Saturday, September 14, 2013

San Jose quilt Museum is asking for donations of 16" square quilts that feature images of food in the exhibit Tasty Two! check out the website for entry form and rules. Each entry will be the property of the museum and be offered for sale in January 2014 at a set price of $150.00 for each quilt. Here is your chance to benefit the museum and add this museum on your exhibit list on your resume. Title of this quilt is "Chili Ice, Some Like it Hot"

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I added gold paint to Auramundus

I decided to give this image an old title reflective of someone living in the 3rd Century. My original concept was to have the image look like it was painted on wood with gold leaf. I used silks Mistyfused to a backing, did a bit of stitching and then mounted the piece on heavy canvas. I used a stencil to add the paint. I guess I was influenced by seeing lots of gold mosaic artwork in Italy. Not sure if I will pursue this style, perhaps one is enough.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I'm working on a new series of small wall hangings, 20"x32" using silks and MistyFuse. I still have to add metallic paints, stitching and batting. In this new series, if I add stitching I will do it before adding canvas fused on the back. The canvas makes the piece stiff, but also very flat and easy to turn the edges to the back side. MistyFuse is key to the style of this work. It is so easy to use and easily bonds the heavy canvas to the back side.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sorry my last post was so long ago!

 This quilt (detail) is on display at the Carnegie Arts Center in
Turlock, CA. It is hand painted canvas with fused silk elements. Title is "Otherside". There is a minimum of hand stitching in selected spots, a backstitch in dark blue that appears on the middle left just above the purple squares.
This wearable art piece made several years ago for
a Bernina Fashion Show was on display last fall
at Santa Clara University in a mixed media fiber
art exhibit. Such fun to see it on display. The
garment features many different machine
embroidered motifs, ethnic fabrics scraps.
Blouse, jacket, wrap around skirt. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Free The Quilt Show weekend

The weekend of Marc 15-17 The Quilt Show is offering free access
to all their previous shows including mine #713

Dear Quilting Friend

International Quilt Day is just around the corner, and as a featured artist on a past episode of The Quilt Show, ( I wanted to let you know about a gift that Alex and Ricky have put together for quilters around the world.   

Beginning on Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, everyone who signs on to The Quilt Show will have free access to over 140 of their internet shows, including my episode #713.  You can watch the shows, check out the great tutorials, browse the gallery of over 19,900 member quilts, visit the forum for answers to the most burning quilt questions and lots, lots more. And if you missed my show, you can see it now.

You can also enter the TQS prize drawing with fantastic prizes from companies we know and love like Bernina, Gammill, Superior Threads, AccuQuilt, C&T Publishing, RJR Fabric, and Ricky and Alex will have gift baskets to give away too.  The grand prize is a new Bernina 550E sewing machine!

I wanted to make you aware of this amazing event so you can take advantage of everything this exciting weekend has to offer without leaving home and all for free. 

Don’t hesitate to share this email with your quilting friends, fellow guild members, social networking friends and local quilt shops so that they don’t miss out on this fun weekend.  And feel free to post an abbreviated version of the details on your Facebook page.  I want everyone to know about this amazing 3-day celebration of all things quilting.

So check in at on Friday, March 15, and enjoy the shows and exploring The Quilt Show website and all it has to offer!  

And I’d love to have you view my show, episode #713. 

Yvonne Porcella

Times are Changing

After much thought, I have joined the 21st Century and given up
my land line phone number I have had since 1962 when I moved
to Modesto. Big leap for me to give this up as I ponder if people
will be able to find me! But I have email and a cell phone and a
studio phone. So... If you want to contact me, use my email address
and if you want to talk, I can give you my phone number. My studio
is in a mountain area where due to trees and hills, my cell does not work
up here. They promise soon we will have cell service but meanwhile,
I keep my phone off until I "go down the hill to the valley". You can
send me an email on this blog and I will answer asap. Yvonne

Fiber Talks on March 24, 2013

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
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Fiber Talks!
Join us for the following lectures!
In Conversation with:
Sunday, March 24, 2 - 4pm
Yvonne Porcella, Quilt Hall of Fame Artist and Legendary Quilter

Sunday, June 23, 2 - 4pm
Roberta Horton and Mary Mashuta, Internationally Recognized Quilters

Sunday, September 29, 2 - 4pm
Leilani Bennett and Marcia Manzo, Wearable Art Creators

Sunday, December 1, 2 - 4pm
Pam Moore, Artist and Lace Knitter
Purchase Online
Each program: $20 Members/$30 Non-Members/$15 Students and Seniors
Member's Discount: $65 for the entire series if purchased by March 24. No refunds, No exchanges. / 408-971-0323 x. 14

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What Have I Been Doing ?

