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Some of the best things in life are free: http://www.interweave.com/free-eBooks-videos/?a=ifa130119!
Find a free downloadable tote bag (cute!!) pattern on the American Quilter’s Society site at http://www.americanquilter.com/publications/pattern_view.php?id=242. Then, be sure to have a look at their new book catalog at http://www.americanquilter.com/documents/aqs_catalog/aqs_catalog.pdf–books, patterns, fabrics–it’s all there!
This email has just gone out from Karey Bresenhan and we picked it up from the QuiltArt e-list (if you’re not a member, we think you should be!). We hope that the letter will be of interest to our readers and that someone who saw it here first will submit a quilt:
I know all of you are art quilters–that’s why you read this list! But I’mbetting that quite a few of you have come from excellent traditional quiltbackgrounds, and if so, you’re just the people I need to reach! (You and other really good traditional quilters you know, of course)
I’m jurying another 500 quilts book for Lark/Sterling. This one is 500 Traditional Quilts. I did the 500 Art Quilts book a couple of years ago. As with the art quilt book, we are trying to showcase the most beautiful, extraordinary traditional quilts being made today. There’s no restriction on country, or on materials used, or even on when the quilt was made, although preference will be given to more recent work. The quilt can have beenpublished elsewhere, online, or on a blog–no problem. Generally speaking, if your quilt has been published previously in a book or magazine, and YOUpaid for the photograph to be taken or YOU took the photo yourself, thenthere should be no copyright problem, but please do check the contract yousigned with the publication first, before submitting an entry. (And please,I don’t want to get in the middle of a copyright discussion–Heaven forbid!I am just passing along the specific information the Lark/Sterling editorgave me–I am certainly no copyright expert.)
Most of the Lark books require that the photo that is submitted for juryingbe of publication quality, but because so often even fine traditional quiltsare submitted with snapshots (this is based on our experience at IQA andwith Festival’s special exhibits), I convinced the editors to go a differentroute with the 500 Traditional Quilts book. We ask that you submit the best
quality photo you can for jurying, but if your quilt is selected for thebook, then it will be your responsibility to have a professional qualityphoto made for the book. Digital imagery, slides, and transparencies will beaccepted. Each quilt artist may submit up to 5 quilts. There is no entryfee. If your work is accepted for the book, you will get fullacknowledgement, one free copy (only one per quilt), and discounts on thepurchase of additional books.
Details on submitting a quilt for the new book may be found here: http://www.larkcrafts.com/submit/calls-for-submissions/ . Please note thatthere are two forms that must be downloaded from this site. Entries must bemailed in; no email entries will be accepted.
The deadline is MAY 15. I urge all of you to take another look at your owntraditional quilts or to suggest this to another traditional quilter you mayknow who does extraordinary work! This call is not meant for those sweet,but run-of-the-mill, Nine Patch quilts, of course, which I probably don’thave to tell you! But spectacular, beautifully made, traditional quilts that
take the genre to new heights–those I’m looking for! And I’d love it ifyou’d send this to all your traditional quilt friends!
Director Emeritus, International Quilt Festival–Houston, Long Beach, and Cincinnati
Juror, 500 Traditional Quilts
The Kenya Quilt Guild’s Library Book Accession List is now available online. Find it on our Library page.
Download your preferred format, either pdf (non-sortable) or Excel (sortable by author, title or book identification number; also for iWorks Numbers on Mac). Then, use the list to help you source books by favorite authors or find out if we have a specific book you would like to read.
Beginning in January 2012, the Kenya Quilt Guild Library offers two options for Guild members to check out books:
- Pay KES 1,000/= in advance. Take out two books per month free of charge. Want a third book? Either wait until the next month or pay KES 100/= for every additional book. If you use the library a lot, this is the best option for you. At KES 1,000= per year for 20 books, each book rental costs only KES 50-=, and each book over 20 costs only KES 100/=.
- Pay nothing in advance. Then, pay KES 200/= per book. If you seldom or never use the library, this is the best option for you. You will pay KES 200/= for each book rental, but if you take out only 1 or 2 books per year, the total cost will be far lower than if you pay the subscription fee and then fail to check out books. If you check out 5 or more books within a year, the subscription fee will be better for you.
This policy has been implemented to reduce library management and paperwork as well as to encourage members to use the library more. And remember: All fees you pay help us acquire new books for your reading pleasure. Take advantage today!
This in from Gill Rebelo:
One of the highlights of my trip to the 2011 South African Quilt Festival at Stellenbosch was the lecture given by Australian quilter Pam Holland. Her blog is subtitled “Taking Quilting One Step Further” and Pam certainly does that!
Pam’s quilting life started when she found mentioned in a book the 1776 quilt from Sorbia, a region bordering on Germany and Poland. This quilt was made by Sorbian soldiers on the battlefield as Prussian troops marched into Bohemia around 1766.
The book Pam wrote about her quilt journey includes the emotional discovery that her own grandfather came from the area of Europe where the quilt was made. The full title of Pam’s book is The 1776 Quilt: Heartache, Heritage & Happiness and it is published by Breckling Press.
The appliqué-type figures and motifs are made from pieces of the soldiers’ felted wool uniforms, using an old European method known as Silesian quilting. We now know this inlaid method of piecing as intarsia quilting (also here).
Despite being a relatively inexperienced quilter, Pam replicated the 1776 quilt using modern methods. The quilt later won Best of Show at the Houston International Quilt Festival in addition to several other awards.
Following the success of the 1776 quilt, Pam has made many more unique pieces. She has now embarked on another incredible quilt project – recreating the Bayeux Tapestry – all 238 feet of it.
The original Bayeux Tapestry, made around 1070, was embroidered, not woven, on linen. Pam is re-creating it in appliqué attached by fine machine stitching (1/16” satin stitch) which quilts the panel at the same time.
Eight panels will be assembled to make the finished quilt. This one shows Harold, Earl of Wessex, with his hounds travelling to Normandy in France. Pam takes this completed panel along to her lectures. Having seen it in South Africa, I can vouch that it is an amazing piece of work. A book and a film of the project will be launched with the quilt when it is finished.
Pam is a prolific quilter. She travels, teaching and lecturing, for eight months of the year and tries to quilt for six hours a day when she is at home. If she spends less than six hours, she makes up for it the following day.
Check out her website http://www.pamhollanddesigns.typepad.com/ and browse the archives – it’s inspiring and a joy to read. If you are interested in a beautiful set of Pam’s original block-of-the-month designs, you can have them for free, providing they are for your personal use only.
A new patchwork quilt book, Quilts Around the World, by Spike Gillespie, Karey Bresenhan, Marsha MacDowell, Hollis Chatelain, Carolyn L. Mazloomi, Karen Musgrave, and Laurel Horton, has just been released.
Quilts Around the World features an article about quilting in Kenya by our own Gill Rebelo, and a photograph of one of Dena Crain’s beautiful art quilts. The book is available from Amazon.com.