Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday - Giveaway!

It's "Giving Tuesday" and I'm ready. Yesterday, I announced the release of the catalogue for my upcoming exhibition, "Kalakoa, Discovering the Hawaiian Scrap Quilt" -- and today, I'm giving away a copy. Just leave a comment, one comment per person please. Tomorrow I will announce the winner.

This catalogue and exhibition reveal an undocumented tradition of quilts, which look nothing like the quilts most people recognize as Hawaiian. There is no applique or echo quilting involved, but the connection with Hawaiian history and industry is clearly evident. The 40-page, full-color catalogue is available in softcover. For more information, click here

Monday, November 30, 2015

Cyber Monday: "Kalakoa, Discovering the Hawaiian Scrap Quilt" On Sale Now!

Happy Cyber Monday! I am pleased to announce the publication of the catalogue for my January/February exhibition at Latimer Quilt & Textile Center. The catalogue is now available, and it is something so new you will not find it in any history book.

"Kalakoa, Discovering the Hawaiian Scrap Quilt" introduces an eye-opening tradition of scrap quilts in Hawaii. If you thought all Hawaiian quilts were botanical applique and flag quilts, prepare to have your mind blown. To preview or order, click here.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Vive la France!

I was in Paris in April. It was beautiful. These are a few of my favorite things.

Mom liked the omelette at Laduree

Cheers! It was nice to see my friend from high school

What an amazing city and a great country, full of wonderful people with great big hearts. Can't wait to go back. Vive la France!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

my next book

Pre-ordering is now available on Amazon, so I can finally start talking about my next book!

Modern Roots, Today's Quilts from Yesterday's Inspiration features 12 projects inspired by patchwork from 1840 to 1970. It is my first time doing a project book, and it is really an invitation for today's quiltmakers to explore aspects of modernism present in antique and vintage quilts, a bridge between the traditional and modern.

The book will be published by Stash Books, a division of C&T Publishing, and will be released in 2016. So, you may be seeing me at places like Quilt Market and other trade events in the not-so-distant future. I will have more news as we get closer to the release date. To check out the listing and pre-order the book, click here.

"No Girls Allowed!" @ Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

"Fruity Beauty"
Good news! My quilt, "Fruity Beauty" was juried in to the biennial, all men's quilt exhibition at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. This year's show, the museum's 13th biennial for men, is called "No Girls Allowed" -- but everyone is welcome to go see the quilts.

"Center Star"
I also had a quilt in the 2014 exhibition, that year called "MANifestations".  The quilt, "Center Star" was featured in most of the press including the invitations and front cover of the gallery guide. As a novice quiltmaker, that was a nice surprise and a treat.

"Fruity Beauty" is a 21st century, digital-age New York Beauty, made with Spoonflower fabrics I designed using original photos of citrus fruits and juicers. It is 35" x 36", beautifully quilted by Jolene Knight of Good Knight Quilts - yes, "girls" are allowed to do the quilting - and is my contribution to the New York Beauty genre. It is inspired by quilts in my collection, but at the same time it is something new.

I have collected antique, vintage and modern-day New York Beauty quilts since 1989, and earlier this year published a book about them: "New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection" (Quiltmania/France). Later this year, I will exhibit quilts from that collection at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, serendipitous because one of the other names for the pattern is Rocky Mountain Road.

"No Girls Allowed!" will be on display from January 29th through April 26th, 2016. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is located at 1213 Washington Avenue, Golden, Colorado. For more information, visit their website.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Comments were numbered in order and a random number was drawn to determine who would win. Out winner is Diana Tatro of Yuba City, California! Congratulations, Diana!! Many thanks to C&T / Stash publishing and Mandy Leins for providing the book for the giveaway. If you did not win and wish to buy a copy, click here.