We were fortunate enough to be able to attend a luncheon on Thursday which featured Kathy Loomis (a member of LAFTA--Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists). Kathy has her quilt, Postage 3: Memorial Day in this exhibit. It is made up of over 4,000 individually quilted small flags and was awarded the coveted Quilts Japan Prize during the opening ceremonies. Kathy says, "On 5/26/08 - Memorial Day a year ago - the U.S. military death roll was 4,083. I thought about all those flag-covered coffins and realized they would work well in the "Postage" format (referring to size and shape of individual pieces), which I had already used for non-political quilts. Making it was a terribly emotional experience and I shed more than a few tears as I stitched." To read more of Kathy's thoughts on her art quilts visit Terry Jarrard-Dimond's blog at http://studio24-7.blogspot.com/2009/05/kathy-loomis-awarded-quilts-japan-prize.html.
In addition to being a great place to see quilts, St. Charles has been designated as a Lewis and Clark site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. If you would like a GREAT getaway, where you would be able to see some stunning art quilts, eat at some wonderful restaurants, shop in some very unique shops, and enjoy some beautiful scenery, pack the car and head for St. Charles. (Oh, and if you stay at the Country Inn and Suites, you get warm cookies and hot tea and coffee in the evening and a very nice breakfast in the morning.)
While we were driving back, we stopped at Mt. Vernon, IL. We visited a much more traditional quilt exhibit at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Check out Cedarhurst at http://www.cedarhurst.org/. They are hosting their 20th annual Gathering of Quilts from August 8-October 18. They are featuring quilts made by members of the Cedarhurst Quilters Club. Here is a small preview...I'll include more pictures in my next blog entry.Bits of Broken Glass was machine pieced and hand quilted by Dorothy West Folsom from Mt. Vernon, IL. It is Dorothy’s original kaleidoscope pattern.