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!