Here are the quilts for the nineteenth team from the over 320 teams that participated in the International Miniature Quilt Exchange (IMQE). 201 teams submitted their quilts to be a part of the Exhibition in Houston 2018 and we are featuring the 24 teams selected for the first IMQE Exhibition.
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Enjoy the quilts from Team 394 created by Wai Kuen Hon and Mary Schwarzenberger.
Title of Quilt: Qi Pau
Quilter's Name: Wai Kuen Hon
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
When TQS announced the IMQE entry, I was intrigued but also partially hesitant to take part in the exchange. Knowing that I have a busy schedule, I still decided to give it a try, just to see how far I can go. During the time I corresponded with my quilt partner Mary Schwarzenberger via e-mail, we exchanged ideas on the fabric choices and colors to be used for the quilt. Mary even invited me to visit her web page and I was very impressed by her work. Through her work, I can see that Mary is a very dedicated fiber artist and that motivated me to push myself further. For this 20” x 20” batik quilt, I incorporated traditional costume Qi Pau as my design element, as this quilt not only showcase my culture but also my heritage as a Malaysian Chinese. The batik prints are acquired from local batik maker and also from overseas artisan. I quilted along the different prints design from each segment to made it look more interesting. The time consuming part of creating this quilt was my very first attempt at making the frog closure as I had to confined the frog closures within the 1/4” height, for this is the requirement from the organizer. I’m glad to take on this challenge, as I realized my abilities to create is limitless. Thanks to the organizer and the people behind the scenes who made this project possible.
Title of Quilt: Wavelength III
Quilter's Name: Mary Schwarzenberger
Location: Milford, New Jersey, USA
My piece is comprised of 3 layers of hand-dyed silk dupioni. The layers have been sewn and manipulated using a faux chenille technique. The inspiration for this comes from ripples and waves on the ocean, which is a recurring theme in my work. No other setting instills such a calming mood, yet at the same time it also exhilarates. Such seemingly paradoxical emotions occur when all the senses are engaged. As a child, I had to be dragged off the beach! It's very exciting to know that a piece of my work will travel across the globe to Kuala Lumpur in Malasia, an area of the world that I yearn to visit someday to explore culture, people, and local textiles. It would be wonderful if I could visit this country and meet my creative partner! In this exchange I was paired with a woman who shares many traits with me, although she is in another hemisphere. We are both busy people who take time to create art so that we can make our world a better place. I am grateful to have found my passion and since I retired, I am happy to pursue my creative endeavors full time. In 2015 I was diagnosed with cancer and happily it was discovered at an early stage. With fabulous treatment, I am happy to report that I am considered NED (no evidence of disease). With the "Life is Short" lesson driven home by that experience, I am so grateful to be alive! My art has been extremely therapeutic in healing!