Creative Nudge – Wild and Free

Last night I returned from New York City, and in reviewing my photos I found I took a lot of pictures of horses! One of the photos is of the massive painting by Rosa Bonheur – “The Horse Fair” – in the Metropolitan Art Museum. A much smaller replica of this hung over our couch when I was a little girl.

The first time I saw this epic painting in person, I was speechless….and breathless! Rosa had to dress like a man to attend the Paris Horse Market to make her sketches for this masterpiece.

In New York it is always a shock to see horses on those hard city streets. The police horses are well cared for…the carriage horses not so much. Tourists flock to the horses to pet them and have selfies taken with the animals.

We know that many of you are Horse Nuts (like me!) because we see all the Horse fabrics that you buy! Is there anything as beautiful as a horse galloping free? Is there anything that smells better than a horse? I think not!

I had a horse as a teenager, and all of our kids have had riding lessons because it’s in our blood. My mom used to ride her horse bareback to school from her family’s farm in Molalla Oregon. I rode my Quarter Horse Paint in the 4-H Barrel Racing at the County Fair.

Last week we watched scenes of horses, dogs and cats being rescued from the floods, and saw people risk their lives to save their beloved horses and pets. For some, their animals are their family. Every life saved is precious.

Friends in New Zealand – I will be attending the WOW show in Wellington Oct 5, and will be giving my lecture at the Symposium in Christchurch on Oct 7. Hope to see you there – tickets to the lecture are limited!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
Oct 1-11 – New Zealand – Intl Quilt Trends lecture at Quilt Symposium – Christchurch
Oct 27 – Nov 2 – Quilt Market & Festival – Houston
Dec 29 2017 – Jan 5 2018 – Tanzania Africa Wildlife Migration Tour
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Pattern – Unicorn Trail Panorama

Your eQuilter Free Pattern this week features beautiful white unicorns in a fantasy garden paradise, filled with brightly colored florals and pairs of doves, swans and butterflies.

The detailed shimmering bridge and distant white castle completes
the shining dream world view of peace and tranquility.

This enchanting 51″ x 65″ wallhanging will be cherished by children and grandchildren everywhere. Bring a special ray of sunshine to your family with this easy to piece panorama of paradise.

… from the ‘Picture This’ collection by Jan Patrik Krasny for 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.

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Weekend in The Big Apple

For our friends in Florida, we hope you are getting your power and water turned on soon. We know several folks affected by the hurricane, and have been in touch with those who had generators. Those who had little or no damage, are out helping their neighbors. I rode out a typhoon (Asian hurricane) with 125 mph winds in 1983 so I have intense empathy for all of you affected by Harvey and Irma!

Tonight I am writing to you from New York City, where I spent the day at ‘Quilters Take Manhattan’ at FIT, in my old stomping grounds – the garment district. One of the highlights was Carolyn Mazloomi interviewing Michael Cummings about his work, for a ‘Go Tell It’ recording that will go to the Library of Congress. (You may recall I did a similar recording for Quilt Alliance, interviewing Jinny Beyer a few years ago.) Several of his quilts were on display and it was fascinating to hear about his evolution as a quilter.

Last night I saw the Broadway musical ‘War Paint’ about Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, played by Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. I highly recommend this show. The costumes and jewelry were fab, and the divas were divine. There was a lot of focus on Color, especially Arden’s trademark Pink!

Thursday I was at the Quilting Arts TV studio, taping 2 segments for next season, with host Susan Brubaker Knapp. We’ll be sure to let you know when those video clips are posted on our video page. I was invited to speak on a couple topics, as a Color and Design expert. What fun!

For now, you can see my 2 recent segments from another PBS show – Fresh Quilting – recently uploaded to our video pages. One is about the value of traveling abroad to international quilt festivals, and the other is about Japanese Quilting and the Tokyo Quilt Festival.

Our oldest son Mason has a new-ish job for a music nonprofit, and his work took him to NYC this weekend too! So lucky me, I get to meet him for dinner here on Sunday. He was born in NYC so that is kind of special.

BERNINA has generously donated a new model machine as first prize for the ‘Love Your Mother’ Quilt Challenge, and now Brewer has donated an EverSewn Sparrow 25 machine for the 2nd prize!

