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Recap of International Quilt Festival/Chicago

15 Apr 2008

International Quilt Festival/Chicago was such a blast––a heartfelt thanks to everyone who visited and participated in Make It University!(TM) with Cloth Paper Scissors. The area buzzed with energy, creativity, and laughs the entire weekend, thanks to all of the artists who donated their time in Open Studios, Workshop teachers, and the vendors.

I've been running at half-speed since we got back, humoring my co-workers as I waddle around the office in my UGG slippers, and wrapped in a huge, robe-sized sweater. A couple more nights of sleep and I'll be back to my energetic, effervescent self. In the meantime, some pictures for you...


Debbi Crane (right) and I in the Workshop area. Debbi is not only a talented and witty artist but she's got that rock star glam about her. Can't you see her in studded leather pants belting out "Magic Man?"  Debbi, you missed your calling...


Belinda Spiwak tirelessly worked in Open Studios all three days, encouraging attendees to play with  supplies and to interact with her artwork. She also displayed some amazing mixed-media quilts embellished with recycled objects. Look for her in an upcoming issue of Quilting Arts.


Beryl Taylor in Open Studios dazzled attendees with her mixed-media needle felting. It's not to be believed what that woman will put her Babylock Embellisher through. You can also see Lynn Krawczyk in the back as she shares her quilts with found objects. (A special thanks to Lynn for spending extra time in Open Studios!)


Leilani Pierson smiling for the camera had plenty of art on hand to share. She also got rave reviews for her Workshop.


Some of Leilani's Story Boxes. (You may recognize them from a past issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.)


Beryl Taylor, Bernie Berlin, and Asst. Editor Barbara Delaney pose for the camera. A big thanks to Barbara for doing such a superb job in coordinating the artists for Open Studios!


Here's Bernie's table of a whole lotta' stuff. I think this might be my favorite picture. Doesn't it make you want to reach into the photo, get really messy, and play?


The colorful Kelli Perkins--librarian by day, renegade artist by night-- delighted attendees with all of her mixed media.


Kelli cleverly touts her cover girl status by turning her CPS moment  into a beaded purse. Nice going, Kelli!


Virginia Spiegel, artist and fundraiser extraodinaire (far right) brought her sister Nancy and mother to the show. There's no family resemblance, is there. No, none at all...


On Saturday we taped several segments for Quilting Arts TV in the Open Studios section. Here the camera crew and producer Kathie Stull are getting the set ready.


I've spiffed myself up a bit and donned a respectable jacket for our guests. Here's Judy Coates Perez as she demonstrates a beautiful project with stitched metal. Be sure to check out her blog because she has a ton of photos!


Laura Wasilowski demonstrated fusing on the bias. If you can't tell from this photo, she is one of the funniest, bubbliest people around. For a good time, call Laura. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)


Kelli Perkins was the first guest of the day. Poor thing, I told her beforehand, "I've had no coffee and I'm a little rusty at this." Thankfully she laughed and she absolutely carried the segment. Kelli was a superb and articulate guest.


I had the exciting opportunity of interviewing International Quilt Festival Director, Karey Bresenhan (also author of Creative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project). For years I've admired Karey for being such a champion for the quilting industry, and also for her wit, strength, and forthrightness. In her QA TV segment she shares her love for one of her babies, the Journal Quilt Project. (Thanks, Karey!)


Oh yes, forgot to mention that we, too, had a booth at Make It University. Here's Judy again, posing with our latest three publications. (She's currently cover girl for two of them.)


And as promised to co-worker, Geri Stevens, here I am with the infamous Flat Stanley. This particular Flat Stanley belongs to Olivia Beauchain, a second grader from Tynes Elementary School in Florida. (All of us at Quilting Arts are huge fans of Flat Stanley!)


Von Biggs shares his  beautiful piece of complex cloth that resulted from an online round robin. What a great idea, don't you think? The fabric is gorgeous. He's lucky I didn't have a pair of scissors on me.


Meet 16-year-old Kayla Fujimoto who had a quilt in our "True Colors" mixed media exhibit. This young artist is someone I'm going to keep my eye on.


Okay, it's Saturday night and time to party. Here's Tracy Stillwell of ArtGirlz posing for the camera. I hosted our "Surviving the Runway" event and without divulging too many details as we'll be doing an adapted version in Long Beach, we indeed, went back to the 70s...


And rocked it.



I'll close this entry by thanking everyone--the folks of Quilts, Inc., all of the artists in Open Studios, the vendors, the attendees, and the Workshop teachers--for making this such a magical event. If you want to come to Long Beach, we'd love to see you! Save the date--July 25-27-- and check the Quilts Inc. web site for more details on the show. If you're an artist that's published with us and want to participate in Open Studios, give a shout to Barbara Delaney as soon as possible. In a few weeks we'll begin posting our plans and workshop schedule for Make It University!(TM).

Lastly, have a look at the YouTube video below. That's two of our editors, Barbara Delaney and Helen Gregory getting ready for my "Surviving the Runway" luncheon. (If you listen closely you can hear Barbara give a "Whoop!") They didn't know I had the camera rolling, and let's just say maybe they should stick to editing! Enjoy.

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Cheryl Sleboda wrote
on 15 Apr 2008 6:48 PM
Pokey- Thank you so much for the great times at the QA booth, the luncheon, and chatting with me at the show. You really made my day. My weekly quilt this week is made from leftovers/trash from the luncheon, which I plan to post to my blog tonight. Thanks again!
Leilani Pierson wrote
on 15 Apr 2008 10:16 PM
it was smashing fun for me on saturday, pokey! wish i could've been there all weekend. thanks so much for a great event! what would the IQF be without you guys?! xo
Laura Krasinski wrote
on 16 Apr 2008 8:21 AM
You really make the show.. I didn't have enough time to hang around the area this year.. but, I always get inspired by all the great artists that you bring to the show.. It was so good to see Bernie.. when she lived here in Wisconsin we would get together occasionally.. she is such and inspiration... Keep up the great work.. ( and Pokey.. I think you need to take a vacation soon.. you work way tooo hard...) and hubby too..
Virginia Spiegel wrote
on 16 Apr 2008 9:53 AM
Pokey - Hey, thanks for including the photo and for all the great fun at Chicago - a party, as always! My Mom will be thrilled to be included on your blog.
angelines wrote
on 16 Apr 2008 3:00 PM
Beautiful blog. Could you put a translator in your blog?. Regards from Spain
Susan Brubaker Knapp wrote
on 16 Apr 2008 10:30 PM
I'd love to see a close-up photo of Kelli's purse and learn more about how she made it. What a cool idea! It got me thinking about taking some of my own work and doing something similar. Maybe this is fodder for a future Quilting Arts story! Thanks for sharing all these fun photos of Chicago.
Susan S wrote
on 17 Apr 2008 8:15 PM
Thank you for a really fun time at Make it U. The Project Runway 70s style was great---even though I felt a little culturally deprived at times, and Judy's class was fantastic. Thank you for bringing in some great vendors.
Jane LaFazio wrote
on 19 Apr 2008 2:53 PM
wow! you accomplished a TON in a very short time. WHEW! I too love Kelli's purse and will look at my cover girl status more closely to see what I can create. Lookin' forward to seeing you again in Long Beach. And THANKS for the THREE (count em 3) mentions of my name during your SAQA presentation!! :-)
Elin wrote
on 19 Apr 2008 5:06 PM
Oh, you crazy kids!