Today’s Scrap Bag has yielded a few stories about quilts with meaning — memory quilts, quilts made to honor or call attention to somber events — as well as stories of astounding craftsmanship, not to mention one quilt that may help set box office records this summer.
Judi Fibush specializes in finishing vintage quilt tops. “I like to finish things. I almost never start brand new,” she says in an article published by the Sacramento Bee. In addition to mentioning that four of her restored quilts are now on display at the Folsom History Museum, the article describes and shows photos of the cigar ribbon quilt she’s working on now.
I’ve looked at photos of Melissa Sobotka’s award-winning Silk Road Sampler quilt, even zooming in on them on my computer screen, and I still find it hard to believe that she achieved this level of photorealism through applique and not digital printing. “It took Melissa 5 months to complete Silk Road Sampler which was inspired by a picture she took in the spice market in Istanbul. She thought the designs on the pillows were something that many appliquers would appreciate and that it would be a busy enough design for her to enjoy working on for many months. About 4 months into the project, Melissa wondered. ‘What have I got myself into?’” Read more on the Road to California blog.
Moviegoers whose eyes immediately lock on any quilt shown onscreen will want to take a look at the just-released official trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie “The BFG,” adapted from the book by Roald Dahl. The protagonist, a young girl named Sophie, is shown wrapped in a very colorful, scrappy bed quilt in the opening scenes — I can’t wait to get a better view of the whole thing! (Also, Penelope Wilton, aka Isobel Crawley from “Downton Abbey,” is in the cast playing The Queen, which means I will definitely have to see this movie. I miss Isobel most of all.)
The Quilt Alliance announced the launch of a new website, created to showcase the nonprofit’s projects, partnerships and extended community. The Quilt Alliance, founded in 1993, brings together the creative, scholarly and business worlds of quiltmaking to celebrate and preserve our shared quilt heritage and inspire today’s quilters.
Fans of classic sci-fi might be interested in these hand-embroidered interpretations of cover art that Bruce Pennington created for books in the Dune trilogy and others. They were posted on social media by actress Sarah Sumeray who said it took her mother two years to make the three panels. Below is a close-up detail of one panel in which you can see the stitches.
The April 15, 1989, Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 fans were crushed to death at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in England, is an event that continues to loom large in the minds of families of the victims and survivors. Currently on display at the Museum of Liverpool is a memory quilt made by Linda Whitfield that contains 96 ‘Liver bird’ logos taken from donated shirts as well as each victim’s name.
The Plymouth County (Massachusetts) Cranberry Quilters Guild recently presented to Consul General of France Valery Freland a sampler quilt they made in tribute to victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. “The thing is that, as quilters, anytime we think someone needs to be comforted we make them a quilt,” member Patti Caton said. “When the terrorist attacks in Paris first happened, one of our members said, ‘We need to make them a quilt.’ We decided we would go ahead and do that.”
Quilters have a special opportunity to participate in the State of Nebraska Sesquicentennial, marking 150 years of statehood on March 1, 2017. The official Quilt Competition of the Nebraska 150 Celebration, “Inspired by Nebraska’s Diversity,” is sponsored by the Nebraska State Quilt Guild. The quilt contest is open to anyone with a connection to Nebraska. Deadline for entries is Jan. 15, 2017.
Owner of eQuilter.com Luana Rubin is a wonderful quilt artist in her own right as well as being passionate about world travel and issues of social justice. As a Colorado resident — eQuilter is based in Boulder — Luana was highly concerned by the contamination caused to the Animas River when waste water spilled from an old mine in August 2015. In reaction, she made an art quilt that is included in the Water is Life art quilt exhibit at the United States Mission to the U.N. in Geneva, Swizerland, and described it in a short video.
We interviewed Luana for a couple of episodes of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community, which you can watch on QNNtv.com.
The America Quilts EXPO, from our partners at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, is coming to the Iowa Events Center (Hy-Vee Hall) May 26-28, 2016. Several of the special events and a portion of the admission fee are earmarked to support the mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation, and it also includes an exhibit of military service ribbon quilts by Tom Korn. We included a profile of Tom in our April/May 2016 issue written by Bill Volckening, and we’re proud to sponsor this very special exhibit; click here to read more about it.