Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"No Girls Allowed!" @ Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

"Fruity Beauty"
Good news! My quilt, "Fruity Beauty" was juried in to the biennial, all men's quilt exhibition at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. This year's show, the museum's 13th biennial for men, is called "No Girls Allowed" -- but everyone is welcome to go see the quilts.

"Center Star"
I also had a quilt in the 2014 exhibition, that year called "MANifestations".  The quilt, "Center Star" was featured in most of the press including the invitations and front cover of the gallery guide. As a novice quiltmaker, that was a nice surprise and a treat.

"Fruity Beauty" is a 21st century, digital-age New York Beauty, made with Spoonflower fabrics I designed using original photos of citrus fruits and juicers. It is 35" x 36", beautifully quilted by Jolene Knight of Good Knight Quilts - yes, "girls" are allowed to do the quilting - and is my contribution to the New York Beauty genre. It is inspired by quilts in my collection, but at the same time it is something new.

I have collected antique, vintage and modern-day New York Beauty quilts since 1989, and earlier this year published a book about them: "New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection" (Quiltmania/France). Later this year, I will exhibit quilts from that collection at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, serendipitous because one of the other names for the pattern is Rocky Mountain Road.

"No Girls Allowed!" will be on display from January 29th through April 26th, 2016. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is located at 1213 Washington Avenue, Golden, Colorado. For more information, visit their website.


  1. Congratulations! I thought the fabric looked familiar. Have you designed other fabrics using Spoonflower since?

  2. That's great, Bill! Congratulations!! I love Fruity Beauty!

  3. The exhibit title made me smile, especially when you said girls were allowed to do the quilting. I talked my way in to several "No Girls Allowed" clubhouses when I was young. It made me feel special - one of the guys. A couple of great shows to look forward to. Congratulations.