Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum….Show and Tell Part One

After a very doubtful start I did make it to Colorado for the opening reception of “Male Call: Quilts Made By Men” at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum on Friday night.   After I finished teaching class on Thursday night and got home I checked the weather channel….yikes a blizzard was on the way!  My Flight was scheduled for 7:00 on Friday A.M. out of Detroit.  Flights were being canceled already on Thursday night…will it be mine?  In the very early morning on Friday the flight was still a go so off to Detroit (quite sure the by the time I get there the flight would be canceled).  Well it was not….It was one of the few that made it out….so arrival at the Denver airport and out to pick up the rental car

It was actually much worse than it looks in the picture.  The news in Denver was that this was the worst snow storm in February since 1912!

The Denver airport is not all that close to Golden so it was a scary drive to the hotel with many cars sliding off the road on the way.  But a safe arrival and check in  and I felt a lot better.

look out the window!

The reception started at 5:00 in Downtown Golden

At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

What a great event!  Many of  the Quilters were able to make it.

A bit blurry but here we all are.

There are 39 quilters represented at the show.  So now on to the quilts. (click pictures for enlargement).

Is it self-centered to start with mine? 

Tim Latimer, Lansing, Michigan


see post about the quilt here

Alan R. Tremain,  Wyoming, New South Wales, Australia

Billabong Corroboree

Alan has been making quilts since the mid-1970s.  He manages a successful quilt design studio and sewing school and is the only male Martha Pullen licensed Phaff Heirloom instructor in Australia.

Dan Olfe, Julian, California

Free Fall #5

The digitally-printed wholecloth piece is the last in a series depicting free-falling cloth.

Dan Olfe began making quilts in 1997 after a career as a professor of engineering.  His work has evolved from machine pieced and quilted wall hangings to hand-painted wholecloth to computer-created designs printed directly on cloth.


Carl Rohr, Roan Montana

Blue is Orange and Orange is Blue

The quilt was created from fabric acquired during a men’s round robin quilt project in 2007.  Carl has been quilting for about 14 years.  After retirement, he says, “I found out how important it is to work with my hands and create something tangible.”

Michael Clifford, New Your, New York

Ohio Star (Joan Christian’s Quilt)

Clifford began quilting 30 years ago after finding some antique quilts in need of repair, at a second-hand store. Since then he has made about 60 quilts-each individualized to reflect the recipient’s favorite colors and interests.

Ricky Tims, LaVeta, Colorado


This quilt represents an expansion of Ricky Tim’s passion for freedom and improvisation.  Tims is an internationally known teacher, lecturer, and award-winning quilter, and co-creator and co-host, with Alex Anderson, of The Quilt Show, an online video/web magazine and social network for quilters.

Scott A. Murkin, Asheboro, North Carolina

Kiruto  (sorry Scott I did not get a picture of the full quilt)

Scott exhibits nationally and internationally and has textile artworks in prestigious public and private collections. His quilts have appeared in numerous publications, including American Quilter, Quilters Newsletter, Quiltmaker, Quilting Quarterly and Great American Quilts.  He is a NQA Certified quilt judge who has judges for the American Quilter’s Society, National Quilt Association and International Quilt Association.

Carmon Slater, Evergreen Colorado

Spring Comes to the Prairie

This three-dimensional piece was made especially for this exhibit.  Carmon is both a scientist and an artist.  He has taught in the art and education department at the University of Iowa, served on the American Craft Council, the Ames (Iowa) Civil Rights Task Force, and was a keynote speaker at the New Zealand Crafts Council conference.

Edward Bostick, Brooklyn, New York

Geese in the Log Cabin

Batik scraps were arranged in a barn raising set.  Quilted by Janice Jaminson. 

Edward has been designing and constructing quilts for seven years, and says he quilts to revive and maintain an interest in the art form.  His work celebrates the legacy and culture that Southern African-American women brought to this country when slave women used scraps from sewing the slave master’s clothing to make quilts for their own use.

Jimmy McBride, Brooklyn, New York

M1 V2 (The Crab Nebula)

Jimmy’s Quilts are inspired by images from the Hubble telescope and NASA’s astronomy pictures.  They are machine pieced entirely from thrift-store fabrics.  McBride is a sculptor and painter and discovered quilting as an art form when friends had a baby and he made them a quilt depicting the galaxy.  His quilts have been juried into the AQS show in Paducah and featured in Quilter’s Home magazine.

Brian Clements, Wray, Colorado

Lone Star

Brian has been quilting for over 20 years. For the past four years, he has been quilting on his Gammill for other quilters and enjoys the opportunity to work on a variety of styles. Some of his work has been showcased in the book Sweetwater’s Simple Home.

D. M. Sanford, Denver Colorado

The Falling Stars Burned Up MY Dreams and Set Me Free

Inspired by the quilts of Gee’s Bend, this quilt is made from wool jacket fabric.

