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Check out these books

March 11, 2010

So, I was in Barnes & Noble of McAllen, TX waiting for our P.F. Chang’s order, and started browsing the quilting isle.  Check it out…on the shelf, right next to each other, are two books that my work is included in.  How cool is that!

art + quilt:  Design Principles and Creativity Exercises by Lyric Kinard is a wonderful book filled with inspiration.  Essays from fiber artists such as Hollis Chatelain and Janine LeBlanc motivate and impress on the reader the value of trusting the process of making art.  Lyric, who writes just as she speaks with a relaxed and no-nonsense approach, guides the artist through the necessary principles of design through fun, short exercises.  I love this book!  It is one I will refer back to again and again!  And see pages 90 and 93 for photos of sample exercises I made for the book.

Quilting for Peace by Katherine Bell (to the right of Lyric’s book) is filled with essays and projects that support communities across America.  Learn how to recycle materials to make sleeping bags for the homeless, or about Ami Simms’ Priority Alzheimer Quilts, or how to support Newborns in Need, or any of the other great projects highlighted in this book.

On pages 5-59 of Bell’s book, you will find a wonderful essay about Operation Kid Comfort, the Armed Services YMCA program I founded six years ago.  Since then, thousands of ‘America’s Littlest Heroes”, the children of our deployed service men and women have received FREE Operation Kid Comfort photo-transfer quilts to hang on to while their parents serve overseas.

Another great book that uses profits to fund programs that support military personnel and their families is Thanking Our Troops:  God Bless America Touring Quilts by Judy Howard.  Not only is this a great book with wonderful stories, quilts and projects, but the exhibit is available to communities and quilt shows.  See the website for the touring schedule.

I was honored to write the essay From One Act of Love (pg 14) for the book.  Additionally, I created a quilt that is included in the tour.  Both tell the story of Operation Kid Comfort, from that first quilt I made for my grandson to the many supporters and volunteers who understand there is no better way to support our troops than to care for their families while they are away.

Whatever your taste, traditional, contemporary or no-fear surface design, these books provide something for each of you.  Enjoy!

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Art…Art…I want you

November 28, 2008

Watch this heart warming ode to the artist from Tonya Davis with song written by Andrea Dorfman.  Is this how the artist in you feels?

Have fun creating art while learning about the cultures of your community with Cultural Cloth.