Last year we were featured in the fall/winter edition of Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler magazine.  I got the call in February, was spoon fed all the info along the way with deadlines (good thing because it's still a blur), had 10 days to cut, piece, quilt & bind the quilt I designed for my article in 10 days -- and oh by the way, if I had time, make it in two colorways.  I shipped it 3 days early on my way to a retreat I held in Kentucky in March. 

We couldn't tell anyone until May after Spring Market.  It was a thrill to keep such a wonderful secret.  It was funny; when they called to tell me I noticed from the caller ID it was BH&G.  I felt sure it was a solicitor who wanted me to carry their magazines.  It was the editor.  She asked if anyone was around.  I told her that I thought that was personal and wanted to know if she was going to talk dirty to me.  I have an open season approach with solicitors.  She giggled and said no but she did have something to tell me.  Well if they were going to tell me, I'd get the first set of editions free, then I was all ears.  As she was talking, my body started buzzing and I zoned the freak out.  I mean I went on a high flying ride to happyland.  From the moment I opened up my shop back in 2002, I always wanted to be a Top Ten Featured Shop.  Oh snap.

 Then in August, she called again but that wasn't unusual because I had been emailing her questions and talking with her on the phone.  This time, it was to tell me she was looking at the cover and it had snowmen and trees on it.  Still not clicking yet, I said that's awesome.  I'm pretty sure she was expecting a larger response than that so went on to say that the hand-dyed wools were so brilliant.  And maybe it was the word "brilliant" that tripped the light fantastic and I squealed.  Yup, I had to put down the phone for a moment and squeal, hoot and holler then put the phone back up to my ear, apologize and asked her to go on.  Although this time, it was like the adults were talking in a Charlie Brown cartoon....wawawaaawaa. 

What was such an incredible honor that I felt I had to share it with Troy.  So, in three weeks time I organized a quilt walk with the theme, Stitched Stories: Stitched Lives.  There were over 250 quilts on display in over 50 locations in downtown Troy.  I paid to show the movie, "How to Make an American Quilt."  I even invited Mayor Mike Beamish to declare the month of September as "Troy Quilts."  Instead, he declared a Proclamation on September 17 as "in the Patch designs day."  He made a presentation here.  I counted the number of independent visitors to Troy who were here JUST for the quilt walk.  There were over 830 people.  There was also a group of women from the Troy HS class of '67 who were drafted into a quilt boot camp by Jane Webb to learn to quilt and make 50 quilts to be given to the boys/families in their graduating class who were in Vietnam.  They make their presentation on their reunion this fall.

Last year's walk was so successful that I'm doing it again.  Yea!!!  This year's theme?  Inspired by Bob Dylan's song, The Times They are a Changin'.  I see change all around from politics to clothing and fabric trends to advancements in technology.  There is more diversity and more choices than I have ever seen before in my life.  These are truly amazing times we live in and I wanted to find ways to express that in art, local culture, community & business relationships.  So this year, in ALL of September you will find quilts on display in windows throughout downtown Troy.  You will be able to walk through town even when stores are not open and see the quilts on display.  There will be much to see and do in Troy during September.  Merchants and visitors dressed in 60's inspired clothes, 60s music playing, Saturday events at the Mayflower Art Center (which is also the old movie theater) including My Fair Lady, a movie about the Grateful Dead PLUS the projects selected for a contest hosted by us and the Mayflower Arts Center.  I'm posting the details below but email me if you'd like it in an email attachment (  Link to the Facebook page for the MyHomeTownQuiltWalk.   Please feel free to share this, gather together a group of friends, charter a bus and come on in!  I'll be expanding hours for the month of September (I know, right?!).  Watch for the meantime: 

International Call for Entry Exhibition
Strata: Explorations of Fixed Dimension Layered Art
Sponsored by in the Patch Designs and the Mayflower Arts Center

EXHIBITION: September 1 - 30, 2017
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, August 5 (6:00pm EST)
Mayflower Arts Center Lobby Gallery
9 West Main Street
Troy, Ohio, 45373
Gallery hours during the exhibition are Wed-Thu 10-2pm; Fri-Sat 10-6pm
Opening Reception & Award Ceremony: Saturday, September 2, 6:00-8:00pm
ART SALE: Saturday, September 30, 5:00-8:00pm

Layer by layer art strips life bare.  – Robert Musil

Strata: Explorations of Fixed Dimension Layered Art is an international call for entry for layered artwork with 12in x 12in (30.48cm x 30.48cm) dimensions. The juried exhibit is being held in conjunction with the annual, month-long Troy Quilt Walk in historic downtown Troy, Ohio. Using the Quilt Walk as inspiration for our exhibition, we are seeking artwork that is 12in x 12in and created using three layers. Although the definition of a quilt is “three layers held together in some form or fashion,” the created artwork does not have to be quilt-based or even fabric-art.

The theme of the 2017 Troy Quilt Walk is 60’s: The Times They Are Changin’, inspired by the famous Bob Dylan song. Submitted artwork showing a general or direct connection to the theme would be preferred.

Submission deadline is August 5 at 11:59pm
Entry Fee: $10.00 (non-refundable) per submission*
*Participants receive a $10 gift certificate from in the Patch

Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

    All 2D and 3D Media accepted (no audio or video files). All works must be delivered ready to install on the gallery wall. Any work not properly prepared will not be included in the exhibit.

