Quilting Meets Couture

In 2012 a group of art quilters came together and created the Quilting Meets Couture Collection which was exhibited in several venues to include the 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

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; and primarily quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

The fabrics in these quilts are from the NYC Fashion District in 1990s, where a friend of Betty Anne’s was gifted by staff of one of the textile houses couture fabric samples and remnants.

The Quilting Meets Couture group was comprised of the following 14 women sharing their art and their stories:

Susan G. Cobb, quilt artist

Betty Davis Daggett, quilt artist

Grace Grinnell, quilt artist

Betty Anne Guadalupe, quilt artist and long arm quilter

Eva Hathaway, longarm quilter

Tierney Davis Hogan, quilt artist

Amarilla “Amber” Humphreys, quilt artist

Mary Nyquist Koons, quilt artist

Kathie Olsen Leonard, quilt artist

Barbara McCown, longarm quilter

Olivia Mitchell, quilt artist

Cheryl Peacock, quilt artist

Candice Spencer, quilt artist

Bette Colby Talmadge, quilt artist

The Quilting Meets Couture group eventually disbanded and evolved into The Wardrobe Meets the Wall Collection.


The Quilting Meets Couture Collection


Mary Nyquist Koons, Zanzibar

Zanzibar (2012)

Designed, PIeced, and Embellished by Mary Nyquist Koons. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Mary Nyquist Koons, Eugene, Oregon, marynk@earthlink.net

Zanzibar, 2012

52” W x 59” H, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks, Linen, Cottons, & Wools, African Beads. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Artist Statement

I have been sewing all my life – garments, quilts, home decoration, and athletic gear.  I love the feel of fabric and thread in my hands and the interplay of colors.  I adore the sound of my machine running – it’s my favorite power tool.  I day dream about sewing – how fabrics fit together, how shapes connect, and its technical challenges. Oh, and color.  

I began working with Betty Anne Guadalupe in 2009 and it’s been the best collaboration I could imagine.  Not only is she technically brilliant, her spirituality and heart are communicated as beauty and joy.  We are collaborating on a series of quilts: “WOW: White on White,” that give me great joy and are stretching the boundaries of working in only white fabrics.

Contrasting in color, my quilt “Zanzibar,” is inspired by African mud cloth quilts I’ve seen in Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and most recently Zanzibar.  Mud cloth is loosely woven plain weave cloth dyed with mud.  Simple shapes are hand appliquéd.  The fine fashion fabric samples Betty Anne shared with us lent themselves well to small pieces and the colors I chose were inspired by the earthy spiced colors of East Africa.  The 91 little squares with the big border also take inspiration from the small 9 block quilt I made during classes with Jean Wells and appeared in her book Intuitive Color and Design.


Grace Grinnell, Pond with Water

Pond with Water (2012)

Designed by Grace Grinnell. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons

Grace Grinnell, Prineville, Oregon graceinor@wildblue.net

Pond with Water, 2012

42” round, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Grace Grinnell, Lone Juniper

Lone Juniper (2012)

Designed by Grace Grinnell. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Grace Grinnell, Prineville, Oregon graceinor@wildblue.net

Lone Juniper, 2012

42” round, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Grace Grinnell, Swimming Upstream

Swimming Up Stream (2012)

Designed and Quilted by Grace Grinnell. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Grace Grinnell, Prineville, Oregon graceinor@wildblue.net

Swimming Upstream, 2012

30” W x 84” LRatti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Grace Grinnell.

Artist Statement

Grace Grinnell studied sculpture at The Brooklyn Museum in the early 1970’s under sculptor and wood worker, Toshio Odate. This study led to further adventures in sculpture at Pratt Institute in New York City. Initially Grace worked with traditional materials and over time moved to fiber as a medium. Clothing was a primary interest for 30 years and her quilted works are highly influenced by initial forays into clothing design.

Influences in my present work include clothing, three dimensional design, color and textures. I am strongly influenced by Asian art and clothing. Over time western influenced quilting process have been added creating a more sculptural hybrid. Fabrics used are primarily silks and cottons but rayons and even some man made fabrics can be included in the final piece. Fabric selections are based more on color and texture than on fiber.


