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Janet Avery Tells About Quilting as Art

By Siobhan Bryne

Janet Avery
Restaurante Provecho
Sun, Nov 22, 4-6 pm
Ancha de San Antonio 10A

Siobhan Bryne (SB): Janet, we are excited to exhibit your textile pieces at Provecho Cafe del Arte with an opening reception on November 22, people can meet you and enjoy a glass of wine and Joanna’s delicious tapas. The show will continue until December 20.

Tell me, how did you become interested in quilting?

Janet Avery (JA): With book in hand, I made my first quilt at the request of my father about 30 years ago. It was the typical log cabin pattern made with calico fabrics that were so popular at the time. Somehow, that first quilt just didn’t whet my appetite for quilting, and I didn’t make another quilt for over 20 years.

Fast forward to 2007; shortly after retiring to San Miguel and discovering I wasn’t happy sitting around relaxing, I met a group of quilters who invited me to join them. All I had at the time in the way of quilting supplies was an old sewing machine and a few basic tools. That quickly changed as I became more and more involved in my newfound passion. I have since made at least 200 pieces of various sizes from tiny adorned cards to a king-size quilt.

SB: What typifies your quilting?

JA: I’m not sure I have a “typical” style or that I even do the same thing twice very often. I much prefer improvisational piecing rather than using a pattern these days. The challenge of figuring out how to make something from nothing and getting it to all fit together into an interesting arrangement is what appeals to me most. My work has gotten smaller as walls at home have filled up.  Recycling thrifted clothing into these art quilts is part of the adventure.

SB: Where has your work been shown previously?

JA: My work has been exhibited in the three shows of the San Miguel Quilters in 2008, 2011, and 2014, as well as a 2010 holiday show/sale benefiting Jovenes Adelante. I also had an almost-sold-out solo show in 2013 before returning to Dallas for about 18 months. All five of these shows were at the Bordello Gallery. One of my wall hangings was juried into the 2014 DAFA (Dallas Area Fiber Artists) textile show, where it was awarded an Honorable Mention, and another piece won third place in DAFA’s challenge show that year. I’ve done about 15 commissioned pieces, and my work is in private collections all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. You can also see some of my past work on my website:

The opportunity to show new work at Provecho Cafe del Arte is an exciting one. Thank you for inviting me to share my work in your beautiful space!


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