Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Sketchbook Challenge

The Sketchbook Challenge begins on January 1, 2011.  Follow along with the 16 artists as they explore a different theme each month.  You can post on the Flicker site to share your interpretation of the theme in your own sketchbook, and be eligible to win amazing give-aways each month!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cut-Loose Christmas

Left to Right in the front seated  Anne Copeland, Cindy Cooksey and Joanell Connolly (standing); then standing in the behind - Jamie Fingal, Stacy Hurt, Peggy Calvert, and Vickie Valdez Green.  Potluck and Christmas gift exchange.  The best of our gathering so far!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fun Things You Can Start Now!

Up-Cycling with Rit Dye; NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Judy Coates Perez is one of the judges!   Open to individual, legal residents of the 50 US/DC excluding residents of the states of AZ, MD, TN VT & NJ, 18 & older. Contest begins 12:00:01 AM (EDT) on 12/6/10 and ends 11:59:59 PM (EST) on 1/28/11.

Follow along by breaking out your own sketchbook as16 artists explore a different theme each month in the Sketchbook Challenge.  Check out the blog and get this button above for your own blog.  This will be really fun!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anaheim Holiday Art Sale

John and Sue Holland, 1039 Liberty Lane, Anaheim, CA 92805  714/635-3799  Joanell Connolly will be selling her work in fabric

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bowers Museum Quilting Event!

Sat, Nov 13th/Sun, Nov 14th from 10am to 3:30pm
at the Bowers Museum, 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706 - (714) 567-3600
Held in conjunction with Quilts: Two Centuries of American Tradition and Technique. Includes quilt sales, demonstrations and hands-on projects, courtesy of local quilters and textile artists.
Free; does not include admission to the museum.
Demonstrations and Quilts for sale from the following Cut-Loose Quilters:
Peggy Calvert, Joanell Connolly, Cindy Cooksey, Anne Copeland and Stacy Hurt

Saturday, October 30, 2010

3-D Point of View show in Whittier - Nov 3-28th

The 3-Dimensional Artists Group of the Whittier Art Association presents its Fifth Annual Exhibition; Nov 3-28th; A 3-D POINT OF VIEW; Opening reception Saturday, Nov 6th from 3-6pm; This year the 3-D Group celebrates a milestone exhibit, with over 30 artists in ceramics, polymer clay, fiber art, gourd work, collage/assemblage, jewelry, lapidary, mosaic, sculpture, stained glass and more.  Vickie Valdez will have work in this show. .
Whittier Art Gallery; 8035 South Painter Avenue, Whittier 90602; (562) 698-8710  
The month will feature live artist demonstrations in the Gallery on Saturday Nov 20th from Noon to 5:00 p.m., and a month-long Silent Auction to benefit the Gallery.

Christmas Boutique & Craft Fair - Sat, Nov 6th - Orange

Saturday, November 6th members Stacy Hurt and Peggy Calvert will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at the "Christmas Festival". They will have art quilts; hand made quilted cards and darling quilted ornaments. Go check it out and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
There are raffles; tons of booths to visit and FOOD!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Artistic License Fair - Oct 29 & 30

Artistic License Fair is Friday/Saturday, October 29 & 30th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at Estancia Park in Costa Mesa;  Joanell Connolly will have a vendor booth at this fine art show!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Welcome Home" The House Quilt Project

House Quilt Project coordinated by Jamie Fingal for Habitat for Humanity, Orange County.  She worked with Furnishing Hope and interior designers to give each artist a birds-eye view of the style and colors for each house.  Pictured art quilts are by members of Cut-Loose;  to see the complete project of 18 pieces, click here
Cindy Cooksey
Anne Copeland
Joanell Connolly
Peggy Calvert
Vickie Valdez Green
Anne Copeland and Jamie Fingal

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Call for Entries: The Bra Project

Click here for more information on how you can participate in this project

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fiber Artistry at the OC Fair

On the last day of the fair - Back row from left - Peggy Calvert, Jamie Fingal and Julie Schlueter; front row from the left - Cindy Cooksey, Anne Copeland and Stacy Hurt

Stacy Hurt with "Lionfish" and it sold!!!

Anne Copeland with "Storybook House"

Peggy Calvert leaning over the display case of mixed media books that she and other members of the Cut-Loose Quilters made

Cindy Cooksey with "Happy Birthday to Me"

Julie Schlueter with "Fragments"

Jamie Fingal was the featured artist in this section, showing a retrospect of her whimsical work from 2002 to 2010.  She also curated the entire exhibit "Fiber Artistry"

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Jewelry Show in Whittier

member Vickie Valdez Green has work in this show

ethereal material show in Anaheim

member Joanell Connolly has work in this show; opening reception is Thur, Aug 12th from 6:30-8:30pm; Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center Street.

