Friday, March 22, 2013


A few days ago I read an article in my local paper* about a Quilt Showcase being presented by the Arts Center in Athens, TN.  A group of 13 quilters who call themselves Sisters with Artistic Attitude created a challenge for the group.  "Each challenger had to come up with a theme and then each month, the 13 created a block in size from 9" x 9" up to 12" x 15".  When that block was completed, it was returned to the originator of the theme and work began on the next one.  When all 13 were completed, the artists headed off to create a finished quilt, which 11 of them did."
This challenged each artist to branch out and try new techniques and styles. 

I was fascinated by the challenge and the photos in the newspaper so I invited some of my friends to go with me to see the exhibit.  Five of us had a wonderful time today. 

We were warmly greeted at the Arts Center and given a tour of the facility.  They are preparing a production of "Midsummer Night's Dream" on their stage; there was an exhibit of work lining the corridor from students of the local high school; and a beautiful display in the lobby of some permanent acquisitions which included an overhead mobile in bright rose and pink color.

Inside the adjoining display room is where we found the exhibit we were looking for.  I have included the artist's statement as well as a picture of most of the projects.

These photos do not do the works of art justice, but I thought it might give you a little idea about the creative style of each artist.

It was a fabulous day spent with my quilty buddies.

The Showcase closes on March 26.  Contact the Arts Center at 423.745.8781 for more information.  It is worth the short trip up the road.

*article written by Barry Courter appeared in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sunday, March 10, 2013.


  1. Sandi, thanks for taking us along on your quilty outing. I enjoyed reading each story along with viewing the quilts. :)

  2. Wow sounds like you all had a wonderful day...the art looks like it was worth the trip there was some talented people....

    1. It was well worth it to me!! Lots of inspiration!