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Congratulations to Quilt National 2015 Artists.

Dairy_BarnThe Dairy Barn Arts Center announced the preliminary list of Quilt National artists yesterday. Take a moment to congratulate those you know and those you hope to know. We are all eager to see the work these fine artists have produced. There are 85 pieces selected from artists located in 32 states and nine countries. The artwork will be shipped to Athens for final consideration for the show.

Quilt National ’15, the nineteenth international juried competition for new, innovative quilts will be on display May 23 – September 7, 2015 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio (USA).

The tough job of choosing the artwork was done by Rosalie Dace, Ann Johnston and Judy Schwender. Read about the judges here.

Quilt TitleFirst NameLast NameLocation
Roadside Constructs 6VirginiaAbramsDE
Tales From a Ghost Town XIIJoanneAlberdaIA
Grandma MaudeMaryArnoldWA
Amarylis SetJillAultMI
Color Form 71GailBaarIL
Summerbeach 2AstridHilger BennettIA
Moonrise StudyBrienneBrownRI
Growing PainsKathyBrownAustralia
Estuary - Anaheim Back BayBonnieBucknamOR
Sky LightElizabethBuschME
Chasms 22BethCarneyNY
Leaf SkeletonMarthaColeCanada
Peering Out of the DarknessShannon M.ConleyOK
Weathering OutCynthiaCorbinWA
Reflection on SpaceRobinCowleyCA
A Coat of Arms for AbbyEllenZak DanforthCO
The Boundless Energy of ChildrenRuthde VosAustralia
Grandmother's Flower Garden IJaneDunnewoldTX
Flock (Red Winged Black Birds)KimEichler-MessmerKS
Imposing The Grid #6PamelaFitzsimonsAustralia
Global ReflectionsCynthia D.FriedmanPA
Rocky TrailRandyFrostNY
Femoral Fracture A FallHelenGeglioIN
A Keeper of Secrets and ParakeetsKateGormanOH
Seasons EndJeanneGrayCO
Autumn AfternoonBarbaraOliver HartmanTX
COSMOS #7ShokoHatanoJapan
HarlequinAna LisaHedstromCA
One Way or AnotherSusannHeymannGermany
Rainy Day Dora Creek #12JudyHooworthAustralia
Colourscape IIngeHueberGermany
The Sunshine of My LifeDorteJensenDenmark
Legislating LoveKathleenKastlesHI
Conflict No. 6 MuggingJudyKirpichMD
SYO #74HarueKonishiJapan
On Her Road toBrigitteKoppGermany
Insomnia, His and HersPaulaKovarikTN
Nocturnus IVJudyLangilleNJ
Hinten VII, OrangeBeatriceLanterSwitzerland
Central Park West Winter VIILindaLevinMA
Spiral DanceJaneLloydNorthern Ireland
he Story Cloth Vol.1-4LorieMcCownVA
CrowdedOlgaNorrisGreat Britain
Cross SectionDianeNunezMI
SOL #1EllenOppenheimerCA
From the Number One TrainJudithPlotnerNY
Open SpacesSandraPoteetCA
Blue VeilKathleenProbstID
Glorious SummerDarenRedmanIN
The Creative HandWenRedmondNH
Roofs of MumbaiJeanRenli JurgensonCA
London-Wish You Were HairPamelaRuBertMO
Movement #71YasukoSaitoJapan
Dog DreamsDinahSargeantCA
Line Dance, Tree Ring Patterns, v. 11Barbara SchneiderIL
Girl in the City With BlueHairKarenSchulzMD
Head 7DianeSeibelsVA
To Agnes Martin with ColorMariaShellAK
The Pie of LifeSusanShieOH
Leaf 2Lou AnnSmithCA
Morning WalkJoanSowadaWY
C5-Red CirconvolutionsCecileTrentiniSwitzerland
Connections #13CarolTriceTX
Ghost Trees #3KarenTunnellGA
Chaos 3KitVincentCanada
Messages from PoseidonCarolWatkinsCO
Red Sun at NightBarbara W.WatlerFL
Fault LineHopeWilmarthTX
Liquid SunsetCharlotteZiebarthCO
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Quilt National ’15 call for entries

QuiltNational_logo_blueThe Dairy Barn Arts Center is pleased to announce the opening of entries to Quilt National ’15. As the Dairy Barn celebrates its 100th birthday, Quilt National begins its 19th biennial exhibition process. Entries for Quilt National ’15 are now being accepted online via the Dairy Barn website (

Quilt National ’15 will be the nineteenth in the series of international juried competitions dedicated to promoting the contemporary quilt by serving as a showcase for NEW work (completed after September 1, 2012) that provides the viewer with an appreciation of the variety of techniques and innovative trends in the medium of layered and stitched fabric. The jurors will select works that represent unique approaches to the medium and demonstrate the breadth and diversity of contemporary expressions. Typically over 1000 entries are received from 500 – 700 different artists. There are over $6000 worth of cash and prizes awarded to exhibiting artists.

