Hello from San Jose

Tonight I am writing to you from San Jose, California. I lived here when I was 4 years old! Tomorrow I will be giving my power point lecture on “International Quilt Trends” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. There are still a few tickets left, and you can purchase them on their website.

The last time I was here was to support Yvonne Porcella’s retrospective. Yvonne finally lost her long battle with ovarian cancer, but she is definitely still here in spirit! She was at Sacred Threads too, with the tribute quilts that were made for her. I took a portrait photo of Yvonne which she in turn gave to many of her friends, and now I am seeing that photo made into quilt portraits of Yvonne, which is just so wonderful. It makes me remember her smile and her open heart, on that day I took her photo.

Also you will find several photos of Sacred Thread artists on my personal Facebook page…if you’d like to see some of the beautiful ladies who were at the artists’ reception.

Today I’ve posted photos from Sacred Threads on my photo page. Tomorrow after my lecture, I’ll be at the opening of the Quilt Nihon exhibit (we are also a sponsor of this event, featuring quilts from Japan) and of course I will share photos with you.

We have another big quilt event approaching that always redefines my ideas about quilting trends: the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham UK. This is the biggest annual quilt event in Europe, and I am always so excited to go see what all the European quilters are up to! I’ve been watching the Modern Quilt movement slowly building momentum there, so it is so interesting to see how all the trends, world events, and design influences come out in these big exhibits. That is in a couple weeks, and yes I will be there with my camera.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Poppy Picnic

Does this remind you of Picnics with Grandma, or the Wizard of Oz? (Poppies and Plaid)

Either way, this is such a fun combination of vintage sweetness and contemporary ZING!
Our exclusive eQuilter FREE Quilt Pattern has oversized super-detailed Red Poppies, with an oversized Red and White pieced Picnic Plaid…you just might feel like Alice in Wonderland!

We start with the glorious framed Red Poppies, then add the pieced checks made from Hoffman Hand-Dyes. Add more allover Poppies in the border, and you’ve got a great 60″ x 60″ quilt for picnics in your own fantasy landscape.

… from the ‘Poppies’ collection by Elizabeth’s Studio.

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Creative Nudge – Blue Horse Medicine

This week I want to feature another one of my favorite quilts from the quilt festival in Canada last month. In the center of this collage is a photo of “Blue Horse Medicine” by Vanecea Greene who is from Calgary.

This was a very large quilt made of hundreds (thousands?) of tiny postage stamp-sized squares, creating the impression of a giant mosaic. It was absolutely stunning … a real show-stopper in the exhibit.

Vanecea created this as a tribute to the First Nation (Native American) artist Dale Auger, who was born a Sakaw Cree from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta, Canada. It is an interpretation of his painting “Blue Horse Medicine” and Vanecea was careful to note on her artist statement that she has letters giving permission to use his image of his painting.

This is very important to note that any time a quilter uses another artist’s or photographer’s work as a source image, credit must be given and permission must be obtained.

You can see photos of this quilt, and other quilts from the quilt festival in Toronto, in the Canada photo album on my photo pages.

If you live in the Bay Area (California) I do hope you can come to my power point lecture “International Quilt Trends” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles this Sunday at 2 pm. Right now I am busy adding photos of Sacred Threads quilts to the 200+ plus images!

Tickets are available online now. I will stay for the opening reception of Quilt Nihon, following the lecture…so please stay for the party! (We are sponsoring this exhibit of Japanese quilts.)

I also hope to see many of our eQuilter friends at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham… I’ll be hosting a bus to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Saturday August 12.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

* The fabrics framing the quilt in the collage above, are all available in our Southwest category.

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Travel Calendar:
July 28 – Aug 1 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture (7/30) at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Aug 9-14 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour – Limited Spaces
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Pattern – Hummingbirds in Style

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern celebrates the delicate beauty and brilliant plumage of the Hummingbird, set in Floral vignettes with the delicate style of Botanic Illustrations.

Nineteenth Century Naturalists were fascinated with the beauty and the science of the Aviary world, and sought to preserve their observations with exquisitely detailed drawings and paintings.

It is obvious that this collection is inspired by those Naturalists, and this 63″ x 63″ quilt is an homage to those early explorers who chased these tiny jewel-like birds, hoping for a glimpse of
their shimmering feathers among the blossoms full of nectar.

… from the ‘Hummingbirds in Style’ collection by Audrey Jeanne Roberts for Elizabeth’s Studio.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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Bark Cloth Makes a Comeback

This week we restocked our Bark Cloth department, which has been empty for many years, but now our suppliers are offering this vintage textured cloth again and I am thrilled! The origins of this type of fabric are actually from the bark of trees, but now it has a pebble-like texture that mimics the texture of bark.

Bark Cloth was very popular in the Fifties and Sixties, with motifs ranging from The Atomic Age to Tropical Florals and Foliage. TV shows like Mad Men helped to rekindle the popularity of these fabrics, and now another generation is rediscovering Bark Cloth for Home Dec and Fashion Sewing.

Today I picked my first tomato from my garden, which is always a celebration! I plant more basil every year but it is never enough. Sunday I am going to the screening of the Bollywood classic ‘Devdas’ ….lots of fantastic singing and dancing…costumes, colors and FABRIC! If it is playing on the big screen in your area, I urge you to go!

