Valley Snapshots

Quilt Dots! Round 2

I am very happy to announce that Quilt Dots has created a second collection of Timna Tarr Quilt Dots - sets of 6 and 9 pins and magnets.  I just love this collection. It's very representative of my quilt life - from traditional to pretty modern - but apparently I like to to use the same colors across the board!

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My newest finished piece, "Tied Together", is even represented.

Tied Together

Quilt Dots is giving away patterns, fabrics, and many Quilt Dots products this week. Click here, to enter! You can also read a short interview with me, and then you will know why I took this photo a few days ago.

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A Big Thank You!

I haven't said it recently, but YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! Even with a re-scheduled reception, and a record cold day, you all came out to see my work hang. I really do appreciate you taking the time out of your day to be there. Burnett 6

Thanks to the quilting community for always being supportive and encouraging. Quilt Ladies (and Quilt Guys) are my favorite people.

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Thanks to my friends and neighbors who aren't artists and don't exactly "get it", but they always show up!

Thanks to former co-workers for coming and keeping tabs on me.

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Thanks to those of you who follow my work for coming up and introducing yourself.

Thanks to Henion Bakery for being there to bake cookies when I don't want to.

Thanks to those of you who brought your children so my kid had someone to play with.

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Thanks to The Dress-Ups for rescheduling their band photos so that my husband could attend the reception. And for surprising me by showing up.

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Thanks to my family who help hang quilts, keep tabs on cookie trays, order pizza, and always give me constructive criticism.

Thanks to those people who couldn't attend the reception, but who sent me kind words. 

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Thanks to the Burnett Gallery for allowing me to see my work hung together in a beautiful space. 

(Repeating Patterns is up through January 30 at the Burnett Gallery in the Jones Library in Amherst, MA.)

Plot Twist

I recently read that when life doesn't go as planned, just say to yourself "Plot Twist" and move on.  Due to Storm Hercules, my first Plot Twist of 2014 is a postponement of the Reception for my quilt exhibit "Repeating Patterns". 

Instead of Thursday evening, please join me on Saturday, January 4 from 2-4pm at the Burnett Gallery, Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA.

The quilts will be on display from January 3-30 as planned.

Please email me (timna[at] if you have any questions.

Happy New Year!

Valley Snapshots II


Repeating Patterns

You all are invited to come see a show of my newest work (and one oldie but goodie) in January! When: January 3-30, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, January 2 from 5-8pm

Where: The Burnett Gallery, Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst

Here's a sneak peak of what I am going to hang. It is always a surprise to me how my quilts look when they are hung together. I really love how this stack of quilts looks like I had a grand plan for them to be friendly with one another, but I am not that smart!


(If you need to find me in the next couple of days I will be binding and sewing on sleeves and labels.)

International Quilt Festival 2013, Part 1

As many of you know, I spent last week at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. Festival is the largest quilt show in the country and the most fun quilt show I have ever been to. Women (well, mostly women) fly in from all over the world to see some outstanding quilts and to hang out with "their people". The line of people waiting to get into Preview Night:


I had a couple of quilts in the show. "Mass Maples" was in the judged show. It won an honorable mention in the Traditional Pieced category!

Tarr - Mass MaplesCatena was in the "Celebrate Spring" special exhibit. I love how it was hanging right under those graphic restroom signs. Made it easy to find the quilt.

Catena under signs

I also had a mini quilt in the silent auction to benefit the International Quilt Association. It is made up of leftover scraps from "Valley Snapshots".

Tarr - Snapshopts RevisitedKaren Sievert's quilt, "A Truly Feathered Star" was next to Mass Maples in the show, so Karen and I got to hang out while we stood by our quilts. Karen is a hoot and the quilt is stunning. Hers won Third Place in the Traditional Pieced category.

Sievert - A Truly Feathered StarThe points on the stars are made with prairie points. The quilt is trapuntoed, and although you can't see it in the photo there are 2200 little pearl beads hot fixed onto the top.

When Karen turned the quilt over you could see that she had hot fixed 2200 Swarovski crystals to the back of the quilt. It was a show-stopper!

Sievert - back

While at the show I also did a couple of demonstrations for Open Studios, which were presented by Craftsy. I did a demo last year and had so much fun. This year I did two, one on paper-piecing and one on making circles for your appliqué.

Open StudiosThere were four demos going at once, so you could walk around and learn a lot in a very short period of time. I listened to several demos and learned several little tips and tricks.

My mom took this shot through the window of the back of me. Some of the participants look a bit confused, I hope I was able to clear up their confusion quickly!

Tarr - Open Studios

Tomorrow I will post more photos of some of the quilts I liked, but I will leave you with the part of the show that makes me laugh every year. The husband's lounge. When I took the photo, there was one husband in there in a recliner, with his feet up, reading the newspaper.

Husband's Lounge