Holiday Fun at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

This past weekend, I helped out with the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles' Holiday Family Fun Day/Open House.  Imagine my delight when I arrived to my holiday tree making station, right next to Maria Shell's fabulous piece!!!

What a fun way of kicking off the holidays!  Museum attendees had the opportunity to participate in some holiday cheer:  making personalized holiday cards, tags, wrapping paper, and tree ornaments!  I really enjoyed watching families gather to participate in some crafty fun.  I couldn't resist joining the fun and whipping up one more sample: a Holiday Palm Tree in honor of San Jose!

Of course, families were also treated to all the fabulous new exhibits including the Excellence in Fibers.

Once I set up my station, I had a chance to explore the exhibit and here are a few of my personal favorites--many of which were adjacent to my activity space so I could admire them all day long!

As I walked into the gallery space, I just admired the stunning color, value and textures of Cecilia's piece, plus I loved the juxtaposition of curves and straight lines, including the faced edge treatment!
Cecilia Koppmann, "Ecdysis"

This radiating design drew me in to discover the reuse of actual bandages in Barron's design!
Beth Barron, "Implosion 4"

I loved the layered circuit designs of Bornemisza's piece.
Eszter Bornemisza, "Urban Links"

From my tree-making station, I could admire Margaret Black's piece that just sparkled and danced.
Margaret Black, "Line Study 18"

In the corner to my right was Lois Schklar's wall installation.  I was mesmerized by how the light cast shadows at different angles as you viewed the piece.
Lois Schklar, "Timeline 3"

I took great delight in Lorna and Jill Watt's "Monster Piles" diplayed on the telephone poles and bicycle rack just outside the museum!  I love the concept of yarn bombing and this one made me smile!!
Lorna and Jill Watt, "Monster Piles"

I hope you get a chance to visit the latest exhibits on display at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles!!


  1. Your little trees are adorable and the kids must have loved making them.
    Thanks for sharing all the photos of the fabulous quilts at the museum.

    1. There may have been just as many (if not more) adults making Holiday trees this year. They were all pretty spectacular and festive. And I hope you get a chance to check out the new exhibits in person--well worth the downtown trip!


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