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FRCQ meets the third Monday of the month from January through November at the Westminster City Park Recreation Center from 7p-9p, 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, Colorado. FRCQ does not meet in December. FRCQ Meetings, showcase artists from around the country and locally who give a presentation of their work and talk about their history as an artist. Most of our speakers are nationally known, award winning fiber artists and they generously share their inspiration, knowledge and expertise with our members. Our meetings also have a spectacular show and tell where quilt artists can showcase their work.

Deborah Fell – Renegade Quilt


dfellRenegade Quilt presentation takes a comprehensive look at the quilting world from an outsider art perspective. Who are the true renegades in the quilt world? The lecture takes a look at art quilts from a historic viewpoint, Gee’s Bend quilts as well as memorial quilts and the impact it has made in the history of the quilt.

Deborah Fell says my art is a reaction to my world and my experiences.  I use quilting as elements of art.  Thread is line.    Fabric is shape and paint or dye is color.  Materials include cloth, paint, paper, repurposed found objects and stitching.  Layering, organic mark-making and line are prominent elements in my work. 

I allow myself to listen to the art.  I follow where it takes me and the process of creating continues to teach me to be honest and to have the courage to keep moving forward.

Deborah Fell is a full time studio artist committed to the art quilt medium.  She is a professional member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates and ArtQuilt Network.  Deborah’s art focuses on abstract, organic shapes while using surface treatment such as dyeing and painting fabric.  Deborah has been a professional educator for over 30 years.  Besides teaching at risk high school students in a public high school setting, Deborah has taught various art workshops at national symposiums, community college and continuing education. 

Deborah obtained a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University as well as graduate work at University of Illinois, University of New Hampshire and a fellowship at Northwestern University.  In 2010 Deborah was asked to assist the host of CBS’s television show, Extreme Home Makeover, in creating the art piece for the master bedroom project for the new house build in the east central Illinois area. The fall of 2011 Deborah received an artist-in-residence at the Mendocino Arts Center in Mendocino, California. 

In 2012 Deborah started teaching art quilt related courses at the University of Illinois through OLLI program. The winter 2012 issue of Art Quilting Studio features Deborah’s work on the front cover.  In 2013 Deborah completed an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Illinois Figure One Gallery in Champaign, Illinois.

Beyond the Rules for Wearable Art


Mary Hertert will speak about how she dives deep into the creative abyss. Where do ideas come from and how does an artist move from good work to inspired work? What drives a spirit to create with unlikely materials or break the rules for what “wearable” actually means? This is looking through the peep-hole at the world beyond rules and norms into the world of wearable art for the runway.

Created in 1997 in Anchorage, AK and moved to Grand Junction in 2011, Color Creek is all about custom dyework, clothing and the chance to share the joy of adding color to fabric. Mary works across the fiber spectrum adding her own personal color magic to both the natural and the synthetic fibers.

The Art of the Caohagan Quiltermakers


Dana Jones, author of Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island, will introduce the role of quiltmaking on this 13-acre island in the central Philippines with an emphasis on the design processes of the quiltmakers. More than 100 of the island’s 600 residents are quiltmakers. Dana’s talk, which will be accompanied by images of the quilts, the quiltmakers in action and life on this tropical island that’s just north of the equator, will focus on how the art of quiltmaking has and is developing on Caohagan. The quilts are abstract and pictorial, pieced and appliqued, and each one is a unique design. Made from Philippine-produced fabrics, the quilts reflect the color palette of the island and the quiltmakers’ aesthetic senses.

Dana, a resident of Gilpin County, is a former editor of the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Journal and Quilters Newsletter magazine. Her quilt designs have been featured in several national magazines, and she was artist in residence at the Gilpin County Public Library in 2012. Her first book, Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island, was released in July 2015.

Ernesto “Erning” Paran quilting by a method he developed that is now used by many of the Caohagan quiltmakers. Photo by Dana E. Jones, 2014.©