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On the Design Wall: Summer

I became a SAQA member!

I recently attended my first meeting of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). This large organization is divided into smaller regions and my local is SAQA Central Canada – Ontario and Quebec Artists. Because locals are large and cover so much ground geographically, smaller groups or pods are formed. The pod I attended was in Fergus, Ontario. A very enthusiastic and focused group of artists were in attendance.

small quilt blocks pinned to design wall in Doris Lovadina-Lee's studio

Quilt challenge!

One of the outcomes of our meeting was to work on a challenge. The parameters:

  • size – 12 inches
  • theme – summer
  • due – 2 months

quilt blocks pinned to design board for SAQA theme spring by doris lovadina-lee in progress

I began with some hand dyed fabric and imagined a tall glass of water and ice. How would that look abstracted and constructed using small pieces? The two images are the evolution of my work in progress. I may move a few more pieces around before I begin to stitch. What does summer look like for you?

Radiant Light Quilt in Quilts and Health

Quilts and Health is a newly published book exploring the connection between textiles and health.

The authors are:

  • Marsha MacDowell, professor of art at Michigan State University Museum
  • Clare Luz assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine at Michigan State University
  • Beth Donaldson, Digital Humanities Project Asset Coordinator at Michigan State University.

Quilts and Health book by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Lug and Beth Donaldson with radiant light quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto quilter

These three authors have written a scholarly book that is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of quilts as well as the stories behind them. Through their research they discovered that they could not name a disease that could not be connected to a quilt. Quilts are given as to comfort and memorialize those suffering from so many diseases. The AIDS Memorial quilt is an iconic example.

Radiant Light chakra quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto artist in book quilts and health

I am thrilled that my quilt: Radiant Light is included in this book.

My quilt appears in chapter three: Individual Experiences of Health and Well-being Through Quiltmaking. Radiant Light is the third in a series of chakra quilts. The first was made for my sister-in-law who was diagnosed with cancer. The second quilt was made as a commission for someone who had seen my first one and had survived this disease. I have since made a fourth quilt: The Vibrant Path.

Quilts and health table of contents with Radiant light quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto quilter

Excited to see my name and Sandy’s name in the index!

index page quilts and health doris lovadina-lee and sandy lindal

Radiant Light is an original design. The background is pieced as are the leaves. The outline of the woman and the chakras are appliqued. The quilt was beautifully long-arm quilted by Sandy Lindal of Scrappy Gal Quilt Co.

Artist Statement submitted to the Sacred Threads Exhibition:
This quilt embodies the divine life force in women. Chakra centers correspond to seven centers of energy in the human body. These spiraling wheels of vibrational energy channel power into and out of the body. When this vital energy flows easily, we remain in physical, spiritual and emotional alignment. The portrayal of the chakras superimposed on a female figure honours this divine/vital/transformative power. This quilt is a reminder to us all to be nurturing of ourselves, to be present in the moment, and to be in tune with the creative life force within us.

Radiant light art quilt by doris lovadina-lee toronto artist

Radiant Light was accepted and displayed at the Sacred Threads Exhibition 2013. It was purchased by a health professional and is currently on display in their offices. I can’t think of a better location for Radiant Light.

Primroses and Blueberry Green Teas in Syracuse

I attended the American Quilter’s Society quilt show in Syracuse this July. There were many beautiful quilts on display including two quilts made by my friends Helen and Marcia.

Primroses by Helen Garland at the AQS Syracuse New York show
Sign of Spring: Primroses by Helen Garland

Helen is a quilter who loves piecing. She has designed, pieced and quilted beautiful art quilts using photographs she has taken. This quilt  was designed from a photograph she took of yellow primroses. All of her quilts are machine pieced with no applique. They are all truly stunning, with lots of details and beautifully machine quilted. Sign of Spring: Primroses is her first entry into an AQS show.

Blueberry Green Teas by Marcia DeCamp at the Syracuse quilt show
Blueberry Green Teas by Marcia DeCamp

Marcia is a contemporary quilter who uses her hand dyed fabrics to create beautiful abstract quilts. Blueberry Green Teas is part of her Geometrics series. It is created using her hand dyed fabrics, some commercial fabrics and skillfully machine quilted. Blueberry Green Teas won an Honorable Mention in the Small Wall Quilts Longarm Machine Quilted category at the AQS Paducah show in Paducah, KY, in April of this year.

American Quilters Society quilt show with Marcia's blueberry tea, Helen and Jeanne
Helen, Jeanne and Marcia in front of Blueberry Green Teas

Jeanne Simpson is a contemporary fibre artist who designs abstract geometric quilts. She and Marcia attended the show and we were fortunate to be able to meet in person.

Helen, Doris, Marcia and Jeanne with Primroses at the AQS show Syracuse
Helen, myself, Marcia and Jeanne in front of Signs of Spring: Primroses

It was wonderful to meet up, take some photos, talk about art, and quilting. Plans are being made for us to get together at another art show early this fall. How often do you meet with your friends and enjoy seeing some amazing art?


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