Quilt artist to speak here April 5

The Hi Desert Quilt Guild will host guest presenter Patt Blair from Mt. Baldy at its Thursday, April 5, meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army Chapel.

Blair will present a program on “A Painter’s Path to Quilting,” featuring slides and samples of her work. She will address the application of traditional art media into quilting.

“Patt was originally an oil painter and watercolorist. Now she is an art quilter and fabric painter — the cycle is complete,” said a spokesperson.

“I’m a happy girl,” said Blair. “In art quilting, almost anything goes.”

She has been teaching since 2004 when she won the Sulky Challenge Grand Prize for her ink and thread-painted piece “First Call.” In November 2012 IQA Houston awarded her piece “My Gentle Giant Ben” with the Pfaff Machine Artistry Award. She was also a judge at the 2015 International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Blair’s custom art and bed-sized quilts can be viewed at pattblairquilting.blogspot.com.

“Patt’s art quilts are more like contemporary tapestries than quilts, largely affected by her extensive use of thread which she refers to as ‘linear paint,’” said a spokesperson.

The presentation is free to members or $5 per nonmember. On Friday, April 6, Blair will present a workshop for members.

Story First Published: 2018-03-30