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Quilt Adventure


Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics sponsors an annual design contest. The themes are diverse, but each has a color story—Wicked (greens), Lion King (golds), and Vincent (that's van Gogh blues!). In 2018, they challenged the world to create original, 20” mini-quilts inspired by the music, movies, and genius of the late Prince Rogers Nelson

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis in 1958 and called Minnesota home until his death in 2016. The son of a pianist and a jazz singer, he wrote his first song at age seven. Prince became a musical innovator known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. With over 40 albums, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His iconic film Purple Rain was filmed in Minneapolis. Incidentally, Paisley Park, Prince’s studio and home, is located just 200 miles from the Cherrywood Studio in Brainerd, MN. 

Beginning with black and 3 shades of purple in Cherrywood’s sueded cotton, quilter’s interpreted the Prince legacy with unlimited techniques—patchwork, applique, embroidery, and quilting. Hand stitches, inks, dyes, and beads add dimension to many of the pieces.

Of the 388 entries in the Prince challenge, the165 Finalists selected for the 3 traveling exhibits represent 36 US states and 7 other countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Japan, The Netherlands, and Switzerland). The 'TRIBUTE Tour' collection contains 75 of the best of these amazing finalists.

The STITCHES SoCal Market is proud to host the California debut of this textile tribute to Prince—artist, musician, and philanthropist.

You can learn more about the Quilt Adventures in the STITCHES SoCal 2018 Show Book PDF.
Or better yet... please join us at the show and see them yourself!

Here are 5 of the 75 quilts in the exhibit: PAISLEYS AND DIAMONDS AND PEARLS, OH MY! by Robin Gausebeck (winner of the Second Prize), CIRCLE OF LOVE by Brooke Winters, THE ARTIST by Joy Lamphere, PRINCE AND YOUR SIGNATURE GUITAR by Aparecida Leme,and PURELY PRINCE by Pamela Kuck.

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Awaken your inner quilter with LYNN HARRIS!

In Intuitive Piecing with Solids, the design is yours, and the techniques are forgiving. Try Tiny Piecing: make small-scale blocks—baskets, stars, and more—with ease and confidence. Discover the simplicity of strip piecing with no foundation layer in String Theory.

Build your wardrobe with CAL PATCH.

In just a day, sew a Folk Dress, blouse, or tunic inspired by the iconic Mexican wedding dress! Make a One Day Skirt—cut and sew a classic, A-line skirt; then go home and make more! With Pattern Drafting for Knitters, Crocheters, and Sewists, you'll make it yours before you begin to stitch. Learn the basics while you sew the Studio Apron

Get comfortable using stretch fabrics with JENNIFER STERN-HASEMAN.

Learn to Sew Knit Garments without a serger. In Easy Fit and Sew Yoga Pants, you try on samples for size, then get 'er done! Plan a wardrobe of tops in Tee Fit WorkshopRelax in Stretch Jeans—custom-fit and sewn by you! 

Slow stitch your way to sustainable fashion with SHANNON & JASON MULLETT-BOWLSBY.

Learn Boro fabric-piecing and Sashiko stitching to embellish and repair in Something Boro'd, Something New.

Building on his childhood doodles and a fascination with all kinds of patches (military, varsity—you name it), Page Wood went on to a successful career in design and illustration—designing posters, book jackets, and magazine covers. At the dawn of the digital age, he moved from New York City to Los Angeles to make movie posters with his wife Myra.

"I’ve always been interested in process art—mechanicals, rubyliths, stencils, screen printing—anything to avoid paints, brushes, and canvas; they’re messy and muddy, and the colors are never bright enough."

It was on a trip to Thailand that Page found dupioni silks and slubs in the colors he craved, so he began a collection.

When Myra ventured into the world of fiber arts, they began looking for something to create together. A machine embroidery demo convinced Page that process was not unlike the systems they had used for poster art. The next step was obvious: embroider doodles on those beautiful silks!

Page still can’t sew, but Myra can, and the doodles have become quilts, custom-printed fabrics, and clothing.
Visit Page and Myra at Woodworks Art, Booth 339, in the Market to see their quilts, custom-printed fabrics, and garments.

Page explains his process—from original art to digitized images to embroidered fabric—
Friday, Saturday at 1pm, and Sunday at 1:30pm in the Playground.

Lynn Carson Harris, Textile Artist—Lynn lives in Michigan where she creates art, raises chickens, and grows vegetables. Her parents grew up on farms and, like the little red hen in the children’s story, she was taught to do things from scratch—never let anything go to waste. So it’s no surprise that Lynn, the author of Every Last Piece, uses scraps in many of her quilts.

"I create textile art using the techniques employed by past generations of my family to create utilitarian objects such as clothes and quilts. I connect the past to the present and honor the beauty and artistry of the handmade.”

"While all of my pieces are original designs, I turn to the geometric patterns of antique quilts for inspiration.”

See a display of her full-size and mini-size quilts in the Exhibit Area in the Market all weekend. Meet Lynn there Thursday at 7:00 pm and Friday & Sunday at 12:30 pm.

And in the Playground, Lynn shows how to piece Gwen Marston’s Liberated Stars technique Thursday at 6 pm and Saturday at 12:30 pm.