Slide Presentation of 2013 Tokyo Quilt Festival

February 28, 2013

The 2013 Tokyo Quilt Festival was held recently in Japan.  This slideshow features the work of Tomie Nagano from the photos of Luana Rubin. More photos to come from this fabulous show.  The Smilebox slide show is presented by The Quilt Show.  This event is the largest quilt festival in the world.

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Reasons to Have Your Quilts Appraised – Video


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Reasons  to Have Your Quilts Appraised – Video

is where you can see an informative video by Carol Butzke, American Quilter’s Society certified appraiser of quilted textiles, discussing why you may want to have your quilts appraised.

This is  a link on the website of where you can locate an AQS certified appraiser in your area at:

You can also go to the PAAQT , Professional Association of Appraisers –  Quilted Textiles, site:

An article about quilts having value:

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This blog entry also explains the need for appraisal:

Road to California 2013 Show Winners

The Road to California Show was held in January in Ontario, California.  You can see the winners here:

This is one of the few show that are during the winter, and it’s always a great one with fabulous quilts.  Here are a few.

Best of Show

“Red Feather” by Claudia Myers and Marilyn Badger

“Georgia on my Mind” by Nancy S. Brown

“Grand Guard” by Linda Anderson

“Chevron Global AIDS Memorial Quilts: Life Stories in Fabric” Exhibit at International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, 2012

February 16, 2013

The International Quilt Festival in Houston had a very moving exhibit, The Chevron Global AIDS Memorial Quilts: Life Stories in Fabric.  The quilts in this collection emphasize the continuing need for HIV/AIDS education, treatment and prevention.  Several of the quilts include blocks that memorialize someone lost to AIDS.  These blocks include personal items and remembrances of items or activities that person loved.  Each quilt was created by a Chevron employee volunteer.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshowA Smilebox Presentation by The Quilt Show

Florida Documentation Project Quilts Added to Quilt Index

February 9, 2013

News from the Quilt Index:


The Quilt Index  announced the addition of 726 quilts recently documented in Florida to its exemplary online resource. The quilts, made between 1850 and the last decade, were studied and photographed by the Sunshine State Quilters Association.

Counting the Florida project, there are now 21 documentation projects covering specific states, from Hawaii to North Carolina, collected in the Index. Together they provide a detailed and fascinating glimpse into the styles of quilts popular in different times and regions of the country. With every new collection, the Index becomes more inspiring to today’s quilters and a more useful tool for curators and scholars.

Artha Callinan, president of the Sunshine State Quilters Association, said the archival work was completed between 2009 and 2012. There were Quilt Discovery Days organized by guilds, historical societies and museums throughout the state.

The project required that in order to have a quilt included, the person who brought it to be documented had to live in Florida. Not surprisingly, many of the quilts were made or bought elsewhere, especially the older quilts. Part of what makes this project an interesting one to browse is the strong representation of popular patterns from the 1930s and 1940s, plus a good number of quilts made in the past 20 years.

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Lemoyne Star, circa 1850-75

As is always the case, reading the individual records provides a glimpse into the lives of everyday Americans and a sense of how and why quilts were made. One lemoyne star (pictured above)  was made around 1850: the people who brought it to be documented said that it was made by “a disabled man in the family.” The record also notes that this family immigrated to Iowa from Norway around 1850, so the quilt was later brought to Florida by a descendent of the maker. It is an interesting note that sometimes Anonymous is a man.

Two other quilts, whose photographs are included below, demonstrate the range of the Florida project in both styles and historic periods. The star quilt called “Ice Crystals” was made in 2009 by Manon Emmy Reen. A quilt from the 1940’s made in the grandmother’s fan pattern is also a vivid example of a popular period pattern. It was hand quilted by Bertha Elizabeth Wilson, who made it for her granddaughter.

“Ice Crystals” by Manon Emmy Reen, 2009.
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Grandmother’s Fan, Bertha Elizabeth Wilson, 1940-50

The Quilt Index website provides centralized access to more than 54,000 records, including quilts from state or regional documentation projects, museum and private collections. Launched in 2003, the Quilt Index is a joint project of Michigan State University Museum; MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University; and the Quilt Alliance.

“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts at Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York, March 15 – September 15, 2013

February 6, 2013

Exhibition: “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts is an exhibit of 35 quilts from the Brooklyn Museum of Art March 15-September 15, 2013,
showing thirty-five American and European quilt masterpieces from the Brooklyn Museum’s  decorative arts collection.

Elizabeth Welsh: Quilt

Elizabeth Welsh. Quilt, circa 1825–40. Appliquéd cottons, 110 1/2 x 109 in.


My “Imagine” was completed was shipped  to the International Quilt Festival, where it was part of the “In Full Bloom” exhibit that  traveled for almost a year. It was shown at the Houston, Cincinnati, and Long Beach Shows.

Slide Presentation of Sue Nickel’s “Quilting in the Garden” Exhibit, Livermore, California

February 5, 2013

In 2010, Sue Nickels was one of the featured artists at Quilting in the Garden  in Livermore, California.  On exhibit were many of her quilts as well as some which she and her sister, Pat Holly, made.  This is a Smilebox slideshow presented by The Quilt Show of some of those quilts.

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“Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois” February 3 through September 8, 2013, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois

February 1, 2013

“Civil War Quilters: Loyal Hearts of Illinois”

With equal vigor of the enlisting Union soldiers, loyal Illinois women organized to support soldiers on the field and in the hospital, as they braced themselves for the changes in family and community life that the war would bring.

This exhibition features quilts, Civil War military supplies and weapons, a regimental drum, household artifacts and stories of women’s work and struggles during the Civil War, the Museum’s web site states.  The exhibit, as of this date,  opens on February 3, 2013, and runs through September 8, 2013.

Can’t wait to see it!

General Museum info:

Also not to be missed in Lincoln’s Home and Neighborhood
(http://www.nps. gov/liho/ index.htm), worthy of an afternoon’s stroll.

Many other Lincoln sites can be found at:
http://www.visit- springfieldillin Sites/

And don’t forget, Route 66 goes right through Springfield!
http://www.visit- springfieldillin 66/Kicks/