Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I'm a Grandma!

Welcome to Zara May Holmstrand, born December 8, 2014 in Victoria, Australia, weighing in at 6 lbs. 5 oz! Can't wait to see her!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"What's Blue to You?" at Portland International Airport

High Fiber Diet's exhibit "What's Blue to You?" is now on display at the Portland Airport in Concourse B.  It's behind security, so you have to be a traveler in order to see the show.  The exhibit will be up through the end of May, 2015, so if you are traveling, be sure to set aside a few extra minutes to see the 17 quilts interpreting the word "blue".  My quilt, Dakota Sky, is fourth from the left.

In the same concourse, across the hallway, is an exhibit by the Westside Modern Quilt Guild depicting Portland Bridges.  Lots of reasons to travel this winter and spring!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Pi Project

Fellow quilter Sally Sellers has created the Pi Project.  Check out her website for details of the project.  Then CONTRIBUTE A SQUARE!

Why:  Next March 14, the date will be 3/14/15, or the first 5 digits of pi: 3.1415.  Pi, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, is arguably the most significant number in history.  Many celebrate Pi day each year, but this next Pi day is special.  This alignment of digits will not occur again for a century.
What: Therefore we are celebrating Pi by creating a fabric ribbon of its digits, stretching as long as we can make it, whether that be 20 feet or 2000 feet.  The digits will be sewn on in the correct order that they actually appear in Pi.  Not only is it a fun and educational project, but it will put fiber art in the spotlight (for once).  
Help us by creating as many numbers as you can!
The Requirements necessary to make this happen:
  • Each digit will be on a square of fabric which is 9.5 x 9.5"
  • The number can be any number from 0 to 9.
  • One number per square.
  • The number can be any size, any style, any font, but hopefully will not be closer to the edge than 1/4".
  • You can sign the back if you want, with your city and state or country, and your name -- or just leave it plain.
  • Numbers will not be returned but will become part of the artwork.
Ways to create your number:
  • another pice of fabric appliqued on
  • beads
  • paint
  • dye
  • sequins
  • silkscreen
  • waterproof magic marker
  • embroidery
  • stitching
  • stamping
  • buttons
  • whatever else you can think of.  

Because the artwork will most likely be displayed outside, it would be best if it were waterproof or on materials that won't be damaged in the rain.

School classrooms, quilt guilds, surface design artists, painters, politicians, military, and those in law enforcement -- and anyone else -- are all welcome to participate.  Your fabric can be cottons, canvas, old dishtowels, whatever, just so long as it is the proper size and has a single number on it.
Mail all finished numbers to:
The Pi Project
PO Box 2127
Vancouver, WA 98668


"What's Blue to You?" Opens at Portland International Airport

My quilt Dakota Sky has been included in High Fiber Diet's newest exhibit, "What's Blue to You?" This is a larger show than usual for High Fiber Diet, and so it has been divided into Parts A and B for some venues.  Part A, which includes my quilt,  will be on display at the Portland International Airport Concourse B, opening November 5, 2014, and running through May 28, 2015.  This area is behind security, so you need to be a traveler in order to view the exhibit there. If you won't be traveling soon, don't worry. The exhibit will be showing at other venues later in 2015.

Dakota Sky
24" w x 60" h
Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Installation of "What's Blue to You?"
at the
Portland International Airport, Concourse B
Photos by Annette McFarlane


Sunday, November 2, 2014

"Sea Cave" Takes 2nd at Quilts=Art=Quilts

My quilt Sea Cave won 2nd Place at Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth Art Center!  Take a look at the wonderful group of winners.  I'm honored to be included.

Sea Cave by Bonnie Bucknam
60" w x 72" h
Photo by Mark Frey
A video of the show is now available in Vimeo.  Click here.
Kathy Loomis discusses this quilt on her blog.  Click here.

Recent Quilts For Guatemala Bound

I've been so busy I've fallen behind on posting recent quilts made for Guatemala Bound. Ten quilts went out in two different October shipments.  Here they are.  Thanks to all the contributors.

This first one, Caribbean, was made by Sondra in Moab, Utah.  It went to the little girl that Sondra sponsors for school through Mayan Families.

The other quilts shown here went to Mayan Families orphan program, to be distributed as needed. The next two were pieced by Kathy Loomis.  See Kathy's blog posts here and here to read about her donations to this project.

Marsha V. of Vancouver and I made this quilt.
Pat in Idaho is a prolific piecer.  She's sent me 6 tops each year for the past 3 year.  Thanks again, Pat.
The next two are by the Loose Threads group in Vancouver.

And the last three crib quilts were contributed by the Lunch Bunch in Palm Desert, California. 
Soon there will be some happy faces in Guatemala!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Work at Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights

Two of my pieces, Crater and Canopy, are at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  The exhibit, Material Matters, closes October 25.  If you're in the area this week, stop by.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Just got the great news that I have a piece accepted in Quilt National! Yippeeeee! I can't show a photo of the piece - it has to be brand new at the show.  My friend Mary Arnold also was accepted. I'm going to be making trip plans soon...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mayan Families Summer Newsletter Available

Here is the link to the summer newsletter for Mayan Families, the organization that distributes the quilts we've been making.  Take a look.  They are a really worthwhile organization that provides very individualized services to indigenous people in the Lake Atitlan area.  Consider sponsoring a child for school.  Costs start at only $15 per month.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

American Art Company NW Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibit, Tacoma

Two quilts in my Ornament series are in the American Art Company exhibit.  Stop by if you are in Tacoma.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Legacies Exhibit at the Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

Three of my quilts were juried into the 32nd Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts exhibition at the Lincoln Center Galleries, 417 W. Magnolia, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521.  The show runs July 11 through August 30, 2014.  Seismic Activity was given an Honorable Mention, which the cover letter states was "selected by the judges for excellence in craftsmanship, artistic expression and innovation in design and construction."  That put a big smile on my face!
Honorable Mention
Seismic Activity by Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Sea Cave by Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey
Ripple Effect by Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tangle Featured in Visions Art Museum Online Gallery

July 2014 - The Visions Art Museum of San Diego inaugural online gallery exhibition Wild Thing!, is now online!  Images were selected from the following artist member websites to create the first exhibition: Brooke Atherton, Bonnie Bucknam, Maryline Collioud-Robert, Catherine Kleeman, Gillian Moss, Dan Olfe, Maria Shell, Louisa L. Smith and Susan Szajer.
Click here to see the slideshow.
Tangle by Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Simply Red at the Architechtural Heritage Center in Portland, Oregon

'Simply Red' is  booked back to back for the year!  Several SAQA Oregon members have work in this show.

Currently we are at:
Architectural Heritage Center
Portland,  Oregon
June 6th through July 26

New venues have been added to our schedule

Newport Visual Arts Center
Reception:  Friday August 1st5:00-7:00
Exhibit runs August through September 29th

Cannon Beach History Museum
Opening and closing TBA
Artist reception October 11, 6pm

Monday, May 26, 2014

Quilts Distributed in Guatemala

Today I received some photos of the kids and teens in Panajachel receiving their quilts.  There were  lots of happy faces! Thanks so much to all of you who contributed your time and talents.  You can see that your work is appreciated.