To participate in this challenge you must use 1 of the 3 versions of the challenge panel:
North/South Americas
Australia/New Zealand
Arriving in 3 weeks – AFRICA

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Fantasy Forest

Your exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern combines the gorgeous ‘Fantasy Forest’ collection together with ‘Fantasia’ by artist Chong-A Hwang.

This Dazzling 60″ x 55″ wallhanging invites you to walk through the garden gate, to swirling branches and multicolor florals of the exquisite Tree of Life. Painterly textures give this a bold impressionist quality, with dynamic complementary colors.

… from the ‘Fantasy Forest’ 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.

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Creative Nudge – Teddy Bear Hugs

I had a teddy bear when I was a kid. I bet you did too. When I was scared, I would hide under the covers and clench my bear tightly…and I would feel safe.

Last week I spoke about our disaster relief for Texas. Several days ago Mission of Love and Mayor Tim Kern used our initial flood relief donation to deliver a truck full of supplies to a remote Texas coastal city of Port Aransas that had received no aid whatsoever. That is just the first step.

Now we have the additional, incomprehensible destruction of Irma. In addition, there are fires all over the Western States, which are barely being reported. We see you.

We are going to organize a quilt drive for disaster relief, and the effort will go on for a long time. So go ahead and get started on those comfort quilts. We suggest lap quilts, crib quilts, twin and double quilts, and some queen size quilts. While you work on the quilts, we’ll work on the distribution network with Mission of Love. Many of our vendors are donating money and starting relief projects, so we’ll keep you updated on all of that.

10 days ago I visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary, and this is one of my favorite photos. It is a young Sun Bear taking a dip in the pool, enjoying life. I can’t send you all a teddy bear, so I’ll send you this collage of a bear photo, and bear fabrics. I hope it makes you smile. All of us know someone affected by the hurricanes, floods and fires. We are all thinking about how we can help.

In the meantime I am sending special teddy bear hugs to those of you affected by these events, and we hope you are finding safety, comfort and peace in the next few days.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Travel Calendar:
Sept 14 – Quilting Arts TV – Ohio
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
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

 

 

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Free Pattern – Dream Big Floral

 

Fans of Georgia O’Keeffe have been collecting all the colors of Jeanie’s gorgeous large scale floral panel, and this week’s Free Quilt Pattern gives us an ingenious way to use TWO panels – one as the center of focus and one pieced into a beautiful border.

Currently we have 6 different colors of this digital printed panel, so
you can make this 64″ x 64″ quilt as is, or use your own combination of 2 Dream Big panels. Alternate colors are shown in the selector bar just below the pattern.

We’ve added in 2 colors of Hoffman 1895 Hand-Dyes, so you can play with more colors by dropping them in your Wish List, so they’ll appear in the pattern selector bar. Our online Pattern-Designer makes it easy for you to design your own color and fabric combinations with our patterns!

Currently we have over 370 colors of Hoffman’s 1895 Hand-Dyes, so the possibilities for your customized quilt are endless!

… from the ‘Dream Big’ collection by Jeanie Surnall-Ajero for Hoffman 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.

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When There Are No Words….Pray, Donate & Make Quilts

For those of you facing Hurricane Irma, the Western Fires, or the earthquake aftermath, we are just holding our breath and hoping…praying that you are all safe.

2 days ago Mayor Tim Kerner (Jean Lafitte, LA) drove a truck full of disaster relief supplies all night to get to the devastated coastal community of Port Aransas in Texas, as the first part of our hurricane relief plan with Mission of Love. You may have seen the first photos on our Facebook pages. We funded $3K in supplies for this first delivery, knowing that there is much more to be done for the long recovery.

On our blog, I posted a link to a list of organizations who we trust to take donated funds and put them to work immediately for those most in need in Texas. You can find that list here. It is hard to know where the need will be greatest after this weekend’s latest hurricane, so stay tuned for our Quilt Drive…but right now these folks need disaster relief.

Quilts Inc says that the the show will go on – that Quilt Market and the Quilt Festival are going to happen.

Would you like to make a challenge quilt to express your feelings about what is happening to Mother Earth?

BERNINA has generously donated a new model machine as first prize for the
‘Love Your Mother’ Quilt Challenge, and now Brewer has donated an EverSewn Sparrow 25 machine for the 2nd prize!

To participate in this challenge you must use 1 of the 3 versions of the challenge panel:
North/South Americas
Australia/New Zealand
Arriving in 3 weeks – AFRICA!

