Quilting Inspirations from Dinner at Eight Artists

 Rituals~Featured at International Quilt Market/Festival

Havel’s Scissors is proud to be a sponsor of Rituals by Curators, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  Jamie and Leslie, along with forty artists, have come together to reveal the art that can be found in everyday life.  I had the privilege to see the exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year.  The ingenuity of the artwork in the exhibit is nothing short of spectacular!  Each artist tells a story through the threads of the fabric.  And the stories that are woven through each piece will inspire you to live life to the fullest and appreciate each and every opportunity we are given to share with loved ones.

Artist Frances Holliday Alford of Grafton, Vermont, friend, traveler, explorer, photographer, fiber junkie, Yorkie mom.

Hanbokwas inspired by the wonderful rituals and events she witnessed while serving as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea.  The native costume is used for the most formal events.

Hanbok by Frances Holliday Alford

Traditional rituals and ceremonies with the Korean Hanbok by Frances Holliday Alford

Artist Betty Amador of West Hills, California, painter, mother, music lover, reader, traveler.

I studied to become a medical artist when I met my future husband, a doctor from Cuba. I learned to love Spanish music and culture. After moving to L.A. we found a night club called “El Cid”, where we enjoyed many evenings watching others dance the flamenco. Memories of those wonderful nights that inspired Ritual Dance of Fire.”

The gypsy and the Ritual Fire Dance by Betty Amador

The gypsy and the Ritual Fire Dance by Betty Amador

Susan Bleiweiss of Upton, Massachusetts , quilter, book maker, author, teacher, cook, wife, doggy mom, nature lover, bird watcher, coffee drinker, and photographer.

I am intrigued by the idea that it’s the rituals in our lives that connect us to the past,  provide us with strength, comfort and encouragement to move through life in times of both sorrow and joy.  The three stitched columns in my Stillnesspiece are meant to reflect how it’s our rituals, both big and small connect us to our past, ground us in the present and give us comfort as we ease into tomorrow’s unknown.

Rituals that bind our past, present, and future by Susan Bleiweiss

Rituals that bind our past, present, and future by Susan Bleiweiss



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