meet Mel Beach

Mel Beach is a San Jose, CA based quilt artist, teacher and lecturer, who breaks away from tradition by adding her own modern, beautifully textured and colorful twists.  She loves stretching her creativity through her completion of 60+ quilt challenges at the local and international level.  Her quilt challenge entries draw upon her inquisitive nature of asking "What If?", working in a series, comedy improv studies along with her love of nature, photography and sketching. 

Many of her challenge quilts have been exhibited locally, juried into national quilt shows and traveling exhibits, published in books/magazines, earned awards/ribbons and selected as Finalists.   

She is an Aurifil Artisan and a Featured Artist on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims (episode 2112). 

Quilting Awards/Honors

"Sealed With A Kiss" - Finalist in 2018 MQG/Riley Blake Fabric Challenge
"Spinning Stars" - 3rd Place in 2017 Pacific International Quilt Festival Modern Quilt Competition, juried into 2018 Houston IQF, 2017 AQS Spring Paducah
"Technicolor Trellis" -2017 Hoffman Challenge Travel Collection
"Van Gogh's Blues & Hues"-Cherrywood Van Gogh Dutch Exhibit
"RE$I$TAN¢E"-Threads of Resistance Travelling Exhibit
"Peace of Mind"-2nd Place Ribbon in Modern Quilts-Small at 2017 California State Fair
"Thunderstruck"-Finalist in 2017 Riley Blake Creative Rockstar Fabric Challenge
"Lime Light, Star Bright"-Modern Quilt Guild's QuiltCon 2017/Michael Miller Lux Fabric Challenge
"Always Follow Your Heart" - 3rd Place Ribbon in Modern Quilts-Small at 2017 California State Fair and Mancuso's New Modern Quilt Competition
"Orange You Glad I Got the Blues?" - juried into 2018 Houston IQF, Honorable Mention, Pacific International Quilt Festival 2016, 2nd Place Ribbon in Art Quilts-Small Category at 2017 California State Fair and Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association's 2016 "Jazz Impressions" exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
"Butterfly Boxed Sets" -2016 Hoffman Challenge Travel Collection
"Rhythm & Blues" - 1st Place Ribbon in Modern Quilts-Small category at 2017 California State Fair, Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association's 2016 "Jazz Impressions" exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
"CREA-TV" - finalist in the Be Creative! Quilt Challenge
"We Are the Knights Who Love to Quilt" - 2015 Hoffman Challenge Travel Collection
"Wicked & Winding Ways" - finalist in the 2015 WICKED Cherrywood Challenge
"Owl You Need Is Love" - 2014 Hoffman Challenge Travel Collection
"Fields of Quilted Dreams" - finalist in the 2014 American Made Brand "Celebrating Farm to Fabric Challenge"

Published Quilts

"Russian Doll Delight"-RaNae Merrill's Free-Motion Mastery in a Month book, 2016
"Sideways Sine Waves Spirals"-RaNae Merrill's Sideways Spiral Quilts book, 2016
"CREA-TV"-Quilters Newsletter, April/May 2016
"Wicked Windy & Winding Ways"-American Quilter, March 2015

Professional Affiliations

Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association
Modern Quilt Guild
Studio Art Quilt Associates
International Quilt Association
American Quilter's Society
Northern California Quilt Council

Southern California Quilt Council
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

 

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