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Braving the Elements

The Elements

The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. That was the theme for the 2008 Journal Quilts challenge. As with every exhibit, there are always great pieces that aren't shown. Some may not have intrigued the jurors, others may not have been finished in time. The QuiltArt community, from which all Journal Quilts come, wanted to see those that won't be hung at Festival this year.

Linda Minton volunteered to organize the effort: "When the 'yea or nay' responses were received from the jurors of the official Journal Quilt Exhibit to be held in Houston, there were many wonderful pieces that had to be "released", as this was the first time that the Journal Quilts were juried, and only a limited number could be accepted. Overcoming disappointment is a part of every artist's life, and we decided to have a virtual exhibit of these wonderful quilts.  Karey Bresenhan, sponsor of the Journal Quilt Exhibit, gave us her enthusiastic "thumbs up" for the project, and this is the result.  There was a contest for naming the online show, with the winning title being Braving the Elements.  G. Armour Van Horn (Van) promptly stepped up to the plate and volunteered to handle the technical aspects of creating the on-line exhibit.  Without his skilled guidance and expertise, this exhibit could not have taken place.  Thank you Karey, for creating the original exhibit, Van for making the on-line exhibit possible, and Judy Smith, owner of the QuiltArt List, for generously providing us with the 'real estate' for the show!"

Karey Bresenhan, president of Quilts, Inc., the originator of the Journal Quilts project and tireless promoter of the great work that has been included in it over the years, adds this: "The original Journal Quilt Project was created to encourage growth and to help quilt artists break out of their comfort zone and try new things. This will be the final year the Journal Quilts will be seen at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, and 2009 will be the final year they will be seen at Festival in Chicago and Long Beach.  I have been proud to have created the Journal Quilt Project, and I have watched the development of many fledgling quilt artists into the real thing with great joy and admiration. I've had emails from Journal Quilt participants who developed teaching careers, had publication opportunities, were approached for commissions, even found publishers through their work being seen in this exhibit. But all good things must come to an end, and there's good news!  I've convinced Linda Minton to pick up the gauntlet and commit to an online version of the Journal Quilt Project, housed on QuiltArt, so it will live on...just in a different form and presented to a more limited audience. I know Linda will do a super job of continuing the goals and intent of the project, and I look forward to seeing the quilts online."

 

Judy, Karey, Linda, and Van each named their favorites, these all got multiple votes:

A Great Journal Quilt
Color My World by Linda Salitrynski

A Great Journal Quilt
Molecular Structure by Frances Holliday Alford

A Great Journal Quilt
Where the River Joins the Sea: Yemaya Assessu by Wendy Wetzel

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