Photo credit: Suzanne Zizzi

My interest in making art quilts was jump-started by seeing my dear friend Sara take a variety of patterned fabrics, cut them into pieces and combine them in such an artistic way.  As a life-long sewer (having experienced my first sewing triumph with a skating skirt I made in Girl Scouts), I took to quilting quickly. One of the great thrills with this art form is that my options are as infinite as those of a painter working on canvas -- landscapes, portraits, geometric patterns, abstract impressions, etc.  I enjoy both the deep American roots of traditional quilting and the unlimited possibilities today's art quilts present.  Combining elements of both extremes is great fun, as I often use contemporary fabrics in century-old quilt patterns.

My art quilts have been on display in multiple art shows and quilt shows as well as in national quilt

magazines ("Quilters Newsletter" magazine and "Quiltmaker") over 20 times and in three books (including Ricky Tims' "Kool Kaleidoscopes").

While I have no formal art training, I have taken some wonderful classes over the years. However I know my greatest learning has come in the over 10,000 hours I’ve spent making more than 125 art quilts to date. And it’s exciting to realize that there seems to be no end to this learning curve.

For information on making a purchase or discussing a commission, please contact me at tina@tinacurran.com.

 

ARTISTIC RESUME

Lectures

2017

  • Trunk show at Orange County Quilters Guild
  • "My Design Process: From Concept to Quilt" at Conejo Valley Quilters
  • Trunk show at Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild
  • Trunk show at Camarillo Quilter's Association
  • "My Design Process: From Concept to Quilt" at Quilters by the Sea (Long Beach, CA)
  • "My Design Process: From Concept to Quilt" at the Simi Valley Quilt Guild
  • "My Design Process: From Concept to Quilt" at the El Camino Quilt Guild

2016

  • Trunk show at the Inland Empire Quilters Guild
  • "My Design Process: From Concept to Quilt" at the Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild

2015

  • Trunk show at the Santa Monica Quilt Guild
  • Trunk show at the Olde Towne Quilters Guild of Nipomo (CA) 
  • Trunk show at the Wandering Foot Quilt Guild (Arcadia, CA)

2012

  • Trunk show at the Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild
  • Presentation of “Christmas Flag” at Westside (L.A.) Quilters Guild

 

Workshops

2017

  • "Flag #4" at Orange County Quilters Guild
  • "Flag #2" at Conejo Valley Quilters
  • "Whimsical Garden" at Camarillo Quilter's Association
  • "Whimsical Garden" at Quilters by the Sea (Long Beach, CA)
  • "Whimsical Garden" at the El Camino Quilt Guild

2016

  • "Color Blocks" at the Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild

2015

  • "Log Cabin Heart" at the Olde Towne Quilters Guild of Nipomo (CA) 
  • “Whimsical Garden” at the Wandering Foot Quilt Guild (Arcadia, CA)

2013

  • “Oh Christmas Tree!” at the annual Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show
  • “Whimsical Garden” at the annual Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show

 

Publications

Magazines

  • Quilters Newsletter – August/September 2015 (“Christmas Surprises”)
  • Quiltmaker – Spring 2015 (“Knot: My Block"/"Spectrum”)
  • Quilters Newsletter – August/September 2014  (“First Snow”)
  • Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Scrap Quilts -- April 2014 ("Sara's #6 in Stripes" and "(Who) Ordered Chaos(?)")
  • Quilters Newsletter – December 2013/January 2014 (round up of readers' interpretations of my "Christmas Flag" quilt)
  • Quilters Newsletter – August/September 2013  (“My Christmas Album”)
  • Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Weekend Quilts – Summer 2013 (“Seeing Stars”)
  • Quiltmaker – May/June 2013 (“My Irish Roots are Showing"/"Sweet and Treats”)
  • Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Fat Quarter Quilts – Winter 2012 (“Red & Black Licorice”)
  • Quilters Newsletter – August/September 2012 (“Christmas Flag”)
  • Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Christmas Quilts – Summer 2012 (“Christmas Tree of Life 2”)
  • Quiltmaker: 100 Blocks Volume 4 – Winter 2011 (“Blue Ribbon” block)
  • Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Fat Quarter Quilts – Fall 2011 (“Woven Ribbons”)
  • Quiltmaker: 100 Blocks Volume 3 – Summer 2011 (“Knot: My Block” block)
  • Quilters Newsletter – April/May 2011 (“Whimsical Garden”)
  • Quiltmaker: 100 Blocks Volume 2 – Winter 2010/2011 (“Jessie’s Flag” block)
  • Quilters Newsletter – December 2009/January 2010 (“Dancing Trees”)
  • Quiltmaker – November/December 2009 (“Tree Farm”)
  • Quilters Newsletter – June/July 2009 (“46 Mittens and Only One Matching Pair”)

