“Let Them Bake Cake!”

If Marie-Antoinette had exclaimed “Let them bake cake!” instead of “Let them eat cake!” who knows if the French Revolution of the late 18th century would have still occurred. Everyone might have been busy baking…

Betty Anne Guadalupe took a break from her improvisational art quilt projects today and took at class at the Crooked River Inn Cooking School in Prineville, Oregon, and baked some cakes!


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We thought it would fun to post a different kind of art project! A delicious tasting art project!

Betty Anne is not quite ready to start making “improvisational” cakes but she had a blast creating these masterpieces using a recipe!

Tree of No Hurry

Tree of No Hurry (2017) has been added to the Improvisational Textiles collection and is part of the Other Stories series on the Tierney Davis Hogan pageThe piece is inspired by a Lao Tzu’s quote: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished”.


Tree of No Hurry (2017)

25.5” W x 27” L, cotton fabric, embroidery floss

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan


How often do we hurry about in our lives attempting “to do” everything we feel we must accomplish?

This quote by ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu reminds us that a force as powerful as Nature (with a “to-do list” greater than we could imagine) does not hurry and still gets the important stuff accomplished.

Ethnic Artist Roster

Tierney Davis Hogan is now part of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Ethnic Artist Roster.


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image from seattle.gov

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image from seattle.gov

Tierney was juried into this roster by Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture panel. She was notified on 11/1/17 and received the following information about the Office of Arts & Culture panel’s decision:

Their decision was based on the following criteria:
• strength and artistic vision of past artworks
• creativity of approach
• resume
• experience with previous art exhibitions or projects

According to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture the Ethnic Artist Roster “is a resource to anyone who is looking for artwork by artists of color or who wants to host a culturally relevant art exhibition. To contact an artist, please refer to their resume.”

Recycled Windows

Tierney Davis Hogan’s art quilt from recycled textiles, Recycled Windows (2017), has been added to the Improvisational Textiles collection.


18” W x 39″ L, recycled clothing, recycled denim, and recycled home decorating fabric

Designed, pieced and quilted by Tierney Davis Hogan


If you peek inside the window to my creative heart you will see it filled with a desire to reuse, repurpose, and reimagine materials which otherwise would have been discarded. Part of my Recycled Denim Stories Series, this piece blends a corduroy shirt and pants, denim jeans, sweat pants, a tweed jumper, an old curtain, and home decorating fabric sample scraps into an assemblage of window-like structures.

Images of Art Quilt Detail:



This piece is part of Tierney’s Recycled Denim Stories series. You can view the other pieces in the series on the Tierney Davis Hogan page.  You can also read the about the development on this piece on Tierney’s blog, tierneycreates.


Twigs Gallery Show – Pathways

Tierney Davis Hogan’s piece, The Recycled Road, is currently showing in its third venue as part of the Central Oregon SAQA Pathways show.

The Pathways show opened at Twigs Gallery, Sisters, Oregon, on October 27, 2017, and will run through November 2017.



Below are images from the show and the interpretation of the word “Pathways” by a group of very talented Central Oregon Art Quilters.

Denim and Corduroy

After returning from a brief hiatus on improvisational art quilting, Betty Anne Guadalupe just finished a new piece using recycled denim and corduroy:


Untitled (2017). Designed, pieces and quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

The piece is currently untitled.

Here are some additional images:


We are looking forward to an upcoming series of new pieces from Betty Anne.

Pathways Exhibit

Tierney Davis Hogan’s piece, The Recycled Road (2017), exhibited at Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Gallery in downtown Bend, Oregon, September 3 through October 3, 2017 as part of the Central Oregon SAQA Pathways Exhibit.



You can read more about this piece in the post The Recycled Road Added to the Collection.

Below is a sampling of other art quilts at the exhibit. For wonderful images of the entire Pathways show art quilts, please see the post by fellow Central Oregon SAQA member, Kristin Shields – SOQS 2017 : 6 : CENTRAL OREGON SAQA- PATHWAYS.

The Pathways show will travel next to the Twigs Gallery in Sisters, Oregon, opening October 24 and running through the end of November 2017.


Image credit: Twigs Gallery

Palette of Jeans to Tour…Internationally!

We have an exciting follow up to the 12/26/16 post Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric

Previously we shared that Betty Anne Guadalupe’s art quilt, Palette of Jeans, was selected to be part of the book Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric (2016) by Martha Sielman. Yesterday she was notified by the author that the book has sold so well is going into its second publication printing; and Palette of Jeans is invited to tour as part of the SAQA sponsored exhibit/show based on this book.

The show will premiere at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October 2017.  In April 2018, it will be of the International Quilt Festival in Chicago.  According to Ms. Sielman (who gave permission for us to share this new on our blog), SAQA is currently in negotiations for the exhibition to travel to several venues in Japan and possibly to a museum in Germany!

Congratulations to Betty Anne Guadalupe! Her fantastic (and eco-friendly – made with recycled jeans) improvisational work will be seen at several of the largest quilt shows venues in the U.S. and then go on a world tour!


Palette of Jeans by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Paige Vitek.

Quilting Meets Couture

A page documenting the Quilting Meets Couture Collection has been added to Improvisational Textiles.

In 2012 a group of 14 Oregon artists (experienced art quilters, new art quilters, and long-arm quilters) came together and created 21 art quilts from recycled couture fabric for a collection called Quilting Meets Couture. 

This collection of 21 art quilts were created from silk, wool and linens samples and remnants from couture fabrics from the European textile houses of Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini and D’Este from the 1990s.

Betty Anne Guadalupe long-arm quilted the majority of the Quilting Meets Couture art quilts. Marilyn Forestell owner of the QuiltWorks Gallery invited the Quilting Meets Couture artists to debut their show. Long-arm quilters Eva Hathaway and Barbara McCown assisted Betty Anne get the collection quilted in time for the debut show at QuiltWorks Gallery in September 2012.

Buck, Border, and Beyond (2012)

Bucks, Borders and Beyond (2012) by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

The collection’s next show was thanks to the support of Jean Wells and Ann Richardson of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. They invited the artists of the Quilting Meets Couture collection to show their art quilts in the Sisters Public Library at the 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

After two shows, the collection was gaining momentum and private collectors were making inquires on some of the Quilting Meets Couture art quilts. However the person acting as the collection’s curator at the time, discouraged the artists from selling their art quilts as the plan was to seek sponsor/patronage and turn it into a touring show.

This sponsorship was never obtained by the curator (who was eventually removed from her role as curator); and as none of the artists had experience in curating and obtain sponsorship/patronage for such a show, the Quilting Meets Couture disbanded. Unfortunately this beautiful collection concept died on the vine and did not realize its full potential.

Betty Anne Guadalupe and Tierney Davis Hogan combined their Quilting Meets Couture art quilts to turn them into the Wardrobe Meets the Wall collection, adding in additional pieces made from recycled clothing and clothing manufacturing scraps and samples.

The Quilting Meets Couture page was added to the Improvisational Textiles website (Art Quilts > Quilting Meets Couture) to document the coming together and collaboration of these Oregon artists and to share the images (most photographed by Jeremy Koons) and stories of these art quilts inspired by beautiful and unique Italian silks, linens and wool scraps from the 1990s.

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