Friday, December 14, 2012

"Rituals" travels to the European Quilt Championships!

L-R:  Leslie, Ada Honders, & Jamie

Dinner At Eight co-curators, Leslie Tucker Jenison & Jamie Fingal, pose with Ada Honders, the coordinator for the European Quilt Expo/Championship in Veldhoven, Netherlands.  Ms. Honders
contacted the Special Exhibits coordinator of IQF, Houston to inquire about the availability of "Rituals"  to travel to the European Quilt Expo for the show, which is May 3-5, 2013.  We are pleased to introduce you to Ms. Honders, and include a link to the European Expo.  She tells us the venue is located within a former monastery.  Please stop by the website and take a look at the venue.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12 - Share the jOy of handmade art

12/12/12 A unique day in our history and will never come around again in our lifetime.  Share the Joy of Handmade Art - 12 Felt Balls in a Muffin Tin

12 Rulers

12 Pairs of Scissors

12 Embellishment Jars

Friday, November 16, 2012

Quilt Market & Festival Publications

Quilt Market Program Book

Great coverage inside the book
Quilt Festival Program Book

Rituals location on the exhibit floor - right on Main Street - excellent!

Inside the book, mixed with SAQA: Seasonal Palette

Close up of one page, with Kathy York's piece from 'Rituals'

Close up of the other, with Yvonne Porcella's piece from 'Rituals'

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Festival in Houston - Awards Ceremony

Leslie Tucker Jenison wins First Place in the Digital Imagery category!  Congratulations, Leslie!

All of the winning quilts are displayed around the ballroom.  Leslie talking about her amazing quilt with a crowd around her.  "Amsterdam Alley."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rituals Artists at Festival in Houston 2012

"Rituals" Artists are well represented at Festival in Houston, as faculty, working in Open Studios, their work in exhibits.  Visit the "Rituals" special exhibit, located on the exhibit floor, right off Main Street.  42 artists interpret the theme "Rituals" - there is no photography in this exhibit, because there is a book available to purchase from

International Quilt Festival in Houston opens on Wednesday, October 31st with Preview Night 7:00-10:00pm; Thurs-Sat 10:00am - 7:00pm; Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm; George R. Brown Convention Center, in downtown Houston.
and continues until Sunday, November 4th.  Classes begin on Monday, October 29th.  Check out the Quilts, Inc website for more information

Teaching Faculty - Classes taught by "Rituals" artists:
Sarah Ann Smith
Oct 29 - Fine Finishes (edge finishes including perfect mitered corners!)
Oct 30 -Birch Pond Seasons (fusible applique)
Oct 31 -Decorative Stitch Applique (use those fancy stitches on your machine!)
Nov 1 - Morning:  Machine Quilting Forum--Fun with Fancy Threads
Nov 2 - Afternoon; Meet the Teacher, a free 30 minute demo on the show floor:   Collaged and Fused Art Quilts
Nov 3 - 10-Noon; Sampler--Quilt Coloring with Thread

Judy Coates Perez

Oct 30, 9-5 Tsukineko Inks, #232 FULL
Oct 30, noon-2pm Lunch Lecture #245 Inspiration: Where does it come from? OPEN
Oct 31, 9-5 Painting Imagery for Art Quilts with Textile Paints #333 FULL
Nov 1, 9-5 Tsukineko Inks #425  FULL
Nov 2, 9-5 Ornamental Fiesta #523 OPEN
Nov 3, 9-5 Heavy Metal Play Day #718 FULL

Lyric Kinard

Oct 29 - Night Class "Just Foiling Around"
Oct 31 - 9-5 "Quilts Through the Artist's Eye," a day of learning to evaluate and solve design problems in a safe critique environment.
Nov 2 - 9am Lecture "The Elements of Art for Quilters"
Nov 3 - 10-Noon - Sampler; demonstrating techniques from her new DVD, "Bead It Like You Mean It" 

Susie Monday

Oct 31, 9-5; Shaping Symbols into Art Quilts
Nov 1 -2-4;Mixed Media Miscellany; inkjet transfers with Wed Media Film demo
Nov 2 - 10-Noon Sampler; Stamp out Your Message, demonstration
Nov 3 - 10-Noon; Sampler; Your our Own Alphabet on Fabric, demo
Nov 4 - 9-noon; Inspiration is in the Cards


OPEN STUDIOS - Located near the food court in the exhibit/vendor hall
Thurs, Nov 1
10-12; Barb Forrister - 3D Flowers
12-2; Jamie Fingal - Rebel Quilting/Bernina
12-2; Leslie Tucker Jenison - Monoprinting on Fabric
2-4; Sarah Ann Smith; Thread Painting/Bernina

