Tuesday, September 20, 2022

AQS Show in Des Moines

Linda and I had a great time on our quick trip to the AQS quilt show in Des Moines last week. This was her first entry and attendance at a national show and was so easy to navigate with smaller crowds (than Houston or Paducah). We spent two nights and had delightful weather, smooth flights, excellent rooms and food. 

Linda Ginn with her quilt "One Day at a Time: 2021 Temperatures
in Hattiesburg, Mississippi"

Here are a few of my favorites. Enlarge to read titles and makers' names. 

"The Long Goodbye" by Lea McComas

Enlarge to see--quilting stitches say One For Me on black/red,
One For You on black/white

I recently reconnected (in a SAQA webinar) with my first quilting teacher, Maureen Grigsby, who had moved away from Hattiesburg about 37 years ago. When she learned we were going to be in Des Moines, she drove up from Missouri to visit with us. What a wonderful time we had! My blue/purple hair attracted quite a few "I like your hair" comments, and we ran into some more adventuresome people and had fun getting pictures together. 
Maureen Grigsby and me

I wish I knew their names!

One more 
The SAQA Wide Horizons global exhibit was there also. It is so rewarding to get to see some of these amazing works in person that I have seen online and in the SAQA journal. 

Monday, September 12, 2022

AQS Quilt Show and SAQA Exhibit

     It's been several years since I attended a large national quilt show. Daughter Linda Ginn has a quilt juried into the AQS show in DesMoines this week and we are going! We are looking forward to her first big show--to enter/be accepted and also to attend. Linda's quilt is a unique interpretation of a temperature quilt with the detailed description and method she used to create it printed on a large label on the back. I'm pretty proud of her! 

      Another exciting reason for going is that my very first quilting teacher from back in about 1983, Maureen Grigsby, is meeting us there. We reconnected through a SAQA event recently, and she is traveling from the St. Louis area to see us. 

The story on the back of the quilt

Linda with One Day at a Time: 2021 Temperatures
in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

     Last week I had the unique opportunity to see the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) 3D Expression exhibit when it traveled to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, just 30 miles from my home. Susan Lenz gave an artist talk and charmed and enlightened the audience with her description of SAQA's definition of an art quilt: "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure." This helped explain some of the unusual and interesting pieces in the exhibit. I make it a practice to identify the artists when I post pictures; I apologize that I do not have all of these identified.

With Susan Lenz and Kristen Zohn, curator

Susan Lenz's quilt Saint Anastasia

Ginger Jar by Betty Busby

Detail of large piece in next picture


Coat by Marijke van Welzen
Speaking of SAQA, what a neat surprise I got when I opened my latest journal--to see a picture of my cat quilt The Conversation pictured along with two pages of cat quilts.

The Conversation (top left)
Tarbaby, Rahrah, Elizabeth

Thursday, August 25, 2022

More Good Things in August

The South Mississippi Art Association juried exhibition opened this week at the Lucile Parker Gallery at William Carey University. My Caladium won one of the six Honorable Mention awards. It's a beautiful and impressive show, open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Aug. 23-Sept. 22, 2022.

The Downey Gallery at my church (University Baptist) is between shows, and I was invited to display some of my stitched flowers and fish fabric collages to add a little color during the interim. It is always a pleasure to get to share my work.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Cinque Terre Wins Another Ribbon

Cinque Terre triptych had some good news from the Smoky Mountain Quilt show in Knoxville, Tennessee, last week, where it won a third-place ribbon in the Alternative Techniques category. We love opportunities for the three 24" x 52" sections to be displayed together. The picture below is from the Gulf States Quilting Association show in April earlier this year.

By Martha Ginn, Rita Warnock, and Cathy Reininger
A special treat this week was getting to visit with dear friend Ana Maria Diaz Herrera, a talented viola player who returned from two years at the Julliard Institute in China and is on her way to Rutgers University in New Jersey to pursue her doctorate. 
Lunch with Ana Maia at the Salad Station
Despite Elizabeth's passion for eating thread, I was able to finish several art quilts recently. Some of my Southern Fiber Artist group makes 8x10 pieces to exchange with each other on a rotating monthly basis. Here are pieces I made for Julia Graber, Jackie Watkins, and Karen Arzamendi.
Climate Change for Julia Graber

Leaves for Karen Arzamendi

Lime and Leaves for Jackie Watkins

Elizabeth reaching for the thread

"I'll just lean up against the machine."