September 2021 Meeting Notes

“Entanglement” by Laura Petrovich-Cheney

If you missed our September 8, 2021 Zoom meeting, here are links to the recording, posted to Vimeo. You will need a password to view the video. The password has been emailed directly to all current Seattle MQG members.

Watch:

September Meeting Recording

The video covers the entire meeting, including our speaker, an update on program and workshop plans for 2021/2022, an introduction to Month 9 of the Salsa Medallion BOM and some beautiful quilt eye candy in Sew and Tell.

Our speaker this month was Laura Petrovich-Cheney. Laura’s biography reflects a fascinating path toward her current medium. She is a sculptor, quilter, visual artist, educator and fashion designer, whose interests in textiles, wood working, and environmental concerns have created a diverse body of work. Laura earned her BA in Fine Arts and English Literature at Dickinson College. Laura has an MS degree in Fashion Design from Drexel University and an MFA in Studio Arts from Moore College of Art and Design. She has taught in New Jersey public schools for fifteen years as a National Board Certified elementary-level art teacher and at the college level for two years, as well as presenting lectures and workshops to adults nationwide. 

“Why wood?” is a question she frequently encounters. After ten years as a fashion designer, she realized she wanted to be an artist. During her MFA program she began experimenting with wood and found her passion. Her first wood quilt was inspired during a beach walk when she noticed the orange and blue remnants of a local boat which had been ruined during a storm. A quilt magazine displayed in her grocery gave her an idea of using those remnants in a traditional pattern. After completing her first wood quilt, she began seeking more used woods for her creations. 

For those unable to attend the meeting, her talk has been recorded and provides stunning visuals of her methods, backgrounds on some of her salvaged wood, and how she is expanding her skills as a wood quilt artist. The parallels between the construction of her wood quilts with the construction of fabric quilts are strong. Her talk was truly inspirational.

Chandra Wu is spearheading a new special interest group, the Anti-Racist Sewing Circle. The goal is to create an opportunity to examine and discuss our race, culture, identity and ethnicity in a context of quilting. This group will meet monthly for 2 hours and participants are asked to commit to 8 sessions. If you are potentially interested, please fill out this short survey. An organizational meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept 16 at 7pm. You can register for the organizational meeting here:  Zoom meeting registration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the meeting.

Here are links to the pdf of the September 2021 meeting slideshow and to the meeting minutes.

Meeting Slides

Meeting Minutes

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