrating weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists, the alpacas of Outstanding Dreams Farm and more. Free Range, an acoustic ensemble, will be one of the bands featured at this event. Comprised of Ali Reed Quillen on guitar and vocals, Steve Quillen on fiddle and vocals, and Curt Fox on banjo and vocals, their sound is primarily Traditional Bluegrass, seasoned with a bit of old-time, Irish and folk.
Throughout the week, various quilts and other fiber arts will be on display in locations throughout downtown Denton including The Foundry, the Museum of Rural Life, and the Choptank River Heritage Center.

The Caroline County Council of Arts is supported by a grant from the Maryland Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, agencies dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. For more information on Fiber Fest or any of the planned activities, please contact Marina Dowdall at the Caroline County Council of Arts at www.carolinearts.org or410.479.1009.


About the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore
Located in the historic Hardee House at 7 N. Fourth Street, this regional fiber arts center includes quilt and other fiber art-related exhibit, retail, studio, and instruction space. Within Denton’s designated Historic, Main Street, and Arts & Entertainment districts, the center will be a destination for quilt and fiber art enthusiasts, Eastern Shore visitors, and area residents to view historic and recent works by local quilters and fiber artists. As a regional fiber arts resource, the role of this center will be a unique place to visit, shop, learn, and find inspiration

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Modern Sampler Workshop

At our June meeting, I floated the idea of doing a Modern Improvisational Sampler workshop. I had read that a few other MQGs were doing something similar and I loved the idea.  Well, apparently so did everyone else, because it's a go!

Laura, Linda and I put together a super fun fat quarter bundle, available at Seminole Sampler. Other supplies needed are approximately 1 1/2 yards of background fabric and backing fabric (the fq bundle yields enough for a scrappy binding!) You can find the details here.

This is my sample:

The plan is to complete six blocks in the workshop, and then the remaining three will be offered at subsequent meetings of the MQG. So mark your calendars for Saturday, August 25th, 10:30-5 PM for a fun filled day of modern improv quilting!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fabric for Charity Quilts

I posted this on my personal blog, but, in case you didn't see it.....

Part of my duties with the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild is manning the email. Lot's of it is spam and advertisements. Monday, though, I got a nice email from a lady in Michigan:

I'm looking for a group that would like donated fabric for charity projects. I work at a quilt shop in Brighton, MI. For the second year we have made table runners for a group that has a banquet in Baltimore, MD. When they are done with the table runners, they will throw them away. The runners are pieces of 100% cotton, quilt store quality fabric, 9' long, and 15" wide. There is no hems or sewing on them. There are about 50 runners of the red fabric, and 100 runners of the blue fabric. I'm planning on using some of it to make quilts by adding used blue jean fabric, and possibly Nascar type fabric.  These quilts will be donated with young / teenage boys in mind. 

Okay, nice! I made arrangement to pick them up yesterday. When I got to the venue, I was a little surprised to see two large garbage bags filled with fabric. I mean, 50 pieces, 9x14 inches comes out to about 10 yards, right?

I get the fabric home, open one of the bags, and haul out a really long piece of fabric. Hmmm.

Back to the computer, look at the email exchange again.

9' long, and 15" wide.   50 runners of the red fabric, and 100 runners of the blue fabric

Ohhhh. 9 FEET long. And I totally missed the part about 50 of one, 100 of another.

So now, I have over 100 YARDS of this

and this

which is not necessarily a bad thing....

Needless to say, if you're in the Baltimore area and need some flaming fabric, I can hook you up!