Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quilts at Chattanooga WorkSpace, Southern Belle Riverboat, and Kaffe's quilts at the Houston Museum

A selection of quilts by Kaffe Fassett
will be on display at the Houston Museum.
This will probably be my last post prior to a full-swing, 110% immersed, AQS QuiltWeek Chattanooga envelopment that begins Monday. Several guild friends and I kicked off the celebration yesterday on the Gallery Hop and a visit to the "Needle and Thread" exhibit at Association for the Visual Arts (AVA) that I mentioned here.

Two quilt exhibits you don't want to miss during QuiltWeek Chattanooga is the 80+ quilt "Quilts of Chattanooga" Trunk Show at Chattanooga WorkSpace and an exhibit of traditional, historical-flavored quilts at the gift shop of the majestic Southern Belle Riverboat at the Tennessee River.

Kim, the owner of Chattanooga Quilts quilt shop, is coordinating and sponsoring these two exhibits that are comprised of over 90 quilts made by local quilt makers. The quilts will display the talent and craftsmanship of these quilters and feature all aspects of quiltmaking—hand and machine techniques, appliqué, patchwork, paper piecing and hand and machine quilting.
"Dream Garden"
I have loaned Kim two of my quilts, "Dream Garden" and "Strips and Flips," for the "Quilts of Chattanooga" Trunk Show. These quilts employ patchwork and lots of free-motion machine quilting.
Machine quilting detail: "Strips and Flips" 
While at the Chattanooga WorkSpace Trunk Show exhibit, be sure to wander the 4 floors of artist studios. Quilt- and thread-themed art will be for sale as well as other pieces made by the resident artists. A Chattanooga Quilts pop-up store will have pre-cuts, kits and fabric bundles available, and visitors can also enjoy munchies while experiencing the quilts and artwork in the evening hours. The "Quilts of Chattanooga" and the Southern Belle Riverboat displays have free admittance.
"Strips and Flips" by Veronica Hofman-Ortega
An extra special treat showing at the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts will be several quilts by acclaimed quilter and fabric designer, Kaffe Fassett. For a dose of color extraordinaire, be sure to visit this venue!
Quilt by Kaffe Fassett
For a recap of QuiltWeek Chattanooga area events, see this article by Times Free Press reporter, Lisa Denton. 12,000 attendees are anticipated for the QuiltWeek events with an estimated economic impact of $3 million in revenue. Quilters have purchasing power!

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