Two Local Quilt Exhibitions -
Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories
Now thru March 12, 2023 | Discover the extraordinary stories behind three hundred years of American quilts. Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories features works by more than forty artists, including Harriet Powers, Bisa Butler, and Sanford Biggers. Come celebrate the artistry and vision of a diverse and largely under-recognized group of creators in an exhibition that brings to light stories that enrich, deepen, and complicate our understanding of the American experience.
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
More information: https://www.skirball.org/museum/fabric-nation-american-quilt-stories
Gee's Bend: Shared Legacy
Now thru Sept. 4, 2023 | Through prints recently acquired by The Huntington, this exhibition celebrates the artistry and cultural significance of work by members of the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers’ Collective from Alabama. See a focused installation of prints made by members of Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers’ Collective from Alabama during an artistic residency at Paulson Fontaine Press in Berkeley, California. The pieces were created by pressing original quilted fabric designs face down on a wax-coated printing plate that captured the fabrics’ texture, seams, and stitching of the original. Through this innovative process, a quilt is translated to a printed surface—a new medium to explore and share the quiltmakers’ creativity. “Gee’s Bend: Shared Legacy” is presented in two six-month installments, each featuring a selection of 12 prints by quiltmakers Mary Lee Bendolph, Louisiana Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, and Loretta Pettway. In addition to the prints on display, each installment will also exhibit one of two quilts by Mary Lee Bendolph, Diner (2004) and Image of Formal Presidents (2009), which was made as a gift for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on the occasion of his historic inauguration.
Location: The Huntington Libary and Art Gallery
More Information: https://huntington.org/exhibition/gees-bend-shared-legacy
On a more personal note, many of you know that Jerry went on a trip of a lifetime to Nepal last November to mountain bike in the Himalaya mountains with his son Chris. The trip was everything we thought it would be and much more. If you want to know more about the trip and see some amazing pictures, click on the photo below.
2022 Fall/Winter Quilt Sampler Magazine
As you may know the Fall/Winter Quilt Sampler magazine is available for all to enjoy! At Cotton & Chocolate we are very excited about this issue because it features our store as one of the "Top Shops" in North America! We are also excited that they chose our quilt design (Star Studded) to be featured on the cover. This quilt features beautiful batiks from Hoffman of California. If you like our quilt design, you can make one just like it as we have plenty of kits available. Every kit comes with the magazine which contains the pattern. Want just the magazine? You can either purchase one online, or come into the store.
We have also designed a companion quilt called Exploding Stars which features Moda's Grunge fabrics. You can purchase the kit or pattern at our shop or click on the picture below to purchase online.
In addition to selling the magazine and quilt kits, we will also have a new tote bag to commemorate this occasion. The Pink Canvas tote is just $29.95. It is made of sturdy canvas with a zipper closure and is awesome, of course! If you purchase the kit you can save $5.00 off the tote by entering the coupon code QS22 at checkout.