Collage of Quilts
Fiber Optix formerly “Contemporary Concepts” An Artists' Group
Fiber Optix Member News
Barb Nepom
Barb Kanaya
Cher Cartwright
Ellin Larimer
Janet Kurjan
Janet Steadman
Julie Drake
Liz Axford
Lorraine Edmond
Louise Harris
Melisse Laing
Nancy Cordry
Pat Hedwall
Sandy Altenberg
Sharon Robinson
Teri Bever

  • We are so sad to have lost our dear Liz Axford after a long battle with cancer on July 30, 2019.

  • Congratulations to Louise Harris whose "Spice Island" not only took First Place in the Abstract Quilt division but also won an Award of Excellence for Piecing in the International Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival 2019. This annual juried exhibition is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum. Louise's piece, along with other award winners, will be on display at the museum, located at 703 South Second Street, La Conner, WA, from October 16 - November 24. Further information, including opening days and hours, can be found on the museum website

  • Julie Drake has a terrific new exhibit at the Sterling Fine Art gallery in Silver City, NM on through November 8. Be sure to check out the beautiful photos of the exhibit along with Julie's great write up and images on her Artist's page on the Sterling website.

  • Barb Kanaya, Julie Drake and Lorraine Edmond all have pieces in the Contemporary Quilt Art Association's latest exhibit, Natural Geometries. The show, running from October 10, 2019 - January 5, 2020, can be seen at the Phyllis Lamphere Gallery of the Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle. Further information can be found on convention center website.

  • WE ARE SO PROUD. Once again we have multiple members whose work has been juried into Quilt National. Barb Nepom, Janet Steadman, and Liz Axford all once again had pieces in this major juried exhibtion, Quilt National 2019. Initially shown at the Dairy Barn during the summer of 2019, sections of the exhibition will subsequently travel. Check out the Dairy Barn website for information about the travelling exhibitions.

  • Ellin Larimer, Louise Harris and Liz Axford all had work selected by Nancy Crow, curator, to be part of Color Improvisations 2. This prestigious European show includes 50 very large quilts representing artists from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Scotland, and Canada. The show, which opened in 2016 in Germany and then travelled to a number of European venues, has now come to North America. The final venue of the exhibit will be the Springfield Museum of Art ( which will display the full 50 pieces from January 4–March 29, 2020. For more information about Color Improvisations 2, visit the CI2 website.

  • Janet Steadman also has exciting news regarding The International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NB. They have accepted 12 of Janet's quilts for their permanent collection. Congratuations Janet on this acknowledgement of your museum quality work.

  • Nancy Cordry has a beautiful new website. Check it out: