Roller Dolls and the BLT

What do Roller Dolls and the ladies of BLT have in common? We will all be at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield April 21, 2012. BLT has 12 quilts hanging in the Art for Awhile area near section 106 on the East side of the building. We will be available from 6:00–7:00 pm before the bout to talk about our work as quilt artists.

You will need a ticket to the event to get in and see us. Here is the link to purchase the tickets. TicketHorse

We hope to see you soon!


Fabrics of Legacies 2011



Two quilts by Leah Dennison have been accepted for the Fabrics of Legacies exhibition at the Lincoln Center Galleries in Fort Collins, Co. This exhibition highlights the current work of the finest national and international quilt artists. The show runs October 7 — November 13.

Frontiers for Maxwell

Barbara Yates Beasley’s quilt, Maxwell Wolf was accepted in the show Frontiers: Colorado Inspirations and the Innovative Fiber Art of FRCQ which will run from May 1 through August 3, 2011 at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO.

Quilting Convergence

Now that the winter cold seems to have loosened its grip and the weather is warming up, it might be a good time to venture out for a day of quilt show viewing.  The Bead Lounge is once again hosting a show with quilts from, Barbara Yates Beasley and Cynthia Ann Morgan, through March 6. Down the street at the Quilter’s Studio they have an ever-changing display of quilts from local artists. Across Main Street at the Sun Rose Café is an exhibit of quilts from the Quilter’s Studio Art quilt group that Cynthia teaches. That show will hang through April 2. Proceed around the corner to 4th and  Coffman and you will find Pass it On hanging through February 18 at The Old Firehouse.  Hopefully you still have time and energy to drive South on Main to the Longmont Museum to visit the America Celebrates! quilt exhibit through March 13.


What has made Longmont the haven for quilts during February? I do not know, but this is a great chance to see the wide range of styles, techniques, and inspiration that make up an art quilt


Enjoy the convergence.

Leah has opened and Etsy store!

Leah opened an Etsy store called joystrings. You can find her at Enjoy browsing!

Doodle with a Purpose

Challenges are an important part of the Boulder Loose Threads. They can provide an opportunity to learn new techniques, push us out of our comfortable space. and in the process grow as artists. One of our latest challenges that can be seen at the Bead Lounge is based on Zentangle® drawings/doodles.

After coming across the Zentangle® website I was struck by the similarity to quilting with the repeating patterns. I challenged the group to create our own small doodles and then use them as the inspiration for a quilt. It was decided that the common thread through the quilts should be the size, no larger than 24″ square, and use of lime green. It sounds at first like an easy task but as we found out it was a challenge.

I have been the one in the group to do less abstract and more representational work. I now keep a small sketch book with me at all times and have filled some 20 pages with doodles. It can be addictive to doodle, and can be picked up or stopped at any point.

I still love doing dog/animal quilts but there will be more abstract quilts in the future.

Stash and Feed Sacks

If you are the creative type you know all about stash. For some it is a closet of fabric, every color of DMC floss, trays of pastels, or stacks of paper. Whatever it takes to create your particular art. Combine that with growing up during the depression and you have Betty.

We keep the stash even knowing that we have more than we will ever use. So what happens when you die and all that wonderful stuff is left behind. If you are lucky like Betty, you have family that understands about passing along your treasures. This is how the members of Boulder Loose Threads came upon one of our challenges.

Four Sunflower Feed sacks, 4 artists, 1 challenge. The result is 4 quilts related but very different. Here we get a peek at two quilts.

A larger than life chicken by Liz.

A more traditional pieced design with a tread painted center by Barb.

The quilts from this challenge will be part of the BLT show at The Bead Lounge during the month of March 2010.