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more art quilts at the festival!

more art quilts at the festival!


By Patricia Belyea

BIRMINGHAM UK  Yesterday afternoon I stewarded at the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit at The Festival of Quilts. With over 3000 members worldwide, SAQA offers a high level of support for the professional development of art quilters. As an emerging art quilter, I appreciate many of the benefits of the group.

Selected works from the international People and Portraits show hung in the busy booth. Visitors appreciated the high level of concept and craftsmanship of the art quilts.
SAQA Exhibit at The Festival of Quilts 2014SAQA Exhibit at The Festival of Quilts 2014

Before my SAQA assignment, I strolled around The Festival and discovered two more art quilt exhibits that I’d never seen! Eszter Bornemisza from Hungary displayed intriguing quilts and hangings that took textile art to new heights.
Eszter Bornemisza at The Festival of Quilts 2014 Eszter Bornemisza at The Festival of Quilts 2014

In her This American Life exhibit, Susan Shie from the US hung her campy quilts that tell stories about current events or her personal life. Susan took the quilt universe by storm as a recently graduated art student who won Best of Show at Quilt National 1987. Today she continues to teach, exhibit and create non-stop.
Susan Shie at The Festival of Quilts 2014Check out Susan’s commentary on the Royal Wedding in her quilt, Royal Wedding | Knight of Wooden Spoons from her Kitchen Tarot series:
Susan Shie at The Festival of Quilts 2014Here ends my posts from this year’s Festival of Quilts. It’s been a whirlwind and wonderful experience for me to meet so many new quilters and see so many great quilts. Tally ho!

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3 comments to “more art quilts at the festival!”

  1. Ann Darling says:

    WOW! LOVE the Hungarian artist’s work. You’ve done a fabulous job for a newbie!!! Thanks.

  2. Susan Shie says:

    Dear Patricia. Thanks so much for doing your blog reporting of the Festival, and for including my work so nicely. I really appreciate it. Susan

    • Patricia Belyea says:

      Susan—I have seen many pieces of your work in my Quilt National book collection.To meet you in person at The Festival was a highlight.

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