    The Mayflower Arts Center is a family-friendly arts center. Work depicting gratuitous nudity, profanity, or obscenities cannot be accepted. If you have a question about the acceptability of your art, please contact us before submitting.
    All entries will be submitted via the Strata exhibition submission form on the Mayflower Arts Center’s website (
    Artists/designers may submit work for a $10 non-refundable entry fee per submission, for a maximum of 3 images per submission. Artwork submitted without payment will not be considered. Participants receive a $10gift certificate from in the Patch
    For 3D work, submit images depicting the work as best you feel are needed. We prefer at least 2 images per work (full view and detail), but if you have 3 works you are submitting, then make sure the single image of each work shows the best angle and details of the work possible.
    For safety reasons, heavy works may not be accepted. If you have any questions about the size or weight of your work fitting in our gallery, please contact us before submitting.
    All artwork must be original and be accompanied by title, medium, dimensions, year of completion, and retail value and an artist statement regarding the submission (the design process, inspiration, etc.)
    Entries will be judged from digital files. Images should be JPEG or PNG format, 72dpi, 800 pixels at their longest side, and include your name in the digital file name.
    Artwork will be juried based on artistic vision, originality, technical execution, and adherence to the theme. 
    Accepted artists/designers will be required to submit a high-resolution photograph of the accepted artwork for use with online and print media for marketing purposes. The artist’s name, website, and information about the work will be displayed alongside the work.
    All artwork must be for sale. The MAYFLOWER ARTS CENTER will take a 30% commission (plus 7% sales tax) from artwork sold during the exhibition.
    You will be notified of the jurors' decisions by email and website posting on Saturday, August 12.
    Exhibiting artists will be required to deliver artwork to the Mayflower Arts Center by no later than August 26. Work shipped must include return postage. No packing peanuts please. Any artwork received after 5:00pm on August 26 may not be included in the exhibit.
    By submitting artwork to Strata you grant the Mayflower Arts Center and the Troy Quilt Walk organizations the right to use and publish images of your artwork for promotional purposes. Artist retains all other rights to the artwork.
    If you have a question about the acceptability of your art, please contact us by email at before submitting.
    Recognition will be awarded to the top three works as selected by the Strata Exhibition Jury.
    Recognition will be awarded for a People’s Choice Award based on votes received by exhibition visitors between September 1-29.

Juried awards are based on technical, creative, and artistic vision. Juror selections will be announced September 2, at the Opening Reception. People’s Choice Awards will be based on votes received by exhibition visitors during September 1-29. The artist with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, and artists receiving the second and third most number of votes will receive Honorable Mention recognition. People’s Choice Awards will be announced at the Closing Reception, September 30.

Phyllis Meiring – Owner of in the Patch designs in Troy, Ohio, and the founder of the My Hometown Quilt Walk.  All roads (professional, educational and personal) led to Phyllis’ passion for color and the role it plays in daily life.  With 18 patterns published in 6 textile related publications, an international wool fabric dyeing company, Phyllis is able to build bridges for creating beyond accepted boundaries and expectations  This year’s theme was inspired by a recognition of cycles of change globally  with a celebration of the necessity of change for the expansion of life on this planet.

Elizabeth Perry – Atelierista at the Overfield School, a Reggio Emilia-inspired community of young learners, in Troy, Ohio. In addition to teaching, she works with classroom teachers to incorporate art into their classrooms as a fundamental part of daily life. She loves the way art inspires children to explore and invent, and helps adults better understand children’s thinking. Perry holds an MLA. She enjoys walking outdoors and observing the incredible patterns and textures of plant life.

Timothy Wells – An artist and educator, Timothy Wells’ art includes photography and installation art. Wells holds an MFA and teaches college classes and public workshops in digital, analog, and alternative process photography. An avid traveler and explorer, Wells enjoys visiting new places to seek and find inspiration and creativity in people, places, and things.

The Mayflower Arts Center provides a community-friendly environment to create art, and enlighten and inspire a deeper appreciation of art among artists and patrons. Located prominently on the vibrant downtown square of Troy, Ohio—in the historic 1928 Mayflower Theater building—the Mayflower Arts Center offers gallery and exhibit spaces, classes and workshops, indie/art films, fine art retail, art lectures, performances and concerts. The Lobby Gallery presents work from local, regional, and national artists throughout the year.

IMPORTANT DATES (all times reflect EST)
July 1 (10am-Noon): Demo Workshop; project design/development, art techniques and media exploration (including quilt and fabric)
July 8 (11am-Noon):  Demo Workshop recap; project design/development
August 5 (6:00pm): Submission Deadline
August 6-11: Adjudication
August 12: Jurying Announcement/Artist Notification
August 26 (6:00pm): Artwork Drop-Off/Delivery Deadline*
August 27-31: Curation/Installation
September 1 - 30: Exhibition Dates*
September 1 - 29: Public Voting*
September 2 (6:00-8:00pm): Opening Reception Strata Art Exhibition & Quilt Walk
September 29 (6:00pm): People’s Choice Public Voting Closes
September 30 (6:00-8:00pm): Closing Reception, People's Choice Award Ceremony
October 1-7: Art Pick-up/Returns*

*Summer (June-August) Gallery Hours are Tue-Thu 10-4:30pm; Fri-Sat 10-6pm
Gallery hours during the exhibition are Wed-Thu 10-2pm; Fri-Sat 10-6pm​ (unless otherwise noted)

Thank you for submitting your work for consideration for STRATA at the MAYFLOWER ARTS CENTER. You may submit up to 3 entries per submission. The $10 non-refundable entry fee per submission includes up to 3 images per submission.

If you have a question about the acceptability of your art, please contact us before submitting at

If you are submitting your entry on paper, you will be required to provide your credit card information at the bottom of this form, so that we may collect payment for the entry fee. Any submissions made without the entry fee payment will not be considered for the exhibit. 

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Strata Submissions may be mailed to:
Mayflower Arts Center
9 West Main Street
Troy, OH 45373

Please note that any submissions received after 11:59pm on August 5 may not be considered.