June’s show was organized by Country Crossroads Quilters, a Modesto area quilting guild. The show is filled with a variety of sizes, styles and techniques in quilting, weaving and other textile arts. The use of fiber in art has expanded in the past 30 years to include not only fabric but thread work, beading, painting, hand dyed fibers, and photography that lift the traditional quilt to new heights. A resurgence of knitting and crocheting has occurred nationwide and television shows such as Project Runway have inspired new interest in sewing and textiles. The exhibit is designed to showcase the work of local artists and educate the
public on the breadth and creativity of fiber art. Here are a few samples:

Nuno felted “painting” by MJ Kiskinen

Spinning wheel and wool

Closeup of a picture quilt.

Circular quilt with geometric patterns

The quilters have made a special section with “mini” quilts, matted small creations selling for a the low price $40. Most of the larger quilts and works are for sale as well.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Country Crossroads Quilters, their website is countrycrossroadsquilters.com or find them on Facebook. They welcome quilters of all experience levels, and encourage the growth of their skills. To aid this growth, the Guild has special speakers on a regular basis who bring the latest in quilting design and techniques to our members. Members also share their techniques and skills, and there is an extensive lending library with several books in each of the most common techniques used in quilting.

Blocks on the Move

This special group of panels is also on display at the gallery. Blocks on the Move is an outreach program of the guild. It is moved from place to place in order to bring the joy of quilts to everyone in our community.