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!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Artist Reception at Stanford April 15, 2011

Kathleen Sharp and I looking at my quilt on display until May 19 at
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA in the Paul G. Allen and David Packard buildings on Via Palou. It was a nice exhibit of 20 of my quilts along with
40 paintings by 2 other artists. The vast spaces and large white walls looked great with colorful art.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dick & Jane

This quilt is on exhibit in the David Packard Building on the Stanford University Campus, Palo Alto, CA. Every 2 months 3 artists are invited to exhibit 20 pieces as part of the Stanford Art Spaces program on campus in the buildings on Via Palou off Via Ortega. Sometime between April 1 and 5, the far right panel of this quilt was stolen.
It is very hard for me to understand how someone would take one part of a whole and ruin the artist's work. Keep an eye out for this panel! The exhibit is up until May 20 with the artist reception on April 15 from 5 to 7. Parking is available on Via Ortega off Campus Way Drive.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Print on Demand the return of Colors Changing Hue

My book on painting on silk published in 1994 will soon be available for purchase through and my publisher, C&T Publishing.
This is a how-book showing tools, techniques, and projects using hand painted silks and cottons to create beautiful quilts, wall hangings,
dolls, gift wrapping and more. As with POD books, the original pages
are scanned for digital media, some colors may not be as vibrant as the original. This does not diminish the value of the techniques offered in the book. I hope you will consider adding this book to your library.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Exhibit opening the end of March at Stanford University

I will have 20 quilts at Stanford University from
March 20 to May 19, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Still time to make a quilt for the Alliance contest  

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Alliance for American Quilts contest

Check out the Alliance website for contest rules for the 2011 auction to benefit the Alliance. Each quilt is 16" Square, exhibited at Paducah in April and other quilt shows. The
auction on ebay will be later in the year. Great prizes if your entry is voted on by the public. My quilt is titled "Hi 5"

Baltic Cruise

To celebrate Valentine's Day, those wishing to join me on my Baltic cruise in May will receive $100 off their registration if it is received by February 14.  We will be visiting some amazing ports and having incredible classes with workshops I have designed just for this cruise.  See

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ironic Iconic

Another fused quilt, designed in 2 days, horray for Mistyfuse! and quilted in one day, 44 " x 44". Some of the hand dyed silks in the top background were done by a friend of mine many years ago. I am so happy to use them and not just get them out of a bag to admire.

New Fused Quilt Designs

These two 44" pieces are at the Long Arm Quilter's studio to be quilted. I am excited to see her selection of quilting patterns.