Denise's next major events will start with the 2018 International Quilt Festival of Luxemburg May 10 –13, 2018. This Festival is held every other year, with exhibitions spanning four adjacent villages. Denise will be a featured exhibitor and will also teach a four-day Art Quilt Design Intensive at the conclusion of the Festival (the first such major workshop that the Quilt Festival has ever sponsored). The workshop is scheduled for May 15 – 18, 2018. A week later she will teach a two-day Fabric Painting workshop May 26 – 27, 2018 at the DIY Textile School in Amsterdam, after which she will travel to Germany to be a featured exhibitor at the 2018 Patchwork Gilde Deutschland Annual Meeting, June 2 – 3, 2018; she will also teach a two-day Fabric Painting workshop on the same dates. Finally, she will travel back to The Netherlands to be a featured exhibitor June 8 – 10, 2018 at the 2018 Quiltfestival Noord Groningen.

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Here is Denise’s latest quilt – a present to her son Essie and daughter-in-law Leslie, who were married in Scotland (in a magical old medieval castle) and who then honeymooned up North in the Orkney Islands (where the Stones of Stenness are located).

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"Aurora Over the Stones of Stenness" (completed December, 2017)
40" wide x 33" high (102 x 84 cm)

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Denise recently returned from France (September, 2017) where she taught the annual Carrefour Européen du Patchwork (European Patchwork Meeting) Séminar Post Carrefour (Post-Exhibition Workshop), a four-day workshop that highlighted the fabric painting and construction techniques so central to her quilting – especially how to achieve the fabric and quilt top textures, depth of field, shadowing, and perspective that characterize her work.

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Denise was honored to teach this most special of workshops. A wonderful work room, located in a small Alsacian town without significant distractions (other than good food). Lots of light, huge windows, and more than enough room to continue painting (the main focus of Days One and Two) even after bringing out the sewing machines (for Days Three and Four). Participants came from seven different countries, and really bonded; everyone was both sharing and caring, with many – including Denise – often working (very) late into the night – just for the fun of it! Their work was remarkable.

French TV produced a great video of the workshop; a full five minute segment begins at 2:01. It's in French, of course, but somehow that makes it all the better!

After the Séminar Post Carrefour, Denise attended Turin's (Torino, Italy) "Manualmente" Exhibition (Lingotto Fiere), co-sponsored by Quilt Italia, where a comprehensive collection of her quilts was on exhibit. She also taught a one-day Construction Techniques workshop which was great fun, and very well attended – outside teachers tend to be somewhat of a rarity, and the attendees were amazingly eager to learn and absorb everything possible. Denise can’t wait to return.

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In related news, Denise will very likely return to Europe in September to attend this year's 2018 Carrefour Européen du Patchwork Exhibition. This time she will be happily rejoining her 2017 Séminar Post Carrefour students who have continued to stay in touch with one another (they created their own Facebook page), and who have been working with Carrefour management to put together their own exhibit (in a dedicated gallery) of their workshop-initiated quilts. Getting back together and celebrating everyone's hard work (and beautiful quilts) will be a delight.

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"Friary Steps" (completed August, 2017)
40" wide x 34" high (102 x 86 cm)

From the quilt's purchaser: "I can't get over the level of detail on the quilt. It's magical the way it changes in the light, and when viewed at a distance additional light actually seems to emanate from the quilt itself. Up close it's easy to get caught up in the detail and when you step away the dimensionality just pops! Love it!"

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Closer to home, Denise will be giving a number of "local" 2018 Colorado workshops and lectures. Venues will include: Palmer Divide Quiltmakers (Colorado Springs, Colorado); Columbine Quilt Guild (Arvada, Colorado); Front Range Contemporary Quilters (Westminister, Colorado); and Estes Valley Quilt Guild (Estes Park, Colorado). See Workshop and Lecture Schedule for details.

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Further out, Denise is also scheduled to teach a full five-day Art Quilt Design Intensive workshop August 25 - 31, 2019 at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshop (USA). Mark your calendar and join us at this very well known and highly respected US artist retreat and premier art world teaching venue!

