Special Exhibits

The Quilter’s Guild of Dallas is proud to bring a wide range of quilts for your enjoyment in our special exhibits area in the North Hall. This year we have five special exhibits.

Linear Abstractions by Heather Pregger

Heather Pregger is a Fort Worth-based artist and Quilter’s Guild of Dallas member who has exhibited her art quilts in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally. Originally she was trained as a geologist, and this continues to influence the design of many of her pieces. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Oulu Museum of Art (Oulu, Finland), the Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI), Visions Art Museum (San Diego, CA), the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (Auburn, NY), the Carnegie Art Center (New Albany, IN), the Fort Worth Community Art Center (Ft. Worth, TX), the National Quilt Museum (Paducah, KY), the Wayne Art Center (Wayne, PA) and the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio (Lancaster, OH). She received the Cathy Rasmussen Emerging Artist Award from the Studio Art Quilt Associates in 2014. More information: www.heatherquiltz.com

The Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge

Every year, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics challenges artists to create a unique piece of art with a limited color palette. Given simple rules, they were encouraged to push themselves creatively to design an original fiber art piece, taking inspiration from the art and legacy of the late Bob Ross, creator of Public Television’s “The Joy of Painting.” Four traveling exhibits were chosen from more than 404 entries representing 46 US states and 9 countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States).

The cohesive colors, size, theme, and texture of Cherrywood make the exhibit one of a kind. There were no limits on technique, so the viewer will see incredible manipulations of fabric in these 20-inch quilts. Cherrywood is proud of this beautiful textile tribute to an iconic man who continues to bring joy to a new generation.

The 70273 Project

Between January 1940 and August 1941, Nazis murdered 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teens, boys, and girls. Though they never even laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society,” the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed.

This project, founded by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers, commemorates these 70,273 voiceless, powerless people who were so callously and casually murdered by gathering 70,273 blocks of white fabric (representing the paper the doctors read), each bearing two red X’s representing one person. A few of these quilts are displayed here. Visitors will have the opportunity to make their own red XX block. More information: www.the70273project.org

Quiltmania: Karen Styles

Quiltmania presents 15 quilts by Australian designer Karen Styles. Karen is co-owner of Somerset Patchwork and Quilting, which specializes in reproduction fabrics from the 1800’s, and has been designing fabrics for Marcus Fabrics since 2014.

In Stitches: University of North Texas Students

The In Stitches course taught by Amie Adelman at UNT in fall 2019 introduced students to hand-embroidery, piecing and machine quilting. Students also gained experience quilting on the APQS computerized longarm machine purchased in 2017 with support from the $10,000 Helena Hibbs Endowment Fund grant awarded by the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas. During the first half of the semester, students learned how to hand-embroider, by Haley Yates piece and machine quilt through a series of samples. For the assignments, students were asked to research contemporary artists, develop idea sketches and complete a piece of artwork that employs one or more of the techniques learned. While some students focused on hand embroidery, the majority of students made quilts.