 I make art of all kinds. I usually respond to call for donation pieces as it is such a blessing to be in the
studio and creative. These shoes will be auctioned off in May to benefit Women's Heart Health from the fundraising effort. Heart Soul is the title of my entry. Neon 4" heels size
six, just perfect for an non wearing pair to decorate. Besides who would wear a neon pink pair of shoes? No one in my circle of quilt friends.

 Q A at Twenty will be auctioned off next November as a
fund raising for the Quilt Alliance contest. This year they
are asking for 20" squares to honor their anniversary.

The Mocha Tree another entry for Quilt Alliance November
Auction. This tree or something similar lives in my
back yard. For 20 years my view is of forest. My
style of quilts is usually bright colors. 

Ah, my special quilt. It  has been hanging at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock since
last April. The director liked it so much she hung it in the gift shop. I have it back to
photograph it and enjoy. The design was inspired by Las Meninas. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Catalog Cover for RITUALS

A slice of my entry is #5 from the left on the cover.
Artists are listed in alphabetical order in the catalog. To
see my quilt, visit my blog archives for 4/13/12

Rituals Exhibit Quilt Festival Long Beach

There is a catalog available for purchase on the Blurb website that shows all the entries in the Dinner at Eight Artists curated exhibit. The exhibit features 42 quilts and comments by the artists. You can view the work on the Blurb website and order from their bookstore. Or just come to QFLB July 27-29 to enjoy the artistry of a each piece.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Call For Entries High Fiber Under Five

Please go to the web link to read and download information on the annual High Fiber Under Five exhibit and sale at the museum. This is a major fundraising event for the museum and an opportunity for artists to sell fiber art to collectors. Each artist can accept a percentage of the sales price to keep and to go to the museum. This year a new category FiberShots a 15 inch square wall piece will be an out right donation to the museum, each sale set at $100.00. Deadline to enter High Fiber Under Five is August 13, 2012, FiberShots entry date October 5, 2012. Exhibit opens October 20, closes November 4, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wonderland at FIT

This is a new tryptic that will be in display at FIT Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts exhibit Florida in Fabric Wish You Were Here. Work from my retrospective exhibit will join the works of Florida artists for this exhibit May 19 to August 8 in Melbourne, FL.
This is a overview of my recent retrospective exhibit at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, CA. For those of you in east central Florida, 21 pieces from this exhibit will be on display May 19 to August 8 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at FIT in Melbourne, FL. I'll be there that weekend. Come and see the Florida in Fabric Wish You Were Here exhibit also.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Rituals exhibit : You're Invited

Entry by Yvonne Porcella will be on display at Quilt Festival Long Beach July 26 to 29, 2012 in the  exhibit Rituals curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison
Sponsored by Moore Sewing Center. Please visit the for interviews of each artist and more information about our sponsors, the curators and the artists work.


Wonderland, 42" x 62" 2012, by Yvonne Porcella (photo by Cathie I. Hoover) will be on exhibit at Florida Institute of Technology Ruth Funk Center For Textile Arts, May 19  through August 18, 2012 along with 20 other works by Yvonne. Also on exhibit is the juried exhibition Florida in Fabric Wish You Were Here, works by Florida artists.
150 West University Blvd. Melbourne, FL. I will be there
for the opening reception on May 18 until May 21. Come and visit!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Donation for Cancer organized by Foto/Fiber 2012

You can win this little 6 x 9 quilt by donating through Foto/Fiber 2012
Foto/Fiber 2012
February 15 and 16
A Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society
Our Goal:  Raise $7000 to add to the over $215,000 we have already donated.

90 Fotos/90 Fiber BONUSES from an all star-team of fiber artists including:  

Frances Holliday Alford, Pamela Allen, Liz Berg, Sue Bleiweiss, Nancy G. Cook, Jane Davila, Vivika DeNegre, Diane Rusin Doran, Jane Dunnewold, Jamie Fingal, Leonie Hartley Hoover, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Lynn Krawzcyk, Jane LaFazio, Susan Lenz, Jeanelle McCall,
Linda Teddlie Minton, Karen Musgrave, Gail Myrhorodsky Karen Stiehl Osborn, BJ Parady, Cate Coulacos Prato, Yvonne Porcella, Wen Redmond, Sue Reno, Lesley Riley, Cynthia St. Charles, Susan Schrott, Suzanne Silk, Lura Schwarz Smith (with Kerby C. Smith), Sarah Ann Smith, and Terri Stegmiller.

Plus drawings for fiber artwork from Leonie Hartley Hoover, Lyric Kinard, Lynn Krawczyk, Yvonne Porcella, Susan Schrott and Mary Ann Van Soest.

More information on how Foto/Fiber 2012 works:

Please join us on February 15.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Newspaper Ad for Carnegie Arts Center

This ad appeared in December 15, 2011 Modesto Bee newspaper
announcing the closing of the Ansel Adams exhibit and the coming soon of Yvonne Porcella Retrospective. I'd better get busy finishing all the hanging rods for 45 pieces.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Fiberart For A Cause

Put these dates on your 2012 calendar now so you won't miss contributing to the American Cancer Society and get a treasure for your generosity.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Carnegie Arts Center Turlock CA

Madama Yolanda : Mind Reader is one of the quilts that will be on display at The Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, CA opening on January 18, 2012. There will be approximately 30 quilts and other objects in the exhibit of a retrospective of my work. I do hope you can attend. The ending date is March 14, 2012.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Yvonne Porcella : A Retrospective

Here is the front and back of the postcard for my exhibit opening January 17, 2012 at the newly rebuilt Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, CA. The center is beautiful with 3000 square feet of exhibit space, a gift shop, and a multipurpose event space on the top level. Also two new classrooms are located on site plus an event space in what was the old library space. It is really worth a visit. Turlock is the home of California State University Stanislaus. The old part of town has charming shops, places to eat and a quilt shop. Let me know if you can plan a visit during the time my show is on display. It would be fun to get together and I could do a gallery talk for you. Rebecca Phillips Abbott is the curator for this exhibit.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Just a Detail

Here is a detail of a quilt using orange, fushia, purple and a few other colors. Of course there is a bit of black and white and yellow and pink and green.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Quilt Today

My idea was to create a long narrow quilt again. I have made several in this style and it is so much easier to machine quilt this size for me. Finished it is 15" x 60" so putting on the binding by
machine on the long sides and then the short top and bottom is so easy and eliminated lots of hand work. This style of quilt uses MistyFuse bonded to silk fabrics. Most of the silks are very thin and
handle well with fusing to a lightweight surface before batting and quilting. My attempt to was to use more of the two silk blouses I had hand painted many years ago. The colors are perfect to use as granite seen in the Sierra Nevada mountains. "Labor Day" commemorates the last backpack trip of the year that was our family ritual. We would climb into some of the most beautiful areas on the east side of Yosemite, often being treated to wild flowers that struggle to survive in small spaces within the rocks. I finished the top yesterday and didn't think I could ever machine quilt it.
So my suggestion when you are stuck, go to bed and start fresh. The quilting went very quickly today as I put myself in "hiking" mode and remembered all the contour maps my husband used to identify our elevation and route up the mountain. We no longer climb these areas, but the memories and old stories are great.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A New Design

I just finished a 15" x 60" quilt. Inspiration was memories of hiking in the eastern wilderness areas of the Sierra Nevada mountains many years ago. We were above 10,000 ft and found a fabulous display of wildflowers. I started this piece by cutting up two hand painted silk blouses, out of style yet still great fabrics. Using MistyFuse it was easy to fuse the blouse pieces for part of the background and add a few more silks.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Dick & jane is whole again

I was able to restore the panel that was stolen in April. The original was spontaneous so making it again was a chore but now that it is finished, I am happy I spent the hours doing the redo. Now I am ready to try something new and different. I do like the concept of long and skinny, about
15 wide by 60 long. This week is full of appointments so
look out next week! Studio here I come!