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Sneak Peek:
Silent Auction Art Pieces

These art pieces, created by area artists in response to our Mini-Quilt Inspired Art Challenge, are part of the Common Thread Quilt Fest Silent Auction on September 2 & 3 from 11:00am-4:00pm. Proceeds from the auction support the development of an Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Fund for the greater Clifton-Fine Community.

  • In-person Sneak Peek: Stop by Otto's Abode in Wanakena, NY to see art pieces not visible online. 

  • Online Sneak Peek: See below, check this page for daily updates, and follow us on Facebook to see additional art pieces.

  • Attend our Silent Auction to view ALL twenty plus art pieces created for our event!


# A2202

Pine Trees

Creator:  Bev McKeown

Dimensions: 16 x 16 framed

Medium: Watercolor on Yupo paper

Design:  Four Patch

One of my favorite subjects to paint has become the trees that surround us.  When standing at the base of one of our most popular trees, the Big Pine, I quickly find myself under a canopy of tree tops. I become mesmerized no matter how many times I view it. This painting is a reflection of just that. 


By choosing the four patch design I was able to create one painting and divide it into four blocks for framing.  For a more free flowing and spirited picture, watercolor on Yupo was selected as the medium. This painting is to reflect the importance of our  natural resources.  This piece represents nature as the common thread connecting us all... past, present and future.


# A2209

View From the Lake

Creator: Amy Porter

Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 13 1/2

Medium: Glass, wood, metal

Design:  Nine Patch


I wanted to hew to the challenge parameters and create a design that could be quilted with fabric, but that was unique and not a standard quilt pattern. I chose the nine patch because this is a landscape for which the “rule of thirds” composition guideline is helpful in creating a balanced perspective. Stained glass is typically hung but I chose the “live edge” wood base to resonate with the natural environment depicted by the glass.


This piece represents the natural beauty of the Adirondacks, the geometric composition of many traditional quilt patterns and the artistic beauty of glass as a medium.


Through the Narrows Mini-Quilt

Creator: Kristin V. Rehder

Dimensions: 20x20

Medium: Pigment ink on rag paper, from scanned silver halide film

Design:  Nine Patch


I welcomed the nine-patch construction to celebrate the diversity and beauty of the river in one assembly. Each image comes from the original exhibit of Through the Narrows in 2017 at St. Lawrence University, where the original work is held in the University’s permanent collection of art. This was an opportunity to share the work in a new format. I wanted to try the idea of a quilt in black and white photography, using images familiar to the North Country.


The main influence, besides the theme for this year’s CTQF, was the idea of light and dark in the nine-patch pattern itself. That is an interesting play on light and dark in black and white photography. I wanted to extend that idea by reversing what I saw in the Figure 3 example, where lighter boxes surround the center darker square. I used darker images in the five center squares and lighter in the four corners. Also I used images that are all originally squares shot on 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 film.


My piece symbolizes, for me, my desire to participate in the creative spirit for our community through art and especially through the historic tradition of quilting. Also, I wanted to show how photography and quilting can come together artistically. Always, there is in Through the Narrows a message about the essential quality of the river and the plea to protect and preserve it for future generations.


I’ve loved being part of this Fest! Thank you for the opportunity and the challenge.



Women of Wanakena

Creator:  Kathy Greenwald

Dimensions: 12 x 12

Medium: Mixed media collage (vintage North Country quilt blocks, copies of photos from the Wanakena Historical Association and sewing pins)

Design:  Four Patch


The first residents of Wanakena worked hard, played hard, and had a strong sense of community spirit that endures to the present day. Early quilting was a social and community-building activity that resulted in beautiful, durable “comfort” quilts that were donated to charities or became cherished heirlooms within families. A common thread between the history of Wanakena and the history and art of quilting is “community-building” and that is the theme that inspired this collage.



In the Presence of Trees

Creator: Annette Swartz

Dimensions: 20 x 19 1/2 mounted

Medium: Cotton fabric, thread, Inktense paints and a tree branch from my property

Design:  Nine Patch and Four Patch


This piece was inspired by my fascination with trees, especially their bark. I love the variety of colors and textures you can see in tree bark if you really open your eyes and notice what's there versus what your think is there. I used a disappearing nine patch quilt block construction technique to generate four smaller asymmetrical four patch blocks from forest themed fabric. These float on a thread painted background depicting my stylized closeup view of a grove of birch tree trunks. The tree trunks are quilted and painted with Inktense pencils.

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