Quilt Divas Fiber Art Retrospective in Ithaca, NY

When I lived in Ithaca, NY, I belonged to a group of fiber artists known as the Quilt Divas. While I felt outclassed by the talented women in that group, I was also inspired by them. Their enthusiasm infected me and encouraged me to experiment with quilting techniques. They helped me branch out into non-traditional quilting.

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It’s been nine years since I left Ithaca and the Quilt Divas behind, and I sometimes blame my low productivity in the sewing studio on the fact that I am no longer meeting with these wonderful artists. Fortunately, they decided to have an anniversary show this summer, and they’ve invited all the members, past and present, to participate.

I spent the last few months making my challenge quilt for the show and as always, making work for a Quilt Diva show pushed me to try new things. I’ll be posting pictures of my quilt and the story behind it on Friday.

I will be at the show opening at the Community School for Music & Arts this Friday night, June 3rd, from 5 to 8 PM. Here are the show details, in case you are in the area this summer (or this Friday!):

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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