Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15, 2015 Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM Issaquah Community Center 301 Rainier Boulevard South Issaquah, WA Map to the Community Center
Come see the beautiful quilts and shop at our boutique and our wonderful vendors. Enjoy a refreshment in our tea room.
Featured Artist - The Works of Janet Steadman (See some of those works below.)
See you there!
Click here to see photos of the winning quilts from the 2014 BPQ Quilt Show.
At our 2015 Quilt Show BPQ has the privilege of featuring the work of quilt artist
A sampler of her work is shown below. You can see more of her work at her website, click here (www2.whidbey.net/jandon/Pages/Galleries.html).
I often wonder what my life would be like if I hadn't discovered art quilts 21 years ago. I have always loved fiber and creating. I can't remember when I didn't sew. For years my focus was designing and making clothing. All that changed in 1983, however, when necessity caused me to design and make my first quilt. I was so taken with the pure artistry I experienced in creating this first piece that I immediately focused exclusively on quiltmaking, no longer making clothes or engaging in other types of sewing.
I find each step of quiltmaking, from beginning to end, a real challenge, and it is hard to say what part I like best. I love the pure creativity involved in conceiving and designing a new quilt. I love to piece and most of my quilts are made that way. I don't know why, but I purely adore stitching those ¼" seams. Although I used to hand quilt, most of my work is machine quilted now, although I often add seed stitching which is done by hand. I started working in series in 1989. Several of my series are pictured on my website. I enjoy working in a series as it allows me to expand a design idea. I continue to add work to several series already in progess and have added to these my newest Flying Geese Series pieces.
I have been extremely fortunate in the teachers with whom I have worked. I have studied extensively with both Nancy Crow and Michael James, and whatever sense of self empowerment I demonstrate in my art comes from the tutelage of David Walker. I have taken quilting and dye classes from Liz Axford, and I have also learned much in dye classes with Jan Myers Newbury, Ann Johnston, and Heide Stoll-Weber. I incorporate all their techniques when I dye my own fabrics.
My work has been included in many national and international exhibits including Quilt National 1995, 1999 and 2001; Visions 1992; Materials Hard and Soft; Fantastic Fibers. My work has been shown in several galleries, including the Gross McCleaf Gallery, the American Art Company, and Thirteen Moons Gallery.