2021 Featured artistS - thelma moyer and IRENE hudspeth
I had enjoyed several different art forms when a neighbor introduced me to quilting in 1997 through West Sound Quilters. The feel of the fabrics, the colors, creative possibilities, making something useful as well as beautiful and the wonderful, helpful friends drew me in. Quilting has taken me places I never thought I would go and recognitions I never dreamed I would see. From receiving awards at International shows, being invited to be Artist in Residence for a prestigious Empty Spools Seminar, raising money for good causes, making comfort quilts to doing trunk shows and lectures at many local guilds; quilting has brought so much to my life. I enjoy sharing what I have learned with others and am honored to be this year's featured artist. I look forward to sharing my work and this wonderful obsession with all of you.
Quilt Show Chair Addendum: Thelma has had 9 quilts juried into 7 different international quilt shows including International Quilt Association’s Houston Show,Road to California, and American Quilters Society Shows in Paducah, Nashville, and Lancaster, plus one in a special exhibit in Chicago. She also has two quilts included in Joan Wolfrom’s new book.
An artist definition according to Wikipedia, is a person skilled at a particular task or occupation.
Merriam Webster, defines it as one who professes and practices an imaginative art.
Some of the interesting creative endeavors that I have pursued through my adult life have been : Oil painting in my 20’s, knitting, spinning wool silk, and exotic fibers on a spinning wheel, making designer yarn. Felting using a wet technique, making hats, wall hangings and scarves.. Silk scarf painting using gutta resists, then finishing the process using a steamer. Rug hooking and watercolor painting after I retired from the practice of Anesthesia.
I have been piecing quilts since the early 1970’s, but became more involved in the 1990’s and forward. I bought my first Longarm in 2009.
I joined WSQ in 2008, served as 1st VP in 2009, then President 2010-11. I've been involved with Community Quilts, and American Hero Quilts as well as Applique Belles, and Peninsula Longarm Group. My most challenging technique is Foundation paper piecing.
I have had 2 quilts go to national shows in juried competition. Donna Haggard's quilt from Sisters Oregon, I quilted after she died. It was accepted into the Road to California Show Jan 2017. Prismatic Star a Judy Niemeyer pattern, juried into the Celebration of Color category at the Chicago International Quilt Festival March 2017 and subsequently the November Houston International Quilt Festival. Both were pretty exciting for me to go and see all the excitement around those festivals.
But my biggest thrill has been while Im working on a quilt , have a grandchild say, “Is that for me?”
Inspiration is everywhere.
My true passion is free motion free hand quilting using the needle of the Longarm as a paint brush.