Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Tax Day

Recently I went to this year’s QuiltCon to photograph the quilts. (You can see the quilt photos here) I was so impressed with the exponential uptick in the quality and creativity of the quilts this year, we decided to step up our sponsorship for the show next year. So please mark on your calendars to attend QuiltCon in Pasadena next February, but even more so, please think about making and submitting a quilt and maybe you will win the Show Sponsor Award of $2500 from eQuilter.com.

As a Bernina Ambassador, I am especially interested in the exciting new direction that I see in machine quilting, thanks to the Modern Quilters who are doing incredible things with Longarm AND home-sewing machines. Ruler work is the hot new technique, and as we start to line up our eQuilter class schedule, I am hoping we can get a teacher in to offer this specific technique.

The last time I was in San Jose for an event at the Museum of Quilts & Textiles, it was to sponsor Yvonne Porcella’s retrospective show. Our dear friend Yvonne is no longer with us, but her passion and joy is still inspiring us through the organizations she founded and supported.

Anyway, I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be bringing my Power Point lecture “International Quilt Trends” to the the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, on Sunday July 30 at 2 pm. This is just before the opening reception for the Quilt Nihon exhibit (which eQuilter is sponsoring) so please come for the reception, and stay for the Party.

A reminder that we have another batch of quilts being hand-carried to Nepal by the local CU chapter of Engineers Without Borders. This is going to mountaintop villages that were at the epicenter of the 2 huge earthquakes, where all the structures were destroyed. We have donated an extra 1K to help with their travel expenses, because they are going to build a giant water filter for the village.

If you wish to donate a quilt for Nepal, please drop off or ship so it will be delivered by May 10th. The students depart May 15th.

When you place an order and get to the charity page, and tick off “Where It Is Needed Most”, we use these discretionary funds to help with big projects such as Nepal, and also for EWB/NASA with their orphanage/school project in Maua Kenya, and more recently to fund an airlift and cleft palate surgery trip to Guatemala for Mission of Love. Next week we are sending a lump sum to MOL to help build a foster home on the reservation in Pine Ridge SD. Comfort quilt donations for these foster kids can be sent directly to MOL: call us for the address if you wish to support this effort.

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