Judith Quinn Garnett

Lives & works in Portland, Oregon


My work has explored a diverse range of media, yet I always return to painting for my core inspiration. A few years ago I felt that my paintings were calling for something more. So I cut some unsatisfactory paintings from their frames and began to stitch them with my sewing machine. 

There were plenty of blunders, broken needles, broken machines, as well as tears and fears. But I trusted I would find my way to what I was looking for... to use stitch as a drawing tool, mark making, a way to move to a new level of texture, color and incorporate the geometry I love. 


I still launch every work with a painting of some sort but it’s just a beginning of an adventure of which I can’t fully see the end. Through a cycle of gesture, paint, stitch, pattern and repetition, and the addition of post-consumer waste, this adventure arrives at finished pieces that are far richer a more expansive than I ever expected 5 years ago. 

Selected Exhibitions

Visions Art Museum, Interpretations 2021, October-December 2021

Yellowstone Art Museum, North x Northwest Exhibition: Women’s Work, Summer & Fall 2020

FACE of Fiber in the Rockies; Art Center of Estes Park, Juried Invitational June 12 - July 18 2020 

Habitat: SAQA Oregon Region: touring 2020-2021

Quilts=Art=Quilts 2019, juried by Claire Benn and Petra Fallaux, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York, 
Oct 26, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020 

Interpretations 2019: Rhapsody, Jette Clover, Gloria Loughman, Mary Pal, jurors,
Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA,
October 19 - January 5, 2020


Edge: A Sum Of It’s Parts - Curator, Sharon Bass, Juror, Maria Shell. The Sunderland Gallery is part of the Cathedral Arts Project in Omaha, Nebraska.,
September 8 – October 7, 2019

Quilt National 2017Quilt of Fantastical Things,

European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines, France, September 12 – 15, 2019

International World Poet & Author Challenge Quilt 2019, Invitational, various venues
in Japan, France, and the United States 

Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth, Seven SAQA Pacific Regions, touring 2019-2021


On The Edge - SAQA Oregon Region 

Oregon Historical Society

May 3 - August 15, 2019

Quilt Visions 2018: Connections,
Visions Art Museuem, San Diego, CA - Oxidation - 
Award for Excellence

Quilt National 2017,
Diary Barn Art Center, Athens, Ohio
Quilt of Fantastical Things,


FRCQ Juried Members Portfolio 2018
Online Exhibit, We… and Carbonated

Visions Art Museum, April 2018,
It Matters to Me - Online Exhibit - We…

Front Range Creative Quilter (FRCQ)
Diversity Exhibit - Fall 2017
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado - We...

2017-2019 SAQA Oregon Regional Traveling Exhibit, Bridge - Dimensional Drift

October 2016 - Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA - Day Shift
Invitational exhibit by authors

Wendy Hill & Pat Pease

2016-2017 SAQA Oregon Regional Traveling Exhibit, Blending Poetry & Cloth
- Explorations

Paintings, Prints, and Drawings

March 2011, True Brew Coffee House, acrylic paintings, woodblock prints


March 2009, Haven’s Coffee Shop, 3614 Group, acrylic paintings


Spring 2008, Unitarian Church,3614 Group, woodblock prints


June/July 2007, Starbucks, woodblock prints, paintings


May 2007, “Artists Among Us”; Trinity Cathedral, Group show, woodblock prints


Feb/March 2007, Haven’s Coffee Shop, 3614 Group, woodblock prints & acrylics


November 2006, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3614 Group, woodblock prints


Spring 2005, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 3614 Group, woodblock prints & paintings


November 2005, Haven Coffee Shop, 3614 Group, woodblock prints


June 2005, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 3614 Group, paintings


December 2004, Open Door Studio, 3614 Group, painting


November 2004, Valley Coffee House, paintings and monotypes


February 2004, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 3614 Group, paintings