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.

Friday, June 26, 2015

May 2015 Show and Tell

Connie Horne shared with us the book in which two of her quilts appear...
"General George Washington Welcomes the
 Services of Slaves and Free Blacks"
"1968: President Lyndon Johnson
Signs the Civil Rights Act"
Cotton, fusible web, fabric paint, rhinestones.
Connie also shared her self-portrait.

Elizabeth McInnis shared a Wonky Log Cabin...

...and a tree made from crosscut squares.
Lori Wisheropp showed us her Dogwoods...

and a finished crocheted scarf.

Lori also shared an Intaglio print she made years ago,
and briefly explained the process.
Kathy Orsburn shared a piece she made at a workshop,
working from a photograph, one square at a time.
Sheila Green shared two assemblages; this one titled
 "Mind, Heart and Soul"
Metal assemblage titled "Caution: Sharp Edges"
Artist: Sheila Green
Jan Soules showed us a couple of Happy Villages quilts
she made at a workshop.
Artist: Jan Soules
Kari Bauer shared some watercolors that she painted at a retreat.
Artist: Kari Bauer
Watercolor of California Poppies.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

April 2015

Susan Schwarting shared the round-robin quilt that she and a bay-area friend made. Susan started in the middle and sent it by mail; the friend added a border and sent it back. The quilt was sent back and forth about six times before Susan finished it. Great teamwork!

Our newest member, Willie Beaudet, shared some of her recent work, including two Sand Castle designs...

...And a turtle.
Lori Wisheropp finished a rag quilt for her husband, made with fabric from various trips to Alaska.
Helen Burke showed us a bag that someone made for her.
Sheila Green led us in a discussion about the
 nature of Art vs. Craft.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Self-Portrait Close-Ups

Listed in alphabetical order by first name, these are close-ups of the Self-Portrait challenge from March.

BJ Bailey

Cindy Minoli

Jan Soules

Kathy Orsburn
Kathy's self-portrait was made "through trial and error" using a black and white photocopy of a photograph; technique includes raw-edge piecing, painting, and bead embellishments.

Kim Sikes

Lori Wisheropp

Marie Nelson

Sunni Hamilton
Sunni Hamilton
See Sunni's blog link on the right side of this page for her descriptions of her portraits.

Susan Schwarting

Susan Spicer

Thank You Sunni!

We would like to thank our intrepid blog creator and keeper, Sunni Hamilton, for her inspiration and effort in documenting our work for the last three years. She will be taking a brief break so she can catch up with other ideas. See you around, Sunni, and THANK YOU!