Thank you for supporting our charity program, which has raised over $1.4 million for those in need.

I have canceled my visit to the Carter Center in Atlanta this week, but will still be in Ohio for Quilting Arts TV, and in NYC for Quilters Take Manhattan…hope to see many of you there!

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana

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Free Pattern – Caravan

Join the Elephant Caravan with this week’s exclusive eQuilter Free Quilt Pattern, featuring the fascinating artwork of Dan Morris.

These opulent pachyderms are filled with kaleidoscopic designs, set in the colors of Earth and Sky. A parade of elephants marches around the engineered border, taken from a coordinating stripe.

This 62″ x 62″ quilt would make a fabulous wallhanging, but could also be a lap or throw quilt to bring the ambiance of adventure into a special room in your home.

… from the “Caravan’ collection by Dan Morris 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.

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What To Do

Texas flooded, Western Fires, and now Irma approaching. We all know someone who is or will be affected. As quilters our first instinct is to help. Now is the time for us all to give to grassroots organizations that are on the ground giving disaster relief immediately to those most in need. We can try to imagine, but we really have no idea what it is like to face losing everything in a disaster…unless we’ve been through it ourselves.

Most of you know that we’ve supported the work of Mission of Love though many disasters over the years. Maybe you are one of the many people who have donated over 12,000 comfort quilts for those who have lost everything. We thank you for your generosity.

We are not going to put out the call for quilts YET, because the need for immediate disaster relief is so urgent. Do you remember when we supported MOL’s Katrina relief efforts? They found a small community on the coast of Louisiana that had received NO relief supplies from FEMA, Red Cross or any other organization. MOL went in with a truck full of urgently needed food, water and supplies, to help those who were most desperate.

Now the mayor of that little Louisiana town is teaming up with MOL to make the first relief truckload to one of those small coastal communities in Texas that was obliterated. I am wiring the money tomorrow morning to help fill up the truck with the things most urgently needed, and you can help too, by going to the Mission of Love webpage (missionoflove.org) and donating by PayPal.

Kathy Price is already loading up another truck from her warehouse in Ohio, which will make another trip in the near future. Together we will reach out to a community that has not received aid, and then we will go back to help with longterm recovery.

If you are new to eQuilter, you might like to know that 2% of all sales go to our list of charities, plus other relief projects such as this, with an emphasis on children and the environment. We have raised over $1.4 million over the years, and in fact we’ll reach $1.5 m next year….and we thank all of you who have supported our efforts to help those in need.

Previous relief projects and comfort quilt distributions include Guatemala, Moore OK, Hurricane Sandy, and quilts for earthquake, tsunami, also flood and fire victims.

For those of you who are concerned about what is happening to our Mother Earth, consider participating in our Love Your Mother quilt challenge for 2018. BERNINA is contributing a beautiful machine for the first prize of this challenge/contest, and we are negotiating venues for an exhibit.

For those of you facing Western fires, or the approach of Irma, we wish you peace and safety, and we know there is an army of quilters gearing up to make comfort quilts for those who experience disaster and loss.

Many thanks to those of you who support our business and our mission to share with those in need, and special thanks to those of you who have donated additional amounts to these very special organizations who squeeze so much out of every donated dollar.

sharing your Passion for Fabric…
Luana and Paul

 

Travel Calendar:
Sept 12-13 – Carter Center – Atlanta GA
Sept 14 – Quilting Arts TV – Ohio
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
Feb 22-25, 2018 – QuiltCon – Pasadena, California
Nov 14-20, 2018 – POLAR BEAR Tour – Join me in Churchill!

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Free Pattern – Perfectly Vintage

Attention all Wine Connoisseurs, Oenophiles and Wannabe Sommeliers!
This week’s Free Quilt Pattern is for You!

Savor the fine artwork of Dan Morris, in this 51″ x 60″ pieced quilt, featuring beautiful illustrations of wine glasses & bottles, oak barrels & corkscrews, and a variety of grapes.

Whether you dream of vineyards in Napa, Tuscany or some other appellation …this quilt will bring a smile as you swirl that next glass of vino and appreciate the structure of the bouquet…with Dan’s artwork as your backdrop! … Cheers!

… from the ‘Perfectly Vintage’ collection by Dan Morris 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.

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