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We continue our selection of quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the sixth quilt from the exhibition by Zvia Strahilevitz-Klein.

Title of Quilt: Feathered Stars

Quilter's Name: Zvia Strahilevitz-Klein

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NOTE from BERNINA: According to medical professionals, these masks are not antiviral, but they can provide some kind of barrier. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using homemade masks only when medical facemasks are not available. If your local hospital or someone you know needs a mask, tutorials are available online.
I have always enjoyed my classes with Sheila Sinclair Snyder, whose website is License to Quilt. I have made Tuffets and Wooden Quilt Blocks, but when I saw an Instagram post of her making masks for those who need protection from the COVID-19, I reached out for some information. She started making masks for her family...then continued on with masks for those working the front line and has added facilities identified by her local guild.
 
 
 
 
Here a few ideas from Sheila.
 
I’ve experimented with a few different styles of fabric masks, in sizes ranging from a small child to adult. I’ve also used a variety of elastics, and ties. All fabrics should be washed prior to making the masks. Each donation site may have further instruction as to whether they should be washed in hot water prior to delivery, or they may choose to send through their own laundry before using.
 
I know that the more layers included, the better protection, so here’s what I’ve used so far:
 
  1. Two layers: Batik fabric (very tight weave) on the outside and a cotton knit as the lining for comfort. Most of these have been with the elastic made to go around the ears. I think they are good for a temporary use, for example answering the door, or going to pick up groceries. They can also be worn over a molded medical mask for extra protection, but in that case ties around the back would be more comfortable for longer periods.
  2. Three layers: Batik fabric on the outside, a very light woven (iron-on interfacing), and cotton knit lining. An extra layer of protection, still not medical grade. This could possibly provide more protection for the elderly or someone with another condition or illness who is at home. I found that three layers of traditional fabric was most successful when using ties as the elastic application became very bulky and difficult.
  3. HEPPA filter: Batik fabric on the outside, HEPPA filter in the middle and cotton knit lining. A friend recommended trying this, as the filters claim to be a barrier for pollens, bacteria and virus! We are experimenting to see how they hold up during washing. If it handles well, it might be the closest I can come to a medical grade mask in filtration. It may not conform to the face perfectly, but it may well be much better than nothing for a medical professional. HEPPA filters are made for vacuum cleaners and for furnaces. They generally are accordion pleated, so many can be cut from one filter.
Some ideas to play with and to help out our front line warriors who are helping us fight this virus. Thank you Sheila, you are a perfect example of the spirit that lives in the quilting community!
 
 
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Homage by Debbie Jeske and others (see sign below), of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild, was featured in the Group & Bee Quilts category at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

 

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If you are a quilter, you are an artist. It never hurts to learn a little more. This is a great time to learn approaches that will make your quilts more interesting and more fun to make. These quick classes are fast, easy, and understandable. It's a Masters Course in Art in bite-size pieces. Alex Anderson finds out what it is all about from Lilo Bowman.

 

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So the pattern says to make the quilt block a certain size. Are you stuck with that? Alex says no. Join Alex as she goes LIVE with her current quilt lesson.

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The Harmon’s Pie Town Restaurant.  Photograph © by Russell Lee, image courtesy of John and Sue Bunton.

 Pie Town, New Mexico Quilt
by Marian Ann J. Montgomery, Ph.D.
Curator of Clothing and Textiles, Museum of Texas Tech University

Pie Town is a small town in western New Mexico that was on the road taken by many who were escaping the Dust Bowl on their way to California during the Depression. Pie Town and its people were photographed in 1940 by Russell Lee, a photographer for the Farm Security Administration of the United States Government during the Great Depression.

 

One of the founding settlers of Pie Town was Harmon L. Craig, who moved there in the 1920s. He met his wife, Theora, when she brought food from town to feed hungry cowboys who were working a roundup for one of the ranchers. She had been cooking and doing laundry in the Hall Hotel in nearby Magdalena. Theora had been abandoned by her first husband, who left her and their two daughters when he fell on hard times in business. After their marriage on July 29, 1924, Mr. Craig brought his family to live in a log home he had built in Pie Town. Shortly thereafter, a small addition (which served as a café), was built onto the house. While Theora was busy managing the café, H.L. focused on building other businesses in town.

 


Harmon L and Theora Craig on their porch.  Image courtesy of John and Sue Bunton.

The family states that interviews with New Mexico residents at the time document that the pies, cakes and cookies offered at the café were famous for a hundred miles. Cowboys on long cattle drives began to plan routes to include a stop for a rest in Pie Town just so they could have a slice of pie and a cup of coffee.

 

Although others have claimed the title, Theora’s descendants claim she was the original Pie Lady of Pie Town. H.L. Craig was instrumental in the development of Pie Town, often interviewing people driving through who were escaping the Dust Bowl. If he liked the person’s work ethic, H.L. would offer to help them get started, with the understanding that they would settle in Pie Town.

 

The images of Pie Town taken by Russell Lee document the hard life and determined spirits of its residents. Many were photographed wearing garments made of printed cotton feed sacks; those images were included in the museum’s recent exhibit on feed sacks.

 


Harmon L. and Theora Craig in their Pie Town, New Mexico home, where the quilt was used. Photograph © by Russell Lee, image courtesy of John and Sue Bunton.

The family says that Theora loved her garden more than quilting, but she left behind a beautiful charm quilt made to keep her family warm. Typical of many quilts made at this time, this one employed a wide variety of scrap fabrics cut into large hexagon shapes.

Charm Quilt made by Theora McDonald Baum Craig (b. 1887, m. 1907, m. 1924, d. 1980) Mrs. Harmon L.)
circa 1940 in Pie Town, NM.  Gift of John and Sue Bunton, 2020-009-001.
Image © the Museum of Texas Tech University.

 

 

Learn more about the Clothing and Textiles Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University.

Click here for related articles from the Museum of Texas Tech University Textile Collections.

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Erika Mulvenna at WeAllSew.com has a fun tutorial for creating this sewing machine mat that can hold all your necessary tools for creating your quilt. Learn about triangular patchwork and use up your scraps all at the same time.

 
 
Don't have time to make your own? Check out the Yazzii Sewing Machine Mats in our store!
 

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We are pretty certain this is a log cabin block. Play the game and find out if we are correct.

 
 
 

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We love the "vision" behind this quilt and we might have to keep our "eyes" on this group of quilters from the beautiful beach city of Capitola in California. Take a look at all the different quilting designs, they are quite "eyelightening". (groan).

Eyes by Karen S. Foster and others (see sign below), of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild, was featured in the Group & Bee Quilts category at QuiltCon 2020.

Photos by Mary Kay Davis

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