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Announcing the 2012 Quilting Arts Calendar Artists!

13 Feb 2011

Let's face it. Some of us are just a tad obsessed with our pets. I'm not naming names or anything...


Above: Sophie our Golden mut getting some love from Dickens, our huge Maine Coon cat.

This year’s theme, Getting Pet-ty inspired hundreds of you to depict your beloved furry or feathered friend with fabric, thread, and heaps of love. From the countless entries received, the decision to winnow the lot down to 13 was very difficult. We saw lizards, llamas, parrots, horses, mice, dogs, cats, iguanas, you name it.


Congratulations to the following artists whose art quilts will appear in our 2012 calendar:

LuAnn Kessi “Gunnr”

Faith Cleary (Untitled, cow)

Nancy Brown “Opie and Mittens Go Birdwatching”

Sue Clayton “My Pet Llama”

Susan Brubaker-Knapp “Trouble in the Pumpkin Patch”

Susan E. Connor (Untitled, cat with fish bowl)

Lisa Encabo ‘Cutie says, “FEED ME! Throw my ball.”’

Nancy Hayes “Jazz Fetch!”

Loreen Leedy “Cautious”

Amber McIntosh (Untitled, frogs)

Joan Sowada “Agnus Ready”

Nanette Zeller “A Perfect Storm”

Jill Packer “The Iconic Miss Isabella (Iguana)”




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Cutienbo wrote
on 13 Feb 2011 6:59 PM

I am over the moon!! Thank you!! - Lisa Encabo

on 13 Feb 2011 8:24 PM

Hooray, and thank you! When I told my husband that there were apparently going to be cows, iguanas, frogs, cats and llamas in next year's calendar, he commented that it sounded like a biblical plague, and you needed locusts, too.

LuAnnKessi wrote
on 13 Feb 2011 9:32 PM

Gunnr is thrilled to be included in the calendar!

He plans to give them out this year for Christmas presents!

Gunnr has one request.....

Would you please be sure to spell his name correctly:  GUNNR

There is no E.


LuAnn in Oregon

Lori S. wrote
on 13 Feb 2011 10:05 PM

Congratulations to everyone whose quilts were selected!  Can't wait to see them!  Way to go!

pdljmper wrote
on 14 Feb 2011 11:02 AM

Oh My Gosh!  Thank you so much.  I am thrilled to have been chosen!

Nancy Hayes

pastel100 wrote
on 14 Feb 2011 12:57 PM

Yay! thank you!  I'm sorry I didn't make it clear that the title of my entry is "Touching Noses". Thanks again. I'm very excited!

Susan Conner

claytonteam wrote
on 14 Feb 2011 7:25 PM

I'm thrilled to be part of the 2012 calendar. Thanks so much. -- Sue Clayton

LuAnnKessi wrote
on 15 Feb 2011 9:59 PM

Hi Pokey,

I see that Lisa Encabo is also from Oregon, as I am.

Are there any other calendar winners who are also from Oregon?

It would be fun if all the calendar winners could get to know each other better.

You can view my work on my blog:

LuAnn Kessi

Jill Packer wrote
on 17 Feb 2011 1:12 AM

How exciting, I am truly thrilled to be included in the 2012 Calendar, thank you so much!

Jill Packer UK  Where there any other Brits chosen?

Jill Packer wrote
on 17 Feb 2011 1:20 AM

How exciting!  I am truly thrilled to be part of the 2012 Calendar, thank you so much!

I'm wondering how everyone else is feeling as I know that Isobella took on a real personality for me, she was such fun to work on.  Jill Packer UK

Jill Packer wrote
on 17 Feb 2011 2:15 AM

Oopps, I'm new to this as you can see, my husband would say that I'm impatient with the computer, so, sorry to have repeated myself, Jill

Faith Cleary wrote
on 17 Feb 2011 1:20 PM

That is great MOOO'S!!! It is only fitting that an artist from Texas wins with a cow - yeehaa!

Thank you so very much. I am truly honored.

Amber39 wrote
on 19 Feb 2011 11:35 AM

Wow, what a privilege! Thanks so much!

Can't wait to see the Calendar!

Please call my piece 'Best Friends'

Amber McIntosh

on 13 May 2011 10:41 AM

Cover art by Joan Sowada ONLINE EXTRAS See more art by Laurie Ceesay , Lisa Kerpoe , Lea McComas , and

Ellen's Blog wrote
on 20 May 2011 1:06 PM

When Pokey announced the finalists of the 2012 Quilting Arts "Feeling Pet-ty" calendar contest

lesliemcneil wrote
on 22 May 2011 7:44 PM

Congratulations to all the artists! My Micah dog is the neatest dog friend! See her on my quilting blog