Archive for March, 2011

Red and White Quilts

Monday, March 28th, 2011

In case some of you are not aware there is an exhibition of Red and White Quilts in New York this week. It is only on for a week, and no matter how hard I looked at my calendar I did not have enough clear days to go out and see them!

However lots of bloggers have had their own show, and I know lots of blogs will feature posts on the quilts once they have seen them this week.

I hear there will be a book about the show, so that is something I will look out for. In the meantime I think you can buy fridge magnets, so when I am in New York at Easter I will be buying them from the American Museum of Folk Art whether I need them or not!

I have a feeling I will succumb to the book of quilts from the Museum too even though I have the first book they published a few years back. I will have been seduced by the two great exhibits they have on into a spending panic! Here and here

In the meantime Minick and Simpson have a pre show post with some links.

And here is a video of some of the great quilts those travelling to the show will see.

So I have been inspired to start a red and white quilt too. I think my stumbling block to sewing a red and white quilt previously was the thought of only using two fabrics. However I have gotten over that by sewing mine with lots of reds, not just one!

The quilt has been inspired by one that I have always liked from the American Museum in Bath in the UK. It is a crib quilt, but I think I will sew mine to a lap quilt or larger. Depends on how many fabrics I find in my stash!

FYI my blocks are 8in finished.

Japan

Monday, March 14th, 2011

It was awful to see the scale of the disaster in Japan last week.

I was amazed as well that even though it is so far away I seemed to have a lot of friends with friends over there, either families or work colleges.

And I expect most of us have fabric in our stash that has been printed or cut in Japan!

Hopefully as things get better it will become clearer who best we can help the people of this inspiring country. 

In the meantime, The British Red Cross has a fund for Japanese Aid for those who can contribute.

Thoughtless Thursday

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

I've had this out on the floor for consideration this week. Put it away now, as no conclusions were drawn.

I am busy laminating signs for my antique quilts that will be on display this weekend at the quilt show in Sevenoaks. Come along and say 'Hi!' if you can make it.

Quick question, I am going to be in Vancouver and then Whistler in July for a week, any shop recommendations or Museums?

PS: the post was meant to be yesterday so I could do a Wordless Wednesday, but things don't always go as planned do they?