Susan G. Cobb, Rose and Bee

Rose and Bee (2012)

Designed, Pieced, Pantograph Designed, and Hand-Quilted by Susan G. Cobb. Machine-Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Susan G. Cobb, Sisters, Oregon

Rose and Bee, 2012

41” W x 42” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks & Wools. Hand-Quilted by Susan G. Cobb. Machine-Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Artist Statement

I picked a collection of black and tan silks for a dark background upon which Betty Anne Guadalupe could show off her fabulous quilting dance.  The piecing is therefore intentionally a simple arrangement of rectangles and squares. 

Once the top was near completion, it seemed a rose upon its surface would contrast with the angularity of the piecing.  I talked with Betty Anne and she liked the idea, but wondered how the rose would be drawn onto the top as a quilting guide.  We determined an original pantograph would work.

Using butcher paper, I graphed the outside dimensions and then drew the rose.  I thought it needed a bee and added it after another chat with Betty Anne.  She advised the pantograph should be drawn onto freezer paper.  I transferred the outline, using a window for a back light, onto four strips of freezer paper.  I marked vertical centers, upper/lower horizontal guide lines and bullets for her long-arm work through each pantograph sequentially.  We talked at length about the thread colors, coming to agreement about subtlety and picking dark greens and reds, tan and gold for the bee and silver edges to highlight the petals.

It turns out the rule of “don’t try this at home” held sway.  My version of a pantograph was a quilting challenge to say the least.  Turns out, pantographs are meant to line up to areas and not to connecting lines.  Nonetheless, Betty Anne prevailed to great effect.  I added hand-knitting, too, for a finishing touch.


Betty Davis Daggett, Keep the Balance

Keep the Balance (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Betty Davis Daggett. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Betty Davis Daggett, Portland, Oregon bdavisdaggett@gmail.com

Keep the Balance, 2012

45” W x 45” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Artist Statement

My journey with cloth began at an early age making simple garments.  Sewing gave me the skills to manipulate fabric. As my skills advanced, my work involved more sophisticated fabrics in content, color, texture and design.   I started quilting in the seventies with traditional work and slowly moved toward loosening the rules and creating pieces of art. Fabric was my paint. Now I have progressed to making more of my own fabrics through dyeing fabric, painting on fabric, and printing on fabric with stamps and silk screening.

It was a challenge to make the art piece, “Keep the Balance,” from the silk sample swatches I received from Betty Anne.  I created my work by separating the warm and cool colors. While working with the warm and cool colors I kept thinking of balance. Balance integrates our spiritual and physical worlds.  Presently, as a nation, we are witnessing what physical extremes do to our land.  The rural Mid-western section of the United States is being tortured with drought.  Sections of the East and South are  being ravaged by floods, and wicked fires in the West have destroyed homes and the forests. ” Keep the Balance” resonates all around.  The warm and cool colors in “Keep the Balance” can remind us of the balance we need in nature, which in turn rests in our souls.


Kathie Olsen Leonard, Jewels In Couture

Jewels in Couture (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Kathie Olsen Leonard. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Kathie Olsen Leonard, Prineville, Oregon l-bk@web4mix.com

Jewels in Couture, 2012

42” W x 42” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Artist Statement

My mother taught me sew by the time I was 10 years old allowing me to create garments for myself and eventually for my three children.  As the children advanced to the “not cool” phase of Mom’s sewing, I then branched out into fiber crafts.  My love of textiles found another creative outlet when my daughter set me on a course of quilt making 15 years ago.

“As a wife, mother, grandmother of twelve and great-grandmother and recently elected president of an 80+ member quilt guild, my productivity has been limited.  However, the joy for me in making each quilt is in the selecting of fabrics and pushing myself to step beyond the creativity of my previous quilt. The pleasure of designing and sewing special occasion quilts for family and friends is beyond measure.

“I would not be where I am today without the inspiration and help of many teachers and quilting friends who give me that gentle push and challenge me to step beyond where i ever thought I could go. Because of them a few awards have come my way with my favorite quilt being accepted into a juried show.

“More than likely, most of my “stash” will never morph into a quilt but the joy I received from the creativity of the fabric designers and quilts made by me and others will always feed my soul.”

Kathie Olsen Leonard, Tutu Tulips

Tutu Tulips (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Kathie Olsen Leonard. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Kathie Olsen Leonard, Prineville, Oregon l-bk@web4mix.com

Tutu Tulips, 2012

25.5” W x 30” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Artist Statement

This beautiful silk fabric woven into stylized tulips brought out my sense of whimsy and really ‘talked’ to me. Immediately I thought of ballet dancers in their assorted colors of tutus leaping and twirling across the stage; or, in this case, the garden. One never knows how a fabric, color or design will touch ones inner self.