Books

  • Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks: A Collection of Quilt Blocks from Today's Top Designers  – 2016 ("Jessie's Flag" block, “Knot: My Block” block and “Blue Ribbon” block)
  • 200 Blocks from Quiltmaker Magazine – 2012 ("Jessie's Flag" block)
  • Ricky Tims’ “Kool Kaleidoscopes” – 2010 (“Spring”)

 

Awards and Honors

2015

  • Earned rank of Master Quilter within the Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 1st prize, show theme category for “100 Houses”
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 1st prize, holiday category for “Christmas Surprises”

2014

  • The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution American Heritage Committee Women in the Arts Recognition Award
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 1st prize, holiday category for “First Snow”
  • “My Christmas Album” juried into the American Quilter’s Society’s 2014 AQS QuiltWeek -- Paducah, KY 

2013

  • “Christmas Flag” juried into the American Quilter’s Society’s 2013 AQS QuiltWeek -- Lancaster, PA 

2012

  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 2nd prize, holiday category for “Christmas Flag”
  • “Sheila’s Garden” selected to tour for a year with the International Quilt Festival

2011

  • “Another Whimsical Garden” juried into the Road to California annual quilt show in Ontario, CA (Southern CA’s largest quilt show)
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – Best Use of Color prize for “Another Whimsical Garden”
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 1st prize, holiday category for “Christmas Tree of Life 2”
  • “Another Whimsical Garden” selected to tour for a year with the International Quilt Festival

2010

  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 1st prize, holiday category for “Christmas Tree of Life”

2009

  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 3rd prize, holiday category for “46 Mittens and Only One Matching Pair”
  • Honorary mention at the Spring outdoor art show sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club
  • Work juried into the City of Beverly Hills’ “Affaire in the Garden” outdoor art show

2008

  • “Mixed-Up Color Wheel” juried into the Road to California annual quilt show in Ontario, CA (Southern CA’s largest quilt show)
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild Quilt Show – 1st prize, holiday category for “Dancing Trees”
  • Honorary mention at the Spring outdoor art show sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club
  • “Dancing Trees” and “Flag #3” selected to tour for a year with the International Quilt Festival 

 

Commissions

2016

  • Jennifer Moss: with the client, designed a log cabin quilt that featured images of personal significance

2013

  • Barbara Blangiardi: designed and created a Christmas-themed quilt to complement her collection of Christmas decorations
  • Teri & Saul Caprio: created a customized version of one of my beach umbrella quilts to fit the color scheme and space available in their condo on Kauai
  • Susan Ciccone: as a baby shower activity, had guests decorate squares of fabric with good wishes for a baby on the way then turned the squares into a quilt for the baby
  • Val & Jim Bock: using a photograph of the Chicago skyline taken from the balcony of their condo, made a 40" x 60" art quilt of that skyline for their new home

2011

  • Susan Ciccone: as a baby shower activity, had guests decorate squares of fabric with good wishes for a baby on the way then turned the squares into a quilt for the baby

2010

  • The Sherman Oaks Nursery School: made a quilt of student self-portraits to raise funds at the school’s annual auction

2009

  • Kelly Bernstein Sloan: as a baby shower activity, had guests decorate squares of fabric with good wishes for a baby on the way then turned the squares into a quilt for the baby

2006

  • Dina Elkins: 6’ x 9’ quilt for her stairway landing that tied in to the décor of several rooms near the stairway

2005

  • Janice Gottlieb: memorial quilt using her beloved husband’s silk Tommy Bahama shirts

2004

  • Joy & Ersin Kaspi: 4’ x 4’ quilt to match their living room décor

 

Group Shows and Other Exhibitions

2015

  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club

2014

  • American Quilter’s Society, 2014 AQS QuiltWeek -- Paducah, KY
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • Spring art show sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre (CA) Library
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club

2013

  • American Quilter’s Society, 2013 AQS QuiltWeek -- Lancaster, PA 
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club

2012

  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • International Quilt Festival, "In Full Bloom" touring exhibit -- Houston, Cincinnati, Chicago, Long Beach (CA)
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club

 2011

  • Road to California quilt show -- Ontario, CA
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • International Quilt Festival, "In Full Bloom" touring exhibit -- Houston, Cincinnati, Long Beach (CA)
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club

2010

  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club

2009

  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • Affaire in the Garden outdoor art show -- Beverly Hills, CA
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club

 2008

  • Road to California quilt show -- Ontario, CA
  • Glendale (CA) Quilt Guild's annual quilt show
  • International Quilt Festival, "Country Living Classics" touring  exhibit  -- Houston, Chicago, Long Beach (CA)
  • Spring & fall outdoor art shows sponsored by the Studio City/Sherman Oaks (CA) Rotary Club