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Spring, 2014


It’s SPRING in the desert. Arizona artist’s are showing off their talents in exhibits from Carefree to Casa Grande. Don’t miss the fabulous exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden by international glass artist Chihuly until May 18, 2014. Time to get out and enjoy our beautiful weather at craft shows and food festival around the Valley.

The Annual AQG Quilt Show is coming up Friday, March 28h and Saturday, March 29th at the Mesa Convention Center. Don’t miss this colorful display of nearly 400 quilts made by Arizona’s best quilters.. Experience the many styles of quilting today.. from traditional piecing to contemporary compositions and everything in-between. It’s not your Grama’s utilitarian needlework anymore! Please look for my three pieces in the show.. as part of the Maverick’s exhibit, ” Thresholds”- inspired by architectural elements in historic Tempe, and my favorite artist’s doorways.

The Northwest Quilting Expo has requested a special exhibit of 100 quilts representing Arizona quilters for their regional show in Portland this fall. One of my pieces for this collection will be an original landscape I created for the 100 Years-100 Quilts exhibit at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson in 2012. Take a look at “Morning at Wukoki” in the Gallery.
In my latest work- “Pueblo to Pueblo”- Canyon walls filled with Arizona petroglyphs provide a backdrop for a thread-painted Gambel quail that rests on hand-painted pottery in my original southwestern wall hanging. This Southwertsern still life illustrates the extensive trade routes used by ancient artisans of Puebloan cultures across the Colorado plateau. Hours of hand embroidery on the blooming prickly pear cactus create detail in my husband’s latest favorite.

I was thrilled to teach and lecture about the “Art of Landscape” quilting all around our state this past year. From Lake Havasu City to Globe/Miami, I shared my enthusiasm for landscapes in cloth from a quilter’s perspective. Please take a moment to look at the classes that I have designed for quilters of all levels, to find a class that’s right for your quilt group. You could schedule a lecture and a trunk show of my award-winning pictorial quilts. I’d love to come share my excitement about the Art of American quilting with all of you. Just call or e-mail to reserve your date and time.

Thanks for stopping by.
In Stitches, Barb Janson


Impressions In Cloth

Welcome to Impressions In Cloth by Barb Janson

Meet the Artist

The complexity and beauty of Barbara Janson’s work reflects the essence of her heart and her heritage.  Inspired  by nature, Barb’s impressionistic landscapes illustrate the Northwoods of her childhood,  the European country side of her ancestors and the Sonoran desert of her Arizona home.  

Each piece is an original.  Barb says- “I try to capture a moment in time: personal moments with universal understanding.” Visit the wonderful gallery, “Impressions”, to experience landscapes from a quilter’s perspective. 

Her love of history and a deep respect for ancient cultures,  spawned  Barb’s first series as an art quilter in 2004. Look at the gallery “Under African Skies” to find bright, ethnic patterns and symbolic motifs inspired by the breathtaking  images and unique iconography that is Africa.


As an artist, Barb applies the rules of good design she learned as a watercolorist and acrylic painter, to her favorite hard-edge medium- Fabric.

 This award-winning art quilter offers classes and workshops that teach students to Think like a painter, Create with cloth”.  Barb shares her passion for the ART of quilting through insightful lessons on aerial and linear perspective and using the seven-step value scale to achieve depth. As an experienced art teacher and lecturer, Barb still loves that “light-bulb” instant when a student sees what is possible.  To schedule a class or workshop for your quilt group,  quilt shop or quilt guild,  E-mail  Barb at ImpressionsInCloth@aol.com or just call her at 602-527-2786. 

To learn more about Impressions in Cloth or to purchase an original art quilt by Barbara Janson:

Visit her ETSY shop: Impressions In Cloth.





















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