Candace Spencer, Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Candice Spencer. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Candace Spencer, Prineville, Oregon

Crazy Quilt, 2012

24 3/4” W x 24 3/4” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Artist Statement

My quilting history is short but sweet. It all started when we retired to Prineville. Until that time my sewing experience was an 8th grade home education class, if my memory serves me correctly, I made an apron. As I settled into my new life I started meeting some amazing women, some through golfing, at yoga class or just in the neighborhood. Then one day, I realized they all had something in common!  They all quilted. Not me, not now, not ever! I remember the first Hospice auction I helped with, as they were sewing their little hearts out on the quilts and home made decorations, I was their cheering section.

Then my life changed.  My beloved dog, Louie, died.  One of my quilting friends made me pillow cases to cry on. It touched my heart so. What a wonderful way to express feelings, and after all it was just straight lines.  RIGHT? I went out and found a cheap used sewing machine and started making fun pillowcases for my family and friends. Unknown to me, my wonderful hubby called one of my friends to ask what she would recommend for a sewing machine.  So one day I came home to a wonderful new machine with many bells and whistles. OH MY! Now I had to learn how to Quilt!!!

This crazy quilt is dedicated to the Knotty Ladies.  Thank you for all your encouragement and patience, but most all for seeing something in me I never saw in myself.


Amarilla Humphreys, Heaven Knows

Heaven Knows (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Amber Humphreys. Quilted by Barbara McCown. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Amarilla “Amber” Humphreys, Prineville, Oregon msamber@coinnet.com

Heaven Knows, 2012

41” W x 49.5” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Barbara McCown.

Artist Statement

Choosing designer fabrics from around the world and in hundreds of colors was a challenge.  The colors were my only inspiration.  Heaven only knows how I progressed this far.  I love it and find quilting a new addition to my already lovely life. 

Amarilla Humphreys, That Little Thing

That Little Thing (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Amber Humphreys. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed By Jeremy Koons.

Amarilla “Amber” Humphreys, Prineville, Oregon msamber@coinnet.com

That Little Thing, 2012

18” W x 12” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Artist Statement

I started out with a bright orange laundry basket full of scraps.  That was the culprit. My friend, Betty Anne, encouraged me to, “Just do it!”  Then, I was on my way to a wonky, wacky quilting career.  I was on a roll and the quilting police were on a coffee break.  All discipline flew to the wind. Then, I took some classes that tried to reign me in.  It worked.  I learned some important techniques, short-cuts and how to use proper tools.


Tierney Davis Hogan, Color Study I: Flying Triangles

Color Study 1: Reflections of Flying Triangles (2012)

Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Tierney Davis Hogan, Bend, Oregon tierneycreates@gmail.com

Color Study I: Flying Triangles, 2012

45 ” W x 44.5″ L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks & Linens pieced on muslin. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Artist Statement:

Inspired by Jean Hunt’s “Aurora” in Quick Colorful Quilts, edited by Rosemary Wilkinson (2003), I pieced linen and silk sample scraps onto a muslin foundation as an experiment. I was not sure where the piece was headed and then it suddenly came together. While designing this quilt I was overwhelmed with all the possible beautiful color combinations – at times my mind was working faster than my hands could put combinations together!

Tierney Davis Hogan, Color Study II: Silk Landscape

Designed and Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan.  Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.

Designed and Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons

Tierney Davis Hogan, Bend, Oregon tierneycreates@gmail.com

Color Study II: Silk Landscape, 2012

36″ W x 23″ L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks & Linens pieced on muslin. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Artist Statement:

This quilt began as an experiment – piecing strips of silk and linen garment samples and scraps in the same color family; then slicing them into strips. I was not sure where this quilt was heading and I started to abandon it several times. Finally, it came together as I decided to insert strips of copper colored raw silk (purchased second hand from a thrift store) to break up the panels I had created.

