This month is filled with quilt events and exhibits all over Oregon. Here are the ones I’m going to in the next few weeks — if you are nearby, you might want to check some of them out too!
This afternoon, Pearl and I are meeting some friends to see the Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibit at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, which includes both quilts and archival prints! I am so excited to see this show. I saw a big show of the Gee’s Bend Quilts at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco several years ago and it was incredible. The Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland also has a larger Gee’s Bend show this month and I am already planning a trip down…
Speaking of trips, Andrew, Pearl and I are heading to Sisters this weekend to see the world-famous Outdoor Quilt Show — we will miss yet another Gee’s Bend event that’s going on earlier this week, but will get to see a whole Saturday’s worth of quilts! I’m really looking forward to it, I’ll be taking tons of pictures and I’ll post them next week. While we’re there, I’m also going to see the “Patterns from the Past” show at the High Desert Museum in Bend — a collection of seventeen quilts made by Southern women from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War eras…
…and the exhibit includes a communal quilt that visitors can embellish or stitch on, a lot like the wonderful Stitch-O-Rama tablecloth we embroidered at craft events in Portland in 2006 as part of the New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily show at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.
The Museum is also hosting a lecture by Denyse Schmidt which should be phenomenal, on Friday, July 17th at 5:30pm . It precedes her two-day workshop, which I am thrilled to be taking. I’ve always wanted to take her Connecticut-studio class and now that she’s coming to Portland, I am so excited to learn new color and quilting techniques!
The museum has an exhibit upstairs in the Lab with one of her quilts and work from the other teachers in the Summer of Making program. I am so honored that four pieces of my jewelry from Bead Simple and Button It Up are displayed in front of the quilt — Denyse is one of my craft heroes!
Just a reminder, too, that you can still enter to win a free spot in my Bead + Button Jewelry class through tomorrow. I’d love to see some fellow crafters there so if you’re blessed with a flexible schedule and want to spend four days making pretty things and learning new jewelry and embellishment techniques, please leave a comment on the Summer of Making post or on their Facebook page!