Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TQHF reminder.

Greetings All,
Here's a gentle reminder of upcoming celebration in honor of Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi at The Quilters Hall of Fame.

During these celebration I will be conducting a workshop on y basic-I landscape and a small exhibit.  For more information about the workshop check TQHF website and here are the hours that I will be available for a walk thru of the exhibit.
Thursday – 1:30 p.m. Walk thur
Friday – 10a.m. Walk thru
Saturday's – 2 p.m. Walk thru

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weekly Reminder

Greetings All,
Here's a weekly  coming to The Quilters Hall of Fame another wonderful honor bestowed on Dr Carolyn Mazloomi.  

A Piece of My Mind: The Narrative Quilts of Carolyn Mazloomi

As a world citizen, this exhibit explores my view of issues and people important to me. I am drawn to vulnerable people – the disenfranchised, dispossessed, outsiders. The injustice and harsh realities of the daily lives of those in need motivate me to create artwork depicting their circumstances. These are people who deserved to be heard, seen and understood, especially women and children. My intention is to invite the viewer into contemplation and raise awareness concerning issues they may be unfamiliar with.  Will be on exhibit July 21 - Oct 1, 2016

I have the privilege of doing my basic landscape workshop and a small exhibit of P.I.E.C.E.S. during the time of celebrations.  For more information about all of the actives check out TQHF website.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Gifts...

Greetings All,
This is a small piece that I created for my granddaughter who just graduated from high school. She had to finish her last year in a new town and in a new school.  She got accepted at Florida Southern College, Loyola University New Orleans, University of Southern Mississippi, Clark Atlanta University, DePaul University in Chicago, University of Tampa, Colorado State, Bradley University
Arizona State University, University of Kentucky, University of New Orleans and Georgia State University.  We are so very proud of her.  Below is part of her journey in her own words.

Good afternoon, this is Mahagony A.K.A. Momo hacking my dad's Facebook page. Just wanted to share with you guys the photos from my shoot 2 days ago. My scholarship team sent me a photographer to shoot me for press release. My goal throughout high school was to just get in college. I surpassed that by getting into 12 universities. My next goal was to attend school for FREE. Lots of people looked at me crazy! I knew it was possible. It can be done, had been done, and will be I am not a straight A student. My GPA is a little over a 3.0 I scored a 22, 26, 25, and a 26 again on my ACT (yes, I took the ACT four times me and pops was shooting for a 30). What made me stand out amongst the kids with a 4.0 and 30 on the ACT was my perseverance. I maintained employment throughout my entire senior year (Wendy's, The Fresh Market, currently employed at both Pinkberry and Martins Wine Cellar) still making the honor roll every quarter. I took on 3 Advanced Placement classes thanks to my dad. 2 hours after my interview for $80,000 to attend the University of New Orleans I was awarded the scholarship. To those who said it would be impossible for me to attend school for free in this day and age, I serve a God who does the IMPOSSIBLE. I was not awarded $80,000 based on academics and test scores. As my dad would say "Favor ain't fair."
By the way, it's not bragging if the intention is to INSPIRE (I just made that up y'all might wanna start using that). My team will be awarding me at graduation. I hope they give me one of those big checks like the Publishers Clearing House do. I would love to flex on them kids one last time before I catch my flight back to Chicago 😜

Friday, June 10, 2016


Greetings All,
Today I will feature "Restructure-IV".  This piece is created with my hand dyed fabrics, purchased hand dyed, and commercial cottons.  Machine pieced and quilted, with some hand quilting embellishments.  The sizes in this series is 12 by12, canvas wrapped, and wire ready.  This is the final piece in this series thus far and will make their public debut on June 11, 2016 at the Riverfront Jazz Fest in Peoria, IL.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Greetings All,
Restructure-III is today feature.  This is the most simple of the pieces in the series, but I find striking due to the coloring.  My hand dyed cotton, purchased hand dyed cotton, and Kona black cotton.  Machine quilted and pieced, canvas wrapped, and wire ready.  12 by 12 inches.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


Greetings All,
Today I will feature "Restructure-II".  This piece is created with my hand dyed fabrics, purchased hand dyed, gifted hand painted,  and commercial cottons.  Machine pieced and quilted, with some hand quilting embellishments.  The sizes in this series is 12 by12, canvas wrapped, and wire ready.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Restructure series intro.

Greetings All,
I am introducing a new series of pieces titled "Restructure", they are pieces that are created as I am creating others by way of making the pieces larger than required.  Once I square up a piece these are the overworked parts that I create these new works with.  Today I will feature "Restructure-I".  This piece is created with my hand dyed fabrics, purchased hand dyed, and commercial cottons.  Machine pieced and quilted.  The sizes in this series is 12 by12, canvas wrapped, and wire ready.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

News updates.

Greetings All,
I am still hear and here's one of the things that I've been getting ready for "Jammin For Jimmy".

Today is the day for " Jammin For Jimmy".  Honoring Peoria Jazz Icon Jimmy Binkley CORA, an arm of the African American Hall of Fame Museum, Peoria, IL, presents "JAMMIN' FOR JIMMY", a fundraising event to create a Bronze Relief by sculptor Preston Jackson to honor legendary Jazz pianist and goodwill ambassador Jimmy Binkley, to be installed at a location on Park Road near Sky Harbor Steakhouse. ...Raffle tickets are on sale for $10 each to win an original painting of Jimmy Binkley by artist Preston Jackson. Raffle tickets will be available at the event and may be purchased before the event at Sky Harbor or at the door for entry into the event.

The event will be Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm at Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 1321 N. Park Road, Peoria, IL. Music will be provided by Preston Jackson & Friends with an open stage for any and all musicians to join in. There will be a special guest performance by the Heritage Ensemble, conducted by Sharon Reed.  Below is a copy of the painting that Preston has created to honor Jimmy for today's event.

Below is my small contribution to the side raffles that will be going on today to increase our revenue for the completion of this project and I am grateful to be asked to participate on this level.  This was created with a digitized image of Jimmy and a pieced Afrocentric printed cotton boarder.  The brass buttons represent the shinning light that I have learned the Jimmy exemplified.  It is simple, but to the point.  Jam on Jimmy Binkley.

River City Jazz Festival! Taking place on the CEFCU Center Stage and brought to you by the Central Illinois Jazz Society along with the Peoria Park District, the Jazz Festival will feature five of Illinois’ best jazz groups playing all afternoon. Bring your friends and family down to the Riverfront, for a beautiful summer day and the smooth jazz tunes!

June, 11, 2016 gates open 2:30 PM, Festival 3:00-10:00 PM
Admission: 2:30-6:00 pm $5, After 6:00 pm - $8
Lineup for the River City Jazz Festival includes:
Travis Wesley Trio 3-4pm
David Hoffman and Friends 4:30-5:30pm
Preston Jackson and Friends 6-7pm
Heartland Jazz Orchestra 7:30-8:30 pm
Dexter Oneal and The Funkyard 9-10 pm

** Performances by Peoria All Star Jazz Combo and Limestone HS Jazz Band as well! **
New this year- Fine Arts Exhibition from talented local artists!  This will be a first that artists will be  participating and we are excited about the possibilities.

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