Tierney Davis Hogan, Color Study III: Random, Not So Random

Color Study 3: Random not so Random (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Tierney Davis Hogan, Bend, Oregon tierneycreates@gmail.com

Color Study III: Random, Not So Random, 2012

24″ W X 33″ L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks & Linens pieced on muslin. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Artist Statement:

A pure experiment in assembling random pieces, which became less random as the quilt progressed. The center piece came out of assembling, cutting and re-assembling strips of silk and linen garment samples and scraps in various combinations. The inserted slivers of color were an afterthought and helped provide additional interest to the piece.

Tierney Davis Hogan, Color Change

Color Change (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Tierney Hogan. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Tierney Davis Hogan, Bend, Oregon tierneycreates@gmail.com

Color Change, 2012

53″ W x 73″ L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks, Wools & Linens pieced on muslin. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Artist Statement

I had been working in fairly bright and bold palette of silk and linen garment samples and scraps for the “Color Study” series. While over Betty Anne’s house I noticed a pile of brown silks she had put aside for project. Her pile of brown silk and linen remnants inspired me to create a piece in dark deep colors with brown as the focal color.


Bette Colby Talmadge, Light Rays

Light Rays (2012)

Designed and Pieced by Betty Colby Talmadge. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jermey Koons.

Bette Colby Talmadge, Prineville, Oregon

Light Rays, 2012

44.5” W x 60” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks & Linens. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Artist Statement

My life and educational background has always involved sewing and art. The creation of beautiful clothing with beautiful fabrics has been a passion of mine.  Sewing clothing for myself, and others, naturally drew me into a career in dressmaking and tailoring.

In mid-life, I returned to school and earned my B.S. degree in apparel design at Oregon State University. A different life began for me when i came to live near Prineville, Oregon.  My needs were different, and, my time was filled with making a new home.

Still having the desire to create beautiful objects of art with fabric, I became a quilt maker. When the opportunity came to use beautiful fashion fabrics again, and to combine them with quilt making, I was eager to try the challenge.


Olivia Mitchell, Salutation

Salutation (2012)

Designed and Applique by Olivia Mitchell. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Olivia Mitchell, Prineville, Oregon jandomitchell@bendbroadband.com

Salutation, 2012

17” W x 27” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks. Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Artist Statement

I have always felt comfortable working with my hands.  I think it comes to me naturally.  My mother was a seamstress and my father, a woodworker.  My earliest memories of them are playing in my dad’s sawdust pile or mom pinning a dress pattern on me. Over the years, I have used my fine arts design degree in jobs where I could use my hands designing – floral designs, teaching junior high school art, interior design and painting. I discovered quilting when I moved from a midwest city to a little northern California town and i was looking for some GIRLFRIENDS. I found a couple of Scrapaholics (sp.) in the fabric department at Walmart and from then on it was fun, food, friends and fabrics. I followed another passion of mine during those years – YOGA.  I became an Iyengar yoga instructor and in that field I can use my hands to exchange healing energy.

In yoga, there is a series of asanas or poses to greet the moon and the sun.  The beautiful silk colors and flower designs inspire “circles of contemplation” throughout a day.  Betty Anne’s interest in quilting breathes life into these circles.


Betty Anne Guadalupe, Emanations

Emanations (2012)

Pieced by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Quilted by Eva Hathaway. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Betty Anne Guadalupe, Prineville, Oregon quiltdeva@aol.com

47” W x 51” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Linens. Quilted by Eva Hathaway.

Artist Statement

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).

Betty Anne Guadalupe, Buck Border and Beyond

Buck, Border, and Beyond (2012)

Designed, Pieced, and Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Betty Anne Guadalupe, Prineville, Oregon quiltdeva@aol.com

26” W x 33” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks.

Artist Statement

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!

Betty Anne Guadalupe, Zebra Moon

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Designed, pieced and quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

Betty Anne Guadalupe, Prineville, Oregon quiltdeva@aol.com

25” W x 27” L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks.

Artist Statement:

This quilt was a gift to a friend in memory of her beloved dog.

Betty Anne Guadalupe, She Takes Flight

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Designed, pieced and quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Paige Vitek.

Betty Anne Guadalupe, Prineville, Oregon quiltdeva@aol.com

37″W x 55″ L, Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini, D’Este Silks.

Artist Statement

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.

 


All images and works are property of Improvisational Textiles, Betty Anne Guadalupe,  Tierney Davis Hogan, and all listed Artists. Images and text cannot be used without their permission. ©

 

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