Guadalupe Designs

Betty Anne Guadalupe, Long Arm Quilter

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If Marie-Antoinette had exclaimed “Let them bake cake!” instead of “Let them eat cake!” who knows if the French Revolution of the late 18th century would have still occurred. Everyone might have been busy baking…

I took a break from my improvisational art quilt projects today and took at class at the Crooked River Inn Cooking School in Prineville, Oregon, and baked some cakes!


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I thought it would fun to post a different kind of art project! A delicious tasting art project!

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I have an exciting follow up to the 12/26/16 post Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric.

Previously I that my art quilt, Palette of Jeans, was selected to be part of the book Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric (2016) by Martha Sielman. Yesterday I was notified by the author that the book has sold so well is going into its second publication printing; and Palette of Jeans is invited to tour as part of the SAQA sponsored exhibit/show based on this book.

The show will premiere at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October 2017.  In April 2018, it will be of the International Quilt Festival in Chicago.  According to Ms. Sielman (who gave permission for me to share this new on my blog), SAQA is currently in negotiations for the exhibition to travel to several venues in Japan and possibly to a museum in Germany!

I am excited that my improvisational work will be seen at several of the largest quilt shows venues in the U.S. and then go on a world tour!


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In 2012 a group of 14 Oregon artists (experienced art quilters, new art quilters, and long-arm quilters) came together and created 21 art quilts from recycled couture fabric for a collection called Quilting Meets Couture. 

This collection of 21 art quilts were created from silk, wool and linens samples and remnants from couture fabrics from the European textile houses of Ratti, Braghenti, Castellini and D’Este from the 1990s.

I long-arm quilted the majority of the Quilting Meets Couture art quilts. Marilyn Forestell owner of the QuiltWorks Gallery invited the Quilting Meets Couture artists to debut their show. Long-arm quilters Eva Hathaway and Barbara McCown assisted Betty Anne get the collection quilted in time for the debut show at QuiltWorks Gallery in September 2012.

Buck, Border, and Beyond (2012)

Bucks, Borders and Beyond (2012) by Betty Anne Guadalupe. Photographed by Jeremy Koons.

The collection’s next show was thanks to the support of Jean Wells and Ann Richardson of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. They invited the artists of the Quilting Meets Couture collection to show their art quilts in the Sisters Public Library at the 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

After two shows, the collection was gaining momentum and private collectors were making inquires on some of the Quilting Meets Couture art quilts. However the person acting as the collection’s curator at the time, discouraged the artists from selling their art quilts as the plan was to seek sponsor/patronage and turn it into a touring show.

This sponsorship was never obtained by the curator (who was eventually removed from her role as curator); and as none of the artists had experience in curating and obtain sponsorship/patronage for such a show, the Quilting Meets Couture disbanded. Unfortunately this beautiful collection concept died on the vine and did not realize its full potential.

The Quilting Meets Couture page on this website documents the coming together and collaboration of these Oregon artists and to share the images (most photographed by Jeremy Koons) and stories of these art quilts inspired by beautiful and unique Italian silks, linens and wool scraps from the 1990s.

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Several years ago I started piecing a house block from my fabric scrap pile. It became the center block for an improvisational medallion quilt. Over several years I have built from my fabric scraps and the fabric scraps from other quilts the surrounding layers of my medallion.


If you are not familiar with “Medallion Quilts” has a wonderful overview of medallion quilts in their post: What Is a Medallion Quilt? How Are the Quilts Designed?

According to

“Medallion quilt layouts have a central area that often dominates the overall design. Other design elements are sewn around the center, increasing the quilt’s size as new ‘rows’ are added around the center.”

I am still “designing elements to be sewn around the center” and building her medallion. I am slowly working on this piece as improvisational inspiration visits.

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I’ve been busy curating my extensive collection of fabric scraps from the baskets in my studio.

I’ve collected fabrics scraps from my projects and those donated by other quilters for many years. Realizing it was time to curate her scraps, I’ve purged those I will never use (donating them); and using those in my collection to create several recent improvisational art quilts for the Improvisational Textiles Collection.

Here is one in progress:


Just think, all those fabric scraps that would have been destined for the landfill – instead they have been turned into an improvisational art quilt!

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One more quilt to share in series of posts on the older improvisational quilt tops I’ve created that I am finally quilting!

As a professional long-arm quilter, except for special art quilts for shows, in general I put my customers’ quilt tops first; so I am excited to take some time to work on a couple of my own quilt tops.

The quilt below was started in 2003! The sashing in the quilt was on a “free” table at her quilt guild meeting, that no one wanted. Always enjoying a challenge, figured I could do something with that sashing!


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As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Quilting the Improvisations, I am working on quilting a series of her older improvisational quilt tops.

I created many years ago while taking first a class on “Seminole Piecing” and then class on Appliqué; and completed quilting earlier this week.

Much to my quilting class instructor’s surprise, I combined piecing techniques from her prior and current class to create this improvisational quilt (I’ve always been a rebel when it comes to traditional quilt design rules!)

I’ve titled the piece – FINISH! (Of course I might need to put the binding on before she is officially “finished” – ha!)


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In addition to being an improvisational textile artist, I am a long-arm quilter. As a long-arm quilter it seems I spend most of my time on customer quilts. However, during the recent holiday weekend, I worked on quilting my own improvisational quilts!

The next several posts will feature my recently completed projects.


The first piece featured from my holiday weekend/week of quilting my own projects is a 34″ x 45″ piece titled: New Years 2017.
I love the color play. I am naming this piece: ‘New Years 2017’ (although the top was completed in 2014).   It makes me feel so grateful to be alive.
Lots of good things coming for 2017.


 The bright and vibrant palette does seem to evoke a sense of joyous anticipation!