“My Corner of the World” exhibit featured in mag


Machine Quilting Unlimited May/June issue features a six-page spread of artwork from the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ exhibit, My Corner of the World.

I’m thrilled to have RockTime (Boundary Waters 60) included:



04 2017

Art Quilt Collector mag – Cover and 3 new artwork revealed!



I’m thrilled to join Nancy Bardach, Lisa Call and Dan Olfe as the “Artists to Watch” in Issue No. 7 of Art Quilt Collector magazine. It’s even more exciting to have a detail of a new artwork, Boundary Waters 85, featured on the cover.


All the info you need to subscribe to Art Quilt Collector or buy the single issue is here on the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ website.

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I wanted to offer something new for the article so AQC is the premiere of Boundary Waters 82, 84, and 85.  All these new artworks with all their details are up on my website now.


04 2017

See two new artworks at Int. Festival – Chicago this weekend

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After hand stitching this small artwork within an inch of its life, I donated it to the silent auction to be held at the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ conference coming up in April.  But you can see it April 6 – 8 in a special preview at the SAQA booth at the International Quilt Festival in Rosemont, near Chicago, IL.

40 x 40 inches
Materials:  White cotton fabric painted with acrylic textile paint,
polyester fabric, ink, batting, rayon and polyester thread,
miniature paper fasteners.
Virginia A. Spiegel

Also premiering at IQF – Chicago will be Midwest. This artwork will be showing as part of the SAQA IL/WI regional exhibit, Stitched Together.

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04 2017

Spring Cleaning = Artwork for You!

Spring Cleaning!  I have removed these artworks from my website, but I would be happy for them to find a home with you.  These are collages on stretched canvas.  Free shipping up to $25 (as always).

They are meditations on transitions; inspired by the changing of the seasons.
Nonwoven fabric, acrylic paint, rayon thread.
12x12x.75 inches
$150 each

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03 2017

Canvas + Paint – Experiments in New Backings


I’m experimenting with two weights of canvas (#12 Natural Cotton Duck and 60 Single Fill 10 oz. Duck, both from Online Fabric Store) as backing on which to build art quilts.  In the past I have used wool/rayon felt.  The reason for trying something new is that layers of paint and fabric often become quite heavy.  Ergo the search for a lighter, but sturdy, backing.

Below was my first trial.  I finished the entire quilt and then decided to paint the back.  In order to avoid bleed-through, I screen printed with three colors of textile paint.  The canvas sucked up the paint and the art quilt is quite heavy.


The opening photo is the next experiment in progress,  I heavily diluted Setacolor and Dye-Na-Flow paints.  The fancy bamboo brush held too much paint, so I switched to a 2-inch house painting brush.  Eventually I moved all three backs to plastic on the floor to more easily work on all three at once and reach the centers.


Here are the other two backs (one with more yellow beneath the blue top one) ironed and ready to go.



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