This last week I've been very distracted looking at all the fabulous masks and costumes at Carnivale in Venice. You may recall that in September I gave 2 presentations at the US Embassy in Rome, thanks to my American friend Susan Fiorentino who was the curator of the quilt show there. I was extended an invitation to go to Carnivale in Feb 2014 - to dress up in period costume and go to private events with some residents of Venezia. Now that the 2013 holiday is past, Carnivale 2014 seems like more of a reality! Very exciting!
I am also rummaging through my files of photos from the Tokyo Quilt Festival, and I wanted to share another viruoso quilt that is a mixture of piecing with vintage silks, and intricate appliqued dots. This large octopus quilt was very eye-catching at the show: it was impossible to walk by without gasping!
One thing that always catches one's eye at this show are the incredible quilts with hundreds of appliqued circles and dots. I met one award-winning quilter whose spiral quilt design had over 2000 appliqued dots! The mind boggles... but the quilt is exquisite.
Do you remember in August 2011 when I did a video at the Birmingham show of the Tentmakers of Cairo? There is a fundraiser for a documentary about these amazing men and their beautiful applique work in Cairo, but time for fundraising is running out. This documentary will
bring their work to a much bigger audience and, for one of the higher donation levels, gives you an opportunity to own a small sample of their
intricate applique work.
You may have read about my Color Marketing Group conferences, and wished that you could go. Guess what? There are several regional CMG ChromaZone meetings coming up - the Denver-area ChromaZone is March 8 at the Hunter Douglas campus in Broomfield, and you don't have to be a member to attend. However you DO have to prepare a color forecast presentation with color swatches, for this working color-forecasting workshop.
A reminder that I will be giving a power point presentation on Modern Color Trends at QuiltCon - this Sun Feb 24, at 11 am at the Austin Convention Center.