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Eye Contact exhibit sponsored by Sacred Threads

Earlier I posted about a small quilt I made and entered into an exhibit sponsored by Sacred Threads.  The exhibit has just closed.  Although I haven’t seen any photographs of the actual exhibit, I did receive a copy of the “catalog” for the exhibit.  It is nicely done.  Photos to follow!

But first the big news.  The exhibit was successful enough that the sponsors believe they can put together a travelling exhibit, and have asked permission to keep all the quilts until May of 2021!  I have sent in my permission.  Hopefully enough other exhibitors will also do it so the travelling exhibit can happen.  Since I was not able to see the actual exhibit, maybe it will come to a venue close enough that I can visit it.

Here are some photos of the very nice book produced by Sacred Threads:

Front cover

Back cover

My page


Eye Contact Exhibit – July 11-28, 2019

The Eye Contact: creating a connection special exhibit is being held from July 11-28, 2019 at the Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171.  This is very close to Dulles airport outside Washington DC.  For more information, visit:
I entered two quilts in this show.  All entries are of human eyes looking at the viewer, and must be 5 inches high and 23 inches wide.   I wish I could see the exhibit; hopefully there will be some photos available online.
Here is a photo of one of my entries:
This quilt was made with using white high thread count cloth and pen and ink to draw the details before it was sandwiched and quilted.
The other entry is much more colorful.  Unfortunately I have lost my photo of it.  My quilts are to be returned in a couple of months so if all goes well I can take another photo of it then.

Zentangle drawing and quilting

In my gallery are photos of several quilts I have made from Zentangle drawings.  Zentangle ( is a recently invented art form that is a beautiful kind of structured doodling.  In its simplest form, practicing zentangle requires nothing more than small squares of good drawing paper (stiff paper is best), a few good drawing pens, and a couple of soft pencils.   Pigma pens are recommended but you can use many others such  as ultra fine point Sharpie if that is what you have.  Just don’t try to use a ball point pen.

These minimal supplies make Zentangle the ultimate portable art form.  Put the supplies in an envelope, tuck them in your purse, and you can amuse yourself easily the next time you are stuck waiting for something or someone.  The process of doing the drawings is very meditative, so it is a great way to distract yourself when life throws you one of those inevitable challenges that you must slog through.

Here are photos of some of my  zentangle drawings.  They look very complicated, but they are produced step by step in such an organized way that anyone can achieve success quickly.  A lot of zentangle drawings are completely abstract, and that is what I did at first.  I would show you those first drawings but I can’t seem to find them right now!  For a couple of the ones below, I was experimenting with some more representational elements.

Zentangle Butterfly

Zentangle Butterfly

Zentangle Abstract

Zentangle Abstract

Zentangle ribbon burst

Zentangle ribbon burst  wouldn’t this make a cool quilt?

Zentangle trees

Zentangle trees

There are many Certified Zentangle teachers available to teach you this art (list at, but there are also  books available.  As a first book, I recommend “Zentangle Basics” by Suzanne McNeill. Suzanne has written many books about Zentangle; you can find them at your local art supply store or on Amazon.  I will put direct links to some of the books at Amazon at the end of this posting.

Once a zentangle drawing is made, it can be turned into a quilt.  A great book  on this is “Zen Quilting Workbook” by Pat Ferguson.  Suzanne McNeil has also a good book called “Inspired by Zentangle – Fabric Arts Quilting Embroidery”.  The two photos below are quilts I made from designs in “Zen Quilting Workbook”.

Zentangle quilt pattern  from Zen Quilting book

Zentangle quilt pattern from Zen Quilting book

Colored Zentangle quilt, pattern from Zen Quilting

Colored Zentangle quilt, pattern from Zen Quilting

All of these quilts are done by enlarging the design as desired, tracing the design on the fabric with water soluble or iron-away pen, creating a quilt sandwich,  and stitching the pattern outlines by free motion.  The  fine detail lines and solid black areas are filled in with ink.  The softer gray shading is done with pencil.  Colors can be applied in many ways with paints or inks. Although the basic Zentangle form uses just black, white, and gray,  many artists have extended it into various colors.  And some lovely drawings and quilts have been done that are white or silver patterns on a black or other dark background.

One day I did an original  graphic abstract zentangle design and used it for the pocket on a tote bag:

Zentangle embellished tote bag

Zentangle embellished tote bag

Check out my quilt, “Quiltangled Portland” in my gallery. There is also a photo of another quilt there  from one of my original abstract zentangles.  And here are the links to the Zentangle books I recommend above:

Zentangle Basics by Suzanne McNeil  — well, I don’t understand why, but Amazon won’t let me link to this book.  They sell the book, I just can’t make a link to it.  You can go to Amazon and type in the title and you will be able to order it.

Zen Quilting by Pat Ferguson:  Zen Quilting (DO #5375)

Inspired by Zentangle: Fabric Arts Quilting Embroidery by Suzanne McNeil:  #5366 Zentangle Fabric Arts

Happy tangling!