Photos of Sacred Threads quilts will be included in my power point presentation “International Quilt Trends” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on July 30. Hope to see you there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Animal Reign

This week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern features this incredible digital panel with a peaceful gathering of endangered species. Wildlife lovers will appreciate this beautiful detailed artwork, which we’ve framed with animal vignettes set on point, and more animal portraits set in corner blocks. And young children will enjoy finding & naming their favorite wildlife friends.

You’ll find lovely cloud fabric and a Hoffman Hand-Dye used for the tonal sashing and border design.

The 69″ x 62″ finished quilt will make a striking wallhanging, and your little animal lover may enjoy this as a playmat, crib quilt, or lap quilt.

… from the ‘Animal Reign’ collection by Darrell Bush for Elizabeth’s Studio.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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Creative Nudge – Sacred Threads – Sacred Big Cats

Tonight I am back home in Colorado, after a whirlwind trip to the Washington DC area for the Sacred Threads exhibit, and the Not Fade Away conference.

Sacred Threads is a place for quilts about spirituality, peace, grief, joy, healing, peace and brotherhood. We have been a corporate sponsor for Sacred Threads since 2003.

Not Fade Away is about documenting and labeling your quilts, and saving the stories of our quilts for future generations. The Quilt Alliance is a non-profit that saves, records, archives and shares the stories of thousands of quilts. (60K quilts documented, 1500 stories saved.)

I’d like to feature this quilt from the Sacred Threads exhibit, by Gerrie Lynne Thompson. It is a closeup view of a watchful White Tiger, which is considered a powerful sacred symbol in the Korean culture.

The artists asks “Is he aware that both is species and his habitat are endangered?”

I’ve set this stunning tiger closeup with other Big Cat panels that we carry, for those of you who are also concerned about the serious threats to all of the iconic Big Cats.

I also took an extra day and a half to visit 2 very intense museums in Washington DC: The Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the new National Museum of African American History. I got my tickets way in advance online, and spent about 4 hours at each museum. I wish every American could experience the stories that are told in these museums. Both museums were packed, but the crowds were somber, quiet and respectful.

I also visited the Washington DC headquarters of one of our charity program recipients – the Ocean Conservancy. They recently ran a very nice article about our charity program, in their online and printed newsletters. We had a very serious conversation about the damage being done to the oceans and their inhabitants, and I renewed our commitment to supporting the important work being done by this organization. They said to tell you all “Thanks!”

Ocean Conservancy is one of the 7 organizations listed when you check out, and 2% of all orders go to the charity of your choice from this list.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
July 28 – Aug 1 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture (7/30) at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Aug 9-14 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Oct 1-11 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at New Zealand Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour – Limited Spaces
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Pattern – Country Christmas

This week’s free Quilt Pattern features Elizabeth’s Studio’s Country Christmas Panel & allover coordinate, capturing the snowy magic of Christmas on a glowing countryside evening.

Delightful Christmas scenes are fussy-cut to feature churches, cabins, bridges, snowmen and reindeer, and are surrounded by glistening snowflake blocks with a delicate white on white background.

Your enchanting 49″ x 49″ quilt design makes a great wall hanging or lap quilt, perfect for snuggling on those special holiday evenings. Enjoy!

… from the ‘Country Christmas’ collection by Darrell Bush for Elizabeth’s Studio.

NOTE: We’ve restocked the popular Must Love Dogs pattern, which is featured below.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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Something Old, Something New, Something Sassy

This weekend I am writing to you from just outside Washington DC, where I am attending the Sacred Threads exhibit, and the Not Fade Away conference. Friday I went on the per-conference bus tour. We had a fabulous private white glove quilt show at the DAR Museum, where we all sat around a big table, and several 19th Century quilts were brought out of the archives and unfolded on the table. There were many appreciative oohs and aaahs.

Then we went to an architectural office to see Valerie Goodwin’s quilts hanging in their office gallery. Next we went to the Textile Museum to see their exhibit of “50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair” which was elegant, juicy and sassy. This show is only up until July 23rd and if you are in the area next week, and love fashion, go check it out! I have posted photos from all 3 venues, on my personal Facebook page.

After the bus tour, the artists and sponsors had a reception and private viewing of the Sacred Threads exhibit. Vikki Pignatelli is the founder of Sacred Threads, and in 2009 she handed over the reins to Lisa Ellis who is also currently the president of SAQA. I went back through my records and found that we first sponsored Sacred Threads in 2003, which was only the 2nd show.

This important exhibit features quilts about Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief, Peace and Brotherhood. Quilters express a wide range of emotions in this powerful exhibit. The full show is running through July 23 at a church in Herndon Virginia. I urge you to go see this – it is an experience!

I am super excited to have scored a precious ticket to the African American Museum for Monday!…before I fly home.

Photos of Sacred Threads quilts will be included in my power point presentation “International Quilt Trends” at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on July 30. Hope to see you there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Rose Trellis

We know you just adore Roses. We’ve been saving this gorgeous 78″ x 78″ rose trellis quilt pattern just for you and your Summer rose garden.

This exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern showcases our huge detailed 8″ Roses, set in a trellis of delicate greenery, and immersed in a setting of crisp white butterflies. These wondrous blossoms are bordered with coordinating and colorful allover roses. Dreamy!

Makes a great twin bed quilt or queen topper, or a special gift for someone who needs a hug. So much better than a dozen red roses… this bouquet will last a lifetime!

… from the ‘Designer Florals’ collection by the Rubin Design Studio, designed exclusively for eQuilter.

Order the pattern as configured, or customize it to your liking with any of our thousands of fabrics. Just place your desired fabrics in your Wish List, and these fabrics will appear in the Fabric Selector below the pattern.

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Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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