Saturday, April 25, 2015

Pour l'Amour du Fil- Special Exhibit Photos

showing "Fruity Beauty" at Pour l'Amour du Fil in Nantes
Pour l'Amour du Fil 2015 was held Wednesday through Saturday, April 22-25, and there were eight special exhibitors: Irene Blanck, Dijanne Cevaal, Kaye England, Willyne Hammerstein, Tomie Nagano, Fumiko Nakayama, Kimberly Rado, and I.

very impressed with the work of Irene Blanck


Dijanne Cevaal exhibited beautiful works made from her linocuts

a linocut print I purchased from Dijanne Cevaal
we loved getting to know Kaye England and her quilts
Kaye is clearly inspired by antique quilts, and she has an amazing collection

Willyne Hammerstein's vibrant, kaleidoscopic work


Tomie Nagano displayed her lovely, elegant indigo quilts


Fumiko Nakayama's work was just stunning


Kim Rado's work, absolutely stellar and full of whimsy


I called it the "wall of beauty"
One of my favorite quilts by Christine Wrobel of Sequim, WA
What an honor it was to be included with such a talented group of artists, now counted among my new friends from all around the world. To share so many antique, vintage and new quilts from my book was a dream. What I will remember most is the people, how lovely they all were, and how lucky we were to be together in Nantes. Thank you to everyone who made the experience possible.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pour l'Amour du Fil, Nantes, France

Around closing time, day 1 - my quilts are along the wall at the top
Having fun at Pour l'Amour du Fil in Nantes, France. Today was Day 1, and lots of people came through. I was very happy to meet several Facebook friends in person for the first time, and they were all simply delightful -- and from all over the world. The show is on through Saturday, April 25th. For more information, click here.

my quilt "Fruity Beauty" and I at Pour l'Amour du Fil
most of the quilts were along the far wall and in the adjacent alcoves
but a few, like this one, were in special spots
with 50 quilts in the display, we think it is the largest-ever display
of New York Beauty quilts and related designs

even though the book weighs 2 kilograms, it was flying off the sales tables
the highly coveted event bag...I know, I know...everybody wants one :) 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

travel photos

It was a long flight. We landed in the morning. 
I had the short ribs. They were delicious.
They were giving out Amenity Bags on the plane.
Hotel atrium, Marriott Champs Elysees 
petit déjeuner a Laduree
the subway
gardens along Champs Elysees
utility poles are fancy in Paris
Arc de Triomphe, daytime
Arc de Triomphe, nighttime

Sunday, April 12, 2015

where to buy the book - please add your links!


Friends have been asking where they can get a copy of "New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection" recently released by Quiltmania. So, I thought I would post a blog with the links I know about, and ask readers to post their links in the comments section. Every time someone asks, I will be able to share the link to this blog post.

Here are the sources I know. If you know of other sources, please add links in the comments section. Merci beaucoup!!


Sew Graceful Quilting (Arkansas, US)

The Quilt Merchant (Illinois, US)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Polyester Circles Quilt


This quirky polyester circles quilt came from an eBay seller in New Mexico. It is 62" x 87" and is backed and bound with a heavy canvas fabric with a plaid similar to Madras. The circles are raw-edge machine appliquéd and tied in the centers with black yarn.





Fun piece, an incredible bargain, very lively colors. It is a pattern I have not seen before in a 1970s quilt, so it caught my eye right away. When I saw what an insane bargain it was, I clicked Buy It Now. Love it!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Spring: Hana Matsuri, Portland Japanese Garden


Spring is here, and this weekend the Hana Matsuri exhibition of Ikebana by the Saga Goryu School is on display at The Portland Japanese Garden. My friend David Komeiji worked on several of the arrangements including the stunning large arrangement outside. His best work, I think. Saga Goryu School is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Open from 10am to 4pm today. For info about visiting the Japanese Garden, click here.




The Japanese Garden is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but especially vibrant in the spring. Enjoy the pictures, and Happy Easter!