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: