Betty Anne Guadalupe shares her textile story in her own words:
In 1991, when I moved into a new home, I discovered five sewing machines left behind by the previous owner. I thought about starting a quilt, called my Mom and asked if she had any fabrics I could use. I didn’t want to purchase any new fabrics because I wasn’t sure I really wanted to make a quilt. My mother and grandmother had been quilters and that made me shudder. My Mom said she didn’t have any cotton but that she had some old ties of Ernie’s, circa 1950. I quickly found out they were silk and started taking them apart paying no attention mind you to the fact that ties are cut on the bias. I made blocks until I could come up with a square quilt. The only block I knew was a log cabin.
I had a friend who didn’t know how to quilt but who wanted to learn…. hence, my first teaching experience. We bought a book called, Quilt in a Day. Later finding some cotton fabrics in the garage, I made yet another log cabin quilt. I didn’t know until later that I was in the process of creating a passionate career in the quilting arts.
I really got enthusiastic about quilting. I joined a quilt guild and took every class available to me. From what I learned at the classes, I then started creating what people called a Betty Anne – Style of quilt. From the start, I liked doing traditional patterns… always taking it out of the box. In my quilting career, I have made, donated and given many quilts to family and friends. I have been a featured designer at guilds and shows. I really got into the feeling of quilts and how the healing process occurs when putting the pieces together. I created a healing for myself with the process of making what I have always referred to as art.
In 2005, I moved to Central Oregon, bringing with me my fabric stash and my sewing machine. I puttered around working at quilt shops and finally decided to purchase a long-arm quilting machine. I opened my long-arm quilting business, Guadalupe Designs, in 2006, and the rest is history.
In 2006 I met Tierney Davis Hogan at a local quilt shop, and we became friends. In 2012 we began our artist collaboration which spans generations, backgrounds, and cultures. We each come from different perspectives and bring those perspectives into their collaborative work.
The birth of our first collaboration was for a show that we conceptualized: art quilts from recycled silk couture fabric samples. We then invited other art quilters to join in this challenge of creating art quilts from recycled silks and this became Quilting Meets Couture. This matured into our current collaborative collection, The Wardrobe Meets the Wall, collection of art quilts made from recycled garments and garment manufacturing samples. In 2013 I joined Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
We are in the process of expanding and evolving The Wardrobe Meets the Wall into Improvisational Textiles. Our current endeavor is to stick with idea of making beauty from random discards. This has set our creative spirits soaring.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample of her work:
18” W x 40” L, recycled silks and quilting cottons
Central Oregon SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) challenged its members with making an 18″ x 40″ art quilt/wallhanging that represented our interpretation of a door. I wanted to create a piece that represented portals – Portals to wherever your dreams may take you.
Not available for sale, sold to private collector
FIRE WITHIN (2016)
15.5″W x 19.5″ L, Cotton and recycled silk fabrics
It was Rosalie Dace who inspired me to create Fire Within. Her class Earth Wind and Fire
in 2012, pushed me to think about design in a more abstract way. The center block took form quickly, but it wasn’t until this year that I added the slow-stitching hand quilting. The Fire Within expresses how my creative thoughts spark when I am open to learning.
Not available for sale, sold to private collector
SHE TAKES FLIGHT (2013)
37″W x 55″ L, silk garment samples
The inspiration for this quilt is simply a feather that I picked up on my morning walk. I wanted the quilt to look as though feathers were flying free with the wind.
PALETTE OF JEANS (2004)
73 1/2″ W x 73 1/2″ L, worn/recycled denim jeans
Designed and pieced by Betty Anne Guadalupe; quilted by Kathy Martin
A fabric designer friend of mine brought me a basket of worn jeans and challenged me to make a quilt out of them. She laughed and said “go ahead Betty Anne – make a quilt out of this!” I took her her challenge – all the the pockets were removed from the jeans and the fabric was read to sew with so I began creating a piece with my palette of jeans.
OHIO STAR (2016)
18” W x 23” L, recycled silks and wools
When Tierney Davis Hogan asked if I wanted the block she was abandoning, I jumped at the chance to work with her earth tone color palette. I then carefully disassembled the original block and started work selecting fabrics from my stash. My objective was to use all of the pieces from the original block and work with intuition. With this in mind, I asked the fabric to be the guide, this is where it took me.
14” W x 21″ L, recycled silk ties and recycled silk garments
I got my inspiration for this piece from Sherri Lynn Woods’ The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters.
I used the guide she provided for floating squares:
– Limit the number of fabrics and the quantities
– Limit the size of your squares
– Define your patchwork process
After reading her instructions carefully, I decided to use the white fabric as the filler, adding rectangles as needed. When I work with my intuition, I find a quiet place within, which for me provides the answers to any question I may have. What was satisfying to me was working a limited amount of fabric while enjoying the puzzle of the piecing.
DEAD MAN’S TIES (1991)
80″ W x 80″ L, silk ties
Dead Man’s Ties (1991) was created with silk ties my mother gave me that were owned by my deceased Uncle Ernie. The ties are circa 1950. This quilt won Second Place, Santa Rosa County Fair, Santa Rosa, CA. The quilt is registered in the Oregon Quilt Project Archives.
ZEBRA MOON (2012)
25” W x 27” L, silk garment samples
This quilt was a gift to Tierney Davis Hogan in memory of her miniature schnauzer Fritz.
47” W x 51” L, linen garment samples
Designed and pieced by Betty Anne Guadalupe; quilted by Eva Hathaway, Prineville, OR
Emanations was made from linens that are all fabric samples. The design from inspired by a piece displayed in McCall’s Quilting magazine (Jan/Feb 2008 issue).
BUCK, BORDER & BEYOND (2012)
26” W x 33” L, silk garment samples
I made this quilt with leftover blocks from a quilt my friend Amber H. was piecing. I was working with her to help her complete her quilt when I saw what appeared to be a collection leftover blocks sitting at the end of the table. I started playing with the leftover blocks and Amber said: “Wait! Those are my favorite blocks!” Finally she relented and let me have them to complete a quilt I had started in the same color way. The buck featured in this quilt came afterwards: I was at my local quilt guild meeting and someone stood up waving a cut out buck, exclaiming”does anyone need a buck”? I reached up and grabbed the buck as I knew it was perfect for my little silk scrap quilt!
32″W x 45″ L, collection of worn clothing
This quilt is from the collection of a private family who commissioned me to create a quilt from their son Frank’s clothing. In the words of the parents: This beautiful quilt is a memorial to our son who died in a snowboarding accident in December 1999. The quilt is made by Betty Anne Guadalupe from his favorite clothes: his t-shirts, pants, shorts and other small items. Betty Ann was able to design and arrange the pieces into a finished product that very much reflects Frank’s character and persona. Betty Ann actually made 2 other memorial quilts, one for his brother and one for his sister. “Frank” is the final quilt she made for his mother and father. Each quilt she made is holds the wonderful memories of our son. They are a treasure to our family and an amazing tribute to our son, Frank.
Not available for sale, owned by private collector
20″ W x 22″ L, silk garment samples, cotton
I was watching Antiques Roadshow and there was a quilt on the show that had blocks like the steps on a pagoda. It was an antique quilt honoring the Masons. Inspired, I immediately jumped up and started piecing this quilt. Seeing the antique quilt made me want to create a piece with a Japanese pagoda at the top of steps leading to light of the sun.
22″W x 17″ L, silk garment scraps
This quilt was made from scraps from a friend and is composed of linen garment samples. I wanted to make a fun, fanciful quilt!
NEW WORLD SOLITUDE (2013)
34.5″ W x 38″ L, silk garment scraps
Working from the center out, I added saturated color to surround the lively medallion. I really liked how the piece went together so spontaniously from my fabric stash. I finished off the piece by doing french knots by hand in the borders.
DENIM II (2014)
41″W x 49″ L, recycled denim and scrap cotton fabric
This quilt is based on a picture I saw in Kaffe Fassett’s book Shots and Stripes pg 61. I was drawn into the design by the reuse of old denims. I find comfort in re-purposing the old denims as my small part in saving the planet.
GREEN SCENE (2013)
21 1/2″ W x 25″ L, garment making silk samples and scraps
The inspiration for this quilt was from Paul Klee the painter. I wanted to see if I could make a quilt with squares and rectangles resembling his work.
WOOL QUILT (2013)
58 1/2″ W x 42 1/2″ L, mens wool suiting scraps and garment samples measurements
A friend gave me a basket of scraps from menswear wool suit manufacturing and wool suiting samples – so I had to create a quilt from them!
ANOTHER WOOL QUILT (2015)
68″W x 63″ L, wool clothing scraps
I have a collection of colorful wool clothing scraps and this quilt was begging to be made. As it was winter I enjoyed sitting under it and hand quilting it, it brought be make to my pioneer days family roots of women sitting by the fire hand quilting.
47″ W x 57″ L, recycled corduroy jeans & denim, thrift store bark cloth
I named this quilt for the day it was made as I was thinking of all that I have to be grateful for.
DENIM III (2013)
70 1/2″ W x 57″ L, worn denim jeans, fabric scraps
I made this quilt during a “sew-day” with a friend. I started putting jean strips together to make a large courthouse quilt.
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