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"Cathedral Arch at Glendalough" (completed April, 2017)
38" wide x 50" high (97 x 127 cm)

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Earlier in 2017 Denise attended South Korea’s QFIK 2017 ("Quilt Festival in Korea", April 22 – 24, 2017), sponsored by the CQA (Corea Quilting Association), where as a featured artist she not only exhibited but also taught (a one-day Construction Techniques workshop) and lectured. See photos below. Everyone was so wonderful, welcoming, and friendly; certainly the conference folks, but also – as an example – getting lost after wandering around Seoul and having absolute strangers taking her by-the-hand and getting her to the (correct) subway line. And so many beautiful, small, very thoughtful, hand-made presents and gifts given to Denise by many of the attendees.

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The quality of the art was absolutely top notch. It is a well-established, medium sized show – thus very approachable – and all of the selected work (primarily from Korean quilters) was of the highest quality. The CQA was a great and caring host, and ran a very well managed show. Quilting is alive and thriving in South Korea! Thank-you to all involved.

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Flying back from Seoul, before going home (to Colorado) Denise took a detour to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the 2017 SAQA Annual Conference. Here she is (very jet-lagged) presenting an overview about her approach to quilting and her body of work at the conference’s banquet.

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In both 2016 and 2017 Denise was the subject of multiple feature magazine articles.

Major in-depth articles and photo spreads profiling Denise and her art were published in the January, 2017 editions of Quilt Italia (Association Nazionale di Patchwork), the Italian National Quilt Guild's quarterly magazine, and in Art Quilt Collector (Issue #6), a quarterly SAQA publication (she was a previous SAQA Featured Artist back in May, 2012). Her work was also recently featured in "Stitching Rocks" in the September-October, 2017 edition of Machine Quilting Unlimited (USA).

During the second half of 2016 feature articles were similarly published in four major international quilting and fiber art publications – Burda Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (France and Germany), Magic Patch Magazine (France), Art Quilting Studio Magazine (USA), plus the Corea Quilt Associates (CQA, South Korea) semi-annual national newsletter.

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Art Quilting Studio Magazine
Featured Artist, Summer 2016

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Burda Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
Featured Artist, November 2016

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Magic Patch Magazine
Featured Artist, Sept-Oct 2016

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By the way, for a fun and "historical" (2007) perspective of Denise and her work, take a look at The Quilt on-line video, #106 (subscription required); Denise was one of the very first The Quilt Show guest artists profiled in this now decade-long video series.

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Late in 2016 Denise was a featured artist and instructor at the 2nd Annual 2016 China International Patchwork Invitational Tournament and Patchwork Arts Show, held in Beijing. This is a major new Asian exhibition highlighting both domestic (Chinese) and a select number of international quilt artists. The Chinese love patchwork and quilting (they showed some amazing and innovative quilts, plus some truly astonishing stitch work), and intend to make this show into a major international showcase – they are eager to share their country's fantastic breadth of quilting (the show highlighted work from many of its indigenous regions and peoples), very much want to learn about new techniques and approaches (particularly the innovative use and application of color), wish to meet and interact with other quilters and, in general, want to become mainstream and active members of the growing international quilting and fiber arts family.

In addition to exhibiting and teaching (working with in-country students was one of the highlights of the trip), Denise also joined other invited international attendees – from Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Portugal, and the USA – in jurying the exhibition's multiple quilt competitions.

Befitting its pending importance as a key quilting venue, the exhibition was held at Beijing's International Design Center. Show management were the most cordial and welcoming of hosts, bending over backwards to make the trip truly memorable (as did their wonderful interpreters). Denise was honored to be an early invitee and participant.

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Denise's participation as a featured artist – with ten quilts – at the 22nd European Patchwork Meeting and Exposition (Le Carrefour European du Patchwork), September 14–18, 2016, in Sainte Marie Aux Mines, France, was a fantastic experience and success. This most prestigious of all continental European quilt exhibitions hosts 20,000+ worldwide visitors each year, completely "taking over" three adjacent villages within the Alsace's lovely Val d'Argent. It was both wonderful and overwhelming for Denise to be an invited exhibitor at this most remarkable of fiber art events; the significant positive feedback from the many visitors purposefully seeking out her exhibit was also rather stunning.

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