Paula Golden teaches in Ann Arbor Nov. 17 & 19


Paula Golden and fiber pal at home near Blacksburg, Virginia.

by Linda Theil
October 6, 2017

Fiber artist Paula Golden will speak on the topic of “Color: How to make your quilts sing!” on GAAQG Quilt Day beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2017 at the Morris Lawrence Building, WCC in Ann Arbor.

Golden will also teach two, one-day (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) classes at the same venue:  “Free and Easy” a liberated approach to quilt making on Nov. 17, 2017, and  “Frolicking” color theory and paper foundation piecing on November 19, 2017. Classes are $60 for GAAQG members ($80 for non-members); register online at

Golden travels from her home in Ellett Valley, one hill over from Blacksburg, Virginia for her first trip to Ann Arbor in November. Her work precedes her, however; three of her quilts: “Branching”, “IBD”, and “Broccoli and Cauliflower” are on permanent display in the BioArtography exhibit at the Brehm Center, University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

“These works [at UM] are part of a group of commissioned quilts by the Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends,” Golden said. “This is a group of ten quilters that I am very proud to be part of. Our Wind Chime: Elements and Seasons will be one of the special exhibits at this year’s International Quilt Association quilt festival Nov. 2-5 in Houston, Texas.”

“Wind Chime: Elements and Seasons” by Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends

Golden is an advocate for the fiber arts in her home state of Virginia. She led a Virginia Consortium of Quilters to publish a quilt history titled Quilts of Virginia 1607 – 1899: The Birth of America Through the Eye of a Needle (Schiffer Books, 2006).

She is also the founder of the Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA), a group that will hang their show titled Neologisms at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival to be held Feb. 22-25, 2018 in Hampton, Virginia.

Golden shared this information about the upcoming show:

I am the founding mother of the Textile Artists of Virginia (TAVA). We are centered in   southwestern Virginia. The group is based on the Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends however, we only meet every other month rather than monthly.  “Neologisms”  is the brainchild of Karin Tauber and myself. It is a design challenge — specific size makes shipping so very much easier — with a topic. Our past challenges: “Huipils”, “Consequence” and “TRANS +” have been featured at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, the Virginia Quilt Museum, and two local museum galleries.

Both of Paula Golden’s classes in Ann Arbor are related to her fascination with color. We asked her to share her thoughts with us.

GAAQG: Could you tell us about your interest in color? 

Golden: Line and texture capture my interest first, even before color. The manner in which texture is created through the change in value and the use of line continues to fascinate me. Are lines straight, curved, not straight? Are they thick, thin, consistent? As fiber artists we have the use of line through our designs (pieced and applique) as well as our quilting lines to emphasize our subject.

GAAQG: What spurred your interest in the study of color?

Golden: I had the good opportunity to be on Jinny Beyer’s Hilton Head Seminar staff for fifteen years. In that time I was exposed to her color theory and grew to appreciate its applications. No matter which book I read on color, no matter whether its focus was garden design, fashion, interior design or quilt making, it comes down to the use of shading. Jinny has had a profound influence on me.

GAAQG: What is it about color that stimulates your creative enthusiasm?

Golden: Color is delicious! The depth and range of colors the eye can see, the meanings of color in different cultures, the history and production of dyes — one of my most favorite things to do is to go to a quilt store and pull colors/fabrics  for a quilt.

GAAQG: What do you hope your students take away from their encounter with your classes?

Golden: I hope that each student takes away the knowledge and confidence that each of us is creative in our own way, and will be able to cherish and nurture that ability. Too often we let [our individual creativity] be eroded by society’s rules.

“Freed Spirits I – Zebras” by Paula Golden


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