Quilters for Earth Day

By the time you read this, Earth Day 2017 will be coming to a close, but our love for the beauty of Nature and its wildlife will live on through the quilts we make, and the fabrics we choose. We see that your favorite fabrics have butterflies and bees, flowers and trees, endangered species that live in the water and on the land.

In 1990 I moved from New York City back to Boulder Colorado because it was important to me that my children could grow up near the mountains, so they could have the proximity to the trees and rivers, and the wild things that live there.

Our commitment to this is evident in two of our Charity options when you check out:
Out of the 1.4 million that we’ve raised for charity, 73K has gone to Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and 74K has gone to Ocean Conservancy. About 20K has gone to a mixture of other environmental organizations over the years, including The Cousteau Society, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Wilderness Society, and others.

Last week a friend in the industry told me that he is starting up several beehives in his backyard because he’s been inspired by the things I’ve posted on social media and our newsletters … about how the bees are dying off. That made me so happy, and reminded me that we all have to speak up for the Earth and her inhabitants, for the safety and health of the water and air, so our children can grow up in a world still rich with biodiversity and the deep dense vitality of Mother Nature.

Many thanks to all of you who support our efforts to protect the environment for future generations. In particular I hear from mothers and grandmothers who think about these things as they are making quilts for new babies. We hope these quilts will be passed on to future generations, and we hope that the beautiful Nature and Wildlife images we put into these quilts, will still be there for our grandchildren when they treasure our quilts in the future.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Petal Party

Florals are one of our most popular categories, and
this week’s Exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern is a celebration of the Flower Season!

This breathtaking quilt has detailed blossoms on black backgrounds, with blocks set on point in a charming Trellis design. Dahlias, Tulips and other flowers are featured in this 62″ x 77″ quilt, while coordinating Hoffman Hand-Dyes are used for the sashing and border strips.

Don’t miss out on this spectacular floral design; your Petal Party pattern is waiting for you!

… from the ‘Petal Party’ collection by Chong-A Hwang for Timeless Treasures.

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.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Nudge – For the Love of Van Gogh

It all started with Irving Stone. First I read The Agony and the Ecstasy at 12 years old, and that naturally led me to Lust for Life. (Stone’s biographical novels about Michelangelo, and Van Gogh.)

When I was 15 years old, I sold cookies and ran a fundraiser event to help pay for my exchange trip to Amsterdam and Cologne. That was the first time I saw his work in person – at the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I stood in front of the Sunflowers, and his self portraits, for a long time…and was profoundly affected.

Over 40+ years I’ve pursued seeing his work in person around the world: Starry Night at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the huge Van Gogh gallery at d’Orsay in Paris, the Belvedere in Vienna, Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, portraits and landscapes at the Met in NYC, and the delightful shock of numerous Van Gogh paintings at the Hermitage in St Petersburg. The quiet pleasure of stumbling across his drawings unexpectedly in other museums…and the Dr Who episode with the Church at Auvers.

Several years ago I traveled to Arles where Vincent had a very prolific period. I visited the mental hospital where he stayed, the Night Café, the Drawbridge, and other landmarks that he painted. The collage above is my photo of the Night Café, with the Van Gogh fabrics from Kaufman, plus Sunflower and Starry Sky prints we have in stock now.

The study of Art History has been a very important part of my life, and I’ve tried to share this with my kids. I took Sam to see a very famous self-portrait by Van Gogh, and he stood quietly in front of the painting for a very long time….and was very moved by the experience. It is hard to explain how his paintings affect us, but if you’ve experienced on of his masterpieces…you know.

We have stocked the new Van Gogh collection, including the full range of paintstroke blenders, for those of you who are fellow Vincent fans. You know who you are. Go to the Van Gogh Gallery for more inspiration about this creative genius.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
May 18 – 24 – Saint Louis & NYC
June 13-14 – Quilt Canada Festival in Toronto
June 19-21 – Cleveland – Fresh Quilting
July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Sept 16 – Quilters Take Manhattan
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa
Wildlife Migration Tour – Limited Spaces
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California

 

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Free Pattern – Beach Haven

That walk along the beach is just outside the window, with this week’s Free Quilt Pattern!

An inviting path leads through coastal grasses, down to the breaking waves that reflect a blue sky and puffy white clouds.

The Windowpane Blocks give a three-dimensional feeling, with this very clever use of the main scenic panel, and 4 shades of Hoffman Hand-Dyes. This 42″ x 52″ quilt makes a fantastic wallhanging, bringing a relaxing outside view to the inside of your home…or perhaps a lap quilt in your snug beach cottage.

Listen – you can almost hear the waves breaking on the shore – and the wind whispering through the grass along the dunes.

… from the ‘Beach Haven’ collection by Timeless Treasures.

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.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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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.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Favorite Dog Breeds

This fantastic Dog Breeds quilt is a Double eQuilter Exclusive –
Our own digital printed Dog Breed designs (with your choice of
Small, Medium or Large Breed combination) and an exclusive 55″ x 73″ quilt design.

Click through the 3 different options below to find YOUR favorite dog breed!

