Exhibition of Quilts by Wendy Butler Berns, JPP Scholarship Winner for 2009
and her students
What an exciting journey it has been…..
What an honor it is to be the 2009 recipient of the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship winner for Quilting Teachers., “I was elated to find out that I was chosen to be among this esteemed group which now numbers 19.”
In response to my time as a student at the International Quilt Market and Festival in 2009, I chose the theme of “OUT ON A LIMB….” for this exhibition. My goal was to challenge myself as well as my students to take a step out of our comfort zone to stretch and grow. The quilt makers who are part of this exhibit have been past students of mine. Each were invited to choose any technique they wished for their quilt, but that their piece would include something that they learned while taking one of my workshops. Keeping the boundaries as broad as possible, a literal or figurative translation could be chosen with a contemporary or traditional interpretation. Their guidelines- “Explore where you are now in your quilt making…. the direction and the design is up to you and any number of techniques can be included.”
Kudos to all the exhibition participants! Going “Out on a Limb” has meant something different for each quilt maker. They had 8 months to create their design and to complete the quilt. For everyone, working in a larger size format of 48” or more was going “Out on a Limb.” Also, entering a large quilt show is a first for many of them. Creating an original design, working through how one would interpret their ideas into a workable design and then executing the techniques needed to complete the quilt, were challenges they all met head on. It was great fun hearing how each of the exhibitors worked through the creative process- letting ideas percolate and the excitement and the “Ah Ha” moments which motivated them along the way.
Enjoy reading the details of the quilt stories below!
Also take a peek at a vidcast created by Bonnie McCaffery of this Exhibition