Sunday, December 30, 2012


Joyce's daughter Vicki writes to say that she passed away on Christmas Eve at her apartment with "the things she loved---especially Penny," her little dog.
There will be a Memorial Life Celebration on Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2-4 PM at the Y at Pt.B.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Judi B in New York

Sub Rosa: Venice
Judi Blaydon
Pieced quilts and fabric altars
November 6 – December 15
Gallery talk planned for 6 pm,
Thursday, December 13
Art Quilt Gallery NYC
In Chelsea at 133 West 25th Street
Click here to see a slide show:

Next time you are in the city you'd better check this place out.The Art Quilt Gallery NYC is exclusively focused on a single art form: quilts, whose aesthetic range, creative spirit, execution, and sheer beauty make this a compelling art, yet one that is rarely displayed in New York. We believe our patrons will be impressed with the range and quality of work. Opened on April 5, 2011, The Art Quilt Gallery NYC features the best quilts from around the world

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Judy M in Livermore

Judy was the featured artist at Quilting in the Garden in Livermore, California, recently.

Brenda took some photos.

See this post about one of Judy's quilts at the Quilt Show blog

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry

Hi, Wanted to share that my little gourd necklace is on page 88,
of this beautiful book by Lark Publishing.

The Necklaces in this book are amazing, and I feel very fortunate that
"Heart and Hands" was included.
 See you all in Jan 2013.
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

EBHQ Show Photos

Butterflies for Brittany by Gwen

EBHQ's every-other-year Voices in Cloth show was in March.

Inspired by Rebecca

See some photo sets ---

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cuesta's Stars

Cuesta's Stars2003
67” x 67”
MSUM 2008:119.37, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

Found this on the internet recently. The Fat Quarters made a quilt for Cuesta in 2003.
"Each woman, keeping in mind that Cuesta's favorite color was blue, provided her own fabric and design."

It's now in the Museum at Michigan State University

Update: Bettina remembers the occasion was Cuesta's 80th birthday.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Queen and Quilt

Art and Old Lace
Stevii sends a picture of a crazy quilt she made with a photoshopped picture of her as Queen.

Here she is at Spring Quilt Market where as Queen of the AIQA she took a lot of questions about important things like the air conditioning, the location of the restrooms, etc. When you are Queen you have to make sure your subjects are happy.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Carol & Bobbi: New Book

Carol's and Bobbi's new book will be in shops August 13th.
At Pt.B. they showed several quilts from Fresh Perspectives: Reinventing 18 Classic Quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum

 The book features contemporary interpretations of antique quilts from the Museum.

 You can see a preview here:

The back cover.

See a few of the quilts on C&T's Flickr page

Here's the official copy:
Visualize the future as you connect with the past

You'll love these contemporary interpretations of antique quilts from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bobbi and Carol pored through the museum's collection to find just the right quilts to inspire their latest project designs. Each of their adaptations uniquely mirrors the essential qualities of each quilt. Fall in love all over again with our rich quilt heritage by making these projects, plus learn how to approach designing an artistic spin on one of your own antique treasures.

• Creative new adaptations of a diverse selection of antique quilts that range from simply functional to delightfully pictorial
• Projects show off a remarkable array of styles, settings, and colorways
• Use a variety of techniques, such as needle-turned appliqué and improvisational piecing, with traditional blocks

Monday, June 11, 2012

Asilomar in May

Judy M sends a picture and a note:

Ally Aller (our own crazy quilt queen) was the guest artist at Asilomar and photographed here with dear friend Tracy Brookshire. Photographed by Judy M who was taking a class from Susan Carlson (now that Judy has retired from teaching.) Ally was such fun to watch and she gave a wonderful lecture. Very impressive lady.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Erma and some of her 70 stars on her 70th birthday in 1990

Kathy S. writes to tell us that Erma died on June 1. All of those who got to spend a week with her in the FatQuarters every year feel very lucky to have known her.

We loved to hear her stories about World War II when she was in the Navy.

 There's a transcript of an interview with her about that work

It says she was a cryptanalyst in a naval intelligence unit while serving with the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II.

She's second from left.
Here's a little part of the transcript about the excitement of living in War-time Washington.

EK: I remember three occasions on which I saw Eleanor Roosevelt: one, when she spoke at the high school assembly; another when she parked in her Eleanor-blue coupe down at Union Station. I was meeting somebody, and so was she, and she parked her little car next to mine.
HT: She drove herself?
EK: Yes, all by herself. And the third time was when the king and queen of England came to visit, and there were two cars, open cars. One had the king and Franklin Roosevelt, waving to the crowd. I was standing on the curb, on Massachusetts Avenue, in front of the British Embassy. The same with the queen and Eleanor. Totally—not totally unprotected. I suppose there were Secret Service around. But these two open cars.
I was standing a very short distance away. I was standing on the curb, and they were in the middle of the road. They'd never do that today. But I could see her and the queen, with her regal wave and her hat that went suitably off her face, so she wouldn't be hidden from the crowd. In fact, I have snapshots of that, I think, somewhere.

