Quilt Alliance Online Auction 2013 begins November 11th

July 31, 2013

Here is info about the online auction for The Quilt Alliance’s twenty contest winners.  Ninety quilts were entered into the contest. Their 2013 theme was “TWENTY.”

All of the entries will be auctioned on Ebay to support the Quilt Alliance.
To see all ninety quilts, click here.

“Passing Through” by Lashonne Abel

“Smoky Mountain Surprise III 20 Poppies” by Doreen Prakshot

Auction #1: Monday, Nov. 11 – Monday, Nov. 18 2013
Auction #2: Monday, Nov. 18 – Monday, Nov. 25 2013
Auction #3: Monday, Nov. 25 – Monday, Dec. 2 2013
Auction #4: Monday, Dec. 2 – Monday, Dec. 9 2013
Click to play this Smilebox slideshowThis Smilebox presentation of the twenty winners is from The Quilt Show.

A Photos Tribute to Mary Ellen Hopkins

July 25, 2013
This is a lovely tribute to Mary Ellen Hopkins in photos of her life on You Tube at:

“Material Witnesses,” Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, Colorado, July 28 – October 26, 2013

July 23, 2013

Material Witnesses will be  at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado, from July 28 – October 26, 2013  

KaleidoscopicPaula Nadelstern – “Kaleidoscopic XXXVI:  The Artful Non Sequitur”

These are new works by the Manhattan Quilter’s Guild.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

“Collecting New York Beauty Quilts: Bill Volkening’s Passion,” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California, July 31 – October 27, 2013

July 20, 2013Chasm

Mountain Mist New York Beauty

The exhibit of New York Beauties, from antique to new, will be on exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, California, from July 31 through October 27, 2013.  More info at: http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/exhibitions_upcoming.html

Bridezillafrom Kentucky   c1865

SpinalGreat Cities Squared by Christine Wrobel

“From Pieces of a Nation: Civil War Period Quilts” through October 8, 2013, National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky

July 14, 2013

Then National Quilt Museum’s newest exhibit is “From Pieces of a Nation: Civil War Period Quilts” through October 8, 2013.


The quilts are from Arlan and Pat Christ’s collection.

The Passing of Mary Ellen Hopkins

July 11, 2013

Below is a wonderful sentiment about Mary Ellen Hopkins, who passed away on July 9th, sent via Kay England from Diana Marshall.

This is from Diana Marshall who like myself in the US, took care of all Mary Ellen’s Australia lectures. Wonderful sentiment..

Dear Quilt Sitters & others

The wonderful Mary Ellen Hopkins passed away, July 9 after having a stroke about a week ago. She was with her beloved son David at the time. I think she was 83yrs old, remembering age was her funny secret.

Mary Ellen was a gift to the world of patchwork, she changed the approach to allow us to make quilts for now and to be used by everyone. You could certainly sit and touch all of her quilts. She took a refreshing approach to the everyday quilter. She allowed us to use our own Personal Private Measurement, to use a connector to make triangles easier, she never said the corners had to meet, points took holidays and our blocks would always go together. She relaxed the rules on colours and tone and print. She gave ugly fabric a new leash of life and had an amazing ability to make what appeared an odd stash of prints into a truly exotic quilt.

Mary Ellen was an entertainer who used an amazing range of stories from her life, her shop, her customers, her students and her life that kept everyone in stitches even if we had heard them before. She loved performing, teaching, people and life and we all loved her.
Her philosophies appear in my quilts constantly, I often think Mary Ellen would use this fabric or would barn raise that block or this is a bell block. On my travels with Mary Ellen she showed me know to look at tiles and windows as quilt blocks whether it was at QVB or hotel foyer or a bathroom floor or architecture magazine. We say ‘Art’ at the onstage with David Wenham, a hilarious play about how a blank white canvas can be so many things to so many people. She said the same applied to her quilts and fabric choice and more importantly why there should be no two quilts alike

Mary Ellen has touched us all and for those who attended her lectures or workshops I know her legacy as a great woman who quilted will live on forever.

Helen Savet-Buck & Diana Marshall

She will be greatly missed. RIP Mary Ellen Hopkins
Mary Ellen Hopkins
“All reds go together.”  One of my faves.  Her books were easy to follow and so well done.
Thoughts and sympathy cards for Mary Ellen Hopkins can be sent to her son
David Hopkins
946 Woodgrove Drive
Cardiff by the Sea, Ca 92007

And the family is planning a memorial service later this summer.

SAQA’s Annual Online Auction Preview

July 5, 2013

The annual online  SAQA 2013 Benefit Auction will take place beginning Monday, September 9, 2013, at 2pm Eastern Daylight Time.  You can go to: http://www.saqa.com/gallery-mini-detail.php?ID=2379 now to see the works.  Many SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) members make small pieces to donate for the fundraiser.  Below are photos of just a few to  show you how wonderful the art is.  I’ll post again closer to the auction starting date.

Soaring - Joanna Monroe

“Soaring” by Joanna Monroe

Striations 4 - Linda A. Miller

“Striations 4” by Linda A. Miller

Spring Has Come! - Noriko Endo

“Spring has Come” by Noriko Endo

Rags and Riches - Linda Stokes

“Rags and Riches” by Linda Stokes

Tequila Sunrise - Elena Stokes

“Tequila Sunrise” by Elena Stokes

Happy Fourth!