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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sacramento Skyline Quilt in the Crocker Art Museum

Lori Wisheropp has secured another placement for our Sacramento Skyline Quilt at the Crocker Art Museum
Our quilt was accepted because it was created by our neighborhood circle, Pins & Needles, and depicts the region.

"Work by Hand":
Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts
MAY 25 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

The Sacramento Skyline Quilt
will be on display on from

August. 13 - September 1 

Our guild, River City Quilters Guild, is sponsoring the last three weeks in August. At that time, our slice quilt will be featured as well as two other "guild" quilts.

You may view more about the Sacramento Skyline quilt at: http://rivercityquilters.org/skyline/

Many thanks to Lori for all her hard work.

Cozy June Meeting

Our June  meeting was a real treat. Many members were on vacation so the size of the group seemed "just right" for a nice discussion. We enjoyed wine along with cherries, crackers and cheese. 

Carol Smith was our speaker. She began quilting in 1975, and in 2012 completed “A Course on Judging Quilts and Wearable Art” from the West Coast Quilt Judging Academy.  She lectures and conducts workshops for guilds on “Quilt Judging” and has assisted in the judging process for both quilt shows and car shows.

Kari showed some stencils she has done with Tsukineko inks -her current favorite medium.
She says she is still figuring out how to use these combined with techniques learned from Jean Wells.

Susan Spicer holds a flier from the Crocker's current quilt display. She she gave the show a great review and was especially impressed with the crazy quilts - such as the one on the flier, made by Mary Todd Lincoln's seamstress - whose name I don't have but surely someone can fill us in on that detail.

News for our Art Quilters

We are happy to learn one of the 'special" awards in the RCQG show next year will be for best use of embellishment.
Another really good reason to enter the show. Lets challenge each member of our group to enter at least two pieces!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Everything You Want to Know About Quilt Competions

Our presenter this month was Jan Soules 

Jan is an avid quilter, and winner of many  competitions. Her work has been published in many journals and magazines, and many of her quilts are out and about circulating the globe. We are proud to have her as a member of our group.

She talked about:

Reasons for entering a competition
How to find quilt competitions
How to enter quilt shows and how to fill out the entry forms
Recommendations on which shows to choose as you begin competing
How to properly pack your quilts for shipping
How to photograph yourself and your quilts
How to keep track of your entries

Jan shares her tracking system. 

Jan asked that we share some of our previous work that had been entered in competitions:

Artist: Jan Soules
Her first winning quilt.
Artist: Linda Bergman
Quilted Bag

Artist: Linda Bergman

Artist: Marie Nelson

Artist: Marie Nelson

Artist: Marie Nelson

Artist: Marie Nelson

Artist: Marie Nelson

Artist: Marie Nelson

Artist: Marie Nelson

We share recent work in "Show and Tell", at each meeting. It's great to see what our members are currently working on or experimenting with. 

Elizabeth McInnes experiments with paint on fabric.

Another example of Elizabeth McInnes' painting technique.

Artist: Marie Nelson
This piece is mounted on Timtex

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

We Are So Proud of Our Winners

The California State Fair, the California Parks and Recreation Online Quilt Show, and the Sacramento Fine Arts Center recognized our members' accomplishments: (Photos of work are shown below)

Winners in the California State Fair
Connie Horne Wearable Art 
First Place, and Meissner Sewing and Learning Center Award

Linda Bergman, Pieced Quilts
  Gone To Market, Honorable Mention
  Civil War Legacy, Second Place
  Civil War Elegance, Third Place
  Dragon Tale, Honorable Mention

Jan Soules 
  Group Quilts
    Tilly’s Quilt, First Place, and Best of Division
  Applique Quilts
    Two Red Poppies, First Place, Best of Division, and River City Quilter’s Guild Award
  Pieced Quilts
    Paradise Road, First Place, and River City Quilter’s Guild Award

Lori Wisheropp, Other or Special Technique Quilts
  Threads of Time, First Place

Kathy Orsburne, 
  Wearable Art, Dragonfly Vest, Third Place
   Garments, Kiss the Cook Apron, Second Place

Winning Work
California State Fair

Artist: Connie Horne
California State Fair
First Place in "Wearable Art"

Artist: Lori Wisheropp
California State Fair
First Place in "Other or Special Technique"

Artist: Kathy Orsburn
California State Fair
Second Place in "Garments"
Kiss The Cook Apron

Artist: Kathy Orsburn
California State Fair
Third Place in "Wearable Art"
Dragonfly Vest, Back View

Artist: Kathy Orsburn
California State Fair
Third Place in "Wearable Art"

Dragonfly Vest, Front View

California State Parks and Recreation 
Online Quilt Show

Artist: Denise Schmidt
Quilt title: Fall Color in Northern California 
Related State Park: Auburn State Recreation Area

Quilt Size:   20" by 20" Inspiration: California has some of the most beautiful state parks in the nation, and the diversity is simply amazing.  Of all the seasons, fall has always been my favorite, when the leaves turn and the air is crisp.  This art quilt was inspired by the fall colors encountered during a trip through the spectacular Auburn State Recreation Area.  It was created by cutting many colors of fabrics into tiny (1/8 inch or smaller) bits, placing them in separate piles, and then sprinkling them onto the background, using them like paint to create the layers and leaves of the trees and bushes.  Once the fabric bits are placed on the background, which includes the tree trunks and rocks (which are also fabric, shaded with paint) the piece is covered with tulle to hold the tiny pieces in place, and then quilted. 

Sacramento Fine Arts Center

Artist: Sandra Torguson
Felted Paths. 

This piece is in the 
Gift Shop at the Fine Arts Center and 
is available for purchase. 

Artist: Sandra Torguson

This piece is in the 
Gift Shop at the Fine Arts Center and 
is available for purchase. 

Artist: Sandra Torguson