Erma is famous in Chapel Hill for the many people she has taught to quilt. Here are some other links:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Note from Alba

Dear friends,

Firstly, thank you, Sally, for undertaking such an enormous task in polling our feelings about the location for our treasured retreat, and for doing it with such diligence.  I can't imagine it could have been handled more fairly or with more consideration toward each of us.

We all agree that change is difficult but now that a decision has been made, I feel relieved and even happy to be trying this new location. I trust Sally's judgement that this place will work for us. I also know how resilient we quilt broads are.  We will help each other overcome the challenges.  We can move mountains so what the hell is a hill to us?  There's food at the top of it!

The most important aspect of this change for me will  be keeping most of us together.  As much as the setting of Point Bonita has contributed to my pleasure of attending all these years, it is the women who matter most.  I hope to see everyone who possibly can make it next January.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Note from Sally

Hi Ladies,

I think I have heard from everyone who wants to be heard.  The vote was split down the middle with 17 gals wanting to stay at the Y, 17 gals choosing Earthrise, 22 gals would go to either place and 6 gals abstained from voting.  I have heard from some gals that they won't be returning to Point Bonita and from some that they can't do Earthrise.

My emotions have run the gamut during this time and I have vacillated between both sites several times.  What that told me is change is very hard, and I don't want our retreat to end.  But in my heart, I cannot continue at the Y, and  the one thing I have learned, probably the hard way, is to be true to myself.  What the Y offers that cannot be duplicated is the magnificent view of the ocean and city and listening to the fog horn.  What it lacks in accommodations, it makes up for in price.

Over the last 2 years, I have visited many sites and they all fell short of Pt Bonita.  Then I visited Earthrise and I knew this could work.  The facilities are beautiful, updated and clean.  The people are incredibly professional and attentive to our needs. We can drink and eat to our hearts' content, and we can fit in the workspace provided.  I have not been able to achieve all of those requirements at any other retreat sight.  As for, exclusivity- we will get our own sleeping chalets and no one will be walking through our workroom.  There is no doubt in my mind that the hill obstacle at Earthrise can be overcome. 

In fact, it already has.  6 gals have volunteered to shuttle everyone back and forth, and Earthrise Management said we can park 2 cars in front of The West Room/Dorms in order to do this.

I don't want our retreat to end, and I hate change as much as you.  I am willing to offer and run Earthrise as an alternative to PB, so we can stay together.  But I need your understanding, patience and willingness to try something new in order to accomplish this.  I have worked very hard (for free) for 2 years to keep us going.  Can you imagine how hard I will work to keep you happy at Earthrise with a little salary!  I know you will love it there. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ann's Victorian Puzzle

Ann R. sent pictures of her version of the Victorian Puzzle that Barbara was working on.

It looks like a hexagon but it's a string pieced diamond. See a tutorial here:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Books & DVD's 2012

Stevii has compiled the diversion list:

1. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
2. Nothing to Envy – Ordinary Lives in North Korea – by Barbara
Demick, Journalist

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein –narrated by a wise & endearing dog
4. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund deWaal
5. Chinese Lessons by John Pomfret
6. Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu & Christine Mathier
7. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
8. The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein
9. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
10. The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
11. Swamplandia by Karen Russell
12. Glass Castle (book 1) and Half Broke Horses (book 2) by Jeannette

13. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
14. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
15. These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
16. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
17. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
18. Trilogy: The Hunger Games (1), Catching Fire (2), Mocking Jay (3)
by Suzanne

19. Inspector Montalbano Mystery Novels by Andrea Camilleri (Italian
author). In

order: The Shape of Water, Terra-Cotta Dog, The Snack Thief, The
Vocie of the

Violin, The Excursion to Tindari, The Smell (Scent) of the Night,
Round the Mark,

Patience of the Spider, Paper Moon, August Heat, Wings of the Sphinx,
Track of

Sand, Patter’s Field, Age of Doubt. Also has a novel coming out in
2013 entitled

Hunting Season.
20. Anything by Lorrie Moore, Mona Simpson, Michael
Cunningham, Jeffrey Eugenides and Shirley Hazzard.

21. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
22. The Art of Detection by Laurie L. King. Set in the Point Bonita

23. Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
24. Eighteen is Enough by Janet Evanovich. The whole series is great.
25. This Year I Will.... by M.J. Ryan
26. Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos
27. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

1. The Artist
2. Margin Call
3. The Decendents
4. 50/50
5. Wasteland
6. Wolves Unleashed
7. Dolphin Tale
8. Becoming Santa
9. Hugo
10. The Warrior
11. The Help
12. The Guard
13. Brides Maid
14. The Separation (Iran)
15. The Vista
16. The Vicar of Dibley
17. Doc Martin

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New idea

Here's the place Sally is suggesting

It seems to be on the ridge of a hill. There is a lot of walking between buildings.

But the views seem lovely.