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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Creative Nudge – Space Fantasy

If you’ve read our newsletter for many years, you know that we are serious Sci-Fi nerds… fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, Dr Who and Guardians of the Galaxy, to name a few. I especially love those futuristic stories that are set in a more evolved society…as Gene Roddenberry imagined. Meeting actual rocket scientists and astronauts at NASA through our association with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has been an absolute thrill.

Did you know that one of our comfort quilt projects was actually discussed on the International Space Station? No kidding! As we gathered and shipped 2500 quilts to earthquake/tsunami victims in Japan, with the help of Mission of Love, one of our NASA EWB friends told an astronaut about our project…as he floated on the ISS. Pretty cool. Later I got a VIP tour of the ISS Mission Control and met the flight director as they monitored the astronauts in space.

All thanks to those of you who support our charity programs…which will hit a total amount raised of $1.5 million in 2018. Together we are doing a lot of good around the world – for children – for the environment – for refugees – for breast cancer research. Thank you.

I am still putting together details about our Love Your Mother quilt challenge for 2018. In fact I’ll be working on that during my trip this week! We have updates on minimum/maximum sizes and submission dates on the contest page now. The main challenge panel is online and in stock NOW.

Are you coming to Sacred Threads/Not Fade Away this weekend? If so I will be speaking at the dinner on Saturday night…hope to see you there!

Did you miss out on my last 2 Polar Bear tours? I have agreed to host another trip in November 2018 with Natural Habitats – the same company organizing my tour to Tanzania for New Years Eve this year.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
July 13-17 – Sacred Threads & Not Fade Away
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 – Must Love Dogs

DOG LOVERS… you know who you are…this week’s Free Quilt Pattern was designed for us, and it is a reminder that we find dogs that we love where ever we go. If you are the person who always stops to pet the dog at the coffee shop, this one’s for YOU.

Purebreds & Mutts, Puppies and Senior Dogs, Big and Small, Furry or Sleek, they all have soulful eyes and wagging tails….and we love them all!

Start with an eye-popping central panel with a happy mob of dogs, add the inner and outer stripes made from a clever dog-stripe design, then add a Hoffman Hand-Dye and a couple cute coordinates, and you have a quick 56″ x 76″ quilt that is sure to bring a smile…and a wag!

… from the ‘Must Love Dogs’ collection by Ginger Oliphant for Studio E Fabrics.

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Our Colorful Tribe of Kindred Souls

You may not realize this, but many of the quilt exhibits around the country, and around the world, are sponsored by eQuilter. The next 3 trips I take will be to quilt shows, where eQuilter has contributed sponsor funds to help support the event.

In a week I will be at the Not Fade Away conference, which is being held in Herndon Virginia on site at the Sacred Threads exhibit. If you are coming to the dinner Saturday night, I’ll be sharing a few words…perhaps a quilt and a story. We are longtime sponsors of the Sacred Threads exhibit, and you can watch for photos that I take at the exhibit.

The end of this month we are sponsoring the Quilt Nihon Exhibit (Japanese Quilts) opening at the San Jose Museum for Quilts & Textiles, and I’ll be giving my power point lecture on “International Quilt Trends on Sunday afternoon July 30, and staying for the opening reception.

A couple weeks after that I’ll be at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham England in the UK, where we are a sponsor of the theater space. I am also hosting a bus load of quilters going to the Royal Shakespeare Theater on Saturday night.

Why? Because we feel it is important to give back to the industry, and to the quilters who buy our fabric and make all those gorgeous incredible quilts. When I walk through the show with my camera, and I look at all the work that has been put into these works of art, I am saying a little “thank you!” to each quilter as I appreciate the quilts, one at a time.

For those of you who support these events in other ways, I also say thank you to you too! If you have never volunteered to help out with a show like this, I can tell you it is a real eye-opening experience. Last year I went to the UN in Geneva a week early, to help hang the Water is Life show. I acquired a whole new skill set and a new appreciation for what it takes to hang a show. It is fascinating.

If you think you don’t know enough to volunteer at a national event, I would say volunteer anyway!…but also look for local or regional events where you can learn the basics if possible. These shows *always* need help from volunteers, and if you show up with no expectations and an eagerness to learn, I guarantee you’ll have fun!

If we all give what we can, together we can support this wonderful art and craft that welcomes us with open arms, and connects us to a tribe of kindred souls with colorful hearts and creative souls.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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