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While at the International Quilt Festival in Houston I am looking forward to seeing the exhibit Reflections, Dinner@8′s 2014 exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison.  I am thrilled that my piece In Still Water is part of the exhibit.  My inspiration was a photo I took while visiting Santa Barbara of a Great Blue Heron wading in a pond.

Photo of Great Blue Heron in pond

my photo of Great Blue Heron in pond

I digitally manipulated the photo with an app on my iPad so that it resembled a wood cut; I then printed it on whole cloth, adding Asian fabric letters to set the tone.  The piece is heavily stitched with both machine and hand stitching with silk threads.


In Still Water, 24" x 60", 2014

In Still Water, 24″ x 60″, 2014

The stillness of the Great Blue Heron mirrored in the still water helped quiet my mind from the noise of the day around me.  I found myself lost in thought, reflecting “what is and what could be” as I spent hours methodically hand stitching my image. What a pleasure it was to create this piece!


Detail Image of In Still Water

Detail image of In Still Water

Detail images of In Still Water

Jamie and Leslie have just published a new book called:  Women Who Come to the Table:  Selected Art from Dinner@8 Artists, featuring selected artists from the past 6 years of exhibits they have curated.  I am thrilled that I have been part of their exhibits for the past 5 years.  I look forward to joining them in Houston for a real live dinner at 8 with other artists from the exhibit (Yes that is how they named themselves!)  It is available through Amazon.




I will try to describe in words and photos my amazing week at the International Quilt Festival in Houston:  from the excitement of the Winner’s Circle Event, to attempting (and failing) to see over 1300 quilts on display, to endless aisles of vendors, to spending time with friends and making new onesit was an extra special week for me.

Hearing my name announced as a 2nd Place Winner in the Digital Imagery Category and seeing Alone/Together’s image on giant screen as I walked to receive my award on Tuesday night at the Winner’s Circle Event was AMAZING!!  My dear long time college friend Lynda Darnutzer Brownson (traveling from Tulsa for her first venture into the world of quilts) was there with me snapping a photo of my big moment on stage.

Karey Bresnehan speaking with IQA President Stevii Graves on stage

Karey Bresnehan (Festival Founder) speaking with IQA President Stevii Graves on stage

Alone/Together on Giant Screen

Alone/Together on Giant Screen

I am accepting my 2nd place award in Digital Imagery from C and T Publishing.

I am accepting my 2nd place award in Digital Imagery from C and T Publishing.

Want to be inspired and see more photos of the big night?  Here is a link to ALL of the Winners announced that night:    Congratulations to all!!

What fun it was to share the night with my friend Lynda.  Our friendship goes back to our Washington U college days in St Louis.  It was her 1st quilt show, nothing like starting off at the biggest one going!  She was very impressed and I am sure it won’t be her last.

Lynda Darnutzer Brownson and me at Winner's Circle Event

Lynda Darnutzer Brownson with me at Winner’s Circle Event

One of the highlights for me was standing by my work talking to those who walked by.  I could see their eyes “light up” as they identified with the images on my piece.  I sure didn’t create this piece to discourage using cell phones (as I love my iPhone and my iPad.)  I just wanted to remind people to TALK to the people they are actually with.  Surfing the web, texting, and phone calls can wait until later.



My figurative line drawings were drawn with a stylus on my iPad from inspiration photos taken paparazzi style with my iPhone, then printed and stitched on fabric.

It is ironic that of the many photos that were taken of me with my quilt, most were taken with mobile phones or tablets rather than a traditional camera  I kind of wish someone had taken a photo of them taking a photo of me!

Alone/Together with ribbon

Alone/Together with ribbon

Stay tuned for my next post with more photos from the show.

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