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In Memoriam: Yvonne Porcella


Yvonne Porcella, art quilter and colorist extraordinaire, passed away at home in California this year.


Founder of Studio Art Quilt Associates and its first president, former board member of the Quilt Alliance, International Quilt Festival Silver Star Award recipient in 1998, and member of the Quilter's Hall of Fame, Yvonne's work is immediately familiar to any quilter for its vivid hues and bold imagery. A major retrospective of her work was seen in 2014 at Festival/Houston, where she introduced her most recent book, A Memoir—Defining Why.


Yvonne was a Festival faculty member for many years and a supporter of Festival from its beginning.  Festival's first commissioned quilt was a work by Yvonne. She was a dear friend to many of us at Festival, and we will miss her and her bright spirit!

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