Favorite Small Dog Breeds
Favorite Medium Dog Breeds
Favorite Large Dog Breeds

Includes Dog Panel, tossed Dog print, Stonehenge blender and Hoffman Hand-Dyes
for pieced blocks & borders. Woof!

‘Favorite Dog Breeds’ is an exceptionally detailed Designer Digital print,
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.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Nudge – Travel Scrapbook Quilts

One of the things we do as quilters, is to document events in our lives, or the lives of our loved ones. Weddings, graduations, babies, memorial quilts…and Travel Scrapbook quilts!

A Travel Quilt can be based on a special trip that is part of our past (we document it like a scrapbook) or it can be a Fantasy Travel Quilt that helps us pass the time while we anticipate an upcoming epic trip.

We know many of you like to make these types of quilts, because we see you buying fabrics that represent Beach Vacations, Route 66 Road Trips, National Park tours, and trips to faraway places like Europe and Australia.

Sometimes we travel to photograph wildlife in Africa or in the Arctic, sometimes we travel to quilt shows on the other side of the world!

When we come home, we want a memory of where we’ve been, and what we’ve experienced. We love seeing the fabrics you pick out to make these special Travel Quilts!

Over the weekend Sophie, Mason and I attended an Engineers Without Borders event, for the CU student chapter traveling to Nepal for earthquake relief. Their next trip is May 15, and they are enthusiastic about hand-carrying another batch of your donated quilts, to the mountaintop villagers who lost everything in the earthquake 2 years ago.

Please drop off or ship your comfort quilts to eQuilter, to arrive by May 10, to get in on the next trip. As you can see, the last batch was received with deep gratitude.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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2017 Travel Calendar:
May 18 – 24 – Saint Louis & NYC
June 20 – Cleveland OH – Fresh Quilting
July 30 – Intl Quilt Trends lecture – California TBA
Aug 12 – Festival of Quilts, Birmingham UK
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Great Migration – New Years in Africa – Taking Reservations NOW!

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Free Pattern – Artworks Mermaid

Enter the enchanting world of Mermaids with this week’s Free Quilt Pattern, as this mermaid perches on a rock reading…. perhaps the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale “The Little Mermaid”?

Start with a lovely central panel, beautifully detailed in this digital printed scene. Then add blue and aqua tonal scrolls for the pieced border.

This 37″ x 57″ quilt could be a nap quilt, a lap quilt, or a magical wallhanging in a special room. The soothing colors evoke splashing waves, and you can almost hear the seagulls overhead. Perhaps you will hear the mermaid humming her spellbinding song of the ocean…?

… from the ‘Artworks’ collection by Liz Dillon for Quilting Treasures.

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.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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Creative Catalysts

This weekend Sophie and I went to her high school’s production of RENT, which is set in the East Village in New York, during the same time when I lived there. During the years after I left the Garment Industry, I had a business on 10th St and Ave B, next to the Life Café. We had a gallery around the corner on Avenue B. I lived in the first renovated buildings in the neighborhood: first on 10th St next to the Russian/Turkish Bath & Sauna (our shared brick wall was always HOT) and later on 7th and Ave B.

That was back in the 80s when the Punk Scene was flourishing in the East Village. As depicted in RENT, it was also the time that artists we knew were dying of HIV, and many lived as squatters in abandoned buildings. When 250 homeless people were living (and sometimes rioting) in Tompkins Square Park across the street, it was time for me to go.

Boulder was a very tame and safe place and I was happy to return to my home town in 1990. However creativity often flourishes in the most extreme adversity, and those of us who have survived great challenges and gone on to have a creative career….we are forever changed and enriched by those challenges, aren’t we?

I was just reading about the Quiet Room at the Guggenheim Museum, where you can go experience absolute silence for 10 minutes. Then I heard something on the radio about how a certain level of background noise statistically makes people more creative. That could be music, the buzz of a coffee shop, or having colored background noise such as “pink” or “brown” noise. Who knew?

I really enjoy these stories about how tweaking our work environment can stimulate more creativity. Scientists and researchers are motivated to measure and prove these creativity catalysts, because human creativity is so valuable.

What is your reliable way of setting the mood for a creative session?

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Alexandria

This week we are inspired by the flowering of the Egyptian Arts, and the riches of Cleopatra’s era, in our exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern.

Egyptian-themed collections are very Rare, and we’ve combined designs from 2 of our suppliers, to create this exclusive quilt design in a larger 74″ x 74″ bed-sized quilt.

Cool Blue and Turquoise is heavily enriched with luxurious Gold Metallic, and the colors really ‘pop’ with a black background. This gorgeous quilt kit will sell out so if this is the one you’ve been waiting for, jump on it now.

… from the ‘Alexandria’ collection by Chong-A Hwang for Timeless Treasures,
and the ‘Valley of the Kings’ collection by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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.

EQ7 is the leading quilt design software, which is available here at eQuilter.

Click Here for a Video Tutorial of the Free Pattern Designer.
Download Instructions for the pattern at the bottom of the pattern designer page.

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