About Pins & Needles Art Quilyting

The Pins & Needles Art Quilters group is a neighborhood circle formed from members of River City Quilter’s Guild.We meet once a month to exchange information about art quilts, to share and critique our work, to pursue exhibitions and competitions, and publishing options. We currently have over twenty dedicated members from varied backgrounds. We challenge our group monthly to try new techniques, or themes, to explore mixed media options, and to share new discoveries.

Our group’s work is regularly shown at the River City Quilter’s Guild annual show in Sacramento, California. Our members’ work has also been shown at several national and international shows, as well as in local venues.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

September 2016

Mosaics Challenge

Our September challenge was Mosaics, and the interpretations were amazingly varied and talented!
Sandra Torguson
Fused applique - hand dyed and commercial fabrics
Helen Burke
Fused commerical fabrics and crayon colored pears
Linda Melton
"Classic Car Race"
Kathy Orsburn
Fused batik scraps
Marie Nelson
"Mr. Unflappable"
Fused tessarae, machine quilting
Elizabeth McInnis
"Seascape"
Penny Hanscom
Fused commercial fabrics
Lori Wisheropp
"Mosaic Butterfly"
BJ Bailey
"Zen Pear"
Fused batiks, and hand-dyed fabrics for pear

Thank you for looking at our art!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

California State Fair 2016

Our small group of quilt artists garnered at total of 14 awards and ribbons at the 2016 California State Fair Home Arts competition.


Denise Schmidt
"Sandstorm"
Second Place

Jan Soules
"Pop Corn"
First Place

Jan Soules
"The Maze"
Third Place

Jan Soules
"Out of Africa"
First Place
Best of Division - Kit Quilts

Connie Horne
"Dark Blue Bag"
Second Place

Connie Horne
"Crazy Patch Ensemble"
Second Place

Sheila Green
"Baptism Dress"
Second Place

Sheila Green
"Sakura Origami"
Second Place

Linda Bergman
"Birds and Baskets"
Second Place

Linda Bergman
"Island Blossoms"
Third Place

Penny S. Hanscom
"Klimt in Red"
First Place
Best of Division - Art Quilts

Penny S. Hanscom
"Portals II"
Honorable Mention

Monday, September 19, 2016

Curves Challenge - July 2016

Our challenge for the July meeting was an art quilt any size between 12"x 12" to 18"x 18" with the theme of "Curves." Eight artists made nine pieces, using many techniques with spectacular results!


Artist: Joy Valenton

Artist: Sandra Torguson

Artist: Sandra Torguson

Artist: Lori Wisheropp

Artist: BJ Bailey

Artist: Elizabeth McInnis

Artist: Marie Nelson

Artist: Jan Soules

Artist: Penny Hanscom

Thursday, May 12, 2016

March 2016


Show and Tell

Connie Horne modeled her "Aboriginal Coat Ensemble", which was on display at the "Sisters Quilt Collective" in Oak Park, where Connie was the featured Quilter.
The inside of Connie's coat, dot-painted by her, in the style of Aboriginal art.
Artist: Jan Soules
wonky insert-cut trees
Artist: Penny Hanscom
 Art quilt for "Big Names Small Art"
to be auctioned at the Crocker Art Museum.

Threadplay
Experimental Quiltlets
When we are between challenges, we hone our skills by experimenting with various art quilt techniques. This month we experimented with Threadplay.

Artist: Elizabeth McInnes
theme: figs
Artist: Helen Burke
theme: mushrooms
Artist: Joy Valenton
Threadplay added to last month's painting experiment.
Artist: Sandra Torguson
"Bead Soup"
couched beads
Artist: Sandra Torguson
mixed media with threadplay
Thanks for viewing our art!