Jamie Fingal - Solo Show

Jamie Fingal is having solo show in Ashland, Oregon featuring her Heavy Metal series; 145 E. Main Street.  August 6th to September 20th.  More information on her Twisted Sister blog

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dinner at Eight Artists present "Beneath the Surface"

Dinner at Eight Artists present "Beneath the Surface" co-curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  It is sponsored by Moore's Sewing Centers and Brother International.  This 37-piece collection will premiere at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach - July 22-25th and then travel onto Festival in Houston and will be sponsored by Mistyfuse. 
Natalya Aikens, Frances Holliday Alford, Loris Bogue, Deborah Boschert, Peggy L Calvert, Phyllis J. Campbell, Paula Chung, Joanell Connolly, Gerrie Congdon, Cindy Cooksey, Jane Davila, Muna Elias, Jamie Fingal, Barb Forrister, Terry Grant, Desiree Habicht, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Pamela Price Klebaum, Sherry Kleinman, Jane LaFazio, Jayne Larson, Linda Teddlie Minton, Susie Monday, Jeannie Palmer Moore, Rachel Parris, Karen Stiehl Osborn, Judy Perez, Yvonne Porcella, Wen Redmond, Karen Rips, Carolyn Ryan, Sarah Ann Smith, Virginia A. Spiegel, Cynthia St. Charles, Ann Turley, Terry Waldron, and Kathy York Most are SAQA Members(cut-loose members in bold).  postcard concept by Suzanna Staud

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Stacy Hurt Vid Cast with Bonnie McCaffery

Check out Stacy's interview with Bonnie McCaffery, following Festival in Long Beach in 2009 where Stacy talks about her work "Bling Bling"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Journeys - International Quilt Festival in Long Beach this Summer!

Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists selected Journey's as their theme for this year's International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. As the jurors we were taken on a journey through -- dreams, stories, fairy tales, personal journeys, the twists, turns and paths of life, and the mysteries of life that unfolded and inspired the quilts created by the members of Quilts On The Wall: Fiber Artists. The 18 quilts selected speak to the diversity of interpretations that one word can invoke and the creative talents of the members of QOTW. Jurors: Georgia Freedman-Harvey and Cindy Rinne.
Artists are: Carol Nilsen, Carolyn Villars, Carolyn Winfield, Cindi B. Lemkau, Deborah Stanley, Felisa Lyons, Julie Schlueter, jo griffith, Laura Bisagna, Madeleine Bajracharya, Marilyn Fromherz, Mia Bloom, Phyllis Binkley, Rose Hughes, Sherry Kleinman, Stacy Hurt, Suanne Summers, and Terry Waldron (Cut-Loose members)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Art Quilters as Story Tellers

Art Quilters as Story Tellers -presented by The Shannon Center Lobby Gallery, 6760 Painter Ave, Whittier, CA 90601; Exhibition Hours: Mon-Friday 11am - 4pm; Artists Reception: Tuesday, April 20th at 7-9pm and a Gallery Talk at 8pm. The artists are: Cynthia Catlin,  Rose Hughes, Jeanette I. Kelly, Cindy Rinne, Joanell Connolly and Terry Waldron (Cut-Loose members)

Friday, April 02, 2010

Embroidery Lessons

At our April gathering, Cindy Cooksey, taught us a variety of embroidery stitches. Above is one of her hexagon quilts with an assortment of stitches
We all learned at our own pace, some better than others to make a French Knot and other fun stitches
Look at this nice vine
Beautiful stitches...getting the hang of it
Another sampling of stitches
Peggy Calvert wearing an excellent example of embroidery
Anne Copeland is wearing an embroidered jeans jacket shares a collection of mola's

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Funky Canvas Painting Party

Anne Copeland and Cindy Cooksey
Blotting the paint with paper towels left this cool pattern
Cindy Cooksey and Peggy Calvert
The masterpiece is coming together
Here' s the other side
Black accents have been added; then we sliced it up and gave everyone a section to make something out of and bring to the March meeting. Totally fun project!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

12 Connected - Challenge Group

The first challenge for the new challenge group 12 Connected has been revealed. 12 Connected is a group of fiber artists that have banded together to create a series of twelve 11"x17" art quilts over a two year period. The members were to create an 11" x 17" piece fitting the theme “Sanctuary.” Cut-Loose member Anne Copeland belongs to this group, which has members from the US, Canada and Switzerland. Visit to see more of the group's artwork.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tote Tuesday - our donation

The Embellishment Tote - sold for $200 on February 2nd
click this to see bidding info Tote Tuesday information
Everything you need to embellish a quilt with treasures collected by most of the members of the Cut-Loose Quilters!
Inside the hand painted tote by Jamie Fingal, you will find a copy of Jamie's book "Embellished Mini Quilts" signed by her and three other artists - Cindy Cooksey, Stacy Hurt and Terry Waldron.
3 spools of felted trim and 1 spool of large white rick rack for that special piece you are creating!
1 bag of miscellaneous trim and 1 card of 3 trims and lime green sequin trim, oooh la la
2 stackable towers of beads and buttons to take with you wherever you go
6 bags of beads and sequins that an embellisher cannot live without
3 bags of buttons and 1 bag of letter beads, because you have something to say
3 pkgs of rick rack, the happy and perky embellishment
a bundle of trim, more is more
embroidery thread, needles, metallic thread, these always enhance a project
silver metal discs that say "Imagination is's the preview of life's coming attractions"
Not shown in picture, ribbon trim and a zipper, just to be different

The members of Cut-Loose who donated items are Peggy Calvert, Cindy Cooksey, Anne Copeland, Jamie Fingal, Stacy Hurt and Julie Schlueter