Monday, November 19, 2018

Paradise: How We Can Help

So many heartbreaking stories coming out of California. I'm not sure why this tragedy has pulled on my heartstrings so much. Maybe it is because when I was young we had a housefire. I don't remember that much about it just that I was at a neighbors and there were two big BOOMS and we all ran into the yard to see what it was and the woman said, "It's Betty's house!" (That was my mom) I was so young I don't remember much after that except crying in their yard and they wouldn't let me go home. Regardless of my past the stories coming from Paradise are miraculous and devastating. 

I know I mentioned it in the Facebook group but I found out a fellow quilter and friend drove a school bus full of children through the fire and flames, I kind of lost it! You can read about it HERE, 
A few of us on the Facebook group sent a few things to get her stitching again. 

Some stuff I unpacked from Houston directly into her care package with the instructions to pass them along whatever she may not be interested in. 

We all know how therapeutic that can be! Darling little project she was working on.

I've been in touch with some friends in the area and most of the Paradise Ridge Quilters have lost everything! As of a few days ago 98 out of 100 were in that count. Many are seniors and widows because Paradise was a retirement community. 

Honey Run Quilters is a store in Chico and I have been in contact with them and a couple of other friends in the area.  This is what I have proposed on the Humble Quilts facebook group and propose to you:

Right now Honey Run quilt shop is collecting quilts, notions, completed pillowcases, and fabric for the Paradise quilters who have lost everything.
I would love for us to give in a collective way, rather than one box here one box there (which is still great because it will go to people in need). I am considering accepting packages and cards at my home and making a personal delivery to Honey Run Quilt shop with all the goods. Visa gift cards would be fantastic too. If you want to purchase a gift certificate from Honey Run Quilts that is possible too. They will be given to the quilters who are in need of a project and will be given 20% off as well.
Zippy little bags for notions or hand projects will be welcome too.
If you want to send cash or checks 100% will go to the Paradise quilters who have been completely burned out. (I will personally make sure!)
Here is my mailing address:
Lori DeJarnatt
1095 SE Pecos Drive
Madras, OR 97741
If you would rather send a package to Honey Run Quilters: 2418 Cohasset Rd, Chico, CA 95926

I'm pretty sure these quilts will help keep some people warm!

I was told pillows (to go with the pillowcases), umbrellas, lawnchairs and tote bags/back packs to keep  belongings in are other items they can use. These are nearly impossible to mail, but if I get enough donations to drive to Chico,(It's a fairly easy drive, less than 7 hours) I'll pick some of the bulkier items up on the way.

Feel free to share my blog post with as many people as you'd like!

THANK YOU! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

PS, Here's another amazing opportunity to help- HERE 

Highlight of British Isles Quilts- IQF

The highlight of my Houston Quilt show for 2018 was to see these amazing, spectacular, antique quilts of Christopher Wilson Tate from England! WOW!

Here's a taste of these beauties!

Fabric to die for!! Well, not quite, but you know what I mean.

Unbelievable fussy cutting!!

These are early, early quilts! WOW!

Humble, beautiful, spectacular border! Embrace the humble!!!

This only adds to the charm of the overall quilt, in my humble opinion. LOVE it so much!

 Look at these vibrant prints!

 Such whimsical applique shapes. Check out that appliqued star fabric!

Better than the label is his description. Wowser!! 

I love that he is working with Moda to reproduce some of these fabrics check it out HERE. 
 One of the booths I strolled through during festival was selling this sample of Ballycastle chintz backgrounds. 
Of course, they are so much more elegant in real life!

This was one of the books I considered selling at the last book sale I had, but wanted to read it again before making a decision. As soon as I got home I brought it out to go right along with the lovely English quilts! It is a very detailed book and so fascinating!

There has been a lot going on in the Humble Quilts facebook group. I'll be posting some of that on Wednesday. 
Take care friends!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Quilts and Friendships part 2 and Sajou winner

My room mate, Sue, worked last year in the Education Dept but we weren't roomies and worked different areas. We hit it off great! We even took a little vacation to the UK to see Stonehenge! Well, that would have been fun, but that was just Northcott's Market booth.

Because we we checking in the bus tours early in the morning we always missed the morning photo. We thought we would take one ourselves. 
Debbie was my first year roomie and we hit it off immediately. She drives to the show and we try and spend time together when our schedules are free. Look at the size of that Bernina!!!
This quilt was made by Barbara Black and I enjoy seeing her ever year too. If you don't know about her amazing journey with this quilt please read THIS and watch THIS. 
Sally had seen my color wheel post/Maria Shell quilt supply list and offered to meet me to fill me in some solids blues.  She went to market to try and generate some interest in publishing a book about some family quilts she owns. It was fun to run into her later in the week as we admired quilts. 

