Monday, December 20, 2010

Announcing the 2010 Legend on The Quilt Show

I am so happy to announce that Alex and Ricky have awarded me with the honor of being their 2010 Quilt Legend. I hope you
can all visit their site to see the video filmed in September in my studio. Lets all enjoy a wonderful 2011 and making great art quilts. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cruise with Me

"I will be teaching in the Baltic on a World of Quilts Travel cruise next May/June, would love to have you join me."

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Quilters have voted us #1 quilt travel provider. Deb Roberts' Textile Tours, Baltic Cruise

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bold Strokes

Luana Rubin and I at the opening of Bold Strokes exhibit. Thanks to Luana for coming from Colorado for the opening and for co-sponsoring the exhibit.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Yvonne Porcella Bold Strokes Exhibit information

This quilt, never shown in a public exhibit will be on display at my exhibit in San Jose, CA. It is big an bold!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My image at Quilt Market

Photos from Quilt Market

Quilt Market Houston 2010

I had a great time spending a few days at Quilt Market looking at what is new in the quilt world. Best part of going to Market was seeing friends and viewing the fabulous quilts on display. I had three pieces in ther show that will be on display until Nov. 7.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yvonne Porcella Bold Strokes Exhibit information
Still time to sign up for the 1 PM lecture before the exhibit opens at 2 PM on Sunday November 21, 2010. I have heard the exhibit looks great and it will be up until January 30, 2011. Cream of the Cloth is also on display and it your opportunity to see an exciting collection of art quilts. While in the museum, be sure to stop by the gift shop for great gifts.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dona Nobis Pacem

I made this a few years ago, just reusing images from church banners. Today it is being framed for a donation to a chapel. I am excited about it being in a place of devotion. Question is can you translate the Latin?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Don Porcella at Alphonse Berber

Don's exhibit will be on display until October 2 at 575 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA on second floor. Also see Don's exhibit in Berlin opening in September. Info on Don's Blog

Friday, August 20, 2010

Yvonne Porcella Bold Strokes

Save the date Nov. 16, 2010 for the opening of my exhibit at
the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, CA. If you can't be there for the opening, visit anytime until January 30, 2011

SAQA 2010 auction quilt

Please visit the SAQA web site and look at the wonderful 12" square quilts that will be auctioned off beginning on September 20th. "Bid in SAQA's 2010 Benefit Auction starting September 20th:"

Saturday, July 24, 2010

International Quilt Market 2010

International Quilt Market in Houston opens October 30-November 1, 2010. George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas. This is a Trade show only. Not open to the general public.
International Quilt Festival open to general public Nov. 4-7. Please go to for registration information. Two of my quilts will be on exhibit, "Dick & Jane" on display in Art Quilts from the Book, 500 Art Quilts and "Madama Yolanda - Mind Reader" in the exhibit Beneath The Surface. Current photos from International Quilt Festival Long Beach can be seen on the Quilts, Inc web
site, click on the ruby red slippers.

Friday, July 16, 2010

High Fiber Under Five

First Friday in November at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is the sale High Fiber Under Five. A great opportunity to purchase fiber art. Half of the sale price is shared with the artist and half goes to the museum. Large crowds attend this event
and if you are in San Jose plan to gallery hop that night and see great art. Highest price per piece is $500.00 but lower priced pieces are also available. Title of this still life is Platinum and Pearls

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Victory Garden Quilt for Auction

I posted a photo of my panel on my blog in June and now here is the full quilt. Money raised will support SAQA 12 Voices exhibit in Davis, CA

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yellow Page

My initials are YP, I have had experiences where people ask for last name, I answer Porcella, then first initial, I answer Y and the comment back to me is "because we need it". The letter Y obviously when spoken becomes "why". I made this quilt in response to the Why P conflict. I used Mistyfuse to fuse each panel to the batting and machine quilted each panel finally adding the border. An old favorite yellow silk blouse with 25 tiny yellow buttons done the front finally became too labor intensive to wear, buttoning each button. I cut up the shirt, wet each piece, sqeezed out the water, ironed it to maintain the wrinkles, fused this to maintain the wrinkled fabric, then used this "new fabric" for the borders.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Victory Garden

Louise Schiele asked 14 artists to make a 7" x 24" panel for a group quilt that will be auctioned off this summer to benefit 12 Voices SAQA artist exhibit. We could choose a fruit or vegetable for our panel. Louise asked that it be colorful and fun. She will join the panels together and do the machine quiltig. "U Pick Em" is my entry, lovely cherries ripe for picking only to find out the birds have had the first taste. To see all the submitted panels.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Quilt Market Houston 2010

If you attend Quilt Market as a wholesale customer or vendor, be prepared to see this quilt. Selected from the book 500 Quilts edited by Karey Bresenhan and one of the featured exhibits at
Houson 2010, the image of my quilt will be featured on the Quilt Market catalog, tote bag and pin. I am excited, and I hope you will be too when you get to take home a small remembrance of my art. See you all at Quilt Market Houston.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New from Old quilt contest

