2010 Ann Arbor Quilt Show

I attended the 2010 Ann Arbor Quilt Show today with my hubby, who I think enjoyed it every bit as much as I did. It was held on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. The quilts included in this slide show caught my eye… I’m sure they’ll catch yours as well.

There were many more beautiful quilts, but these grabbed a place in my heart for
A) design
B) workmanship
C) creativity
D) choice of colors and fabrics
E) precision in quilting

At this time, I don’t know who won viewer’s choice…  If I can find out, I will add it when I do.
Hope you enjoy this slideshow.  You can pause on any slide to study it more or read the information cards that are provided.

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Published by Caron Mosey at Michigan Quilts! 2010

A little of this, a little of that

Karen Ann Buckley has a beautiful post on her blog that includes photographs from her trip to Charlevoix, Michigan.  She even has a photo taken on the channel of the condo my parents used to own.  I love the Charlevoix area… and all of northern Michigan.  If it weren’t for the tons of snow in the winter, you could easily persuade me to move up there.  Thanks for the pictures, Karen!  DSC03585

Would you believe I have never taken a quilt class before?  Oh, I’ve taught lots of classes, but never TAKEN one.  I had an opportunity to take a class with quilt portrait specialist Aniko Feher on Monday, and I loved it!    She taught us the basic methods of shading, positioning, shading with watercolor pencils and so much more.  I learned a lot and brought my little sample class projecthome to finish it.  I’m going to do a second portrait using my mother’s photo, and I’m excited about that.  Thanks for the class, Aniko!

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The drawing in July 4th, so you have a few weeks left to enter.

Joe Cunningham – A Product of Michigan

I have known Joe Cunningham since the early 1980’s. Joe grew up in Mid-Michigan in the Flint area near me, and I had the pleasure to watch his quilting talents grow and flourish. Joe is now in Southern California, and thanks to the Internet, I have been able to keep up with his work. It only seemed fitting that I ask Joe to participate with the other Michigan Quilt Bloggers on Michigan Quilts! Welcome, Joe!


Here in San Francisco there is an Artist in Residence program at the De Young Museum, the big museum in Golden Gate Park. Because I was working with the staff there on a catalogue essay for the Amish Abstractions quilt show, someone suggested that I would be a good candidate for the program, so that they could have a quilt artist in residence during the quilt show. I applied, got accepted, and Bingo, found myself in the most beautiful studio ever designed–all mine for the month of March.

postcard webThe AIR program begins when they design a postcard advertising it. They used my last press photo to design the card as well as the hologram-like hovering projection just inside the door.

scene 1 Next, they help you hang your work on the walls and project pictures of your work on
three large glass panels.
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For public interactivity, I had a design wall with a bunch of fabric scraps, so people from 2 to 92 could make a design. Then I would take a picture of the design and print it out for them on the spot. I also printed a copy for myself, which I taped on the Quilt Wall O Fame. Here is my quilt frame, set up with an all-white quilt top upon which people could quilt anything they wanted, and the design wall in the background, along with one of my quilts, “The Way Home,” from 2006.

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People loved making designs.

I continued to sew while my assistants (!!!) helped take pictures and helped with any-thing I needed. Eventually I finished two quilt tops. Here is one, with the final Wall O Fame.

In front of the Wall O Fame is a small quilt frame with a burlap quilt, upon which I let kids use plastic needles and pearl cotton to quilt anything they wanted.

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The month passed by in a blur of fun and work, talk and laughing. Here is the view out my window, across Golden Gate Park at the Academy of Sciences building.

To top it all off, the artist gets not only all the publicity, not just assistants to help with the public every day, not simply a fantastic place to work and show one’s work, but also a paycheck and a materials budget! It was a ton of fun, and I hated to move out of the studio. I threatened to bring in some sand bags and build a bunker in the corner, but they just laughed at me.

Now I am back in my own studio, where I finished the second quilt top I started at the museum. I’ll get these two quilted by next week and start looking for something else that needs to get done. Maybe I’ll even clean up my desk.

San Francisco, April 7, 2010


Check out Joe the Quilter website for more information and to learn about the workshops and lectures he has prepared.

John Putman, Quilter

Last night I visited the Davison Evening Star Quilt Guild – what a wonderful group of people!  The speaker was John Putman from the Lansing, Michigan area.  How delightful!   He’s such a great speaker – funny, lots (tons) of quilts to show, and very personable.  I fell in love with this quilt…

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I can’t show you the whole thing, but it is made up of Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I wanted to run right out of there and make my own.  Isn’t it gorgeous!?!?!?


Looking forward to more of this quilt guild… I’ll be joining next month.  Ladies, thanks for making me feel SO welcome!

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