I first met Linda in NYC at a restaurant before the opening on the Infinite Variety quilt exhibit in 2011. It's fun to run into her when we are both in Houston. Look at her cute bag!! Oh yeah, what about those lovely quilts behind us too?!?!
I usually run into Kathy in Sisters, OR at the quilt show. It was fun to see her here.

Her husband was here too! That was my first time meeting him. Look at her new line of fabric!! This was their booth for market, then they did a presto chango and got set up for retail. Every time I went by it was super busy! Nice job Material Obsessions!!

Last May my daughter and I went to Italy and hoped we could meet Rina in her town of Catania, Sicily. It turned out to be a bit far to travel this time, so we were both disappointed. BUT, her son lives in Houston so she came to the show with her DIL and a group of ladies. We kept texting back and forth and it seemed very delayed and I was afraid I was not going to get to meet her.  But they came to the 3rd floor and found me! I was so excited!! Even though I look like a giant beside her, she was so sweet and we were so happy!!

She had planned to give this to me when I went to Sicily, but she brought it to Houston for me. Thank you lovely lady!! Meeting you was a highlight of my week!!
This is Karen from the Red Bird Quilt Co. I had actually met her earlier but we didn't take a photo together. I took this when she was doing the Saturday Sampler. What you don't see is that there is a big crowd sitting in front of her while she does a demo. Super talented lady! I saw her several times and she was working hard every time!!! 

And as I was down "supervising"  Open Studio Janet and Kyle came by! It was so awesome to meet you in person although it was short and sweet. 
Carolyn Forster and I met in Portland in 2013. 
 She taught classes every day of the week in Houston this year! I guess if you are going to come all the way from the UK you may as well make it worth your time. She would sit in the teachers "lounge" which was in the Education Room so I would get a chance to chat with her nearly every day. I was starting to feel a little like a stalker! LOL

Look what she presented to me! I cannot believe how she is knocking out the books! 4 books published in 2018!! I'm pretty sure next year I need to sign up for one of her classes. Thank you Carolyn!!

My daughter and I were on our way back from Italy in May and we happened to run into Carolyn at Heathrow! So funny!!

This is a RR crossing quilt designed by Cindy Blackberg. Some time ago a blog reader, Donna,  told me her quilt got into the show and here it is! I had sent her a swatch of fabric from the one I made. 
Way to go Donna!! It was so beautiful hanging!!

I just barely got all the way unpacked but wanted to say thank you again, Janet, for this lovely bag. I have it on the coffee table right now holding my hand quilting supplies. I just love it!

If you have made it this far, YAY! the winner of the French General/ Sajou items is KYLE of Timeless Reflections! Quilt #30. Please send me your address and I'll get your winnings on the way.

Have a super weekend!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Quilts and Friendships

My take on the International Quilt Festival probably won't look a lot like anyone else's. I told my room mate, helping in the Education dept is great, but it's the friendships that keep me coming back and is the highlight of my week.
So, I'll try and keep it relatively short..... LOL

 Lee is the owner of Two Thimbles Quilt Shop and is in Houston for quilt market so we only have one day that overlaps. Sunday evening after our education meeting we meet up for dinner. When I make trips to Seattle I like to get to her shop, but it isn't always possible. Follow her on facebook or instagram! This is her amazing quilt!!

 A complete display of the 1876 quilts!
Click to enlarge and read more- sorry about the sideways view.

 Karen Beigh's Shenadoah Valley quilt- so beautiful with the rich dark background.

And a selfie with the quilt proves I saw it in person!! LOL 

 Yep, saw Wendy's quilt in person too!! I eavesdropped on many comments- your cheddar background was loved by many!

The antique quilt. So quirky and fun to see in person!

I was so excited to see Janet's Bird of Paradise quilt. WOW! 
 So much applique and so beautiful!!

 Every restaurant is so noisy downtown, but it was fantastic to meet you Janet!!
Notice how pretty her hair is! Mine just kept getting bigger and bigger as the day went on!! LOL

And another beauty of Wendy's!!

Here is Barb Veddar's wonderful stunning eye catching quilt! And more proof that I saw it with my own eyes!! 

 I finally got to meet Diane Knott! We've communicated via email, then via phone, now in person!! Whoop! Whoop! She is the one who quilted the fans in my Sweet Land of Liberty quilt.
She was promoting her new book that has  this beauty on the cover!! 

I ran out of steam and will have to continue this post on Friday. 
Love to you all.



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