The Alliance for American Quilts has a contest every year and
the quilts are auctioned as a fund raiser for this wonderful organization. My design uses images from previous entries I submitted so that qualifies as the old part, the new part is bright new fabrics. I titled the quilt Redotwo Ten, referring to recycling my designs, and redoing images of houses and giant flower trees. The actual quilt is very bright colors, 16" square, my phone camera doesn't compensate for light. Visit the Alliance website to hear more about the eBay auction later this year.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Historical Photo! Yvonne's Fashion Show

Many years ago I agreed to do a fashion show of my wearables. The local newspaper took this photo. I photocopied the photo and hand colored it to use it in a new quilt titled "Talking Through the Fence". The quilt top requires machine quilting, some day in the future.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

SAQA 2010 auction quilt

I guarantee this quilt is a perfect 12" square but apparently my iPhone camera doesn't think so. Title of this quilt is "Oh - O". Look for the auction on the SAQA web site.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ballet Shoes

Just for fun project. A friend gave me a pair of size 4 1/2 toe shoes to make art. I used my impression of two different themes to "fill the shoes". The shoe on the right celebrates famous
dance themes of flowers plus my watching a ballerina moving her legs that reminded me of a butterfly. Silk flowers were made using Hannah Silk hand painted ribbons. The shoe on the left reminded me of all the different ballet companies who go on tour. When I go on a tour, I like to make a journal to remind me of places I have visited, pasting trinkets into a book or in this case, a shoe.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Jamie Fingal Designs Collaboration Quilt For Yvonne

Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison and Iris Karp sent out a call for friends to make a block for a "gift of love" quilt for me. I am being treated for ovarian cancer and what a fabulous project for me to enjoy and treasure during and after this "side line" event of 2010. Jamie has the development of this quilt on her blog Check out March 20th entries. I cannot imagine how much effort went into the making of this quilt in such a short period of time. Quilting is all about friendship and I am honored to be remembered by so many.

Beneath The Surface

Dinner at Eight Artists presents Beneath the Surface, a special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA - July 22-25th at the Long Beach Convention Center. Sponsored by Moore's Sewing Centers and Brother International and Dinner at Eight Artists. for more information become a fan of

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Jacket Pattern packaging

My new pattern is now available. Ask your local Bernina Store to order one for you.

Monday, March 8, 2010

New Book Information

500 Art Quilts, juried by Karey Bresenhan, showcases the work of 363 fabulous contemporary quilters. Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, describes the book as "an incredible feast for the eyes ... this book is a must-have for every art lover, quilter, and fiber enthusiast." Learn more at Thisbook is also available for purchase from The first printing is expected to sell out quickly so get your copy NOW. Then go to and leave a five star review of the book. I have two pieces featured in the book (thank you Karey), one is my large abstract titled "Dick and Jane" the other is a tryptic made using a variety of mixed media techniques. A very different look for me but such fun to experiment with Mistyfuse as a way to apply different fabrics to the surface.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March and the color Red

It was such fun to go out to breakfast with my friend Kay. My appetite is coming back and I had a beautiful cream cheese stuffed french toast covered with blueberries and strawberry sauce. I just sat there and enjoyed looking at the lucious colors; then I ate the whole thing! My red outfit was perfect for the day as I still experience hot and cold periods: off with the jacket, on with the jacket.The hat is essential to cover my bald head. Suzanne Staud, artist supreme, invited us to visit her studio to look at the artwork she is preparing fora local gallery exhibit. What a fun morning. Too bad you all can't come to Modesto on March 13th to attend The Chartreuse Muse opening exhibit : Pets and their People. Great title for a 4 artist exhibit. or

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Amazing how things change

Just a few weeks ago I was lecturing at a museum and now I am recovering from major surgery and starting treatment for my ovarian cancer. Obviously this all happened very fast but with the intervention of a SAQA member and her husband I was treated asap, I have already had one infusion and see my doctors next week. I avoided the shock of hair loss and I have a new do... Our grand daughter came over last night and we played with the computer camera. Here we are underwater. You can see by the photo that I intend to beat the odds and try my hardest to return to full health. Thanks for all the notes, emails, letters, good wishes. If you only knew how much they help!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

de Young Museum

Be sure to visit the Amish Quilt Exhibit at the museum Large crowds on the weekends but worth heading to the textile galleries. Be sure to go into the study center. I love sitting at the computer terminal and looking at the collection. Also the drawers display precious smaller pieces. My lecture was well attended and the audience was enthusiastic about art quilts. Anyone can join the Textile Arts Council to support acquisitions and documentation of this important museum collection. The museum is joined with the Palace of the Legion Of Honor and together they are known as Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. What a treasure we have in our area.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Holiday Distractions

Well they are over, decorations put away (the last ones done today at church) so I guess it is time to get back to the job of being an artist. I am preparing silk kits for a fabric painting class this week for a guild and it is such fun to get all the materials out an then trying to see how well they will fit in my car. Driving does have its perks but a trunk is only so big. I go from my lecture and class on to another venue of a lecture. Then home again to put it all away. We will be doing my silk embellishment class that uses burned silk, the subject of my 1994 book Colors Changing Hue. Still a great technique with such varied results. I spent the last few weeks learning how to use my new Mac Book Pro laptop and transferring my power point presentations to that computer. Wow the images look so good on a larger screen. My former travel computer was a small PC with a small screen.