Fascinated with sociology, anthropology, and archaeology he says “The concepts of ancient trends through modern times and the reassembly of broken objects informs a lot of my work.”

M. Mueller, Boone, North Carolina

Dropcloth 2011

The paint spatters on the quilt are intentional.  The artist prefers to use solid fabrics so as not to incorporate other people’s designs into his work.  Mueller began quilting in the early 2000’s.  He was encouraged to enter three quilts in a juried show, and all were selected.  The juror was Joe Cunningham, who included Mueller’s work in his book Men and the Art of Quiltmaking.

Steve Bowley, Denver, Colorado

Point Well Taken

Point well taken was made for a guild challenge to use only stash fabrics.  Steve started quilting in 1990 after buying a used Singer machine for $15 at a church bazar.  Originally from Newport, Rhode Island, he is a classroom teacher and school Librarian.

George Smith, Silver City, New Mexico

Blend Up Your Shakespeare

Pictures of Kelmscott Manor, the home of William Morris, Inspired this quilt.  George has been around the creative industries his entire life.  The 50-year span started with sweeping the floors of his mother’s craft store and ended as vice-president of creative development for a major paint and crafts manufacturer.  Smith was designated craft designer of the year in 1997.  He started quilting upon his retirement 6 years ago.

Gerald Legan, Danville, Indiana

Love those Old Barns

This quilt was made to promote the Kankakee County Barn Quilts project.  Gerald is a retired engineering technician for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  He became interested in quilting while recording television quilting shows for his wife.  Since 2008 he has been involved with the Kankakee County Barn Quilts project, he has created and installed many of the 42 eight-by-eight quilt blocks that are mounted on historic barns in Kankakee county.

Robert A. Scipione, Bedford, New Hampshire

Homage to Marie

The tumbler one-patch pattern was machine pieced from Daiwabo taupe fabrics,

Robert is a retired biochemist and teacher.  He began quilting while trying to help his wife re-learn manual skills after she suffered a heart attack and two strokes.  Sadly Mrs. Scipione died suddenly during the creation of this piece. It is dedicated to her memory.

Phil D. Jones, Denver, Colorado

Paradigm Shift

The quilt is part of a series inspired by a study of Amish Quilts.  Having learned to sew on his grandmother’s treadle sewing machine when he was five years old, Phil pursued clothing construction starting in his late teens.  His current interest in quilting started in 1990 working on several panels for the NAMES project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Don Beld, Los Angeles, California

Fort Hood Memorial Quilt

The quilt was inspired by the tragedy at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009. Don is a retired health administrator.  He is one of the leading experts on Civil War soldier’s quilts and has reproduced every existing quilt made by the U.S. Sanitary Commission.  He is the founder of the Home of the Brave Quilt Project, which presents replica Civil War  soldier’s quilts to families of fallen heroes from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Next time I will post the remaining quilts…so much more to see!! 

Till then

Happy quilting


21 thoughts on “Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum….Show and Tell Part One

  1. Kristen says:

    Oh Tim, I’m so happy you got there! Such a fabulous experience! And an opportunity to build the Timothy Latimer brand, to get you out in the quilt world to build even more appreciation! Sorry, feeling many exclamation points upon seeing this. Brilliant, just brilliant.

  2. karenfae says:

    I bet you are having a good time! So glad your flight wasn’t cancelled, I hope it wouldn’t be and that you would get there to see your quilt and others hanging – such an honor to be hanging in a museum :)

    • timquilts says:

      It is an honor! had fun for the day I was there….wish I could have spent more time…but work prevents that now…I plan to get back some time….Golden is a very nice place!

  3. Wow, tim! So glad you made it. I’ll get to see the exhibit in person later this month but your post is just like being there! What a wonderful show. So many talented quilt artists! Thanks for posting!

  4. kathie says:

    so happy for you that you were able to go. The snow looks pretty, dangerous I know but it is pretty!
    The quilts are wonderful what an amazing opportunity for you. Enjoy every minute.
    Look forward to hearing more about it and seeing more pictures of course.

  5. Lorid says:

    So glad you made it Tim!! What a wonderful exhibit with such amazing quilts!! Wow! Wow! Wow!

  6. cmosey says:

    So happy that you were able to get there and meet up with some great quilters! Great photos of some super quilts! Looking forward to seeing more! Wish I could have seen them in person!

  7. Sue says:

    Happy you could make it there. What a wonderful display of quilts. This is way cool!

  8. jean says:

    What a great bunch of quilts and a great idea for a show – the men deserve their own venue and spotlight! – thanks for taking time to share with us and Congrats – your piece is terrific! Jean

  9. Naniprints says:

    What a cool exhibit! Were any of Patrick Dorman’s quilts shown?

  10. Marina Lynn says:

    We just came across this post, your wonderful photos and gorgeous quilts. Thank you for sharing this very inspiring collection.


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