Posts Tagged ‘quilts’

Quilts4Japan Update

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

 

July 28th UPDATE FROM QUILTS FOR JAPAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the months since the horrific earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, Quilts4Japan has inspired acts of (not-at-all) random kindness by several hundred quilters. Check out Quilts4Japan on Flickr for a really lovely collection of pictures of  the quilts, so far.

Many of the quilts come from the Bay Area, but the project is broadening. Using local volunteer resources and an outpouring of support. Eve Kushner and Gail Shea have coordinated collection and shipping of about 400 handmade quilts so far. Distribution is being handled by  Patchwork Tsushin magazine of Japan. The need for comfort and quilts remains unabated. If you have considered donating a quilt to this project, DO! If you haven’t started that quilt yet, DO! If you are unable to make a quilt at this time, but still want to contribute to the project, please contact Gail Shea via quilts4japan.org.

Thank you Gail, Eve, and everyone who has contributed to Quilts4Japan, so far.

The Latest from Ed LeClair

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the latest quilt from our friend Ed LeClair. Breathtaking!

 

Kathy’s quilting accents Ed’s brilliant color selection. The back is as wonderful as the front. Thanks, Ed, for sharing your quilt with us – and we can’t wait to see what’s next.

 

 

 

Mary Mashuta’s Machine Quilting Class – SATURDAY!

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Just a quick note to mention that there is a space (maybe even two spaces…) available in Mary Mashuta’s Foolproof Machine Quilting: The Basics class  on Saturday, July 9. We’ve blogged about this great class before  (click here and scroll down). Mary’s classes are information-packed, fun and usually full by the week before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve always wanted to take one of Mary’s classes, this may be your opportunity. Don’t wait to call or come in! Be sure to visit Mary’s website for inspiration, as well:  www.marymashuta.com

 

MYSTERY QUILTER COMES TO TOWN! 10:30-11:30AM, May 17th.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

On Tuesday, May 17th (10:30-11:30am) New Pieces welcomes our third MYSTERY QUILTER to share her amazing (and we believe unique) quilter’s quest with all comers. This month’s guest is well known to the Staff at New Pieces, but will be coming from a great distance to the Bay Area. We have had to move the time for this talk to 10:30AM, as Her Royal Mysteriousness will be attending a graduation at a nearby University, in the afternoon.

As always, the Mystery Quilter talk is free, and starts promptly on the half-hour. There’s plenty of room, but seating is first-come, first-served. You may want to bring your mid-morning coffee with you, or plan to meet a friend for lunch after the talk.

Join us, please, for a talk that may inspire you to think about  your own quilting in a different way, and will certainly leave you feeling warm and fuzzy like a quilter should.

A Quilt Like a Magic Carpet…

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

 

Sometimes the magic begins with something as simple as an email:

June 3rd, 2010 at 07:17AM (EDT), an email from Madrid, Spain:

I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE MY DAUGHTER A QUILT FOR HER HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SUMMER 2011. I HAVE SAVED FABRIC FROM HER FAVORITE DRESSES SINCE SHE WAS A BABY AND WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD USE THESE FOR A QUILT.MY BROTHER LIVES IN LOS ANGELES, SO HE COULD BRING THE MATERIALS TO YOU AND I WOULDNT HAVE TO SEND THEM FROM SPAIN. LET ME KNOW IF THIS IS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU

Jun 3, 2010, at 5:41 PM, Sharona responded:

Yes, we would love to make your daughter a quilt for her high school graduation. How wonderful that you found us, and that you would ask us to make your daughter’s quilt. Your brother would be most welcome as he delivers the “future” quilt goods.
In some of the quilts we have made, people have included a favorite poem or photo – perhaps of a dear pet or a beloved friend or family…we can transfer those onto fabric and include them in the quilt…I also like to know if there is a color your daughter does NOT like. These are as important as colors she DOES like.
I would like to know the approximate size of the quilt you would like. Any size is fine, I just need to know that. Our website has quilt sizes listed, so that may be helpful to you. (they are in inches, sorry)
You have given us plenty of time Gladys, to be finished next year…thank you for that. We need at least 3 months to design your quilt, prepare your daughter’s fabrics, sew, then quilt, and bind AND get it back to you.
I ask a $300 deposit when your brother brings in the fabrics, then I can give you an estimate of cost, when we see what we are working with, what, if anything, we need to add, etc. The remainder would be due when the quilt is done.
On another note, I just finished reading “Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Do you know the book? It is set in Barcelona, not so close to you but closer than to me.

Thank you again

Later that same night:

Hi Sharona
I saw New Pieces in an Oprah program about 16 years ago and thought, one day when my daughter graduates from High School I will have a quilt made for her. And now we are almost there, time flies!!!
Good to hear from you so quickly. And yes I have read the Shadow of the Wind, one of the best books I have ever read. I also lived in Barcelona for a while and it is a wonderful city, quaint, beautiful modernist  architecture and a city by the sea, which is always magical.
I recommend you read another of my favorites The Sum of All Days written by chilean author Isabel Allende.
My daughter Gabriella, does not like pink or yellow. Loves blue and purple.
At this moment I have accumulated her actual dresses throughout her life, do I need to cut a piece of each fabric I would like to have included, if so, what size should the square be?
I was thinking the size should be for a twin bed. I dont know if you put the squares of fabric on both sides (I have lot of them) or only on one side.

Thank you for the information, let me know the other details so I can give my brother what you need.

April, 2011


Magic Happens!


The Envelope Please… “BEST IMPROVISATIONAL QUILT CLASS”

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

IMPROVISATIONAL SPLIT LOG-CABIN – THE GEE’S BEND WAY

Stacy Sharman

April 12 and 19, 6:15-8:15pm

If there were an annual Award Season for quilt classes – like the one for movies - this class would be in the running as a “sleeper.” Stacy offered this class in March and it quickly filled to overflowing. Now it’s being offered again, and there are just a couple of spots left.

Quilters sense that Stacy offers them a new way of working and a new sensibility;  this class generates its own buzz.  The quilts from this class have been wonderful; each one is different and for most students it’s a  step towards thinking about quilts in a new way.

There’s some poetic justice in the idea that these modern, loose-reined quilts are heirs to the traditional, practical beauty of Gee’s Bend Quilts.  The classics deserve to be reinterpreted. Especially when it can be done in the freshest possible ways.

 

What’s next?  IMPROVISATIONAL QUILTS: THE SEQUEL!

COMING IN JUNE, 2011,  TO A CLASSROOM NEAR YOU:

Improvising a Basket Weave Quilt – The Gee’s Bend Way


“Infinite Variety”

Friday, April 1st, 2011

A dear New Pieces friend just forwarded us an article about the American Folk Art Museum’s recent presentation of “Infinite Variety:  Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts.”  “Infinite Variety” is a stunning display of 651 red and white quilts, from the collection of  Joanna Rose. The exhibit took place at the Park Avenue Armory. The display of red and white quilts was breathtaking.

Please scroll through the pictures on Martha’s blog. There is also a slide show which takes a closer look at 8 quilts at  “The Daily Beast”.

Enjoy!

Hamlin Quilt

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


We were contacted in January of this year to make a quilt for the Hamlin School. We have made fund raising quilts with Hamlin in the past, but this one is unique.

The plan was to put profiles of all the kindergartners on the quilt, along with their names. These girls are the Class of 2019, Hamlin School.

The process involved printing nearly life-size profile photos of the girls on a photocopier, cutting the profiles from lovely sherbet colored batik fabrics and fusing the profiles, and the girls’ signatures, to the background. . Once fused, the pieces were stitched for permanence and the top was quilted by New Pieces quilt service. The topmost picture shows the quilt top before quilting.

What an amazing keepsake for this year, and for years to come!

Quilt #5401 – Emily’s Butterfly Quilt

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Emily brought this wonderful butterfly in for quilt service awhile back, and picked it up this week. While the picture shows an expanse of white batting, the quilt itself is actually round.  Emily said she made the quilt with her grandmother’s help, when she was 14 (not all that long ago, we think, though she is certainly all grown up, now).  She said she’d never known quite how to finish it….  The quilting was done with variegated thread; and is similar in design to the picture Emily brought in, from the original instructions. What a treasure!