Fri, Nov 2
12-2; Barb Forrister - 3D Flowers
2-4; Leslie Tucker Jenison - FMQ'ing Art Quilts/Bernina
2-4; Jamie Fingal - Mixed Media Quilting
4-6; Susie Monday - Stamp Carving for Art Quilts/Mixed Media

Sat, Nov 3

2-4; Susie Monday - Drawing with Stitch/Bernina

SAQA; A Sense of Scale - Lyric Kinard "Family Ties"; Seasonal Palette - Jeannie Palmer Moore
World of Beauty; Sue Bleiweiss, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Barb Forrister, Julie Schlueter; group quilt with Frances Holliday Alford, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Kathy York; group quilt with Barb Forrister, Frances Holliday Alford, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Kathy York

Black and White with a Twist; Quilts on the Wall; Julie Schlueter
Eye of the Quilter; Gayle Simpson, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Virginia Spiegel
Fabric Art, presented by the Girl Scouts; Jamie Fingal

IQA Celebrity Auction;  Jamie Fingal

Pokey's Pet Postcard Project
Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Julie Schlueter, Virginia Spiegel, Kathy York

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quilting Daily Interview with Leslie and Jamie

We were interviewed by Vivika DeNegre in the current issue of Quilting Arts Magazine all about Dinner at Eight Artists.  You can read about it on the Quilting Daily Website

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Rituals" Makes A Splash On The Cover of Quilting Arts Magazine!

The next time you see Judy Coates Perez you might be tempted to ask for an autograph:  Her quilt, "8 of Cups", is featured on the cover of the October/November issue of Quilting Arts magazine!

In addition, there is a 7-page (that's right:  SEVEN!) article about the exhibition that showcases an editor-selected array of quilts:  "I See the Moon", by Susan Brubaker Knapp (a previous "cover girl"),
"Milo", by Jeannie Palmer Moore, "Lost Rituals:  Grief", by Susie Monday, "Cosmic Gears", by Loris Bogue, "Sunrise Serenade", by Barb Forrister, "Walking with Mr. C and Scooter", by Gerrie Congdon, "Meditation", by Karen Rips, and "Boundary Waters 60 (Rock Time)", by Virginia Spiegel.

Congratulations to all of the artists whose work is in the "Rituals" exhibition!  This magazine elevates the visibility of your work, and will generate even more "buzz", and just in time for the International Quilt Festival in Houston!  Jamie and I are so grateful for each of you.  Thank you for entrusting us with your wonderful work.  

In addition, the magazine includes a 2-page "Curator Q&A" of Jamie and Leslie, the d@8 curators. 
We share a bit about the history of Dinner At Eight and some of the details about how we work together.  The article includes a link to the d@8 blog.  
Here it is (or at least 1.3 pages of it!) sitting in front of my laptop screen!
Appropriately enough, our photo was taken at one of our 
dinners (at 8:00, natch!) in Houston.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rituals Walk-Thru at Festival in Long Beach

Leslie Tucker Jenison offered a Walk-Thru Art Talk in the Rituals exhibit at Festival in Long Beach.  Both days were well attended.  Jamie was hand to answer questions and take pictures.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Artists Dinner in Long Beach

One of our rituals with Dinner at 8 Artists is to have dinner together at Festival in Long Beach "The Artists Dinner."  To strong women!

Leslie Tucker Jenison - laughing uncontrollably seems to be a norm with us

The artists are signing each others "Rituals" books.  Left to right are Cindy Cooksey, Terry Waldron, Desiree Habicht and Jane LaFazio

Yvonne Porcella is talking across the table to Terry Waldron.  To the right of Yvonne, are Peggy Calvert, Lisa Kijak and Sherry Kleinman
Good times

Jeannie Palmer Moore and Leslie Tucker Jenison

Leslie Tucker Jenison and Pamela Price Klebaum
Yvonne Porcella talking about the "Rituals" book

Desiree Habicht and Jane LaFazio, who is trying really hard to contain her laughter

The Girls

Leslie Tucker Jenison, Pamela Price Klebaum, Jayne Larson and Judy Coates Perez

Pokey Bolton and Yvonne Porcella - sharing something on the iPhone

Judy Coates Perez and Jamie Fingal

The "Hot Pink" Gals - Cathie Hoover, Yvonne Porcella and Jamie Fingal
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