Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Japanese Puzzle Quilt by Mabry Benson

I made my first Japanese Puzzle quilt in 1993, after my friend Ann spotted it in a Quilters' Newsletter Magazine, and I figured out how it was made.

I later realized that it would be possible to make this with no two pieces the same shape. I collected 2 cubes of red & black fabrics, which got buried in the back of the closet. Last year during 'deep search' those cubes surfaced, and I decided to do the quilt. I got it half done in August:

I almost finished the top this February. I intended to whack off the irregular edge and sew on the border, but found that the edge wasn't in a straight line. It would have been difficult to sew on by machine, so I decided to hand sew it - this from 'the not-a-hand-stitch-in-it' queen.
As you can see I have a ways to go:

Monday, July 22, 2013

VIC 2014 Quilt Challenge!

After months of hard work and planning, VIC 2014 Quilt Challenge has been launched! 
Spend some time visiting the website to appreciate all the effort that has gone into this project.

More Postcards from Susan Dague

Just so there are some fun pix on this site this week, here are a few of the latest postcards made by EBHQ members.  I'll put them in the EBHQ Postcards Gallery, too.


I hope this postcard project is fun for all who try it.  I'm loving the results, and I know the Guild is appreciating the efforts.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Oklahoma Quilts

EBHQ quickly sent 16 quilts to Mission of Love to be delivered to tornado survivors in Oklahoma. Luana Rubins of eQuilter Fabrics helped deliver the quilts and just posted the following on her newsletter:

"Today was one of those days that I will remember for the rest of my life.

Today Sam (my daughter)  and I flew to Oklahoma City, went to the Town Hall, starting spreading out some of the 400 donated quilts, and then met the people of Moore, Oklahoma who lost their homes and loved ones.

Then we went on a tour of the tornado's devastation in the town, including the Plaza Towers Elementary School where 7 children died.

I met 2 mothers who had lost a child, and lost their home.

Then we went to a nearby hotel where so many homeless families are waiting endlessly for a place to call home.

Everywhere we went, we personally gave your handmade donated quilts to those who had suffered a grave loss. We also gave a quilt to a young woman who was a first responder, who is still recovering from what she experienced.

We gave a quilt to the first grade teacher who had her kids put all the desks in the corner, and then they played a game crouching under the desks, singing as loud as they could as the tornado screamed towards their school.

When I hugged the 2 mothers who had lost a child, and let them pick out a quilt, I told them that with these quilts comes the love and comfort of 400 quilters who sent us these quilts as soon as they heard we were doing a quilt relief project for Oklahoma.

One woman repeated over and over again - "You have to tell all these quilters thank you for being so generous - for thinking of us and sending these beautiful quilts!" There were many tears to go along with the hugs.

...and this was only for a few hours this afternoon.

Tomorrow we'll be at the Moore City Hall from 9 am to 5 pm, meeting families and hugging every person who receives a quilt made by all of you wonderful quilters.

The outpouring of love from so many of you, is palpable as we spread out all the colorful quilts. I will do my best to transfer this love and caring to every person I meet tomorrow, who has suffered a great loss.

Many thanks to Kathy Price and her co-pilot Karen who drove the truck full of quilts down from Ohio.

My thanks also to EE Schenck and Patty Reed Designs, for the 400 sturdy pink "Hope" tote bags that are being matched up with each donated quilt.

Most of all, my humble thanks to all of you who rushed to send your comfort quilts for the people of Moore, Oklahoma. Your love and caring is an amazing gift of selfless generosity for these families who have lost so much.

Best wishes and Happy sewing,"
Paul and Luana Rubin

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bead Seminar on Sunday July 14 in Emeryville

I know a lot of us have bead stashes, for embellishing quilts and wearables and, oh yes, for making jewelry.  So I'm planning to attend this talk:

"Cord & Thread + a Tour of Bead & Fiber Jewelry
Presented by Marion Hunziker-Larsen
As a studio artist, Marion Hunziker-Larsen has worked with thread all of her life, producing a large collection of limited edition and one of a kind jewelry pieces since the late 70’s. She uses various fiber techniques including, but not limited to micro macrame, Cavandoli knotting, Kumihimo braiding, Chinese knotting and cordmaking with gemstones beads and cabochons."

The talk is free to Bead Society members -- so for only $20, I'm going to sign up tomorrow.

-- Rachel Holmen

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

QUILT CAMP is coming up July 10

Quilt Camp at Asilomar (just south of Monterey, CA) is a great way to spend time with your fellow quilters, get a project completed or start a new one.


(The quilt above was one Gwyn McMillan worked on during last year's camp.)

-- Rachel Holmen

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Children's Quilts Update - 7/7/13

This week in Children's Quilts

This big quilt was designed using a collection of fabrics from a quilter's personal stash.  The amusing contemporary design and bright colors will make a cozy spot in the first apartment of an older teen who has just timed out of foster care.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

4th of July

Happy Birthday America!

Mary Rockhold Teter's Stars and Stripes quilt
In the Smithsonian Institution

This Stars and Stripes quilt was made in 1861 by Mrs. Mary Rockhold Teter of Noblesville, Indiana for her son George, who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. In the center is a thirty-two-inch blue square set diagonally on a field of fifteen red and fourteen white 2-1/2 inch stripes with a 6-3/4 inch blue border. Thirty-four white stars are appliqued on a blue center, and the same number on the border, representing the number of states in the Union from July 4, 1861 to July 4, 1863. The date 1861 is quilted on one of the center stars. Some of the stars in the lower left corner of the border are quilted 'Ab Lyncoln', 'Abe', 'Scott', 'Butler' and 'Genral Lyon'. The pattern for this quilt was published in Peterson's Magazine in July 1861.

Details from Smithsonian website

Mary’s quilt was donated to the Smithsonian by George’s grandson, Eugene, in 1940. This quilt survived the Civil War.
And we are so glad it did!