Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists (MCFA) is a group of 40+ diverse fiber artists from the Madison and southern Wisconsin area who share a passion for creating original art from fiber. Originating in 1999 as a collective for fiber artists, the group continues to pursue its dual mission: to foster the growth of members by providing a forum to explore contemporary design and fiber manipulation techniques, to offer advice about works-in-progress, and to stimulate creativity. The public part of our mission–to promote fiber as an art form–is accomplished primarily through group exhibitions and occasional public workshops.
MCFA artists’ work currently includes art quilts, surface design, beading, paper making, thread painting, hand embroidery, weaving, contemporary dolls, wearable art, felting, hand stitching, fabric dyeing, and mixed fiber media.
Through MCFA I was given the wonderful opportunity to submit quilts for two different exhibits. The first one (ending 2/8/19) is “Explorations” at the Monroe Clinic in Monroe, Wisconsin. This is the quilt I have on display.
The second display is at the Anderson Art Center, 6603 3rd Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin. The exhibit continues until March 3rd. On display are Ithese two pieces.
I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity! If you have the chance to stop by make sure you find my quilts. They are located on the second floor of the museum.
Today’s small art piece was also started in that class. Titled WhoHoo Knows?, AP # 77, the quilt measures 15×10”.
Keeping with the theme of minimalism, this petite specimen has a limited color pallet. The soft minty teal (how’s that for a technical description) adds a pop of color that grabs your eye and draws it toward the center.
Of note are several special embellishments. Except for the zig-zagged raw edges of the sparkly grey fabric the rest of the quilting was hand stitched. Added for surprise elements were three teal and black beads along with a sassy, teal owl. The colors of the items were chosen to mirror the minty fabric frame.
Naming this mini quilt proved to be a challenge. Often times a name will come to mind while I am creating my art. In this case I wasn’t inspired until I added the owl. Given the difficulty I had in choosing the name I decided to select Hoo Knows?. Hoo, because of the sound associated with owls and the added owl bead. Knows, because of the phrase, “Who Knows?” I know it seems kind of corny but that’s ok! Who cares!
Hoo Knows was added to a background of black fabric. A layer of Warm & Natural batting is sandwiched in-between. To the quilt’s raw edges a binding of matching black fabric was added.
Sewing brings me joy and keeps my creative mind engaged and happy.
Being a multitasker, I often have more than one project going. My design wall is currently home to my unfinished VFW Double Wedding Ring
a Storm Star Quilt.
Both are awaiting quilting.
My smaller design board displays the building blocks for one my latest improv quilts.
This is another in-progress art piece. This one was started during a Heidi Parkes class I took at Blue Bar Quilts. Here’s a sneak peek.
In multiple plastic storage tubs are other items waiting for my attention. Some have been started while others look the same way they did when I brought them home.
During 2019 I’ve made a personal goal to work-on and finish as many projects as possible. Many of my unfinished items have been gathered into tubs. Those tubs will be taken to a February quilting retreat. I know that I have packed way more projects than I could ever dream of completing but that doesn’t upset me. Having more than necessary gives me the opportunity to adjust my focus if I get bored.
Even though I have a very long list of items to complete it didn’t stop me from adding several more. So far this year I have added: