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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 five years ago. 


I am thrilled beyond measure - Quilting Arts Magazine printed an "Artist Profile" on me written by the very fabulous, Susan Brubaker Knapp. SPRING 2022 pg. 10-14 available on newstands now!!

Selected Exhibitions

10th Annual Juried Exhibit, Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Introspection / Retrospection,

Jurors; Sienna Brown, and Jared Ledesma, Exhibition Dates: March 25 – May 6, 2022

Light the World, (Juried Group SAQA Global Exhibition) Juror, Jan Myers-Newbury

Sep 21, 2021 thru Dec 31, 2024  •  Various venues:

    European Patchwork Meeting, Sainte-Marie-Aux-Mines, France: September 16-19, 2021

    14th International Quilt Show Brno, Czech Republic: April 22-24, 2022

Visions Art Museum, Interpretations 2021, October 2021 - January 2022 - Award for Color Artistry

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

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 Museum, 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

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


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