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February 2, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Athena LaTocha from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Remember back when I went to the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans with friends from the BRMQG? I wrote about Sherri Lynn Wood's work and then last week I finally introduced Beili Liu

There was another artist whose work I thoroughly enjoyed. She is Athena LaTocha and her work on heavy paper is stunning. I find the pieces to be moving, especially considering that she want to make an impactful statement how humans affect the environment through waste.  

Do these not make you stop for a moment and consider just how much waste is created? How that waste ...

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January 26, 2020
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: {artist} Beili Liu from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I was looking through photos from the artist-in-residence open house at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. I realized that there were a few artists that I wanted to introduce to you. One of those is Beili Liu. Her work speaks to me through color, shape and theory. It helps that her grandmother's crocheted bed spread (and hundreds of needles) are part of one of her exhibits. 

 You can't see it in this photo, though I did try to get relatively close, but every thread hanging from this tar-covered piece holds a needle. I did not even ...

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October 27, 2019
Vacation, 2019, part 3: on the way home from With Strings Attached

I wrote that I wanted to avoid the Baltimore/DC rush hour traffic.  Even at 11 a.m. the highways around the city were crowded!   In western Maryland I made the mistake of staying on I-70 rather than taking I-68 to I-79.  Both routes end in Washington, PA, but  I-70 goes north into Pennsylvania -- twisting mountainous roads mostly under construction.  My arms ached from gripping the steering wheel.

I turned at the first sign of a motel in Washington, PA -- a vintage 1970's Ramada Inn at the top of a hill.  This was the sunset view.

Saturday morning we ...

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September 4, 2017
The Final Stop for Art Quilts of the Midwest—the Texas Quilt Museum from Pearl the Squirrel

In August I had the opportunity to visit the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange. (I was in Texas to speak to the Lone Star Quilt Study Group, but more on that later.)  I've written about the museum and visited once, last February, but this time it was personal—Art Quilts of the Midwest is on display there through the end of September.
The exhibition space is beautiful and I loved seeing some quilts hung on an exposed brick wall in the airy gallery. I talked with a lovely employee (whose name I swore I wouldn't forget, but have ...

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