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Artist of the Month 2017
February 2017 Artist of the Month
Barb Vlack is internationally known for her expertise at using the Electric Quilt software, produced by The Electric Quilt Company of Bowling Green, Ohio, for designing quilts and their patterns on a computer. She is a popular lecturer and teacher for quilt guilds and international quilt conferences around the United States. She has also taught in Japan. She has authored three books published by The Electric Quilt Company to supplement their software manuals with explanations of creative designing techniques for the program. Her first book was published in 1997. She designs all her quilts with the program before creating them with fabric.
Her award-winning quilts have been exhibited at several quilt shows and conferences in the United States as well as in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Some of these quilts and several quilt designs have been featured in Quilter's Newsletter and Quiltmaker Magazine. In 1998-99, she authored a column about using a computer to design quilts for the Japanese quilting magazine, Patchwork Quilt Tsushin. ln 2006 Barb contributed a project and chapter to Jane Hall's book, The Experts' Guide to Foundation Piecing. ln 2009 Barb was selected as one of the winners of the Rose of Sharon quilt contest and her winning design is featured in the quilt on the cover of The Rose of Sharon Block Book by Sharon Pederson.
Barb initiated ClubEQ as a monthly quilt designing challenge on the Electric Quilt website (http://doyoueq.com/clubeq/), and has been the leader of that challenge for over 15 years. She is thrilled to have been the stimulus for over 10,000 quilts designed by users of the EQ program from around the world. Most recently, Barb is featured in the newest EQ book, Quilt Design, which includes instructions for designing several of the quilts from ClubEQ challenges.
Barb has been a resident of St. Charles since 1972, when she and her (late) husband built their house, where they raised their two sons. Barb became involved with many community activities, especially through the schools her boys attended, Boy Scouts, Rotary lnternational, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and the Prairie Star Quilters Guild.
Barb started quilt making in the mid-70s, during the Bicentennial renewed interest in colonial crafts and expanded her skills beyond the traditional methods and designs. She designs quilts for commissioned work by churches, for special projects and for herself and family. Her techniques for quilt making embrace hand and machine work for appliqué, piecing, and quilting and include traditional as well as innovative approaches to design.
January 2017 Artist of the Month
I have been taking photos ever since I received my first Kodak X-15 Instamatic Camera at the age of 10.
With camera in hand, I was fortunate growing up to have traveled around the U.S. more than most at an early age. Traveling gave me an appreciation for the world around me. I started seeing in a different way, different perspective and appreciating what I saw. As I got older I had the opportunity to travel a little bit overseas which opened up my eyes to other cultures and even more ways of seeing the world.
Capturing these views and perspectives on film at first and now digital and sharing them is my passion. I am finally pursuing this passion and as they say - if you love what you do and do what you love you'll never work a day in your life.
I see the world in photographs and love that my photography helps others to see the world around them in a new and unique way.
March 2017 - Claudia Frost
April 2017 - Gene McCormick
May 2017 - Open
June 2017 - All Things Art Studio
July 2017 - CUSD #303
August 2017 - Open
September 2017 - Robert Dicke
October 2017 - Open
November 2017 - Open
December 2017 - Open