The Quilt Alliance videoed some great interviews with quilt artists who showed at the International Quilt Festival 2014 – Go Tell it at the Quilt Show! If you couldn’t go it’s lovely to see the quilts. And if you did go, it’s interesting to hear what the artists say about their work.
After our move from Florida to Oregon we rented an apartment. I spent months beforehand reading posts from Apartment Therapy, a website which covers all aspects of living in and decorating apartments. I learned a lot about living small, making every piece of furniture do double duty, how to squeeze more space out of nothing etc. And all of it really helped when we actually started unpacking boxes.
Along with ideas for clever storage you get helpful hints on how to clean things.
Astonishingly the latest post is about how to clean a quilt. And being a quilter myself I read the post from top to toe. And found out how to clean a wool quilt – with snow. Who knew?
The rest I did know but was glad to see it written for those who are not quilters but love owning quilts.
A couple of weekends ago we drove out to Tillamook, Oregon. The town of the fantastic cheese factory. And butter, and ice cream. What a cool place.
On the way I kept noticing signs for the Latimer Quilt and Textiles Center. How did I not know this was so close? My usual head in the clouds obliviousness I suppose. Well, now I know.
Many years ago my quilt ‘Summer Haze aka Volcanic Pizza’ was shown at Alexandria Palace in London, UK. My mother and I looked through the catalogue and noticed a familiar name. Sara Impey’s family lived in the area close to my mother’s house. When I went to the exhibition opening I sought out Sara and we remained in touch ever since. Her quilts have lain on my mother’s living room floor while we discussed the design and content. Sara’s work was shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In fact, they have been shown all over the world.
Over time Sara made textile art based on personal issues and social concerns. She made a name for herself with these text based quilts and eventually Batsford publishers asked her if she would consider basing a book on her work. For a while she resisted. She is well aware of the time and effort involved in authoring a book – she was a Times journalist and has first hand knowledge of the publishing world. In the end though, she decided to work on the book.
The book is now published: