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Bio & Resume

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Krishma Patel explores the visual impact of Quilted Texture in her work. She is inspired by the bold use of colors found in Folk Arts from around the world as well as the simple geometric shapes found in Mid Century Modern Art.

Krishma was born in South India, a region famous for it's exquisite textiles. Her mother, an avid dress maker, would hand Krishma scraps of fabrics and silk yarns to play with. By the age of 9 she was able to run a treadle sewing machine on her own. Throughout, her school and college years, she worked on and gathered knowledge of the various local textiles. She excelled in Free Motion Embroidery on the treadle sewing machine. She had not encountered Quilting until much later in life.

By formal education, Krishma has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting & Finance. While she progressed in the careers of Accounting & Finance, she continued to nurture her love for textiles and yarns. A job move for Krishma's husband brought them both to USA. Shopping for house wares in the spring of 2001 she was asked to peek into a room that had a traveling exhibit of award winning quilts on display. She was transfixed by the beauty of these quilted works of Art and there was no looking back.

Today, as a self taught Professional Quilt Artist, Krishma Patel quilts on State of the Art Quilting Machines as well as on the Treadle Sewing Machines. She offers Quilting for Hire services and is also Commissioned by people to make quilts from design to completion to commemorate events, milestones & to enhance interior spaces. She has won many awards for her quilts as well as for her client's quilts. She actively seeks, takes a lead & participates in Community Quilt projects.

Solo Exhibitions
2018 - "Simple Shapes, Bold Color & Texture" a Collection of Modern Quilts by Krishma Patel at The Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
2016 - Cloth & Culture Weekend, Blazing Star Arts Center, Central Jersey Arts Council, Carteret, NJ


Group Exhibitions
2018 - Tickled Pink  with Penny Merkel at Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, PA
2018 - Worldly with Carol Esch at Machine Quilters Exposition, Springfield, IL
2018 - "Earth Speaks", Just Stop at Barron Arts Center, Woodbridge NJ
2018 -  Austin Blue Bird with Carol Mann at Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, Somerset, NJ
2018 - 8 Collaborative Quilts - Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, Somerset, NJ
2018 - Heartfull of Roses, Drums of Fishermen, Modern Pineapple quilts at Present Day Club, Princeton, NJ
2017 - Inspired by Chihuly with Carol Esch, Americian Quilters Society Quilt Show, Paducah, KC
2017 - Heartfull of Roses at Artwalk at Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA
2017 - 4 Collaborative Quilts - Quiltcon, Savannah, GA

2017 - Juxtapose at The Quilt & Sewing Festival of NJ, Somerset, NJ
2017 - Fly Out Of The Box The Terrain is Wide open at Quilt & Sewing Fest of NJ, Somerset, NJ
2016 - 2 Collaborative Quilts, Warwick Valley Quilters Guild, Warwick, NY
2016 - Lawn Diamonds with Sarah Schraw, Quilt Market, Salt Lake City, Utah. 
2016 - The Modern Quilt Guild at The Texas Quilt Museum, Juxtapose at The Texas Quilt Museum, LaGrange, TX
2016 - Just Stop at Quilt Festival of NJ, Somerset, NJ
2016 - The Quilts of North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Festival of NJ, Somerset, NJ
2016 - My Logo Quilt at The Mini Quilts of The Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, Hillsborough Public Library, Hillsborough, NJ. Feb 2016
2015 - Fly Out Of The Box The Terrain is Wide open at Keystone Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Quakertown, PA
2015 - Collaborative Quilt with Carol Esch, Keystone Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Quakertown, PA 
2015 - The Quilts of Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, Loosen Up Bookkeeper & Juxtapose at Pennsylvania National Quilts Extravaganza, Oaks, Pennsylvania
2015 - Modern Quilts of North Jersey Quilt Guild, Loosen Up Bookkeeper & Juxtapose at Garden State Quilters Quilt Show, Morristown, NJ
2015 - Turbulence with Betsy Vinegrad, Garden State Quilters Quilt Show, Morristown, NJ
2015 -, Modern Quilts of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild,  Loosen Up Bookkeeper & Juxtapose at Quilt Festival of NJ, Somerset, NJ
2014 -, Modern Quilts of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, Set in Stone & Broken Logs at Quilt Festival of NJ, Somerset, NJ

News, Press & Publications
2018 - Global Newsletter - Modern Quilt Guild  - "Spotlight" - click here
2018 - Press - Print & Online Article - Home News Tribune, NJ - click here
2018 - Press - Online Article - MONROEnow, NJ - click here
2018 - Press - Online Article - American Towns, NJ - click here
2018 - Book Publication, Modern Quilts of the New Century, pg:189, Lawn Diamonds with Sarah Schraw.
2017 - Magazine Publication, Curated Quilts - Issue 01 pg:35, Mend - with Melanie Tuazon

Awards & Documentation
2018 - First Place - Best Longarm Quilting Track Mounted, Tickled Pink  with Penny Merkel at Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza, Oaks, PA
2018 - Artist of the Year- June 2018, Mayoral Commendation - Borough of Carteret, NJ
2018 - First Place - Best Machine Quilting - Quilt & Sewing Fest of New Jersey, Somerset, NJ
2017 - Artist of the Month - June 2017, Mayoral Commendation - Borough of Carteret, NJ
2017 - First Place - Best Traditional Quilt, Fly Out Of The Box The Terrain is Wide open at Quilt & Sewing Fest of NJ, Somerset, NJ
2016 - Honarable Mention for 2 Collaborative Quilts, Warwick Valley Quilters Guild, Warwick, NY
2016 - Documentation, of social commentary quilt Just Stop, Common Heritage, Uncommon Quilts, NJ Digital Highway & Library of Congress by the Montclair History Center, NJ
2016 - First Place - Cotton & Steel Nationawide Lawn Quilt Challenge Contest - Lawn Diamonds with Sarah Schraw, Quilt Market, Salt Lake City, UT
2015 - Best Machine Quilting - Fly Out Of The Box The Terrain is Wide open at Keystone Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Quakertown, PA
2015 - Second Place - Best Modern Quilt - Fly Out Of The Box The Terrain is Wide open at Keystone Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Quakertown, PA
2015 - Second Place - Team, Small Category - Collaborative Quilt with Carol Esch, Keystone Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Quakertown, PA 
2015 - Honorable Mention - Pieced Quilt, Professionally Quilted - Turbulence with Betsy Vinegrad, Garden State Quilters Quilt Show, Morristown, NJ
2015 - First Place - Fabric Challenge & Competition, Sand Dunes of Tattori, Cascade Fabric for Windham Fabrics, NJ
 
Permanent  Public  Collection
2018 - On Going - Community Teen Project for the Day Care Center of the Family Courts of New Jersey, Brunswick, NJ
2017 - Community Quilt Project - Carteret CommUnity Quilt for The Blazing Star Cultural Arts Center, Township of Carteret, NJ
2016 - Community Teen Project - Summer Splash for Pathways Carteret High School, NJ

Relevant  Experience
2015 - Present, Owner of "Krishma Quilts" - Designing & Quilting Business
2016 - Treasurer, Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild
2014 - Philanthropy Chair Person, Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild

Affiliations
2013 - Present, Member - Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, NJ
2014 - Present, Member - North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild, NJ
2015 - Present, Member - Garden State Quilters Guild, NJ