After traveling to 2 quilt shows in 2 countries, (Quilt Canada, and Quilt National/Dairy Barn) and seeing 25,000 fabric designs at Quilt Market, my brain has been totally saturated with Color over the last few weeks! Watch for quilt photos from Canada being uploaded this weekend.
I am happy to be home for awhile, even though there is a weedy patch in my back yard that should have been rototilled for a vegetable garden by now. Happy June!
I've been thinking about the space between Modern Quilts and Contemporary/Art Quilts. In this world that we live in today, where everything and almost everyone seems to be so polarized, I habitually and almost compulsively look for the space in the middle, when 2 sides are potentially polarized.
Remember 20 years ago when the traditional patchwork quilters often were polarized with the fledgling art quilt movement? (people used to argue endlessly online about the definition of a quilt.) Today, sometimes the modern quilters seem to be at odds with contemporary quilters.
But there is a very beautiful and attractive space in the middle, that is slowly being populated by very talented and clever quilters. Whether they like to call themselves artists or designers (or both!) doesn't really matter. What I find fascinating is that it is a fertile hot ground for a whole new genre or school of quilting creativity. Watch that space.
OKLAHOMA TORNADO QUILTS -
Kathy Price (Mission of Love) and I are trying to figure out if we will have enough quilts and money for relief supplies by June 20, in time for our projected June 27 distribution date in Oklahoma. We want to maximize this truckload, so if you or your quilt group are planning to send us quilt(s) for this effort by June 20, would you drop us an email at service@eQuilter.com and let us know your plans... so we can confirm our dates?
Hurricane Sandy Quilts -
This quilt relief project has come to a close. In partnership with Timeless Treasures who processed packages and stored quilts before distribution, and of course with all of YOU who donated quilts, we donated almost 2000 quilts to hurricane victims. I am so grateful to everyone who helped with this effort, especially Joy McKeon from Quilt Magazine who made it her personal mission to deliver batches of donated quilts to so many communities.
Our last delivery was last week to Adopt-A-House in Lindenhurst, Long Island. If you still want to donate to Hurricane Sandy survivors, contact eQuilter Customer Service for the address of a relief agency still receiving quilts.
Here is a thank you message:
"We had a generous and thoughtful donation given to Adopt A House families this evening. Brand new Hand Made Quilts made for Super Storm Sandy Families. I went around South Lindenhurst tonight delivering some to families. These quilts are from all over America. Some come with custom letters of encouragement and each stitch was completed with love. Even though I saw a lot of happy faces I still saw a lot of tears from families who were touched that people all over America are still thinking of them through this long haul."
Dates to Watch:
June 20 - Deadline for Oklahoma Tornado Quilts
July 20 - Not Fade Away - Quilt Alliance
- in conjunction with Sacred Threads
Aug 8-10 - Birmingham UK Festival of Quilts
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(Sneak peeks of new collections throughout the week)