MEETINGS ARE HELD: 2nd Wednesday of the month
WHERE: Simi Valley Senior Center,
3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA.
WHEN: Doors open 7:00 pm; Meeting begins 7:15 pm.
GUESTS: A $5 fee is charged for guest attendees.
Please remember to silence all phones. Thank You.
This month we will be featuring Quilter Tina Curran & your show and tell projects. Bring your finished projects so we can all be amazed by your work.
My interest in making art quilts was jump-started by seeing my dear friend Sara take a variety of patterned fabrics, cut them into pieces and combine them in such an artistic way. As a life-long sewer (having experienced my first sewing triumph with a skating skirt I made in Girl Scouts), I took to quilting quickly. One of the great thrills with this art form is that my options are as infinite as those of a painter working on canvas — landscapes, portraits, geometric patterns, abstract impressions, etc. I enjoy both the deep American roots of traditional quilting and the unlimited possibilities today’s art quilts present. Combining elements of both extremes is great fun, as I often use contemporary fabrics in century-old quilt patterns.
My art quilts have been on display in multiple art shows and quilt shows as well as in national quilt magazines (“Quilters Newsletter” magazine and “Quiltmaker”) over 20 times and in three books (including Ricky Tims’ “Kool Kaleidoscopes”).
While I have no formal art training, I have taken some wonderful classes over the years. However I know my greatest learning has come in the over 10,000 hours I’ve spent making more than 125 art quilts to date. And it’s exciting to realize that there seems to be no end to this learning curve.