Susan Leonard

Biography

As a child, my family moved often, uprooting me from the familiar. Small fabric scraps were my talismans, memories carried with me from other places, other times. They emerged as a tradition of quilted holiday squares from family garments, each year a new theme. These evolved into fabric art pieces, and a business beyond family and friends.

Today I help clients by turning their beloved scraps into a lasting art piece. For my own unique art quilts, I continue to work in small squares of finer scraps; silk, woolens, leather. I layer them and finish with bobbin thread in intricate patterns. Joining many squares results in a work of art for exhibition.
Exhibitions

2017   Best of the Valley Quilt Show - Lindsay, CA - April 
           The Texas Quilt Museum - LaGrange, TX - January 

2016   The Rectory Cultural Arts Center - Norcross, GA, November 
           Connected by Stitch, SAQA Regional Show - Juried, The Gallery, Penn College of Technology,                     Williamsport, PA, October 
           Union Church - Berea, KY, July 
           Good Shepard Episcopal Church - Hayesville, NC, May 
           Grace Episcopal Church - Gainesville, GA, April 
           Empire Quilt Fest - Clifton Park, NY , April 
           ArtQuilt Elements - Juried, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, March 
           Fuller Theological Seminary - Pasadena, CA, February 

2015   Central Presbyterian Church - Atlanta, GA, November 
           Flint Festival of Quilts - Flint, MI, September 
           Sacred Threads - Juried, Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA, July

2014   Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church - Invitational, Bryn Mawr, PA, December 
           Artist as Quiltmaker - Juried, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio, May 
           Hang with AQE - Invitational, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, March 

2013   Sacred Threads - Juried, Floris United Methodist Church, Herndon, VA, July

2012   Hang with AQE - Invitational, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, March 

2011   Spring Off the Wall - Invitational, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, March 

2010   Material Goods - Invitational, Old Jewish Community Art Center, Philadelphia, PA, January 

2009   Constructing a City Quilt - Philadelphia, Solo Show, Penn Wynne Library, Wynnewood, PA, May 
           Spring Off the Wall - Invitational, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, March 
           On the Fringe of Fiber - Juried, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, February 
           Fiber Artists: Philadelphia #5 - Juried, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, March 

2008   First Friday, Solo Show - Cloth and Bobbin, Fabric Store, Narberth, PA, May Exhibitions

Awards:

2016   Peoples’ Choice Award, Art Quilt Elements, Wayne, PA, April 

Publications:

2016   Art Quilts International: Abstract & Geometric, by Martha Sielman, December 

Education:

1989   Marymount University, MA, Arlington, VA
1967   Drew University, BA, Madison, NJ

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