This year’s panel of jurors includes:

Rosalie Dace

Rosalie Dace

Rosalie Dace (South Africa) Rosalie is a studio artist who has been embroidering and making quilts since the ’70’s. With a background in art and education, she finds exhibiting, teaching, and judging combine her interests admirably. She has taught, exhibited and judged internationally, and her work is in several private and public collections. While she values the traditions from which our quiltmaking has come, she believes that a quilt should say something about its time and place in history. This, and her awareness of being a South African artist, gives her work its particular character. To learn more about Rosalie go to her website:

Ann Johnston

Ann Johnston

Ann Johnston  (Oregon) Ann learned to sew, and then she learned to dye fabric. In between, she earned a B.A. in literature from Stanford University and taught for the Peace Corps in Peru, where she started her first quilt. In the mid 70s she started dyeing fabric and earned a Master’s degree in geography from the University of Oregon. Ann’s many years of exploration— dyeing and quilting as well as traveling–have led to worldwide friendships, piles of quilts and hand-dyed fabric, numerous exhibitions, six books, and a DVD. Her collectors respect her viewpoint and her students admire her generosity and skill in teaching what she knows. Please find more information on Ann’s web site,

Judy Schwender

Judy Schwender

Judy Schwender (Kentucky) Judy Schwender became a quiltaholic in 1985 the first time she walked into a quilt shop.  In 2006 she obtained her Masters Degree in Textile history with an Emphasis in Quilt Studies and a minor in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She is a current Board Member of the American Quilt Study Group and has presented study centers on fiber identification at their seminars. She has written the block commentary for the New Quilts from an Old Favorite books series published by AQS.  Since 2004 she has been the Curator of Collections and Registrar at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky where she has curated over 34 exhibits.


SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 Deadline for submission of entry materials
OCTOBER 6, 2014 Notice of preliminary acceptance
MAY 22—24, 2015 Opening Weekend Receptions & Awards Ceremony
MAY 23, 2015 Quilt National ’15 opens to the public
SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 Exhibition closes at The Dairy Barn Arts Center

For a full copy of the prospectus, go to the Dairy Barn website at:

The inaugural Quilt National exhibition was featured in 1979. Each biennial exhibition features 85 new, never before seen works by 85 different artists representing many of the 50 United States and numerous other countries. After its full exhibition at The Dairy Barn, the collection is divided into smaller collections and tours to venues across the US and around the world. The Dairy Barn Arts Center features an online gallery shop and Quilt National ’15 will feature a full color printed catalog.

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Special holiday offer: Save $5 on exhibit catalogs

Holiday offer for our readersHoliday Offer: Give the gift of art

Exclusive to readers of, the Dairy Barn is extending a holiday offer of a $5 savings on 2011 and 2013 Quilt National catalog orders.  These beautiful hardcover books will WOW your friends and relatives. Now is your chance to take a closer look at over 150 extraordinary works of art and learn more about the prestigious exhibition.

Type in SAVE5 when you check out and the discount will be applied.

CLICK HERE to order those catalogs now!


These beautiful, full color catalogs are  issued in limited editions, and are collectors items for anyone who admires the artwork of contemporary quilters.  Suitable for anyone interested in contemporary art, quilting or fiber arts.

Hurry, offer ends December 31, 2013.

PS. Thank you for this special offer Dairy Barn!

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Welcome All Quilt National Artists!

QuiltNationallogo_allinoneplaceStarting today, you can find a list of every Quilt National artist included in the Quilt National artist A-Z section of our website.

That’s right!  Every one, from the very beginning — all in one place.

Providing a one-stop-shopping opportunity for anyone interested in the artwork of the Quilt National artists community was our first priority, and now we are well on our way.

Click on the “LEARN ABOUT THE ARTISTS” tab on the menu bar above and have a look for yourself.  The new table contains 745 listings of artists and jurors from every Quilt National exhibition.  In addition, each artist listing shows the names of the Quilts exhibited, and the years they were shown.  Links to artists websites have been included  for every artist who has provided this information to  We are currently reaching out to all Quilt National artists in order to increase the number of websites in the directory listing.

If you are a Quilt National artist with a website that you wish linked in the directory, please let us know by using the website contact form.


How did we do it?

For many years collector Marvin Fletcher has maintained an archive of every artist, every quilt and every award winner associated with Quilt National.  When we contacted him, he generously offered to help us in developing our own sortable table of information.  Kathleen Dawson at the Dairy Barn provided us access to the Dairy Barn website and permission to use the information on

Other website enhancements

Based upon user feedback we have simplified the events calendar to be more readable at a glance.  Changing the calendar format also helps to make the website run faster.  Making the website easy to navigate and pleasant to use has been a design goal from the beginning. After changing the calendar and adding the new, expanded artists table, the site was further optimized to enhance performance and improve search engine rankings.

Up next for the website

The Quilt National Artists Community Gallery is a somewhat ambitious feature for a website run by volunteers.  Still, we want to make a place for every quilt national artist to show their stuff.  We are in the process of designing the gallery feature for the website in such a way that it is simple for an artist to submit their personal gallery page information through an online form, and also make it easy for us to put up individual gallery pages without a lot of manual intervention.  Pretty soon we will be quietly beta testing the galleries on the website.

So check back soon.

Let us know how we are doing.  Leave a comment telling us what you think of the expanded A-Z quilt national artists feature.





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