Memorial Art Gallery Quilt Show

Yesterday Mom and I went to the Memorial Art Gallery to see the quilt show. We walked in and immediately saw local quilters’ small art quilts inspired by some of the paintings and artwork of the Memorial Art Gallery! They were awesome, and although I have permission to photograph anything in the permanent collection, I wasn’t allowed to photograph the quilts. But, you can see one on the Memorial Art Gallery website here. The quilter/artist was inspired by Tiffany Studio’s Sunset Scene:


This part of the quilt show is called MAGnificent Inspiration: The Art Quilt. These lovely small art quilts were scattered throughout the entire museum. My three favorites were the one you see on the MAG website, one inspired by the painting Genesee Oaks by Asher Brown Durand:

This is one of my favorite paintings at the Memorial Art Gallery.

And the one inspired by the painting Waterloo Bridge, Veiled Sun by Claude Monet. Click here to see a photo of the painting. The art quilt inspired by this painting was gorgeous with beads throughout. (I love beads).

There is also a quilt exhibition called Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts which has some gorgeous old and contemporary quilts some of which you can see here. There is an accompanying book called Wild by Design: Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts. On the cover of this book is one of the beautiful quilts we saw which looks much better in person. It is called Fireworks by Terrie Hancock Mangat.

Wild By Design

One of my favorite quilts in this exhibition is called My Crazy Dream by Mary M. Hernandred Ricard. I wish you could see it in person, it is a crazy quilt full of interesting details.

These exhibitions were much more than what I expected to see. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend going to the Memorial Art Gallery by March 16th to see all of these beautiful, inspiring quilts.

P.S. And thanks to the MAG for allowing me to do non-flash photography in their permanent collection!


My Mom was working on one of her quilts yesterday and I was capturing photos and video of her telling me stories of herself and her own Mom. You know how much I love hands, especially my parents’ hands. Here’s my Mom’s hands working on her quilt at the sewing machine. This is so precious to me not only because I love her hands, but because those hands taught me to sew on the sewing machine when I was seven and I haven’t stopped since. We both love to sew.


She’s working on the double wedding ring quilt, which she says will take her the rest of her life.


I don’t think so. She works fast.


She is working to convert my Dad’s room into her sewing room. I painted the walls in my Dad’s room for him two summers ago, but it reminds her of him, so she’s going to change it, even though the paint is still relatively fresh.

I thought the heads on her quilting pins in her pin-cushion made a cool close-up photo: